There is no set pre-law curriculum required for admission to law school. Instead, law school admissions committees advise prospective applicants to acquire a well-balanced liberal arts education and maintain a rigorous course load. Students should choose a major related to their interests, but they are also encouraged to take a wide range of academically challenging courses that will prepare them to think, work, and write well. A student considering law school should contact the pre-law advisor, Dr. Jon Dalager, in the Political Science Department as soon as possible.
Medicine and Dentistry
These are professions which need individuals with a diversity of educational backgrounds and a wide variety of talents and interests. Specific pre-medicine and pre-dentistry course requirements and other qualifications for enrollment may vary somewhat from one medical or dental school to another, but all recognize the desirability of a broad education: a good foundation in the natural sciences, highly developed communications skills, and a solid background in the social sciences and humanities. The majority of students entering medical or dental school hold the Bachelor’s degree, but it is possible in some cases to complete the degree requirements after enrollment in the professional school. Most students major in one of the sciences, usually biology or chemistry. It is possible to major in non-science areas, carrying the necessary science courses as electives. However, since so much of medicine is derived from a scientific basis, the student who majors in a non-science field and elects the minimum number of required science courses must excel to insure adequacy of preparation and favorable consideration of the application. The entrance tests require excellent verbal reasoning skills, so a good background in English is also advised. A student planning a career in medicine or dentistry should request an advisor from the Medical School Liaison Committee of the faculty as early as possible.
Ministry (Pre-Seminary Curriculum)
No fixed pre-seminary curriculum is prescribed by the Association of Theological Schools. Persons who feel called to ministry should plan a strong liberal arts course of study that will prepare them for the theological seminaries. Special attention should be given to development of writing and speaking abilities and the study of foreign languages. Greek may be chosen as the language required for General Education. Many academic majors can help the student develop skills, enhance learning abilities, and deepen one’s understanding of the human situation in which ministry take place. A Religion major offers the best preparation and may be coupled with a second major. Some courses are especially helpful for student ministers: Youth Ministries, Intro to Christian Preaching, Church Music, Counseling and Psychotherapy. Students are encouraged to contact the Campus Minister or a professor in the Religion Department soon after arrival at Georgetown College for advice concerning such course work and opportunities to minister in area churches.
Most schools of pharmacy recommend that applicants obtain a strong background in social, behavioral, chemical, mathematical, and biological sciences as well as business. Many students that enter into a professional pharmacy program have a baccalaureate degree, although a prior degree is not required for admission. The student should consult the catalogs of pharmacy schools. The following courses are recommended: BIO 111, 212, 311, 305, 306; CHE 111, 112, 113, 201, 202, 309, 310; ECO 223; MAT 121; PHY 111 and 112.
Increasingly, physical therapy (PT) degree programs are moving toward the master’s degree as the minimal requirement for licensure and practice. Generally, these programs do not prescribe a specific undergraduate major, but rather require certain prerequisite courses to be taken before admission to the PT curriculum. Although these pre-professional courses vary somewhat from program to program, the basic requirements are similar. Students interested in this field should obtain the requirements of the specific PT program they wish to attend and are encouraged to have academic advisors from the Biological Sciences or Kinesiology and Health Studies Departments.
Courses that satisfy the usual pre-professional courses include: 1.) Two semesters of general biology, animal biology or zoology, with labs (BIO 111, 212, 305, 306 are recommended; botany, ecology or entomology are generally NOT acceptable); 2.) 2 semesters of general chemistry with labs (CHE 111, 112, 113); 3.) 2 semesters of general physics with labs (PHY 111, 112). Additionally, courses in general psychology (PSY 111) and developmental psychology (PSY 240), medical terminology (KHS 200), and a statistics course (PSY 211, MAT 332, KHS 410) are required by many institutions, including the University of Kentucky.
The master’s degree program at the University of Kentucky (UK), as well as other institutions, allows students to enter the program after only three years of undergraduate education. Upon completion of the fourth year of college (the first year of the PT curriculum) the student is awarded a bachelor’s degree while continuing to pursue the master’s degree. Georgetown College students who wish to enter the program after three years must carefully plan their programs in order to meet UK’s general education requirements.
Students interested in Veterinary Medicine should follow the recommendations for pre-medical and pre-dental students and consult the catalogs of veterinary colleges for specific course recommendations and other application requirements. Georgetown College offers all the prerequisites and recommended courses for veterinary programs such as at Auburn and the Ohio State University.