The undeclared pre-med program provides information about USP majors to students with career goals in medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, podiatry, or optometry. Through the University’s degree programs in biochemistry, biology, chemistry, microbiology, pharmaceutical chemistry, pharmacology and toxicology, humanities and science, and psychology, students can prepare themselves for admission to medical school, as well as earn a bachelor of science degree that will serve them well if they decide to alter their career plans. These degree programs have served as a firm foundation for many of our graduates to earn post-baccalaureate degrees in medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, podiatry, and optometry.
First-year students take coursework that provides a basis for entering any of the University’s curricula. Students are required to complete the orientation course (UD 101), which provides information on the various majors offered by the University as well as other information necessary to make this important decision. Students may enter the undeclared major while considering a change of major and remain undeclared for up to 2 years.
With the pre-med advisor, the undeclared student declares an area of interest by April 15 of the freshman year. The student then meets with the pre-med advisor and the chair of the department in the area of interest to determine the student’s suitability for the academic program of his/her choice. This determination is based primarily upon academic qualifications and space availability in the academic program.
An extension into the second year may be granted to an undeclared student following the approval of the pre-med advisor. The curriculum content of the second year is developed by the pre-med advisor in conjunction with the student and his/her advisor, utilizing the student’s ultimate career goals as guidelines.
Acceptance into the undeclared pre-med option program does not guarantee admittance into one of the degree-granting programs; rather, academic performance as an undeclared student will determine suitability for the other curricular programs. If at the end of the second year the student has not been accepted into a major, he/she may be dropped from the rolls.
For more information about pre-med, please see its section elsewhere in this catalog.