University of Vermont

2013-2014 Catalogue

CALS Pre-Professional Preparation

Students striving for admission to professional colleges, such as dentistry, medicine (including naturopathic), chiropractic, osteopathic, and veterinary medicine, can meet the undergraduate requirements for these programs through enrollment in the Pre-Veterinary/Pre-Professional Science option under CALS Animal Science major. Upon admission, each student will be assigned a faculty advisor knowledgeable in pre-professional preparation. Competition for admission to professional schools is very keen, and a superior academic record throughout an undergraduate program is necessary to receive consideration for future admission. Due to the intense competition, only a small percentage of those first-year students declaring an interest in professional schools are eventually admitted after completion of the baccalaureate. Consequently, students must select a major, in an area of their choice, to prepare them for a career other than medical sciences. The pre-professional requirements will be met concurrently with the major requirements for the B.S. degree. Students interested in human medical sciences often enroll in biochemistry, biological science, nutrition and food sciences, microbiology, or molecular genetics. Those interested in veterinary medicine usually enroll in animal science or biological science.

Each student prepares a four-year program of courses, with the guidance of a faculty advisor, to meet requirements for a B.S. degree in their major. It is recommended that students complete the following courses to meet minimum requirements of most professional schools. It is the responsibility of each student to contact the professional schools of their choice to determine the exact entrance requirements.

Human Medical and Dental Schools:

Veterinary Medical Schools:

All of the courses listed above under Human Medical and Dental Schools plus:

Topic Course
Biochemistry PBIO 185, PBIO 187
Written English two out of the following three: ENGS 001 , ENGS 050 or ENGS 053
Genetics BCOR 101 or ASCI 168
Microbiology MMG 101
Nutrition ASCI 110

Several schools require a course in introductory animal sciences, vertebrate embryology, immunology, molecular genetic cell biology or statistics. Students should consult their advisor regarding specific requirements for various veterinary schools.

Finally, both human and veterinary medical schools want to see a history of interest in medicine. It is important for students to work with physicians or veterinarians and gain first-hand knowledge of their chosen profession. Volunteer or paid work in hospitals, nursing homes, or emergency centers is important. Commercial farm experience is also valuable for pre-veterinary students.

Students applying to CALS who express an interest in medicine or pre-veterinary medicine should present evidence of high performance in high school level science and mathematics courses, plus additional supporting documentation such as high SAT scores, strong letters of recommendation, and a motivational summary statement.

Pre-Medical Enhancement Program:

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 in 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 on PEP at the Career Service website Link out of catalogue site..