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2006-07 Undergraduate Catalog

Preprofessional Programs

Pre-Law

Most law schools agree that a broad, liberal, diverse and challenging education is the best preparation for law school. Therefore, students should choose a major that is of interest to them and select difficult courses from demanding instructors as the best generic preparation for legal education.

Pre-law students must develop analytic and problem-solving skills, critical reading abilities, writing skills, oral communication and listening abilities, research skills, and organization and priority management skills. In short, pre-law students should register for demanding courses that challenge them to read, write and think critically.

Pre-law students are encouraged to consult the pre-law advising website. They also should attend a pre-law workshop and make an advising appointment with a pre-law adviser in the Academic Advising Center.

Pre-law students are encouraged to assess carefully their interest in and motivation for attending law school. The pre-law timeline, featured on the web site, encourages students to shadow attorneys, conduct informational interviews, complete internships and speak to admission officers to learn about law schools and the legal profession. Students should also consider studying overseas, writing an honors thesis and getting involved in leadership opportunities. These activities will enhance the depth and value of their undergraduate education and may also distinguish them from other top law school applicants.

Pre-Health

Students intending to go to medical, dental, veterinary medical, optometry, podiatry or chiropractic school may choose almost any major; however, these students should not pursue majors that prepare them for specific health professions such as therapeutic recreation, physical therapy, occupational therapy, nursing or pharmacy.

All students considering medical, dental, veterinary medical, optometry, podiatry or chiropractic school should review the Health Professions Handbook on the pre-health advising website.

Students also are encouraged to attend health professions workshops offered by the Academic Advising Center to first- and second-year students in the fall semester. Application workshops are offered in the spring for students who are in the process of applying to a professional school. An interview workshop is offered early in the fall for those who have already applied. Refer to the web site for more information or meet with a pre-health professions adviser.

Pre-health students should plan to complete the following courses. Some health professions do not require all of these courses, and some require more. Also, requirements vary from program to program, so students should carefully investigate the requirements of the institutions to which they plan to apply.

  • Mathematics: At least two semesters of college-level mathematics; one semester of calculus (MAC 2311 or 3472) is recommended. Some medical schools stipulate additional calculus courses.
  • General Chemistry: CHM 2045, 2046 and 2045L, 2046L; or CHM 2045, 2051 and CHM 2045L, 2046L; or CHM 2047, 2047L.
  • Organic Chemistry: CHM 2210, 2211 and 2211L; CHM 3217, 3218 and CHM 2211L.
  • Biochemistry: One semester is recommended by most professional schools and required by many medical schools. BCH 4024 or CHM 3218.
  • Physics: PHY 2053, 2054 and PHY 2053L, 2054L; or PHY 2048, 2049 and PHY 2048L, 2049L; or PHY 2060, 2061 and PHY 2048L, 2049L.
  • Biology: BSC 2010, 2011 and BSC 2010L, 2011L.
  • English: At least two semesters at the college level. Some medical schools require three courses in English with emphasis on composition. Many medical schools do not stipulate whether their English requirements are for composition or literature, but composition courses are recommended to strengthen communication skills and help prepare for admission tests.

Additional Course Requirements

Pre-veterinary students should take:
    ANS 3006C Introduction to Animal Science
    ANS 3440 Principles of Animal Nutrition
    MCB 3020, 3020L Basic Biology of Microorganisms and Lab
    PCB 3063 or AGR 3303 Genetics
    SPC 2600 Public Spaeking or AEE 3030C Oral Communication
    STA 2023 Introduction to Statistics

Pre-optometry students should take:
    PSY 2012 General Psychology, plus an additional psychology course
    MCB 3020, 3020L Basic Biology of Microorganisms and Lab
    STA 2023 Introduction to Statistics
    Also recommended:
    APK 2320C Applied Human Anatomy
    APK 2350C Applied Human Physiology

Pre-dental students (if planning on applying to UFs College of Dentistry) should take:
    BCH 4024 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology or CHM 3218 Biorganic Chemistry
    MCB 3020, 3020L Basic Biology of Microorganisms and Lab
    PSY 2012 General Psychology
    PCB 3063 or AGR 3303 Genetics
    Also recommended:
    PCB 5235 Immunology, and courses in other social and behavioral sciences.