Pre-Professional Programs

PRE-DENTISTRY

The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma has a designated pre-dental advisor who receives information concerning the entrance requirements of the dental colleges and who will help students plan their program for each trimester they are in college, regardless of what major they may choose. The pre-dental student should secure approval of the pre-dental advisor each time the student enrolls. Although the various dental colleges do not have uniform entrance requirements, there is a great deal of similarity among them. The pre-dental students can start their program before selecting a dental college. The minimum coursework should include:

Course                                                   Title                                                              Hours Required

IDS 1113, 1213                                     Writing                                                                  6

CHEM 1111, 1113, 1121, 1123                General Chemistry                                                  8

CHEM 3302, 3312, 3303, 3313                Organic Chemistry                                                  10

CHEM 3321                                           Bio Chemistry Lab                                                  1

CHEM 3323                                           Bio Chemistry                                                        3

PHYS 1301, 1401, 2113, 2123                 General Physics                                                     8

PSYC 1643                                            Elementary Psychology                                           3

Biology elective with laboratory               Biology (4 courses)*                                               16

*e.g., Anatomy, Genetics, Histology, Immunology, Microbiology, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Physiology or Zoology

 

PRE-MEDICINE

The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma has a designated pre-medical advisor who receives information concerning the entrance requirements of medical colleges. The pre-med advisor will help those students whose interests lie in this area to plan their program for each trimester they are in college, regardless of what major they may choose. The pre-medical student should secure the approval of the pre-medical advisor each time the student enrolls. Although the various medical colleges do not have uniform entrance requirements, there is a great deal of similarity among them. The pre-medical students can start their program before selecting a medical college. Minimum coursework should include:

Course                                                   Title                                                              Hours Required

IDS 1113,1213                                      Writing                                                                 6

BIOL 1111                                            General Zoology Lab                                              1

BIOL 1113                                            General Zoology                                                    3

BIOL 1222                                            Biological & Medical Terminology                             2

BIOL 2201                                            Comp. Vert. Anatomy Lab                                       1

BIOL 2203                                            Comp. Vert. Anatomy                                             3

BIOL 2251                                            Human Anatomy Lab                                             1

BIOL 2253                                            Human Anatomy                                                   3

BIOL 3121                                            Human Physiology Lab                                          1

BIOL 3123                                            Human Physiology                                                3

BIOL 3331                                            General Genetics Lab                                            1

BIOL 3333                                            General Genetics                                                  3

CHEM 1111, 1121, 1113, 1123               General Chemistry                                                8

CHEM 3302, 3312, 3303, 3313               Organic Chemistry                                                10

PHYS 1301, 1401, 2114, 2124                General Physics                                                    10

PSYC 1643                                           Elementary Psychology                                          3

SOCI 1123                                           General Sociology                                                 3

English elective                                    Selected                                                               3

Humanities or Philosophy elective          Selected                                                               3

Recommended:  BIOL 3511, BIOL 3523, CHEM 3321, CHEM 3323

 

PRE-NURSING (R.N.)

Pre-nursing students seeking to receive the Bachelor of Science degree as well as becoming registered nurses will be applying to enter two clinical years at a college of nursing after completing two years of designated academic courses on the USAO campus. After successfully finishing the four years, they will be eligible to write the State Board Examination for licensure as a registered nurse and also have a B.S. degree from the university where they completed their upper-division nursing major. Since admission to the last two years is selective, good achievement in prior academic work and early advisement from the college of nursing you wish to attend are important. Courses generally required for entrance into most nursing programs include:

Course                                                   Title                                                              Hours Required

IDS 1013                                              Rhetoric and Critical Thinking                                 3

IDS 1113                                              Writing I                                                              3

IDS 1123                                              Writing II                                                             3

IDS 2023                                              Foundations of Life Science                                    3

IDS 2133                                              American Civilization I                                           3

IDS 2143                                              American Civilization II                                          3

CSCI 1143                                            Introduction to Computer Science                           3

MATH 1513                                          College Algebra                                                     3

MATH 2203                                          Elementary Statistics                                              3

CHEM 1111                                          General Chemistry I Lab                                         1

CHEM 1113                                          General Chemistry I                                               3

BIOL 2251                                           Human Anatomy Lab                                              1

BIOL 2253                                           Human Anatomy                                                    3

BIOL 3121                                           Human Physiology Lab                                            1

BIOL 3123                                           Human Physiology                                                  3

BIOL 3811                                           Basic Microbiology Lab                                            1

BIOL 3813                                           Basic Microbiology                                                  3

PSYC 1643                                           Elementary Psychology                                           3

In addition, various programs may require courses from psychology, sociology, anthropology, nutrition, foreign language, artistic expression, western and non-western culture.

