2016-17 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs

Pre-Professional Programs

Pre-Medicine

Advisors:  Dr. Heidi Super, Dr. Robert Crackel

Pre-med is not a major, it is a program of study which prepares a student to apply to medical school. Although some medical schools require only three years of undergraduate work, the majority prefer that the entering student have a bachelor’s degree. The University of North Dakota (UND) Medical School (and most others) does not care what kind of academic major a prospective student is pursuing, as long as a particular core of coursework is achieved. Prospective university medical students are strongly urged to declare a major area of study and to pursue a degree program at the baccalaureate level. The philosophy of education, required pre-medicine courses, and systems of training vary among the medical schools. All recognize the desirability of a broad education, a good foundation in the natural sciences (mathematics, chemistry, biology, physics), highly developed communication skills, and a solid background in the social sciences and humanities. At the UND School of Medicine the required minimum of university coursework includes:

CHEM 121General Chemistry I (& CHEM 121L)5
CHEM 122General Chemistry II (& CHEM 122L)5
CHEM 341
CHEM 342
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry II
10
COMM 110Fundamentals of Public Speaking3
ENGL 110
ENGL 120
College Composition I
and College Composition II
6
MATH 103College Algebra4
PHYS 203
PHYS 204
Introduction to Physics I
and Introduction to Physics II
8
One year of Biology, Psychology, and/or Sociology
Total Hours41

Other medical schools have similar requirements but their catalogs should be consulted. It is recommended that pre-med students at Minot State take more than the minimum requirements. Serious students should, in addition, consider courses such as:

BIOL 142General Microbiology4
BIOL 220
BIOL 221
Anatomy And Physiology I
and Anatomy And Physiology II
8
BIOL 215Genetics4
BIOL 335Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy4
BIOL 440Pre-Med Practicum3
CHEM 480LBiochemistry Laboratory2
CHEM 481Biochemistry I3
CHEM 482Biochemistry II3
MATH 210Elementary Statistics4
Computer Science Courses
Total Hours35

Pre-med students are also encouraged to take part in an undergraduate research project while at MSU. High school students wishing to follow a pre-med track as an undergraduate should take at least one year each of biology, chemistry, and physics, and two or more years of math while in high school in order to be prepared for college coursework.

Non-degree advising: Pre-Medicine

FreshmanHours
CHEM 121 (& CHEM 121L)5
CHEM 122 (& CHEM 122l)5
ENGL 1103
ENGL 1203
MATH 1034
BIOL 1504
 24
SophomoreHours
CHEM 3415
CHEM 3425
COMM 1103
BIOL 1424
BIOL 2154
PSY 1113
 24
JuniorHours
PHYS 2034
PHYS 2044
CHEM 4813
MATH 2104
BIOL 2204
BIOL 4403
 22
Total Hours: 70

This is a non-degree program. General Education categories are shown for appropriate courses for information only. There is no requirement that these students complete the MSU General Education requirements, nor is there any requirement that they earn 120 cr.

Pre-Optometry

Advisors:  Dr. Heidi Super, Dr. Robert Crackel

Admission to a college of optometry requires a high school diploma and two to four years of study at an accredited college or university. Most students accepted to colleges of optometry have completed three years of college and a large percentage have bachelor’s degrees. In high school the students should take at least one year of biology, chemistry, and physics, and should take as much mathematics as possible, including algebra, geometry , and trigonometry. The curriculum at the University will depend on the individual student’s interest and the college of optometry where the student plans to apply. Each student will take a minimum of one year of biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, and English. Students planning to seek tuition support from North Dakota for out of state schools should notify both the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education and their University advisor.

Non-degree advising: Pre-Optometry

FreshmanHours
CHEM 121 (& CHEM 121L)5
CHEM 122 (& CHEM 122L)5
BIOL 1504
BIOL 1424
ENGL 1103
ENGL 1203
MATH 1034
MATH 1074
 32
SophomoreHours
BIOL 2204
BIOL 2214
CHEM 3415
CHEM 3425
PHYS 2034
PHYS 2044
MATH 1654
COMM 1103
PSY 1113
 36
Total Hours: 68

This is a non-degree program. General Education categories are shown for appropriate courses for information only. There is no requirement that these students complete the MSU General Education requirements, nor is there any requirement that they earn 120 cr.

Pre-Pharmacy

Advisors: Dr. Robert Crackel, Dr. Mikhail Bobylev

The majority of colleges of pharmacy require students to have a minimum of two years of study at an accredited college or university prior to admission. An increasing of pharmacy colleges are requiring a four year degree for admission. The Pre-Pharmacy program at Minot State is designed to meet the interests of students as well as to satisfy the entrance requirements for the particular pharmacy school. Admission into a school of pharmacy is on a competitive basis. The criteria for admission include grade point average (especially in the sciences) , performance on the pharmacy collage admission test (PCAT), and relevant experience in the field of pharmacy. The only school of pharmacy in North Dakota is at North Dakota State University. Courses that satisfy the Pre-Pharmacy curriculum at NDSU include Microbiology, Intro to Cellular Biology, Anatomy and Physiology I and II, General Chemistry I and II, Organic Chemistry I and II, Biochemistry, Microeconomics, College Composition I and II, Calculus I and II, Statistics, Physics I, and Fundamentals of Public Speaking. Other medical schools have similar requirements but their catalogs should be consulted. It is recommended that pre-med students at Minot State take more than the minimum requirements.

Non-degree advising: Pre-Pharmacy

FreshmanHours
CHEM 121 (& CHEM 121L)5
CHEM 122 (& CHEM 122L)5
BIOL 1504
BIOL 1424
ENGL 1103
ENGL 1203
MATH 1654
MATH 1664
 32
SophomoreHours
BIOL 2204
BIOL 2214
CHEM 3415
CHEM 3425
PHYS 2034
COMM 1103
ECON 2013
MATH 2104
 32
Total Hours: 64

Pre-Veterinary Medicine

Advisor: Dr. Heidi Super, Dr. Robert Crackel

It is suggested that students interested in applying to veterinary school pursue a degree in one of the sciences and take specific courses to meet admission requirements. Note that admission to veterinary school is highly competitive. Students planning to seek tuition support from the state of North Dakota should notify both the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education Office and their advisor. Although specific requirements vary, the following list of Minot State courses based on the University of Minnesota list is typical:

CHEM 121General Chemistry I (& CHEM 121L)5
CHEM 122General Chemistry II (& CHEM 122L)5
CHEM 341
CHEM 342
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry II
10
CHEM 481Biochemistry I3
BIOL 142General Microbiology4
BIOL 215Genetics4
PHYS 203
PHYS 204
Introduction to Physics I
and Introduction to Physics II
8
MATH 103College Algebra4
ENGL 110College Composition I3
ENGL 120College Composition II3
BIOL 150Introduction To Cellular Biology4
BIOL 151Introduction to Zoology4

Non-degree advising: Pre-Veterinary Medicine

FreshmanHours
CHEM 121 (& CHEM 121L)5
CHEM 122 (& CHEM 122l)5
BIOL 1504
MATH 1034
ENGL 1103
ENGL 1203
 24
SophomoreHours
CHEM 3415
CHEM 3425
BIOL 1424
BIOL 1514
BIOL 2154
 22
JuniorHours
PHYS 2034
PHYS 2044
CHEM 4813
 11
Total Hours: 57

This is a non-degree program. General Education categories are shown for appropriate courses for information only. There is no requirement that these students complete the MSU General Education requirements, nor is there any requirement that they earn 120 cr.