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Catalog Descriptions

Pre-Professional Programs

Pre-Law Study

Faculty Advisor: Derwin Munroe (Political Science)

There is no specific undergraduate program or set of required courses that a student must take to prepare for law school. Generally, law schools suggest that pre-legal education should stress the development of broad skills and insights rather than the mastery of specific subject matter. A sound pre-legal education is one that serves to develop verbal and writing skills, creative and analytical thinking, and habits of thoroughness.

Law school admission is usually highly competitive. The applicant’s academic preparation, academic record, Law School Admission Test (LSAT) scores, and other indicators of success are considered.

Michigan law schools are the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Thomas Cooley Law School, Detroit College of Law at Michigan State, University of Detroit, and Wayne State University.

Students planning to enter law school should seek the assistance of the pre-law faculty advisor early in their undergraduate years.

 



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Pre-Veterinary Study

Admission to veterinary schools is extremely competitive. Each student who plans to apply for admission should seek the assistance and guidance of an advisor from the Chemistry Department or the Biology Department.  As a minimum, the student should follow the curriculum outlined in the Pre-Medicine Study  program.

Additional Courses


  • BIO 408 - Comparative Anatomy (4).
  • BIO 431 - Comparative Animal Physiology (3).


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Pre-Pharmacy Study

CAS Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jessica Tischler (CHM)
SHPS Faculty Advisor: Dr. Suzanne Selig

Licensing as a pharmacist requires completion of a Doctorate of Pharmacy (Pharm-D) degree. In Michigan, the schools of pharmacy are at Ferris State University, the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, and Wayne State University. Students who want to become pharmacists should seek detailed information early from the schools of pharmacy to which they may wish to apply for admission. Students who plan to apply for admission to a pharmacy school should seek the assistance and guidance of an advisor from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, or Health Sciences and Administration at the University of Michigan-Flint.

Each student’s program is tailored to the requirements of the school of pharmacy where admission is sought. Specific courses are required in each of several areas including biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics. Consult the web site for the school(s) of interest for specific requirements or consult the department of Chemistry and Biochemistry’s website for pre-pharmacy advising information http://www.umflint.edu/chemistry.

Required Courses (34 credits)


As a minimum, the following courses are required by all three Michigan Pharm-D programs (as of 2013):

A. Mathematics


  • MTH 121 - Calculus I (4)

B. Chemistry


  • CHM 260 - Principles of Chemistry I (4)
  • CHM 261 - General Chemistry Laboratory (1)
  • CHM 262 - Principles of Chemistry II (4).
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  • One from:

  • CHM 263 - Introductory Quantitative Analysis Laboratory (1)
  • CHM 265 - Introductory Quantitative Analysis Laboratory Honors (1)
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  • CHM 330 - Organic Chemistry I (4).
  • CHM 331 - Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (1).
  • CHM 332 - Organic Chemistry II (4).

C. Biology


  • BIO 113 - Principles of Biology (4).
  • BIO 167 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4).

D. Physics


  • PHY 143 - College Physics I (4)

E. English


  • ENG 111 - College Rhetoric (3).

Highly Recommended Courses


The following courses are required by at least one of the Michigan Pharm-D programs (as of 2013):

A. Chemistry


  • CHM 333 - Organic Chemistry Laboratory II (1).
  • CHM 350 - Fundamentals of Biochemistry (3)

B. Biology


  • BIO 111 - Organismal Biology (4)
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  • One from:

  • BIO 135 - Microbiology Basics (4)
  • BIO 405 - Microbiology Lecture (3).
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  • BIO 406 - Microbiology Laboratory (1).
  • BIO 168 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4)
  • BIO 301 - Biostatistics (4).
  • BIO 326 - Cell Biology (4).
  • BIO 328 - Genetics (4).
  • BIO 432 - Mammalian Physiology (4)
  • BIO 433 - Premedical Gross Anatomy (5).

C. Physics


  • PHY 145 - College Physics II (4)

D. English


  • ENG 112 - Critical Writing and Reading (3).

E. Philosophy


  • PHL 202 - Introduction to Logic (3)

F. Political Science


  • POL 120 - U.S. National Government and Politics (3)

G. Communication


One from:

  • COM 200 - Introduction to Human Communication (3)
  • COM 210 - Introduction to Public Speaking (3)

H. Economics


One from:

  • ECN 201 - Principles of Economics (Macroeconomics) (3)
  • ECN 202 - Principles of Economics (Microeconomics) (3)

Note


Additional coursework in social sciences, cultural enrichment, humanities, or foreign language may also be required.

Additional Coursework Needed to Complete a Degree


(Chosen in consultation with an advisor):

To complete a Bachelors of Arts (BA) or Bachelors of Science (BS) degree, additional coursework is required.  Students should choose one of the concentrations listed below depending upon their area of interest and intended specialization.  To view the additional coursework specific to each degree concentration, see the individual program listings.

CAS Programs with Pre-Pharmacy Concentrations


Chemistry Pre-Pharmacy concentration (BA) 
Biochemistry Pre-Pharmacy concentration (BS) 

SHPS Program with a Health Science Focus


Health Sciences Program-General Health Sciences concentration (BS)  



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Pre-Medicine Study

CAS Science Faculty Advisors: Dr. Steve Myers (BIO), Dr. Jessica Kelts (CHM), Dr. Jeannette Stein (PSY)
SHPS Faculty Advisor: Dr. Suzanne Selig

There is keen competition for the limited number of places available in medical schools. Therefore, prospective applicants are urged to plan an alternate career option as they pursue a bachelor’s degree. The degree programs listed below are designed to meet the requirements for most medical schools and to provide in-depth courses that also qualify students to work in the area of study. Students are also advised to obtain exact information from prospective medical schools concerning requirements for admission.

