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Undergraduate Catalog 2011

Pre-Professional and Allied Health Programs

Courses in this program are listed under .

The PreMedical and PreDental Advising Office is located in University Center 116, within the Dean's Suite of the College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences, and serves UMBC students and alumni who are interested in pursuing careers in medicine, dentistry, optometry, podiatry, and veterinary medicine. The PreMedical and PreDental Advising Office provides academic advising that is focused on the professional school prerequisites, in addition to guiding students on all other issues relevant to the professional school admissions process, such as the standardized entrance exams required by the professional schools and their application timelines. Because of the complexities inherent to the professional school process, students are encouraged to contact the office as early in their exploration process as possible to ensure that they reap the most benefit from the available services.

Professional schools, while not requiring any particular undergraduate major, do require that a certain selection of undergraduate courses be completed and these prerequisite courses vary per professional school. In order to ensure that students are fulfilling both UMBC’s graduation requirements and the professional school admission requirements, pre-professional students at UMBC have two advisors: their assigned academic advisor in their declared major and their pre-professional advisor.

Gaining admission into professional school is highly competitive and requires not only a stellar academic record and satisfactory scores on entrance exams, but also strengths in other areas such as research, extracurricular involvement and leadership, clinical related experience, as well as community service and philanthropic work. An in-depth discussion of each of the aforementioned categories is provided on The PreMedical and PreDental Advising Office website at www.umbc.edu/premed.

Pre-medical, pre-dental, pre-optometry, pre-podiatry, and pre-veterinary students have been accepted into many programs throughout the United States, including those at Baylor; Columbia; Georgetown; Johns Hopkins; Morehouse; New York University; Penn State; Temple; Tufts; University of Maryland, Baltimore; University of North Carolina; University of Pittsburgh; and Yale.

Students interested in medicine, dentistry, optometry, podiatry, or veterinary medicine should visit The PreMedical and PreDental Advising Office website at www.umbc.edu/premed, stop by the office in University Center 116, or contact Mrs. Christy Roelke, Health Professions Advising Coordinator, at Christy.Roelke@umbc.edu.

Professional School Requirements

Medical

Most medical schools require a minimum of 8 credits of biology courses with accompanying laboratory courses; 8 credits of inorganic/general chemistry with labs; 8 credits of organic chemistry with labs; 8 credits of physics with accompanying labs; 3 credits of calculus; and 6 credits of English composition and/or literature courses. Given the variability in the prerequisites required by different medical schools, it is advisable for UMBC students to complete at least two semesters of college-level mathematics, one of which should include one semester of calculus. In addition, many medical schools strongly recommended completion of one semester of biochemistry. Admission requirements vary slightly among medical schools and therefore, it is a student’s responsibility to refer to the Medical School Admission Requirements (MSAR) book, an annual publication of the Association of American Medical Colleges (www.aamc.org), to ensure they take the prerequisites required by the schools to which they plan to apply. All prerequisite courses must be completed by the end of the Spring semester that precedes a student’s expected August matriculation into medical school; although, the science prerequisite courses must be completed before a student takes the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). Copies of AAMC’s Medical School Admission Requirements (MSAR) book are available at UMBC’s Albin O. Kuhn Library. Students may also purchase their own copy from AAMC (www.aamc.org) or log onto each individual medical school’s website for detailed information about each school’s admission requirements. As a special note: Pre-podiatry students should follow the pre-medical course requirements given most podiatric medical schools require completion of the MCAT. Pre-podiatry students should refer to the American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine (AACPM) website at (www.aacpm.org) which provides links to all of the podiatry schools and their admission requirements.

The UMBC equivalents of the minimum entrance requirements for most medical schools are listed below. Admission requirements vary slightly among medical schools and therefore, it is a student’s responsibility to refer to the Medical School Admission Requirements (MSAR) book, an annual publication of the Association of American Medical Colleges (www.aamc.org), to ensure they take the prerequisites required by the schools to which they plan to apply. Students should be working closely with The PreMedical and PreDental Advising Office (www.umbc.edu/premed) throughout their tenure at UMBC.

