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Preprofessional Programs

In The College of Science, Technology, Mathematics, & Health Sciences


The College of Science, Technology, Mathematics, & Health Sciences offers undergraduate degrees and coursework which parallels the requirements of professional degree programs in the following areas: Dental Hygiene, Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Optometry, Physical Therapy, Pharmacy, Physicians Assistant, and Veterinary Medicine.

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The curriculum in pre-medicine is designed to prepare students for entrance into medical school after four years of undergraduate education. A bachelor’s degree (B.A./B.S.) is required prior to matriculation to medical school. No particular major is preferred, but a degree in biology, chemistry, or biochemistry is encouraged. The program is obviously flexible and can be adapted to an individual’s needs and interests.

Students must excel in whatever field is chosen because admission is very competitive and high academic achievement is a must. Although they do not require students to follow any precise degree program, medical schools do have specific entrance requirements.

Typical prerequisite coursework includes one-year sequences of general biology with lab, general chemistry with lab, organic chemistry with lab and physics with lab, in addition to courses in genetics, mathematics, humanities, social sciences and English composition. Students are strongly encouraged to obtain prerequisite information from schools to which they will be applying and to work closely with their EOU pre-medicine adviser when selecting appropriate coursework to meet the prerequisite requirements. Admission to medical school is highly competitive, requiring high academic achievement.
 

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  • Use this form to request an official Committee Letter for your graduate program application. Please note that your letter ID#, and formal request from the Central Application Service will still need to be sent to bamen@eou.edu. Please allow one month (possibly longer during summer months), from date of request, to letter submission. You must have already contacted three approving/contributing faculty members prior to submitting this form.

 


Curriculum

The curriculum in pre-dentistry prepares you for entrance into dental school. Although some dental schools do not require a baccalaureate degree (B.A./B.S.) for admission, it is highly recommended that students plan to complete a bachelor’s degree prior to matriculation. Typically, students choose to follow a degree program in biology, chemistry, biochemistry, or general studies, although other majors may be pursued.

Pre-Requisites

Typical prerequisite courses include completion of one-year sequences of general biology with lab, general chemistry with lab, organic chemistry with lab, physics with lab, anatomy and physiology with lab, in addition to biochemistry courses with labs, and English composition. Students are strongly encouraged to obtain prerequisite information from the schools to which they will be applying and to work closely with their EOU pre-dentistry adviser when selecting appropriate coursework to meet the prerequisite requirements. Admission to dental school is highly competitive, requiring high academic achievement.


EOU offers a three year pre-pharmacy curriculum which prepares you for applying for admission to pharmacy schools. Although some pharmacy schools do not require a baccalaureate (B.A./B.S.) degree for admission, it is highly recommended that students plan to complete a bachelor’s degree prior to matriculation. Most dental schools require an additional three years in the professional program to earn the Doctor of Pharmacy degree.

Prerequisite coursework typically includes one-year sequences of general biology with lab, anatomy and physiology with lab, general chemistry with lab, organic chemistry with lab, and general physics with lab, in addition to courses in cell structure and function, microbiology with lab, calculus, statistics, speech, general economics, general psychology, and English composition. Students are strongly encouraged to work closely with their pre-pharmacy adviser when selecting appropriate coursework. Admission to pharmacy schools is highly competitive.

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One of the most rapidly expanding career fields today is that of the health sciences. At Eastern Oregon University students planning to enter a professional program in the health care field take their foundation courses through the pre-professional sequences.

There is no “best” major to gain entry into the professional school that requires a degree, although many EOU students complete a biology or chemistry-biochemistry degree as they encompass many of the prerequisite courses.

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Upon admission to EOU all new students are assigned to an advisor.

To change your current EOU major, students may contact their current academic advisor, or email advising at advising@eou.edu for assistance. Students wishing to change a major, minor, or advisor use this e-mail here for processing: advising@eou.edu

Health Speaker Series

EOU launched the health speaker series with the goal of providing students interested in pursuing healthcare careers the opportunity to hear first-hand experiences from members of the area medical community. In addition to the presentations by the dental, medical and allied health community, students learn more about the application and admission process from representatives of graduate health programs. The series is offered at various times throughout the months and will continue through spring term.

The liberal arts general education curriculum offered at EOU ensures students develop the strong foundational competencies required by the professional schools. EOU prepares the pre-professional student through academic groundwork and development, which encompasses the major field of study, the mastery of
specific scientific principles, and advanced coursework.


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