Honors and Prehealth Students
As a prehealth Honors student, it is important that you stay on track with your preprofessional requirements. These preprofessional requirements may or may not line up with the requirements for your major, but your academic advisor will make sure that you make satisfactory progress in all academic areas.
Unique opportunities for prehealth students include First Year Seminars and Honors sections of required science classes. Many seminars are organized around prehealth themes, though you are free to take any seminar of interest to you. Honors science classes will prepare you for engaging in scientific research. Students interested in such research take at least two Honors science classes during their freshman and sophomore years.
Pre-Med/Pre-Dental Fall Schedule
If you are premed or predental, your fall schedule will likely include the following classes:
- BIO 1305 and 1105 - Modern Concepts of Bioscience w/ lab;
- CHE 1301 and 1101 - Basic Principles of Modern Chemistry I w/ lab;
- MTH 1321 - Calculus I;
- FYS 1399 - First Year Seminar;
- PHP 1105 - Foundations of Medicine (if premed), or another class required for your major;
- CHA 1090 or 1091 - Chapel
Adjustments to the typical premed/predental schedule
If you have credit for Calculus, then you should take another class required for your degree or premed/predent, such as STA 2381 (Introductory Statistical Methods). Good options include Christian Scriptures, REL 1310 (Honors section available), a foreign language, or Logic, PHI 1306. Logic is highly recommended as preparation for the MCAT or DAT exam.
If you have AP credit for Biology (score of 4 or 5) or Chemistry (score of 4 or 5), then we generally advise dropping the lab but retaking the lecture in an Honors section if at all possible. This will allow you to fill in any gaps in your scientific understanding, introduce you to advanced concepts that will help you with future research, and allow you to interact with professors and students who will be your greatest support system going forward.
If you are living in Earle Hall, there are designated sections of Biology, Chemistry, and Chapel that you might need to take. In that case, you should plan on taking an Honors science class in a future semester.
University Scholars will take GTX 2301, either in place of, or along with, an FYS class. Your University Scholars advisor will help you determine which is the best course of action.
If certain recommended classes are not available, your academic advisor will work with you to schedule alternative classes that keep you on track with your academic goals.
View the 4-year premed planner for more information.
These preprofessional programs largely follow the premed/predental fall schedule. These students would not take PHP 1105, however.
Pre-Physical and Pre-Occupational Therapy
The programs undertake a different sequence of classes than what is noted above. Your advisor will work to make sure you are on track with those requirements as well as those required for your major and Honors.
Pre-Occupational Therapy students should take CHE 1300 (Introductory Chemistry) or CHE 1301 (Basic Principles of Modern Chemistry I) and PSY 1305 (Psychological Science) or SOC 1305 (Intro to Sociology) in their first semester.
Pre-Physical Therapy students should take BIO 1305 and 1105 (Modern Concepts of Bioscience w/lab) and MTH 1320 (Precalculus) or a higher calculus.
If you are participating in the B2C program in Earle Hall, you are encouraged to take the afternoon Honors section of CHE 1301-H1 (Chemistry) with Dr. McGrath (Tuesday/Thursday at 2 pm) if you have a sufficiently strong background in that subject. This will allow you to take the B2C section of BIO 1305-02 (Biology) in the morning (Tuesday/Thursday at 9:30) and the requisite labs on Monday/Wednesday/Friday.