Medical School Requirements and UMBC Equivalent Courses

Biology lecture with lab combinations

(8 credit minimum)

Choose two courses from this list:

  • BIOL 302 with BIOL 302 Lab
  • BIOL 303 with BIOL 300 Lab
  • BIOL 305 with BIOL 305 Lab

Inorganic/General Chemistry lecture with lab combinations

(8 credit minimum)

  • CHEM 101
    AND
  • CHEM 102 with CHEM 102 Lab

Organic Chemistry lecture with lab combinations

(8 credit minimum)

  • CHEM 351 with CHEM 351 Lab
    AND
  • CHEM 352 with CHEM 352 Lab

Physics lecture with lab combinations

(8 credit minimum)

  • PHYS 111 and PHYS 112*
    OR
  • PHYS 121 and PHYS 122*

*depends on a student’s declared major, although PHYS 111/112 is preferred.

College-Level Mathematics

(6 credit minimum)
Choose one course from this list:

  • MATH 155
    OR
  • MATH 151

AND

One course from this list:

  • STAT 350
    OR
  • MATH 152

English

(6 credit minimum)

  • ENGL 100
  • And, a second ENGL prefix-course, either a composition or literature course.

Dental

Most dental schools require a minimum of 8 credits of biology courses with accompanying laboratory courses; 8 credits of inorganic/general chemistry with labs; 8 credits of organic chemistry with labs; 8 credits of physics with accompanying labs; and 6 credits of English composition courses. In addition, a few dental schools including the University of Maryland, Baltimore College of Dental Surgery (www.dental.umaryland.edu), require completion of 3 credits of biochemistry; hence, biochemistry is included on the list of prerequisites in this section. Students should be aware that there are current trends among dental schools to also require 4 credits of microbiology, and 3 credits of psychology. Admission requirements vary slightly among dental schools and therefore, it is a student’s responsibility to refer to the Official Guide to Dental Schools, an annual publication of the American Dental Education Association (ADEA, www.adea.org), to ensure they take the prerequisites required by the schools to which they plan to apply. All prerequisite courses must be completed by the end of the Spring semester that precedes a student’s expected August matriculation into dental school; although, the biology and chemistry prerequisite courses must be completed before a student takes the Dental Admission Test (DAT).
Copies of ADEA’s Official Guide to Dental Schools book are available at UMBC’s Albin O. Kuhn Library. Students may also purchase their own copy from ADEA (www.adea.org) or log onto each individual dental school’s website for detailed information about each school’s admission requirements. The UMBC equivalents of the minimum entrance requirements for most dental schools are listed below. Admission requirements vary slightly among dental schools and therefore, it is a student’s responsibility to refer to the ADEA’s Official Guide to Dental Schools book, an annual publication, to ensure they take the prerequisites required by the schools to which they plan to apply. Students should be working closely with The PreMedical and PreDental Advising Office (www.umbc.edu/premed) throughout their tenure at UMBC.

Dental School Requirements and UMBC Equivalent Courses

Biology lecture with lab combinations

(8 credit minimum)

Choose two courses from this list:

  • BIOL 302 with BIOL 302 Lab
  • BIOL 303 with BIOL 300 Lab
  • BIOL 305 with BIOL 305 Lab

Inorganic/General Chemistry lecture with lab combinations

(8 credit minimum)

  • CHEM 101
    AND
  • CHEM 102 with CHEM 102 Lab

Organic Chemistry lecture with lab combinations

(8 credit minimum)

  • CHEM 351 with CHEM 351 Lab
    AND
  • CHEM 352 with CHEM 352 Lab

Biochemistry lecture (lab typically not required)

(3 credit minimum)

  • BIOL 430
    OR
  • CHEM 437

Physics lecture with lab combinations

(8 credit minimum)

  • PHYS 111 and PHYS 112*
    OR
  • PHYS 121 and PHYS 122*

*depends on a student’s declared major, although PHYS 111/112 is preferred.

English Composition

(6 credit minimum)

  • ENGL 100
    AND

a second ENGL-prefix composition course from this list:

  • ENGL 271/272/273
  • ENGL 281
  • ENGL 291
  • ENGL 383
  • ENGL 391
  • ENGL 393

Optometry

Most optometry schools require a minimum of 8 credits of biology courses with accompanying laboratory courses; 4 credits of microbiology with accompanying lab; 8 credits of inorganic/general chemistry with labs; 8 credits of organic chemistry with labs; 8 credits of physics with accompanying labs; 3-4 credits of calculus; 3-4 credits of statistics; 6 credits of English composition and/or literature courses; and 3 credits of psychology. Admission requirements vary slightly among optometry schools and therefore, it is a student’s responsibility to refer to the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) website (www.opted.org) which provides links to all of the optometry schools and their admission requirements. All prerequisite courses must be completed by the end of the Spring semester that precedes a student’s expected August matriculation into optometry school; although, the biology, chemistry and physics prerequisite courses must be completed before a student takes the Optometry Admissions Test (OAT).

