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Non-ACS Professional Preparation Track (Algebra Start)

This degree designed specifically for those students planning to attend medical, dental, veterinary, physician’s assistant, or other professional programs.

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Plan Your Degree

Disclaimer: This program map is intended ONLY as a guide for students to plan their course of study. It does NOT replace any information in the Undergraduate Catalog, which is the official guide for completing degree requirements.

Term 1: Fall

Course Name Credit Hours
A1: ENGL 1101

English Composition 1

3
MATH 1111

College Algebra

3
B2: XIDS 2002

First-Year Seminar

2
E3: POLS 1101

American Government

3
D1: BIOL 1107 + Lab

Principles of Biology 1

4

Milestone:

  • Overall B or better grades highly desirable to be competitive for medical school.

Term 2: Spring

Course Name Credit Hours
A1: ENGL 1102

English Composition 2

3
A2: MATH 1113

Precalculus

4
F: CHEM 1211 + Lab

Principles of Chemistry 1

4
D1: BIOL 1108 + Lab

Principles of Biology 2

4

Milestone:

  • Overall B or better grades highly desirable to be competitive for medical school.

Term 3: Summer

Course Name Credit Hours
F: CHEM 1212 + Lab

Principles of Chemistry 2

4
E1 OR E2 3

Milestone:

  • CHEM 1212 needs a grade of B or better, which is required to move into Organic Chemistry.

 

15 Fall Credit Hours + 15 Spring Credit Hours + 7 Summer Credit Hours = 37 Credit Hours

Term 1: Fall

Course Name Credit Hours
CHEM 2130

Sophomore Chemistry Seminar

1
F: CHEM 2411 + Lab

Organic Chemistry 1

4
D2: MATH 1634

Calculus 1

4
E4: PSYC 1101 OR SOCI 1101

Introduction to Psychology or Introduction to Sociology

3
E1 OR E2 3

Milestone:

  • Overall B or better grades highly desirable to be competitive for medical school.

Term 2: Spring

Course Name Credit Hours
CHEM 3422 + Lab

Organic Chemistry 2

4
F: MATH 1401 OR 2644

Elementary Statistics or Calculus 2

3/4
B1: PHIL 2020

Critical Thinking

3
BIOL Course

3000/4000 level BIOL elective course

4

Milestone:

  • Overall B or better grades highly desirable to be competitive for medical school.

15 Fall Credit Hours + 14 Spring Credit Hours = 29 Credit Hours

Additional Information:

  • Recommended Biology Electives: Cell and Molecular Biology, Human Physiology, Genetics, Microbiology.

Term 1: Fall

Course Name Credit Hours
CHEM 3310K

Analytical Chemistry

4
PHYS 1111 OR 2211 + Lab

Introductory Physics 1 or Principles of Physics 1

4
BIOL Course

3000/4000 level BIOL elective course

3
PSYC OR SOCI Course

3000/4000 level PSYC OR SOCI elective course

4

Milestones:

  • Biology electives can be taken in any order but need to be taken before attempting the MCAT.
  • CHEM 3422 + Lab section and CHEM 3310K must be completed with a C or better before taking CHEM 4711.

Term 2: Spring

Course Name Credit Hours
CHEM 4711

Biochemistry

3
PHYS 1112 OR 2212 + Lab

Introductory Physics 2 or Principles of Physics 2

4
BIOL Course

3000/4000 level BIOL elective course

3
C2: Literature course 3

Milestones:

  • Biology electives can be taken in any order but need to be taken before attempting the MCAT.
  • Take MCAT.

15 Fall Credit Hours + 14 Spring Credit Hours = 29 Credit Hours

Additional Information:

  • Recommended Biology Electives: Cell and Molecular Biology, Human Physiology, Genetics, Microbiology.
  • Recommended Psychology Electives: Human Growth & Development, Social Psychology, Abnormal Psychology.

Term 1: Fall

Course Name Credit Hours
CHEM 3510

Survey of Physical Chemistry

3
CHEM 4610

Inorganic Chemistry

3
CHEM Course

3000/4000 level CHEM elective course

3
BIOL Course

3000/4000 level Elective course

3
C1: Fine Arts 3

Milestone:

  • Overall B or better grades highly desirable to be competitive for medical school.

Term 2: Spring

Course Name Credit Hours
CHEM 4910L

Tools and Applications in Chemical Research and Practice

3
CHEM Course

3000/4000 level CHEM elective course

3
Elective

Supporting Courses: CS 1300 or MATH or SPAN

3
Elective 3

Milestone:

  • Overall B or better grades highly desirable to be competitive for medical school.

15 Fall Credit Hours + 12 Spring Credit Hours = 27 Credit Hours

Additional Information:

  • This program map was developed for Medical School. The courses in the first three years have been laid out to prepare students for the MCAT. The MCAT should be taken in the summer after Year 3.
  • This program map can be adapted for Dental, Vet, Physician’s Assistant, Anesthesiology Assistant or Physical Therapy programs. Please see an advisor

Crush Your Course

First Year:

  • Choose Concentration (ACS track recommended).

Middle Years:

  • Take Sophomore Seminar.
  • Complete Organic Chemistry sequence.
  • Complete Analytical Chemistry.
  • Complete other supporting courses (see Advisor to have a clear roadmap).

Last Year:

  • Take Senior Seminar.
  • Take senior capstone course(s) and complete a senior project.
  • Complete all required courses for a degree.

Find Your Place

First Year:

  • Connect with your faculty mentor.
  • Join clubs (Chemistry Association or Emerging Healthcare Leaders recommended).

Middle Years:

  • Join a research group or seek for student employment (workshop leader, laboratory assistant).
  • Attend program/department/college events.
  • Attend senior research presentations and on-campus conferences.
  • Study and hang out in the student lounge (TLC 2116).

Last Year:

  • Attend program/department/college events.
  • Attend on-campus conferences.
  • Study and hang out in the student lounge (TLC 2116).

Broaden Your Perspectives

Middle Years:

  • Explore internships or part-time jobs in career-related areas (industry, pharmacy, etc.).
  • Explore summer internships or REU programs.
  • Explore volunteer opportunities with a club or in career-related areas.

Last Year:

  • Re-examine career paths with a chemistry degree (ACS Career page, alumni connections, your own aptitude and interest).

Connect Off-Campus

Middle Years:

Last Year:

  • Talk to alumni in a career field of interest, matched by your faculty mentor.

Take Care of Yourself

First Year:

Middle Years:

  • Talk to your faculty mentor.
  • Look into on-campus self-care and stress resources especially Campus Center, Health Services, and Counseling Center.
  • Find study buddies.
  • Go to events, have fun (balance time between study, work, and fun).

Last Year:

  • Talk to your faculty mentor.
  • Look into on-campus self-care and stress resources especially Campus Center, Health Services, and Counseling Center.
  • Find study buddies.
  • Go to events, have fun (balance time between study, work, and fun).

Pave Your Path

First Year:

Middle Year:

  • Write preliminary resume.
  • Seek for resume-building opportunities related to your career goal (employment, research, activities, volunteering).

Last Year:

  • Build hands-on experience through research and/or internships.
  • Update your resume or CV.
  • Apply for graduate schools, professional school, or jobs.
  • Make sure to get help from Office of Career and Graduate School Connections for cover letters, resume, application, and interviews.

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