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. Although the student may choose any program of study for a major, most pre-dental students choose either a biology or chemistry major. These two majors provide the best preparation for the DAT (Dental Admission Test). The minimum coursework should include:

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, 2114, 2124 General Physics (10)

Biology elective with laboratory Biology (8)

 

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. Although the student may choose any program of study to major, most pre-med students choose either a biology or chemistry major. These two majors provide the best preparation for the MCAT (Medical College Aptitude Test). Minimum coursework should include:

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)

 

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:

IDS 1013 Rhetoric and Public Speaking (3)

IDS 1113 Writing I (3)

IDS 1123 Writing II (3)

IDS 2003 Introduction to Computer Science (3)

IDS 2023 Foundations of Life Science (3)

IDS 2133 American Civilization I (3)

IDS 2143 American Civilization II (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:

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)

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.

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.