The UMBC equivalents of the minimum entrance requirements for Salus University’s optometry program, is listed below. Salus is the closest optometry school to UMBC and their prerequisite list captures the general minimum requirements for most, but not all, optometry schools in the United States. Admission requirements vary slightly among optometry schools and therefore, it is a student’s responsibility to refer to the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry website (www.opted.org) which provides links to all of the optometry schools and their admission requirements. Students should be working closely with The PreMedical and PreDental Advising Office (www.umbc.edu/premed) throughout their tenure at UMBC.

Optometry School Requirements and UMBC Equivalent Courses

Biology lecture with lab combinations

(8 credit minimum)

Choose two courses from this list:

  • BIOL 302 with BIOL 302 Lab
  • BIOL 303 with BIOL 300 Lab
  • BIOL 305 with BIOL 305 Lab

Microbiology lecture with lab

(4 credit minimum)

  • BIOL 275 with BIOL 275 Lab

Inorganic/General Chemistry lecture with lab combinations

(8 credit minimum)

  • CHEM 101
    AND
  • CHEM 102 with CHEM 102 Lab

Organic Chemistry lecture with lab combinations

(8 credit minimum)

  • CHEM 351 with CHEM 351 Lab
    and
  • CHEM 352 with CHEM 352 Lab

Physics lecture with lab combinations

(8 credit minimum)

  • PHYS 111 and PHYS 112*
    OR
  • PHYS 121 and PHYS 122*

*depends on a student’s declared major, although PHYS 111/112 is preferred.

College-Level Mathematics

(6-8 credits. Due to the great variability amongst optometry schools, students are
strongly advised to check the ASCO’s website as noted above.)

  • MATH 150 and MATH 151
    OR
  • MATH 151 and MATH 152

(At Salus, one semester of Calculus fulfills the minimum math requirement; however two semesters of Calculus are highly recommended.)

Statistics

(3-4 credits)

  • STAT 121
    OR
  • STAT 350

Psychology

(3-4 credits)

  • PSYC 100

English

(6 credit minimum)

  • ENGL 100
    AND
  • A second ENGL-prefix course, either a composition or literature course.

Veterinary Medicine

Most veterinary schools require a minimum of 8 credits of biology courses with accompanying laboratory courses; 4 credits of microbiology with accompanying lab; 8 credits of inorganic/general chemistry with labs; 8 credits of organic chemistry with labs; 3 credits of biochemistry (typically the lab is not required); 8 credits of physics with accompanying labs; 3 credits of calculus; 3 credits of statistics; 6 credits of English composition and/or literature courses; and 6 credits of humanities and social science courses. Out of the five pre-health areas that are under the PreMedical and PreDental Advising Office’s umbrella, there seems to be more variability amongst the veterinary schools’ prerequisite course requirements than any other pre-professional area. Admission requirements vary per school and it is a student’s responsibility to be knowledgeable about the nuances of each veterinary school to which they plan on applying. Please refer to the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) website (www.aavmc.org) which provides links to all of the veterinary schools and their admission requirements. All prerequisite courses must be completed by the end of the Spring semester that precedes a student’s expected August matriculation into veterinary school.
Copies of AAVMC’s Veterinary Medical School Admission Requirements book are available at UMBC’s Albin O. Kuhn Library. Students may also log onto each individual veterinary school’s website for detailed information about each school’s admission requirements.

The UMBC equivalents of the minimum entrance requirements for The Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine (VMRCVM, www.vetmed.vt.edu) is listed below. VMRCVM’s prerequisite list captures the general minimum requirements for many, but not all, veterinary schools in the United States. Admission requirements vary among veterinary schools and therefore, it is a student’s responsibility to refer to the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) website (www.aavmc.org) which provides links to all of the veterinary schools and their admission requirements. Students should be working closely with The PreMedical and PreDental Advising Office (www.umbc.edu/premed) throughout their tenure at UMBC.

