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Undergraduate Catalog 2007-08

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Pre-Professional and Two-Year Curricula

Students desiring to enter the fields of dentistry, law, medicine, ministry, optometry, pharmacy, and veterinary medicine may take their pre-professional training at East Carolina University. The courses of study are based on the requirements of various professional schools and recommendations of national organizations qualified to represent their respective fields. Since there are minor differences in admission requirements, a student should know the requirements of the school he or she expects to attend. For further information, students should consult the appropriate advisors. Students interested in pre-medical, pre-dental, pre-optometry, pre-pharmacy, and pre-veterinary curricula should share their interest with their advisor, and should contact the Center for Academic Enrichment and Allied Health, 2535 Old Cafeteria Building.

Medical Health Professions Curriculum

Philosophies of education and specific pre-medical and pre-dental course requirements vary among medical and dental schools, but all emphasize the sciences (mathematics, chemistry, biology, and physics), communication skills, social sciences, and the humanities. An understanding of concepts and a vocabulary in the sciences are mandatory, for medicine is based on principles stemming from these disciplines. Among American medical and dental schools, the most common requisites are physics, biology, general and organic chemistry, and English.

Most medical and dental schools recommend that students plan to obtain a four-year degree before initiating medical training. Students majoring in the sciences should try to obtain as broad a background in the social sciences and humanities as possible. Conversely, students majoring in a nonscience area should take more than the minimum science courses. Students wishing to attend medical or dental school should ascertain the requirements and recommendations of schools of their interest and select the specific courses required. The following specific courses are suggested as a part of, or in addition to, the requirements for the major: MATH 1065; BIOL 1100, 1101, 1200, 1201; CHEM 1150, 1151, 1160, 1161, 2750, 2753, 2760, 2763; PHYS 1250, 1260 or 2350, 2360; 1251, 1261.

In addition to the standard four-year, pre-professional bachelor’s track for application to medical school, students may also choose to participate in the MD/7 initiative. This is a highly competitive accelerated program that allows students to compete for a chance to earn both the bachelor’s and the MD degree in seven years (3+4). If they are one of the limited number chosen for early admission to medical school, they will be awarded their undergraduate degree after the successful completion of their first year of medical studies.

Participating degree programs in the MD7 initiative include: biology, chemistry, environmental health, health education and promotion (pre-health professions options), neuroscience, physics, and applied physics. A student would complete the prehealth curriculum as part of, or in addition to, the requirements from one of the above named programs of study and the foundations curriculum requirements.

Participation in the MD7 initiative will also involve first selection for shadowing opportunities and volunteer options in the medical arena as well as a strong academic base at the undergraduate level. Whether a student chooses to compete for early admission or to pursue the typical four-year undergraduate track, the MD7 initiative is dedicated to providing an excellent undergraduate course of study for highly talented students who wish to pursue a career in the medical profession. Please refer to section 7 of the catalog for a description of the MD7 initiative, including selection criteria.

Pre-Law Curriculum


Students who intend to go to law school are encouraged to pursue an undergraduate education that prepares them to understand the world in which they live, to express themselves well, and to reason accurately and logically. Pre-law students are encouraged to choose an undergraduate degree program with courses they will enjoy and in which they will excel. Law school admission is highly competitive, and law schools favor students with high grade point averages and high Law School Admission Test (LSAT) scores. Pre-law students who are eligible to participate in the Honors Program may do so. Honors Program eligibility for entering freshman is a 3.5 GPA and 1200 SAT; for current students, eligibility is a 3.3 GPA.

For further information and/or assistance, contact the pre-law advisor at 252-328-2645 or visit the web site at

Pre-Optometry Curriculum

Three years of college to include the following courses: BIOL 1100, 1101, 1200, 1201, 3220, 3221; CHEM 1150, 1151, 1160, 1161, 2750, 2753, 2760, 2763; MATH 1065, 2121, 2122, 2228; PHYS 1250, 1251, 1260, 1261; and one psychology course. Other recommended courses include: BIOL 2140, 2141, 2150, 2151; and CHEM 2770, 2773.

Pre-Pharmacy Curriculum

Three years of college to include the following courses: BIOL 1100, 1101; BIOL 2110, 2111 or BIOL 3220, 3221 or BIOL 2130, 2131 or BIOL 2300; CHEM 1150, 1151; CHEM 1160, 1161; CHEM 2750, 2753; CHEM 2760, 2763; PHYS 1250, 1251; MATH 2119 or MATH 2121 or MATH 2171; foreign language through level 1003; recommended course: HIMA 3000. Further assistance can be obtained by consulting the pre-pharmacy advisor in the Department of Chemistry.

Pre-Theology Curriculum

Students interested in seminary or divinity school may consult with Dr. Calvin Mercer, director of religious studies, A-440 Brewster; telephone 252-328-4310; e-mail; or visit the web site A religious studies minor is currently available. Students may pursue a bachelor’s degree in multidisciplinary studies with a concentration in religious studies.

Pre-veterinary Curriculum


Three years of college to include the following courses: BIOL 1100, 1101, 1200, 1201, 2300, 3220, 3221, 3310, 3311; CHEM 1150, 1151, 1160, 1161, 2750, 2753, 2760, 2763; 2770, 2771; MATH 1065, 2121 or 2122 or PHIL 1500, MATH 2228; PHYS 1250, 1251, 1260, 1261; 3 s.h. of animal nutrition, 6 s.h. of compositional writing, public speaking or communications and 6 s.h. of business courses.