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Biology -- Preprofessional Programs
Pre-professional programs for future study in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, and other health sciences.

Ars Medica

Ars Medica is a student organization under the guidance of faculty in the Department of Biology that organizes events to inform students of health-related career options and provides a venue for social interaction with other students with similar interests. Guest speakers are invited regularly to share their knowledge and experience of different medical careers.

 

Pre-medical Curriculum

In general medical schools do not have stringent undergraduate curriculum requirements for entry and they are looking for well rounded students with high GPAs in their four year undergraduate degree program. Premedical students frequently major in biology or chemistry but it is not essential to major in a science. However, to be successful in the MCAT (Medical College Admissions Test) there are certain subjects that are advisable to take, including inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, biology, mathematics, physics, english composition and literature.

A major in biology at FMU provides a very sound foundation for meeting entrance requirements and we have many subjects that will interest future physicians such as anatomy, physiology, genetics, microbiology and cell biology.

Students planning a career in medicine must register with the premedical advisor, Dr. Vernon Bauer (843-661-1409), in the Department of Biology.

 

Pre-dental Curriculum

A major in biology at FMU prepares a student well for the entry requirements and to be successful if accepted into a graduate dental school.

The minimum requirements for dental school in South Carolina are:

  • Organic chemistry (8 hours)
  • Inorganic chemistry (8 hours)
  • Physics (8 hours)
  • Biology (8 hours)
  • English composition (6 hours)
  • Mathematics (6 hours)
  • Science electives (8 hours)

Additional courses that are strongly recommended are:

  • Advanced biology (3-6 hours)
  • Psychology (3-6 hours)
  • English (6 hours)
  • History (6 hours)
  • Advanced mathematics (3-6 hours)
  • Advanced chemistry (3-6 hours)

Students planning a career in dentistry must register with predental advisors, Dr. Vernon Bauer (843-661-1409), in the Department of Biology.

 

Pre-veterinary Curriculum

The entry requirements for veterinary schools is variable and students need to be aware of their preferences in planning their undergraduate courses. There is no veterinary school in South Carolina however the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia, under a cooperative agreement between the States, gives some preference for admission to residents of South Carolina.

Minimum required courses for the College of Veterinary Medicine at UG are:

  • English (6 hours)
  • Humanities and Social Studies (14 hours)
  • Inorganic chemistry (8 hours)
  • Organic chemistry (8 hours)
  • Physics (8 hours)
  • Biochemistry (3 hours)
  • General biology (8 hours)
  • Advanced biology (8 hours)

All these course can be satisfied at FMU within the degree program of a major in biology. Some suggested areas of study, such as courses in animal nutrition, are not available at FMU but may be taken during summer at other universities.

Other veterinary schools may have specific requirements for additional courses and students should be aware of these differences and discuss them with their faculty advisor.

Students planning a career in veterinary medicine must register with preveterinary advisor, Dr. Tamatha Barbeau (843-661-4651), in the Department of Biology.

 

Health Professions

There are many health professions, such as anesthesia for nursing, cytotechnology, health profession education, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech pathology to list a few, that require graduate degrees and are offered at Universities in South Carolina. A Bachelor of Science with a major in biology can satisfy the requirements for entry into these programs. Biology faculty advisors will assist students to arrange their curricula in order to meet individual graduate school requirements. Students can obtain information about different career opportunities from their faculty advisors, members of the Committee on Premedical Sciences, Office of Career Development at FMU and from involvement in Ars Medica.

For more information you can contact Dr. Vernon Bauer (843-661-1409), in the Department of Biology.

Last Published: January 18, 2013 2:03 PM
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