In general, medical schools stress scholastic achievement, especially in the sciences, as a major criterion for admission. Premed students may major in any discipline so long as the requirements of the medical program to which they are applying are fulfilled. Medical schools are looking for well-rounded students with broad, liberal arts backgrounds. Such a background can be demonstrated by pursuing a non-science major or minor, or focused sequences of courses in multiple disciplines. Such factors as the quality of the undergraduate college and the recommendations supplied by its faculty, results of the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), and residence are also considered. Personal qualities such as integrity, motivation, leadership, and maturity are often discernible through the applicant’s record of nonacademic activities, an autobiographical statement, and a personal interview at the medical school

Each student who plans to apply for admission to medical school should seek the assistance and guidance of an advisor from the Biology, Chemistry/Biochemistry, Psychology, or Public Health and Health Sciences Department at the University of Michigan-Flint. For more information, consult the Biology website http://www.umflint.edu/biology/programs/premed.htm.

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Pre-Dental Study

CAS Science Faculty Advisors: Dr. Jessica Kelts, Dr. Steve Myers


The Council on Dental Education recommends that potential applicants for admission to dental schools seek a baccalaureate degree, although a few well-qualified students have entered dental schools without completing such a degree. Detailed information should be sought early from the professional schools to which the student may wish to apply for admission. Recommended courses for the pre-dental student are similar to those for the pre-medical student. (See “Medical Studies Information,” “Pre-Medicine.”) Pre-dental students may major in any discipline so long as the requirements of the dental program to which they are applying are fulfilled. Dental schools are looking for well-rounded students with broad, liberal arts backgrounds. Such a background can be demonstrated by pursuing a non-science major or minor, or focused sequences of courses in multiple disciplines.

Applicants for admission to dental school are evaluated on the basis of their academic performance and the reputation of the college they attended, as well as other available information. The Dental Admission Test is designed to assist prospective dental students, advisors, and dental schools in evaluating the probability of success of these students in dental school.

The dental schools of the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and of the University of Detroit use the centralized application service of the American Association of Dental Schools. Each student who plans to apply for admission to dental school should seek the assistance and guidance of an advisor from the Biology or Chemistry/Biochemistry Departments at the University of Michigan-Flint.

Required Courses


As a minimum, the following courses (58-67 credits) should be completed before applying to medical school:

A. Biology


  • BIO 111 - Organismal Biology (4)
  • BIO 113 - Principles of Biology (4).
  • BIO 326 - Cell Biology (4).
  • BIO 328 - Genetics (4).
  • BIO 405 - Microbiology Lecture (3).
  • BIO 406 - Microbiology Laboratory (1).

B. Chemistry


  • CHM 260 - Principles of Chemistry I (4)
  • CHM 261 - General Chemistry Laboratory (1)
  • CHM 262 - Principles of Chemistry II (4).
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  • One from:

  • CHM 263 - Introductory Quantitative Analysis Laboratory (1)
  • CHM 265 - Introductory Quantitative Analysis Laboratory Honors (1)
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  • CHM 330 - Organic Chemistry I (4).
  • CHM 331 - Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (1).
  • CHM 332 - Organic Chemistry II (4).
  • CHM 333 - Organic Chemistry Laboratory II (1).
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  • Either

  • CHM 450 - Biochemistry I (3).
  • CHM 452 - Biochemistry II (3).
  • or

  • CHM 350 - Fundamentals of Biochemistry (3)

C. Mathematics


  • One of:

  • MTH 120 - Pre-Calculus Mathematics (4)
  • Placement into  MTH 121 - Calculus I (4)

D. Physics


  • PHY 143 - College Physics I (4)
  • PHY 145 - College Physics II (4)
  • or

  • PHY 243 - Principles of Physics I (5)
  • PHY 245 - Principles of Physics II (5)

Highly Recommended Courses


(Chosen in consultation with an advisor):

A. Biology


  • BIO 167 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4).
  • BIO 168 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4)
  • BIO 418 - Lectures in Histology and Organology (3).
  • BIO 419 - Histology and Organology Laboratory (2).
  • BIO 425 - Immunology (3).
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  • One from:

  • BIO 433 - Premedical Gross Anatomy (5).
  • BIO 445 - Regional Anatomy (3).

B. Psychology


  • PSY 100 - Principles of Psychology (3)

C. Sociology


  • SOC 100 - Introduction to Sociology (3)

D. Business


  • BUS 110 - Business Concepts and Careers (3).
  • ACC 201 - Principles of Financial Accounting (3)

Additional Coursework Needed to Complete a Degree


(Chosen in consultation with an advisor):

To complete a Bachelors of Arts (BA) or Bachelors of Science (BS) degree, additional coursework is required. Students should choose one of the tracks listed below depending upon area of interest and intended specialization. The required courses listed above are common to all of the degree tracks in the College of Arts and Sciences.  To view the additional coursework specific to each degree track, see the individual Department’s program listings.

CAS Programs with Pre-Dental Concentrations


General Biology-Pre Dental concentration (BS) 
Molecular Biology and Biotechnology - Pre-Dental Concentration (BS)  
Human Biology - Pre-Dental Concentration (BA)  
Biochemistry - Pre-Dental Concentration (BS)  
Chemistry - Pre-Dental Concentration (BA)  



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