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Undergraduate Catalog 2012

Pre-Medicine and Pre-Dentistry

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 all current UMBC students, regardless of major, 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. A Health Professions Evaluation Committee, composed of faculty and coordinated through the PreMedical and PreDental Advising Office, assists students as they complete the medical and dental school application processes.

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 Ms. 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; 1 semester of biochemistry lecture; 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. 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. 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.  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). A new version of the MCAT will launch in January 2015 and will require competencies in the psychological, social, and biological foundations of behavior.  Students should refer to the PreMedical and PreDental Advising Office website to learn more about the upcoming changes to the MCAT and potential courses which will assist students with acquiring certain competencies tested on the new MCAT.  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)   

  • BIOL 302 with BIOL 302 Lab
  • BIOL 303 with BIOL 300 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.

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)       

  • BIOL 302 with BIOL 302 Lab
  • BIOL 303 with BIOL 300 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)       

  • BIOL 302 with BIOL 302 Lab
  • BIOL 303 with BIOL 300 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 University, 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; 1 semester of biochemistry lecture; 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) are 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)       

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

Humanities and Social Sciences

(6 credit minimum of courses from: the arts, philosophy, history, economics, psychology, and sociology.)