Veterinary School Requirements and UMBC Equivalent Courses

Biology lecture with lab combinations

(8 credit minimum)

Choose two courses from this list:

  • BIOL 302 with BIOL 302 Lab
  • BIOL 303 with BIOL 300 Lab
  • BIOL 305 with BIOL 305 Lab

Inorganic/General Chemistry lecture with lab combinations

(8 credit minimum)

  • CHEM 101
    AND
  • CHEM 102 with CHEM 102 Lab

Organic Chemistry lecture with lab combinations

(8 credit minimum)

  • CHEM 351 with CHEM 351 Lab
    AND
  • CHEM 352 with CHEM 352 Lab

Biochemistry lecture (lab is typically not required)

(3 credit minimum)

  • BIOL 430
    OR
  • CHEM 437

Physics lecture with lab combinations

(8 credit minimum)

  • PHYS 111 and PHYS 112*
    OR
  • PHYS 121 and PHYS 122*

*depends on a student’s declared major, although PHYS 111/112 is preferred.

College-Level Mathematics

(6 credit minimum)

Choose two courses from this list:

  • MATH 106
  • MATH 150
  • MATH 151 OR MATH 155
  • MATH 152
  • MATH 233
  • STAT 350

English Composition

(6 credit minimum. AP credit is not acceptable.)

  • ENGL 100
    AND

A second ENGL-prefix composition or technical writing course from this list:

  • ENGL 271/272/273
  • ENGL 281
  • ENGL 291
  • ENGL 383
  • ENGL 391
  • ENGL 393
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Pre-Law

Law schools do not prescribe a particular pre-law curriculum, nor do they require specific undergraduate courses. Students are advised to select a major according to individual interest. Because the law touches nearly every phase of human activity, most liberal arts majors can be of value to a lawyer. Of primary importance to a lawyer is the ability to express thoughts clearly and cogently. Courses in composition, communication arts and literature develop these skills. Political science, economics, history, government and sociology courses are of value because of their close relation to law and their influence on its development. Ethics, because of its relationship to legal principles, and philosophy, because of the influence of philosophic reasoning on legal reasoning and jurisprudence, are also of interest. Some knowledge of the principles of accounting and of the sciences is recommended and will prove of practical value to the lawyer in general practice in the modern world. UMBC’s political science department offers especially strong preparation for students interested in law school, including courses in American constitutional and administrative law taught by the case method. The department also offers a Legal Internship Program that places students in legal positions in the Baltimore area. The department operates the Pre-law Resource Office, which is open to all UMBC students. Other parts of the university curriculum offer courses in private law and the history of law. For additional information, students should consult the Pre-law Handbook, published by the Law School Admissions Council and the Association of American Law Schools, available in the Pre-law Resource Office in the Public Policy Building, room 357.

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Allied Health Programs

UMBC offers allied health programs to prepare students for clinical training in dental hygiene, medical technology, nursing, pharmacy and physical therapy. These programs involve two to four years of intensive study at UMBC. After completing 64 to 120 credits of required course work and satisfying other requirements (which may include evidence of exceptional promise, volunteer work and scores on a national entrance examination), students apply to allied health programs in Maryland and throughout the United States. UMBC’s Office for Academic and Pre-Professional Advising has full-time advisors for students considering allied health professions. These advisors help students select courses, plan their careers and apply to professional schools.

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Pre-Dental Hygiene

Dental hygienists are licensed members of the dental health care team who strive to improve the oral health of the public through preventive services and education. They have special clinical and educational skills, an aptitude for science and a genuine concern for people. The pre-dental hygiene area of concentration usually involves two years of study at UMBC. Students then will complete professional studies and a bachelor’s degree at another institution and will not receive a degree from UMBC. The Office for Academic and Pre-Professional Advising can assist students interested in pursuing the pre-dental hygiene curriculum.

The program description below meets the requirements for most nationally accredited dental hygiene programs. Students should become familiar with the requirements of the school(s) from which they eventually wish to obtain the bachelor’s degree to plan a program that will best use time spent at UMBC.

