CAS Pre-Professional Preparation
Whether a student is interested in medical, dental or law school, or graduate work in other fields, the College of Arts and Sciences offers excellent opportunities to complete a pre-professional education.
Medicine and Dentistry
Minimum requirements for entry into medical and dental schools include one year each of biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, physics and calculus. Increasing numbers of medical and dental schools also are requiring a year of English, work in the humanities, social sciences, and languages. There is however no required or preferred major. As long as a student completes the courses required by his/her chosen professional schools, s/he may pursue any undergraduate major in UVM's College of Arts and Sciences. Medical and dental schools are primarily concerned with the overall scope and quality of undergraduate work. Only about half the first-year students in medical or dental schools have majored in a science, for example. Thus, students should follow their true interests and work to achieve the academic standing necessary. Academic advisors will help students plan their programs. In addition, the Career Services coordinates pre-medical and pre-dental advising, and has information about the requirements of specific medical and dental schools.
Because the UVM College of Arts and Sciences offers the advantages of a small liberal arts college within a comprehensive university, students have the opportunity to do research with faculty who are nationally and internationally recognized leaders in their fields. The college has an excellent record of placing graduates in medical and dental schools. Among the institutions where recent pre-medical graduates are now studying are Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Baylor, Boston University, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Drexel University, Mayo Clinic and the University of Vermont, while pre-dental graduates are studying at Boston University, Columbia, NYU, Northwestern, and University of Pennsylvania.
The Pre-Medical Enhancement Program (PEP) is a joint offering of the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and the College of Medicine to provide enhanced opportunities for a select group of highly qualified pre-medical students. Interested students apply to PEP in the second semester of their first year. Those students accepted into PEP will be assigned a practicing physician-mentor who will introduce the concepts of patient care and practice management through regularly scheduled office-based/clinical experiences. The PEP coordinator in the College of Medicine will provide information on opportunities for medical research experience and volunteer/employment possibilities in the health sciences or health policy fields. On a monthly basis, students will receive listings about special educational offerings at the College of Medicine and the Academic Medical Center. PEP students will also be able to participate in practice interviews with members of the University of Vermont Pre-Medical Committee. In their junior year, PEP students will be able to apply to the University of Vermont College of Medicine. More information is available at the Career Services website.
A significant number of UVM students consider attending law school immediately or a few years after graduation. UVM is successful in placing its graduates in leading law programs around the country, including Yale University, New York University, Columbia University, and the University of Michigan.
The University of Vermont provides guidance to its pre-law students through the Career Services and faculty and staff advisors in Arts and Sciences. The college begins working with students as soon as they express an interest in law and provide guidance throughout their undergraduate career.
Unlike pre-medical programs, where students must take a prescribed set of courses, there is no pre-law curriculum. "What law schools seek in their entering students is not accomplishment in mere memorization," states the Association of American Law Schools, "but accomplishment in understanding, the capacity to think for themselves, and the ability to express their thoughts with clarity and force." The Association does not prescribe a specific course of study to prepare undergraduates for law school, but rather suggests a broad approach to liberal arts including work in English, humanities, logic, mathematics, social sciences, history, philosophy, and the natural sciences.
Graduate Study in Other Fields
Arts and Sciences students pursue graduate education in a variety of fields ranging from ethnomusicology to journalism or immunology. Recent UVM College of Arts and Sciences graduates have been accepted at such institutions as the University of Wisconsin, Brandeis, Harvard, University of Michigan, Yale, New York University, Princeton, Cornell, Berkeley, Tufts, and Duke.
Students in the College of Arts and Sciences who are interested in becoming eligible to teach in secondary grades (7-12) should review the College of Education and Social Services section titled Teacher Education. All requirements must be fulfilled as listed in the CESS Secondary Education State Approved program and not simply the sequence of professional courses.