Pre-professional Curricula

Students are encouraged to consult an academic advisor before choosing any curriculum.

Exploratory Curricula for Undecided Students

In general, students should declare their major as they enter the University. All students are required to declare their major when they reach thirty credits. Failure to do so may result in a registration hold. Declaring or changing a major is easily done through Academica. When students declare or change their major they should see the appropriate departmental advisor as soon as possible and compose a plan of work.

First-time students who are unsure about their major can enroll in a thirty credit exploratory curriculum. There are four exploratory curricula to choose from - one each for the four general subject areas represented in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences: humanities, social sciences, life sciences and physical sciences/mathematics. These curricula are designed to give students who are still exploring major options the opportunity to take some common required courses that will help them graduate within four years once they choose their major. For general information on the exploratory curricula, please see an advisor in the University Advising Center.

Combined Curriculum for Secondary Teaching

This curriculum leads to a bachelor’s degree and a Michigan Secondary Provisional Certificate.

The Combined Curriculum for Secondary Teaching is offered in selected majors in cooperation with the College of Education and prepares students for teaching major and minor subjects in the secondary school. In this curriculum, students take the first two years of work in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Courses in the third and fourth years are taken concurrently in both Colleges. In electing courses during the first two years, students should acquire a broad general education while simultaneously electing courses that may be required by their future major department.

Students interested in this program should consult an academic advisor who will supply a curriculum outline, provide guidance, and direct them to the advisor in the major at the beginning of the junior year. Students may also see the Division of Academic Services, Room 489, College of Education, at any time during the first two years for consultation on professional programs they may be planning to pursue.

Students remain registered in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and elect Departmental majors at the beginning of the junior year. Students then apply to the College of Education for official admission to the combined curriculum for secondary teaching and must be approved by the College of Education as candidates for teacher certification. During junior and senior years, student program requests will be signed by both a College of Liberal Arts and Sciences major advisor and by the appropriate advisor in the College of Education.

 
Admission to pre-professional curricula implies only that students have selected professional goals. It does not necessarily mean that students will be accepted by the corresponding professional school or college.

A pre-professional curriculum is not a major. Students are encouraged to declare a major together with pursuing a pre-professional curriculum. Some professional programs require a bachelor's degree. Even if a bachelor's degree is not required, admission to a professional program is often very competitive, and pursuing a major provides students with an alternative career path.

Advising for pre-health programs, including pre-medicine and pre-dental, pre-law and pre-social work is available through the University Advising Center.

Pre-Clinical Laboratory Science

Students should reference the B.S. in Clinical Laboratory Science for pre-professional requirements.

Pre-Dentistry

Satisfactory completion of University General Education Requirements, College Group Requirements, a major field, and the basic sciences listed below lead to the bachelor’s degree and qualify students for consideration by most schools of dentistry.

Biology or Zoology with laboratory12-16
Chemistry: Inorganic, including qualitative analysis, and lab9-11
Chemistry: Organic with laboratory8-10
English8-12
Physics with laboratory8-10

Recommended electives include psychology, sociology, biochemistry, embryology, and statistics. Because different schools of dentistry may require credits in some or all of these subjects, students are advised to become familiar with Admission Requirements of U.S. and Canadian Dental Schools, a brochure which may be ordered from:

American Association of Dental Schools
1625 Massachusetts Avenue N.W.
Washington, D.C., 20036

Pre-Law

Since the requirements for admission to law schools vary from school to school, students should become familiar with the requirements of the school they plan to enter.

For admission to Wayne State University’s Law School, applicants should have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college with a strong grade point average. Although no specific courses are required, the faculty of the Law School recommends a strong background in English, with emphasis on grammar and composition, and in the social sciences. Within these fields, the choice of courses should be made in consultation with an academic advisor in the University Advising Center. The following is a suggested list of courses:

ECO 2010(SS) Principles of Microeconomics4
ECO 2020(SS) Principles of Macroeconomics4
Four courses in English
HIS 1050(AI) American Civilization Since World War II4
HIS 2040United States to 18773-4
HIS 2050United States Since 18773-4
HIS 5160Constitutional History of the United States to 18604
HIS 5170Constitutional History of the United States from 1860 to 19404
PHI 1010(PL) Introduction to Philosophy4
PS 1010(AI) American Government4
PS 3040The Legislative Process4
PS 5110Constitutional Law4
PSY 1010(LS) Introductory Psychology4
SOC 2000(SS) Understanding Human Society3

An introductory course in accounting is also recommended. For students interested in the practice of law in commercial, corporate, and tax fields, the business administration curriculum may provide a good background.

Law School Admission Test: Each applicant for admission is required to take the Law School Admission Test given by the Educational Testing Service, Princeton, New Jersey. This test is given five times a year in Detroit and at one hundred or more other examination centers located throughout the country. Application blanks and additional information may be obtained from the Testing and Evaluation Office, 698 Student Center.

Pre-Medicine and Pre-Osteopathic Medicine

Satisfactory completion of University General Education Requirements, College Group Requirements, a major field, and the basic sciences listed below lead to the bachelor’s degree and qualify a student for consideration by most schools of medicine and osteopathic medicine.

Biology or Zoology with laboratory12-16
English8-12
Inorganic Chemistry (including qualitative analysis) and lab9-11
Organic Chemistry with laboratory8-10
Physics with laboratory8-10

Recommended electives include psychology, sociology, biochemistry, physiology, and statistics. Because different schools of medicine may require credits in some or all of these subjects, students are advised to become familiar with the AAMC's Medical School Admission Requirements for U.S. and Canadian Medical Schools.

Medical schools encourage students to fulfill degree requirements by selecting courses which will contribute significantly to a broad cultural background and by choosing a major in which one is interested. Admission committees are influenced by the scholarly approach to education, not by the area in which one concentrates. Student should seek pre-medical advising from the WSU Pre-Med and Health Science Center, located in 1600 Undergraduate Library.

Pre-Mortuary Science

Students should reference the B.S. in Mortuary Science for pre-professional requirements.

Pre-Nursing

Students should reference the B.S.N program for pre-professional requirements.

Pre-Occupational Therapy

Students should reference the Bachelor of Heath Science with a concentration in occupational therapy for pre-professional requirements.

Pre-Pharmacy

Students should reference the Bachelor of Heath Science with a concentration in pharmaceutical science for pre-professional requirements.

Pre-Physical Therapy

Students should reference the Bachelor of Heath Science with a concentration in physical therapy for pre-professional requirements.

Pre-Physician Assistant Studies

Satisfactory completion of University General Education Requirements, College Group Requirements, a major field, and the coursework listed below lead to the bachelor's degree and qualify a student for consideration for many Physician Assistant Studies programs.

Anatomy, Human5
Chemistry, General4-5
Chemistry, Organic and/or Biochemistry4-5
English6-8
Medical Terminology1
Microbiology4
Nutrition, Human/Clinical3
Physiology, Human6-7
Psychology, Developmental4
Statistics3

Students are advised that minimum grades for prerequisites may apply and different schools may require additional prerequisite courses. Students should consult the Physician Assistant Education Association and seek advising from a pre-health advisor in the WSU Pre-Med and Health Science Center, located in 1600 Undergraduate Library.

Pre-Radiation Therapy Technology

Students should reference the Bachelor of Science Radiation Therapy Technology for pre-professional requirements.

Pre-Radiologic Technology

Students should reference the Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Technology for pre-professional requirements.

Pre-Social Work

Students should reference the B.S.W. program for pre-professional requirements.