Dental Hygiene Requirements and Equivalent UMBC Courses

English (9)

  • ENGL 100
  • ENGL 391 or 393
  • one additional ENGL writing course

Biology (12)

  • BIOL 101
  • BIOL 109
  • BIOL 275 and 275 Lab

Chemistry (9)

  • CHEM 123
  • CHEM 124 and 124 Lab

Anatomy and Physiology (8)

  • BIOL 251 and 251 Lab
  • BIOL 252 and 252 Lab

Nutrition (3)

  • BIOL 233

Mathematics/Statistics (4)

  • STAT 121

Psychology (4)

  • PSYC 100

Sociology (3)

  • SOCY 101

Social Sciences Electives (6)

  • Choose among Psychology, Sociology, Geography, Political Science, Economics, Anthropology, Africana Studies, History

Arts and Humanities Electives (6)

  • Choose among Art, Literature, Mathematics, Philosophy, Fine Arts (no studio courses), Foreign Languages, American Studies, Africana Studies

Speech (3)

  • SPCH 100

TOTAL CREDITS 67

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Pre-Medical Technology

Pre-Medical Technology

Medical technologists assist in diagnosing and treating disease by applying scientific knowledge and skill to the supervision and accurate performance of complex laboratory, diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. Career opportunities exist for medical technologists in hospitals, private clinics, pharmaceutical research, government and industry.The professional curriculum usually includes courses in hematology, clinical chemistry, microbiology, immunology and immunohematology (blood banking).The pre-medical technology area of concentration usually involves only the first two years of study at UMBC. Students then will complete professional studies and a bachelor’s degree at another institution and will not receive a degree from UMBC.To complete the requirements for this, students should obtain 76 credits at UMBC. The final two years then are devoted to clinical studies. Upon successful completion of the program, a student earns the B.S. degree and is eligible to take the national certification exam given by the American Society for Clinical Pathologists.The program description below meets the requirements for most nationally accredited medical technology programs. Students should become familiar with the requirements of the school(s) from which they finally wish to obtain the degree to plan a program that will best use the time spent at UMBC. The Office for Academic and Pre-Professional Advising can assist students interested in pursuing the pre-medical technology curriculum.

Medical Technology Requirements and UMBC Equivalent Courses


English (6)

  • ENGL 100 and
  • one ENGL elective

Biology (23)

  • BIOL 141, 142
  • BIOL 275 and 275 Lab
  • BIOL 300 Lab
  • BIOL 302 and
  • one BIOL elective

Chemistry (15)

  • CHEM 101,
  • CHEM 102 and 102 Lab
  • CHEM 351 and 351 Lab

Mathematics/Statistics (8)

  • MATH 150
  • STAT 121

Anatomy and Physiology (4)

  • BIOL 251 and 251 Lab


Social Sciences Electives (6)

  • Choose from Psychology, Sociology, Geography, Political Science, Economics, Anthropology, Social Work, History

Arts and Humanities Elective (3)

  • Choose from Literature, Foreign Language, Art, History, Music, Mathematics, Philosophy, Fine Arts (no studio courses)

Guided Elective (3)

  • SPCH 100 or CMSC 100

Other Electives (8) any discipline (no studio courses)

Recommended courses: CHEM 352 and 352 Lab OR PHYS 111,112


TOTAL CREDITS 76

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Pre-Nursing

Nurses today have become the primary caregivers in many health care settings. A nurse is generally responsible for the planning, implementation, and evaluation of a patient's health plan. Within the profession, a choice of career opportunities exists, including: nurse clinician, nurse educator, nurse researcher, community health nurse, visiting nurse, psychiatric nurse, and nurse practitioner. Nurses also find employment in settings outside the hospital or physician's office, including: hospice care, occupational health, industrial medicine, public health, quality assurance, and risk management. The pre-nursing area of concentration usually involves two years of study at UMBC. The Office for Academic and Pre-Professional Advising can assist students interested in pursuing the pre-nursing curriculum.

Nursing Requirements and UMBC Equivalent Courses

English (6)

  • ENGL 100 and
  • one literature course*

Biology (9)

  • BIOL 101
  • BIOL 275 and 275 Lab


Chemistry (9)

  • CHEM 123
  • CHEM 124 and 124 Lab

Mathematics/Statistics (7-8)

  • STAT 121
  • MATH 106 or higher

Anatomy and Physiology (8)

  • BIOL 251 and 251 Lab
  • BIOL 252 and 252 Lab

Nutrition (3)

  • BIOL 233

Psychology (7)

  • PSYC 100
  • PSYC 306


Sociology (3)

  • SOCY 101

Social Sciences Elective (3)

  • Choose among Psychology, Sociology, Geography, Political Science, Economics, Anthropology, Social Work, History

Arts and Humanities Electives (9)

  • Choose among Literature, Foreign Language, Art, History, Music, Mathematics, Philosophy, Speech**

TOTAL CREDITS 64

*See advisor for acceptable courses.
**Courses must be completed in two different academic areas.

