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Pre-Professional Programs

Law

Although the pre-law student may choose a major in any field, a strong knowledge of either history/politics, philosophy/religion, or sociology proves very helpful. Hence one of the three majors is recommended for the pre-law student:

  • B.S. in Politics and History
  • B.A. in Religion, Politics, and Law
  • B.S. in Sociology (Criminal Justice emphasis)

Students interested in law should counsel with the pre-law advisor or with the chair of the department of history/politics, philosophy/religion, or sociology. If you are considering law school, then the following courses (if not already required by your major) are excellent elective options.

BA 315 Business Law  3 hours
G-CM 130  Interpersonal Communication  3 hours
G-CM 140  Public Speaking  3 hours
EC 201 Principles of Economics: Macro  3 hours
EC 204 Principles of Economics: Micro  3 hours
G-HI 201  U.S. History to 1877  3 hours
G-HI 202  U.S. History since 1877  3 hours
G-PR 104  or G-PR 104L Ethics (3 hours if G-PR 104; 4 hours and language intensive if G-PR 104L
G-PR 201  Introduction to Philosophy  3 hours
PR432 Topics in Philosophy  3 hours
G-PS 102  U.S Government  3 hours
PS 356  American Diplomacy  3 hours
PY/SO 308  Counseling  3 hours
SO 206  Social Problems  3 hours

Medicine, Osteopathy, or Dentistry

Students who prepare for application to medical, osteopathic or dental school should complete a baccalaureate degree in any field. The recommended degrees are biology or biochemistry, which provides the best collection of courses suggested by most medical or health professional schools. The required courses include a minimum of the following:

G-BI 111   College Biology I 4 hours
BI 112     College Biology II 4 hours
G-CH 111 College Chemistry I 5 hours
CH 112     College Chemistry II 5 hours
CH 251     Organic Chemistry I 5 hours
CH 252     Organic Chemistry II 5 hours
BI 310     Statistical Data Analysis 4 hours
G-PH 215 General Physics I 4 hours
PH 216     General Physics II  4 hours

Other advanced courses recommended include:

BI 225     Human Anatomy
BI 315     Human Physiology
BI 325     Human Ecology, Epidemiology and Public Health
BI 360     Cell Physiology
CH 370     Biochemistry
BI/CH 373 Cell Physiology/Biochemistry II

A faculty member of the natural science department serves as pre-health advisor and should be consulted when planning a program to meet a specific school’s admission requirements.

Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant

A transition is under way in the physical therapy and physician assistant fields from training that culminates in a master’s degree to programs that grant the master’s or doctoral degree. Therefore, pre-physical therapy and pre-physician assistant students should first complete a baccalaureate degree at McPherson College. The recommended major is biology, which provides the best collection of courses suggested by most health professional schools. The recommended courses include a minimum of the following:

G-BI 111   College Biology I    4 hours
BI 112     College Biology II    4 hours
BI 225     Human Anatomy    4 hours
BI 315     Human Physiology  4 hours
G-CH 111 College Chemistry I  5 hours
CH 112     College Chemistry II  5 hours
G-PH 215 General Physics I  4 hours
PH 216     General Physics II  4 hours
BI 310     Statistical Data Analysis  4 hours

A faculty member of the natural science department serves as pre-health advisor and should be consulted when planning a program to meet a specific school’s admission requirements.

Optometry, Podiatry

Three years of college are the minimum requirement to be considered for admission to optometry or podiatry school; however, the vast majority of students admitted have completed a college degree, majoring in one of the sciences. The recommended degree at McPherson College is biology, which provides the best collection of courses suggested by most health professional schools. The basic admission requirements in the sciences may usually be met with the following courses:

G-BI 111   College Biology I   4 hours
BI 112     College Biology II   4 hours
G-CH 111 College Chemistry I  5 hours
CH 112     College Chemistry II  5 hours
CH 251     Organic Chemistry I   5 hours
CH 252     Organic Chemistry II 5 hours
BI 310     Statistical Data Analysis 4 hours
G-PH 215 General Physics I  4 hours
PH 216     General Physics II 4 hours

Other advanced courses recommended include:

BI 225     Human Anatomy
BI 234     Microbiology
BI 315     Human Physiology
CH 370     Biochemistry

A faculty member of the natural science department serves as pre-health advisor and should be consulted when planning a program to meet a specific school’s admission requirements.

