Pre-Professional College Tracks

Gabriella Scalf
Published on
March 30, 2023

Pre-Med Program

Pre-Med is a commonly used term for the set of courses that a student must take in order to be prepared for the robust four years of medical school. A common misconception about this curriculum is that it is a major; however, this isn't actually the case. If you become accepted in this program, it does not necessarily mean that you have to major in the STEM field. As you choose a major, it simply means that you will have more classes to take in addition to your major's core courses to meet the prerequisites for the Pre-Med program. Majoring in STEM may help you finish your course load faster than majoring in a non-STEM field. Students who are interested in becoming doctors, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, optometrists, and other healthcare professionals will indeed benefit from pre-med studies.

When taking this program, the classes you could end up taking are: 

  • Biology 
  • Chemistry 
  • Organic Chemistry 
  • Biochemistry
  • Calculus/Statistics
  • Public Health

Pre-Law Program

The Pre-Law Program is a collection of courses designed to prepare you for the Law School Admission Test, aka the LSAT. This program lets you discover more about the benefits of having legal education and the variety of career paths available to lawyers. Not only that, it will allow you to take part in events outside of the classroom that will contribute to your professional and personal growth. As there are no required courses for law school, Pre-Law majors are usually a set of courses from different departments. Although the courses are rigorous, the end result is the immense knowledge that you will undoubtedly be able to apply in the future especially if you are passionate about providing legal aid.

The classes you could end up taking are:

  • Political Science
  • Sociology
  • Economics
  • Public Speaking
  • English
  • International Affairs
  • Philosophy
  • Public Policy

Pre-Dentistry Program

Pre-Dental is a field of study intended to get students ready for a Doctor of Dental Medicine (DDM) or Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) program. A DMD and a DDS share the same curriculum, which implies they are equivalent degrees but with different names depending on the university. A student can major in any field while still participating in the pre-dental program. However, there are some common prerequisite science courses that dental schools require or strongly suggest you take.

The classes you could end up taking are:

  • Biology 
  • Anatomy and Physiology 
  • Chemistry 
  • Statistics

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