Premedical and Predental Study
There is no specific preferred major for premedicine or predentistry. Students may choose from a variety of undergraduate majors; however, they need to complete certain required courses for admission. Most applicants major in biology or chemistry, but it is important to choose a major in a field of interest to the student. Numerous majors allow students to take required pre-med courses and use the credits to fulfill electives in the major. In addition, there are numerous recommended courses, primarily in the sciences, that would make students more competitive applicants. Since the competition for admission is so strong, each student needs to maintain a high GPA (approximately a 3.5); do well on the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), which is generally taken in spring of the junior year; and be active in campus organizations and community volunteer work.
Planning and performance are important. Students should work with an academic advisor to plan the freshman-year class schedule, which would, ideally, include Chemistry 121/125, 122/126, and 123/127, among other courses. A student with Math Placement Level of 3 or lower may be delayed entrance into chemistry courses, so it is important to plan ahead. Beginning their sophomore year, students should meet annually with the premedical advisor to plan their class schedules and make sure that they are taking the required courses. The premedical advisor also can suggest other courses that may help improve a student's performance on the MCAT.
The following courses are required for
medical school admission. (Depending on the
student's major, they may be taken as part of the
degree requirements or in addition to the degree
Students who have received Advanced Placement (AP) credits from their high school science courses should take additional upper-level courses in those sciences to demonstrate proficiency. For example, a student who has placed out of a whole year of biology (BIO 111, 112, 115) should be sure to take an additional year of biology courses with labs to demonstrate the ability to achieve in college-level biology.
Prelaw is not a major or degree program, so students are free to choose from a wide variety of undergraduate majors. Many different areas of study can prepare students for law studies. When choosing a major, students should select an area in which they have a strong interest and in which they can do well academically. The prelaw advisor at Wright State will help plan a personal prelaw program.
To a large extent, admission to law school depends on the basic skills that students master as an undergraduate. The ability to communicate, reason clearly, and think independently is more important than the area of a student's major. Many disciplines help build these skills. Speaking and writing skills can be sharpened in a history class as well as in a literature class, and reasoning ability can be developed in a chemistry lab as well as in a philosophy seminar.
Competition for admission to law school is keen, and a student's academic record is one of the key criteria. A major in political science, business, history, or other fields connected with law does not guarantee admission. An excellent academic record in the sciences, math, languages, or other areas that are not usually associated with law may have an equal or even greater appeal to law schools.
Suggested Courses for Prelaw Study
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