Pre-professional programs require appropriate major and completion of other recommended courses. Pre-professional students are advised to take a broad, general education program to gain background in the arts, humanities, natural sciences and social sciences. Most professional schools do not require a specific undergraduate major, although many applicants elect a biology or chemistry major because of the entrance requirements of the schools.
Admission to most medical schools is based on academic achievement as indicated by the grade point average, placement on the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), recommendations, and personal interviews. Since medical schools have more qualified applicants for admission than they can accept, it cannot be too strongly emphasized that a strong academic record is required for acceptance. Admissions committees usually do not publish expected or cut-off scores for grade point averages. However, competition for the limited number of positions is intense; transcripts are reviewed with regard to consistency of performance, course loads and the degree of difficulty of the curriculum.
The minimum requirements for admission vary somewhat from institution to institution, but a typical list of requirements includes English Composition (6 semester hours), Biological Sciences with lab (8 hours), Inorganic Chemistry with lab (8 semester hours), Organic Chemistry with lab (8 semester hours), Physics with lab (8 semester hours), and Social or Behavioral Sciences (6 semester hours). A quantitative background, including Calculus, is recommended.
The MCAT should be taken in the spring of the junior year, but only after completing the required courses in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.
Pre-veterinary students take the MCAT, the VAT (Veterinary Aptitude Test), or the GRE (Graduate Record Exam), depending upon individual veterinary school requirements.
Students interested in these professional fields should consult the chair of the Biology and Environmental Science Department, Chemistry Department or Sport Science Department as early as possible after their entrance into Davis & Elkins College.