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2016-2017 University Catalog 
    
2016-2017 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Misher Pre-Professional Studies


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The Misher Pre-Professional Studies program provides students with a foundation of science and general education courses in preparation for professional and graduate programs in medical, health, and science fields. In addition, students in the Misher Pre-Professional Studies program explore pathways leading to their desired career goal, and individual advising assists students in deciding on the path best for them.

The Misher Pre-Professional Studies program has three options:

  • Pre-Med, for students with career goals in medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, podiatry, or optometry.
  • Pre-Health, for students interested in entering a health profession such as medical laboratory science, occupational therapy, pharmacy, or physical therapy.
  • Forensic Science, for students who want to learn to use science and technology in the justice system and legal matters.

The Misher Pre-Professional Studies program provides an opportunity for students to learn about the University and its programs but does not offer a degree itself. All students in the program must move to a degree-granting program by the end of their second year at the University.

For more information about Misher Pre-Professional Studies contact:

Leslie Ann Bowman, AMLS
Assistant Dean, Misher College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 215.596.8964
E-mail: l.bowman@usciences.edu

Pre-Med Option


Students in the Pre-Med Option begin taking the courses required for admission to medical school while learning about the options they have in preparing for medical school. A bachelor’s degree is usually required for entrance into medical school, and Pre-Med Option students may choose to pursue almost any BS program at the University. Through the University’s degree programs in biochemistry, biology, biomedical sciences, chemistry, environmental science, humanities and science, microbiology, pharmaceutical chemistry, pharmaceutical sciences, pharmacology and toxicology, physics, and psychology, students can prepare themselves for admission to medical school, as well as earn a bachelor of science degree. 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.

Pre-Med Option students take coursework in their first year that provides a basis for entering any of the University’s curricula. Students are required to complete the two-semester orientation course sequence (MI 101  and MI 110 ), which presents information on medical and health professions, career options, the majors offered by the University, and strategies for succeeding in college.

Pre-Med Option students typically decide on an academic program to pursue by April 15 of the freshman year. They then meet with their academic advisor and the chair of the department in the area of interest to determine their eligibility for the academic program of their choice. This determination is based primarily upon academic qualifications and space availability in the academic program.

Pre-Med Option students may remain in the Misher Pre-Professional Studies program for an additional year with the approval of the dean of Misher College (or the dean’s designee). The curriculum of the second year is developed by the student in consultation with the student’s academic advisor, utilizing the student’s ultimate career goals as guidelines.

Acceptance into the Misher Pre-Professional Studies Pre-Med Option program does not guarantee admittance into one of the University’s degree-granting programs; rather, the student’s academic performance will determine eligibility for any curricular program. If at the end of the second year the student has not been accepted into a degree-granting program, the student will be administratively withdrawn from the University. Such students may consider transferring to another institution to earn a degree.

More information about Pre-Med and Pre-Health Professions  at USciences is available in this catalog.

Sample Misher Pre-Professional Studies Pre-Med Option Curriculum


First Year


Fall Semester


Credits/Semester: 15

Credits/Semester: 16

Footnotes:


  1. Students may elect BS 103  /104 .
  2. Students may elect CH 111  /113  and CH 112  /114 .

Pre-Health Option


The Pre-Health Option of Misher Pre-Professional Studies provides students with a strong educational foundation for health professions programs at the University or elsewhere. Such health professions programs may include medical laboratory science, occupational therapy, pharmacy, physical therapy, and physician assistant studies.

Pre-Health Option students take coursework appropriate to enter one of the University’s health professions or other degree programs. Students select their courses in consultation with the student’s academic advisor. In addition, students are encouraged to consult a pre-health professions advisor to develop plans for becoming strong candidates for their chosen fields. During their first year, students are required to complete the two-semester orientation course sequence (MI 101  and MI 110 ), which presents information on health professions, career options, the majors offered by the University, and strategies for succeeding in college, in addition to preparing for a health professions program.

The Misher Pre-Professional Studies program is designed to prepare students to move to programs that award degrees and does not award degrees itself. No later than the spring of their second year, students choose an educational path to attain their career goals. This path may be to apply to health professions programs immediately, to complete another year of university before applying, or to complete a BS degree before applying to health professions programs. Regardless of the choice, students must apply for admission into one or more degree programs no later than the spring of their second year. In order to be considered for a degree program at University of the Sciences, students must meet the progression or entrance requirements of the desired program. Information on the requirements for each degree program is included in the program description elsewhere in this catalog. The application process usually requires submission of documents and an interview. Students also may choose to apply to programs at other universities.

Students in the Misher Pre-Professional Studies Pre-Health Option program are not guaranteed admission into one of the University’s health professions or other degree programs. Acceptance into a degree program is contingent upon the availability of space and the student’s academic success in the completion of course requirements, communication skills, and knowledge of and motivation for the profession.

If at the end of the second year a student has not been accepted into a degree program, the student will be administratively withdrawn from the University. Such students may consider transferring to another institution to earn a degree.

Sample Misher Pre-Professional Studies Pre-Health Option Curriculum


A Pre-Health Option student’s curriculum is based on the student’s own academic and career goals, and may differ significantly from this sample curriculum.

First Year


Fall Semester


Credits/Semester: 15

Credits/Semester: 16

Footnotes:


  1. Students may elect BS 130  /131 .
  2. Students may elect CH 111  /113  and CH 112  /114 .

Forensic Science Option


The Misher Pre-Professional Forensic Science Option provides information about the University’s majors to students interested in one of the many career paths related to forensic science.

The American Academy of Forensic Sciences recommends a degree in science for students planning a career in forensic science. The United States Department of Justice recommends a “solid educational background in natural sciences with extensive laboratory coursework.” They regard the model candidate for all forensic science practices as possessing a bachelor degree in the natural sciences.

Forensic Science Option students can prepare for a rewarding career in the criminal justice system by pursuing the forensic science program integrated into any one of the following BS degree programs: biochemistry, biology, chemistry, environmental science, medical laboratory science, microbiology, and pharmaceutical chemistry. Students who choose to pursue any other USciences degree program may complete a forensic science minor. For more information about the Forensic Science program  and the Forensic Science minor , see their descriptions elsewhere in this catalog.

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 (MI 101 ), which provides information on the various majors offered by the University as well as information about the University’s resources and strategies for succeeding in college.

Forensic Science Option students typically decide on an academic program to pursue by April 15 of their freshman year. The student then meets with the student’s academic advisor and the chair of the department in the area of interest to determine the student’s suitability for the desired academic program. This determination is based primarily upon academic qualifications and space availability in the academic program.

Forensic Science Option students may remain in the Misher Pre-Professional Studies program for an additional year with the approval of the dean of Misher College (or the dean’s designee). The curriculum of the second year is developed by the student and the student’s academic advisor, utilizing the student’s ultimate career goals as guidelines. This usually includes the beginning of formal coursework in forensic science with FS 201 - Forensic Analysis I .

Acceptance into the Misher Pre-Professional Studies Forensic Science Option program does not guarantee admittance into one of the University’s degree-granting programs; rather, academic performance and available space will determine the student’s eligibility for a program. If at the end of the second year the student has not been accepted into a major, the student will be administratively withdrawn from the University. Such students may consider transferring to another institution to earn a degree.  

Sample Misher Pre-Professional Studies Forensic Science Option Curriculum


First Year


Fall Semester


Credits/Semester: 15

Credits/Semester: 16

Footnotes:


  1. Students may elect BS 103  /104 .
  2. Students may elect CH 111  /113  and CH 112  /114 .

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