Pre-professional Studies

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COS offers students pre-professional curricula for professional areas requiring a background in science or technology as well as in liberal arts. The college’s Premedical Advisory Committee advises students preparing to enter such programs. Since applications must be submitted approximately one year before the student enters a professional school, students should obtain information and advice about their programs of study as early as possible.

For advisement in Premedical, Predental, Preoptometry and Preveterinary contact Dr. Greg F. Barnes. For an advisement appointment call Terrie Lorenson at 501-569-3247. For advisement in Prepharmacy contact Dr. Jeff Gaffney at 501-569-8840.

Prospective students should be aware of the Arkansas Health Education Grant Program (ARHEG). They provide assistance to students seeking professional training in dentistry, optometry, veterinary medicine, osteopathic medicine, podiatric medicine and chiropractic medicine to allow them to attend out-of-state institutions. Students are encouraged to visit with ARHEG to see if they meet the eligibility requirements and learn about the availability of funding for that particular year.

Premedical and Predental

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The following courses meet the entrance requirements of most medical or dental schools. Students should consult with the medical or dental school of their choice for specific entrance requirements. Students are required to meet with the Pre Med Advisor (Dr. Greg Barnes 501-569-3247) early in their academic career. They are also required to meet with Dr. Barnes within the first two weeks of school the fall semester in which they are applying to medical or dental school.

BIOL 1401 Science of Biology
BIOL 2403 Zoology
BIOL 3300 Genetics
CHEM 1402 General Chemistry I
CHEM 1403 General Chemistry II
CHEM 3350 General Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 3150 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
CHEM 3351 General Organic Chemistry II
CHEM 3151 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
PHYS 1321 Elementary Physics I
PHYS 1121 Elementary Physics I Laboratory
PHYS 1322 Elementary Physics II
PHYS 1122 Elementary Physics II Laboratory

These are the minimum science courses required and will prepare the student for the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT). Many medical or dental schools may require or recommend additional courses. The College of Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences requires the following courses for admission: two semesters each of biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, mathematics (or through Calculus I), physics, and English. UAMS does not allow for these courses to be taken on-line. A student considering entrance at another medical school should check that program’s specific entrance requirements.



There are certain courses that most schools and colleges of optometry require before admission.

These include:

General Biology and Zoology (8 hours)
General Chemistry (8 hours)
Organic Chemistry (8 hours)
English (6 hours)
Mathematics (including differential calculus) (6-9 hours)
Microbiology (4 hours)
Psychology (3 hours)
Elementary Physics (8 hours)

Additional course requirements vary with each optometry program. The student should obtain the specific information from the school of his or her choice. Science courses taken at UALR should be those designated for pre-professional students and must include laboratory experience. Brief survey courses in the sciences will not prepare a student for an optometry school.


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This two-year, 69-hour program meets the specific entrance requirements of the University of Arkansas College of Pharmacy located on the UAMS campus. Students planning to enter other schools of pharmacy are urged to obtain a copy of the entrance requirements from the school of their choice early in their freshman year and coordinate those requirements with courses taken at UALR. The UALR program assumes that the student is prepared to enroll in MATH 1302 and CHEM 1402. If the student is deficient in these areas, an additional semester or summer school may be necessary.

The UALR pre-pharmacy curriculum is divided into subject areas, semester hours, and courses. Some of the subject areas allow for choices among courses. In the freshman year the student should fulfill the mathematics requirement, at least six hours of the English/communications requirement, the general chemistry and biology requirements, the economics requirement, and one or two humanities electives. In the sophomore year, the student should satisfy the physics, organic chemistry, and critical thinking requirements, together with the remaining required communication course and humanities electives.

No course can be used to satisfy the requirements in more than one area. No more than six hours of CLEP or credit by examination, which must appear as credit on the official transcript, will be accepted to meet the prepharmacy requirements. Courses which do not meet the humanities elective requirements are courses in health, physical education, business, science, military science, education, computer courses, agriculture, studio courses in art, music, or theater, or remedial courses. All chemistry and biology courses must be courses for majors in that field. Physics courses do not have to be calculus-based.

Pharmacy Suggested Curriculum (69 hours)

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Mathematics (3-5 hours)
MATH 1451 Calculus I
or MATH 1311 Applied Calculus I
English/ Communication (9 hours)
RHET 1311 Composition I
RHET 1312 Composition II
ENGL 2335 Introduction to Literature or RHET 2312 Sophomore Composition or other higher course
SPCH 1300 Speech Communication
Chemistry (16 hours)
CHEM 1402 General Chemistry I
CHEM 1403 General Chemistry II
CHEM 3350 General Organic Chemistry I
and CHEM 3150 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I CHEM 3351 General Organic Chemistry II
and CHEM 3151 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
Biology (12 hours)
BIOL 1401 Science of Biology
BIOL 2401 Microbiology or BIOL 4406 Pathogenic Microbiology
BIOL 2403 Zoology
Physics (4 hours)
PHYS 1321 Elementary Physics I
and PHYS 1121 Elementary Physics I Laboratory
Economics (3 hours)
ECON 2322 Principles of Microeconomics
ECON 2323 Principles of Macroeconomics
ECON 2301 Survey of Economics
ACCT 1310 Introduction to Accounting and Taxation
ACCT 2310 Principles of Accounting I
Recommended Electives (9 hours)
CHEM 2310 Analytical Chemistry I
MATH 1452 Calculus II or MATH 1312 Applied Calculus II
STAT 2350 Introduction to Statistical Methods1
PHYS 1322 Elementary Physics II and PHYS 1122 Elementary Physics II Laboratory
PHIL 1330 Introduction to Critical Thinking or PHIL 2350 Introduction to Logic
BIOL 3402 Mammalian Anatomy or BIOL 4402 Limnology
or BIOL 3300 Genetics and BIOL 3100 Genetics Laboratory
or BIOL 4417 Molecular Biology
or BIOL 4401 Cell Biology
or CHEM 4420 Biochemistry

Humanities Electives (to total 69 hours)

Veterinary Medicine

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Admission requirements to colleges of veterinary medicine are similar to those listed for medicine. However, admission requirements vary. Students interested in such programs should correspond directly with the colleges of their choice and identify specific requirements early in their undergraduate studies.