 

PRE-PHARMACY

The pre-pharmacy curriculum is designed to fulfill the requirements of the student who wishes to obtain a degree in pharmacy from the University of Oklahoma or Southwestern Oklahoma State University. The following courses are generally required for entrance into a pharmacy program:

Course                                                   Title                                                              Hours Required

IDS 1113, 1213                                     Writing                                                                 6

IDS 2133, 2143                                     American Civilization                                              6

BIOL 1111                                            General Zoology Lab                                              1

BIOL 1113                                            General Zoology                                                    3

BIOL 2251                                            Human Anatomy Lab                                             1

BIOL 2253                                            Human Anatomy                                                   3

BIOL 3121                                            Human Physiology Lab                                           1

BIOL 3123                                            Human Physiology                                                 3

BIOL 3811                                            Basic Microbiology Lab                                           1

BIOL 3813                                            Basic Microbiology                                                 3

CHEM 1111, 1121, 1113, 1123                General Chemistry                                                 8

CHEM 3302, 3312, 3303, 3313                Organic Chemistry                                                 10

CHEM 3321, 3323                                  Biochemistry                                                         4

PHYS 1301, 1401, 2114, 2124                 General Physics                                                     10

MATH 1513                                           College Algebra                                                     3

MATH 1613                                           Trigonometry                                                        3

MATH 1743                                           Calculus & Analytic Geometry I                               3

MATH 2203                                           Elementary Statistics                                             3

MATH 2223                                           Calculus & Analytic Geometry II                              3

ECON 2113                                           Principles of Macroeconomics                                  3

IDS 3313                                              Understanding Artistic Forms                                  3

IDS 3323                                              Western Civilization and Culture                              3

IDS 4333                                              Non-Western Culture                                              3

Although the student may choose any program of study for a major, most pre-pharmacy students choose either a biology or chemistry major. These two majors provide the best preparation for the PCAT (Pharmacy College Admission Test).

In addition, two college courses in a foreign language are required if the student has not completed two years of a foreign language in high school.

 

PRE-VETERINARY MEDICINE

Students preparing for veterinary medicine enroll at USAO with the assistance of the pre-veterinary medical advisor. The advisor will not only help plan their schedules each trimester, but will guide them in the application for admission to a college of veterinary medicine. The following pre-veterinary curriculum is designed to fulfill the requirements of the student who wishes to enter a program of veterinary medicine at the Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Course                                                   Title                                                              Hours Required

IDS 1113, 1213                                     Writing                                                                 6

BIOL 1011                                            General Botany Lab                                                1

BIOL 1013                                            General Botany                                                      3

BIOL 1111                                            General Zoology Lab                                               1

BIOL 1113                                            General Zoology                                                     3

BIOL 3331                                            General Genetics Lab                                              1

BIOL 3333                                            General Genetics                                                    3

BIOL 3811                                            Basic Microbiology Lab                                            1

BIOL 3813                                            Basic Microbiology                                                  3

CHEM 1111, 1121, 1113, 1123                General Chemistry                                                  8

CHEM 3302, 3312, 3303, 3313                Organic Chemistry                                                  10

CHEM 3321, 3323                                  Biochemistry                                                          4

COMM 2133                                          Public Speaking and Persuasion                                3

COMM 4103                                          Technical Writing                                                    3

MATH 1513                                           College Algebra                                                      3

PHYS 1301, 1401, 2114, 2124                 General Physics                                                      10

ANSI 3543                                            Principles of Animal Nutrition*                                  3

*Available from Oklahoma State University by correspondence.

Pick 2 of the following humanities or social science courses:

IDS 1133  The Individual in Contemporary Society  3

IDS 3313  World Thought & Culture to 500 C.E.  3

IDS 3323  World Thought & Culture 500-1650  3

IDS 4333  World Thought & Culture 1650 to present  3

All veterinary colleges do not have identical entrance requirements. Any student wishing to apply to other colleges of veterinary medicine also may receive help from the veterinary medical advisor.

 

PRE-HEALTH RELATED STUDY IN OTHER FIELDS

USAO furnishes academic courses for those who will apply to enter clinical or post-graduate work in:

• Optometry (Doctor of Optometry)

• Physical Therapy

• Radiologic Technology (which includes Nuclear Medicine, Radiography, Radioactive Radiation Therapy, Sonography)

• Others

In general, all programs involving clinical work require selective admission before the clinical phase of the education. A good academic record as well as an exact program of courses will be needed. All pre-health related students should first contact the chair of the science department, who will secure an informed advisor for them. Students interested in health-related professions other than those specifically mentioned above may find that a part or all of their pre-professional work can be done at USAO. All such people are invited to contact the chair of the science department for information.