To become eligible for a professional program in nursing, students must complete a minimum of 64 credits in specific coursework. Taking this into consideration, an increasing number of students are planning to complete a bachelor’s degree at UMBC prior to continuing their professional studies in nursing at another institution. This option entitles students to assemble a more competitive overall portfolio for nursing program admission.

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UMBC/UMB Nursing Partnership

For incoming freshmen who are interested in nursing, UMBC offers a collaborative partnership with the University of Maryland Baltimore (UMB), a premiere school of Nursing. This partnership focuses on enhanced advising, programming and preparation for nursing school while at UMBC. Students are paired with pre-nursing advisors who will mentor them through their academic career and foster a connection between UMBC and the UMB School of Nursing. While at UMBC, students also have the added benefit of collective programmatic opportunities, including site visits to UMB to see classrooms, labs and clinical sites. Eligible students must indicate their intended program of study as Pre-Nursing prior to matriculation at UMBC. As part of this collaboration, each year UMBC secures as many as thirty seats in the UMB School of Nursing class, offered to those who have met certain academic requirements. For more information on this exclusive partnership, please contact the Office for Academic and Pre-Professional Advising.

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Pre-Pharmacy

The field of pharmacy trains students for the efficient, ethical practice of all branches of pharmacy. Through exposure to general scientific and cultural subjects, students learn to read critically, express themselves clearly and think logically as members of a profession and citizens of a democracy. The curriculum also prepares students for scholarship and research in the healing arts of pharmacy. The pre-pharmacy concentration involves at least three years of study at UMBC. Given that 89 credits are currently required in terms of preparatory coursework, an increasing number of students are planning to complete a bachelor’s degree at UMBC prior to continuing their pre-professional studies in Pharmacy at another institution. This option allows students to assemble a more competitive overall portfolio for admission. The Office for Academic and Pre-professional Advising can assist students interested in pursuing a pre-pharmacy program.

The program description below meets the requirements for most nationally accredited pharmacy programs. Students should become familiar with the particular requirements of all the programs to which they intend to apply.

Pharmacy Requirements and UMBC Equivalent Courses

English (6)

  • ENGL 100
  • one course in world or English literature

Mathematics/Statistics (8)



  • MATH 151
  • STAT 350


Biology (29)


  • BIOL 141, 142
  • BIOL 251, 252
  • BIOL 275 and BIOL 275 Lab
  • BIOL 300 Lab
  • BIOL 430 or CHEM 437

Chemistry (20)

  • CHEM 101
  • CHEM 102 and 102 Lab
  • CHEM 351 and 351 Lab
  • CHEM 352 and 352 Lab

Physics (8)

  • PHYS 111, 112

Economics (3)

  • ECON 101

Speech (3)

  • SPCH 100

Arts and Humanities electives (6)

  • Choose among English, Fine Arts (no studio courses), Music, Philosophy, Foreign Languages, American Studies, Africana Studies, Ancient Studies

Social Sciences electives (6)

  • Choose among Psychology, Sociology, Geography, History, Political Science, Economics, Anthropology, Africana Studies

TOTAL CREDITS 89

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Pre-Physical Therapy

Physical therapists work with people who are disabled by illness or accident or born with a handicap. Practitioners evaluate each patient's ability, disability, and potential for recovery. The most common areas of disorder include: neuromuscular, musculoskeletal, sensory motor, and related cardiovascular and respiratory functions. Students pursuing the physical therapy area of concentration must complete a bachelor's degree at UMBC. While no particular major is required, they must complete a certain selection of courses. The Office for Academic and Pre-Professional Advising can assist students interested in pursuing the pre-physical therapy curriculum.

Physical Therapy Requirements and UMBC Equivalent Courses

Biology (12)

  • BIOL 101
  • BIOL 251 and 251L
  • BIOL 252 and 252L

Chemistry (9-10)

  • CHEM 101, 102, and 102L OR
  • CHEM 123, 124, and 124L

Physics (8)

  • PHYS 111, 112

Mathematics/Statistics (4)

  • STAT 121

Psychology (7)

  • PSYC 100
  • PSYC 285 or 306

Other Coursework, including general and major requirements (approx. 79)

TOTAL CREDITS 120

A minimum of 100 hours of work or volunteer experience in a physical therapy setting is also required.

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