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PRE-PROFESSIONAL PROGRAMS
Advisors: Camacho
Pre-Dentistry
Most dental schools require a minimum of three years undergraduate preparation for
admission. Many dental schools strongly recommend a four-year, degree-producing
program. Entrance requirements to dental schools include the following:

    1. Completion of the Dental Aptitude Test which is given three times a year through the Council on Dental Education of the American Dental Association.
    See the Academic Support Center for information.
    2. Completion of at least two full years of academic work in an accredited college of liberal arts and sciences including the following minimum credit hours:
    Biological Science 8-12 credits
    General Chemistry 8 credits
    Organic Chemistry 4 credits
    Physics 8 credits

Most dental schools have entrance requirements in addition to those listed above. The prospective dental student should become acquainted as early as possible with
the entrance requirements of various dental schools. A course of study may be built
around the requirements of a particular school.

Pre-Forestry
The following courses are suggested for students who plan to enter a professional school of forestry:

BIOL 202/203 Majors I: Plant Form, Function and Diversity & lab 4
BIOL 204/205 Majors II: Animal Form, Function and Diversity & lab 4
BIOL 322/324 Dendrology & lab 4
BIOL 351/353 Plant Taxonomy & lab 4
CHEM 151/153 General Chemistry I & lab 4
CHEM 152/154 General Chemistry II & lab 4
ECON 201 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
ECON 202 Principles of Microeconomics 3
ENGL 101 Composition and Rhetoric I 3
ENGL 102 Composition and Rhetoric II 3
MATH 131 College Algebra 3
MATH 132 Trigonometry 3
MVSC ___ 2 courses in Movement Science 2
PHYS 151/153 General Physics I & lab 4
PHYS 152/154 General Physics II & lab 4
POL 201 American National Government 3
POL 202 American State Government 3
  Total credit hours 58

Pre-Medicine
Most medical schools recommend a rigorous four-year, degree-producing preprofessional program. In general, entrance requirements to medical schools include
the following:

    1. Evidence of superior intellectual ability and achievement.
    2. Evidence of character, attitude, and interests suitable for a career in
    medicine.
    3. Completion of the Medical College Admission Test of the Association of
    American Medical Colleges.
    4. Completion of at least 90 credit hours of college courses in an approved college or university (a bachelor’s degree is recommended) which must include the following credit hours: chemistry, 16-20 credits; biology, 8-16 credits; physics, 8 credits; college mathematics, one year (calculus is recommended).

Most medical schools have entrance requirements in addition to those listed above. Some require specific advanced courses in biology; some require integral calculus; some require physical chemistry with a prerequisite of integral calculus. It is recommended that the prospective medical student become acquainted as early as possible with the entrance requirements of various medical schools. A course of study may be built around the requirements of the schools. Pre-medical students are advised to take an undergraduate major in either chemistry, biology, or general science, with a strong minor in one of the other two fields.

Pre-Pharmacy
Most colleges of pharmacy require one year of college academic credit as a minimum for entrance. Normally a student would transfer to a college of pharmacy at the end of his/her freshman year. In order to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy in minimum time, the first-year program must correlate closely with the program recommended by colleges of pharmacy. The recommended first-year program is as follows:
BIOL 204/205 Majors II: Animal Form, Function and Diversity & lab 4
CHEM 151/153 General Chemistry I & lab 4
CHEM 152/154 General Chemistry II & lab 4
ENGL 101 Composition and Rhetoric I 3
ENGL 102 Composition and Rhetoric II 3
MATH 171 Calculus I 5
MATH 172 Calculus II 4

The University of New Mexico Pharmacological Board requires at least 6 credit hours of electives selected from the following areas: speech, literature, history, philosophy, anthropology, psychology, economics, geography, political science, sociology, foreign languages, history, and appreciation and criticism of art, music, theatre and dance.

The student must also complete the Pharmacy College Admission Test no later than the February test date of the year in which the student applies for admission.

Assistance is available, through pre-professional faculty advising, to provide the student with realistic curriculum guidance in the undergraduate programs. The name of the faculty advisor for each of the above pre-professional programs and information concerning the Medical College Admissions Test, the Dental Aptitude Test, and the Pharmacy College Admission Test can be obtained from the office of the department chair.

Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering
(in conjunction with NMSU)

WNMU and New Mexico State University (NMSU) are developing articulation agreements for students interested in pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering. Students can begin their academic work at WNMU, and then transfer to NMSU to complete an engineering degree. Interested students should consult with Mary. Dowse, Department of Natural Sciences, for specific degree plans and requirements.

Degree Plans

 
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