Pharmacy

Students preparing for a career in pharmacy may attend McPherson College for at least two years during which the following courses must be taken: 20 hours chemistry, 16 hours biology, four hours mathematics, four hours physics, and 16 hours English, economics, and other electives in the social sciences and humanities. A faculty member of the natural science department serves as pre-health advisor and should be consulted when planning a program to meet a specific school’s admission requirements.

Social Work

McPherson College has well prepared its students majoring in the Behavioral Sciences for entrance into Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) degree programs. The pre-professional program at McPherson College commits itself to fostering student learning in career-oriented liberal arts so that students are prepared for community service and/or graduate study in social work. Students who have acquired knowledge and skills requisite for entry into the field of social services and graduate social work education demonstrate proficient knowledge, understanding, and application of psychological and sociological theories and concepts.

All accredited graduate programs in social work require a four year bachelor’s degree for admission. The pre-social work student should plan the liberal arts program to include courses in arts and humanities, social and behavioral sciences, and biological sciences. Although the pre-social work student may choose a major in any field, a strong knowledge of human services, personality theory, counseling, and social problems is strongly recommended. The B.S. in psychology or sociology, with the health and human services emphasis is recommended.

M.S.W. programs require evidence of relevant paid/volunteer work experience related to human services organizations. The pre-social work student should therefore be prepared to complete at least one one internship or field experience related to community/social services. (The College’s Career Connections program is highly recommended.)

The M.S.W. Degree prepares graduates for advances social work practices in one of three areas—clinical social practice with individuals, families, and groups; social work administration/community practice aimed at social service administration and social policy development; and school social work. With such diverse professional practice concentrations, it is difficult to outline a generic program to prepare all pre-social work students for admission to these practice areas. Students should counsel with the pre-social work advisor to help them identify the type of professional program they are considering, and to assist them in developing a plan for completing the graduate admission requirements of that program. internship or field.

Although M.S.W. programs differ in admissions requirements, the following courses, in addition to the major, are recommended for students interested in entering the social work profession at the graduate level:

PY 405 Personality Theories 3 hours
PY/SO 308 Counseling 3 hours
SO 206 Social Problems 3-4 hours

Courses in the Health & Human Services Emphasis:

SO 260 Introduction to Human Services  3 hours
SO 365 Social Work in American Society  3 hours
PY 430 Health Psychology  3 hours
SO 470 Social Gerontology  3 hours
PY/SO 388 Career Connections   1-12 hours
PY/SO 295/495 Field Experience 1-4 hours

Veterinary Medicine

At least two years of college are required to be considered for admission into a college of veterinary medicine; however, the vast majority of students admitted have completed a college degree, majoring in one of the sciences. The pre- veterinary medicine student will plan an appropriate course of study with the help of a faculty advisor. Courses are selected to meet requirements of the specific college of veterinary medicine to which the student plans to apply The following courses are representative of those required by colleges of veterinary medicine for students seeking admission:

G-BI 111   College Biology I 4 hours
BI 112     College Biology II 4 hours
BI 234     Microbiology 4 hours
BI 383     Genetics 4 hours
G-CH 111 College Chemistry I 5 hours
CH 112     College Chemistry II 5 hours
CH 251     Organic Chemistry I 5 hours
CH 252     Organic Chemistry II 5 hours
CH 370     Biochemistry 4 hours
G-EN 110, G-EN 111 College Composition 3 credit hours each
G-PH 215 General Physics I 4 hours
PH 216     General Physics II 4 hours

It is common for pre-veterinary medicine students to complete the bachelor of science degree before applying for admittance to veterinary school. A student electing to do so should pursue one of the programs at McPherson College that lead to a major in biology, chemistry, or biochemistry.