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ACADEMIC AND PRE-PROFESSIONAL ADVISING

The College of Arts and Sciences offers academic advising that is specific to each major and the college also offers more generalized advising available to all students in the college. The college-level advising program includes programs for students who are undecided about their academic interests and programs for students who plan careers in healthcare or the law.

Major and Minor Advising

A student who has an academic interest in one of the major programs of the College is encouraged to designate that field as soon as possible. The student is advised in the major by faculty in the program and has the benefit of faculty knowledge, advice, and enthusiasm for the field of study. Each academic department has a faculty undergraduate advising director and designates a specific faculty member to work with each student. The student and advisor plan the major courses and the studentís full involvement with the major department, including the studentís engagement in departmental student organizations; special opportunities available in the discipline for research, internships, and study abroad; and any other activities designed to strengthen the studentís preparation. The major advisor also assists the student in selecting a minor program of study. The major advisor may authorize, upon written recommendation of the departmental undergraduate director or chair, changes in coursework required for the major or minor program of study. Such changes are reported to the College registrars in 200 Clark Hall for incorporation into the studentís record.

Certification of Acceptance for Major and Minor Programs of Study

The student is responsible for making application for acceptance into the major and minor. While there is no single time for this to occur, the College expects students to declare their majors by the fourth semester of full-time enrollment. Students should be familiar with the criteria for acceptance into particular programs and be prepared to meet those criteria. Requirements for acceptance and procedures for obtaining the certification of acceptance for major/minor programs of study are available in department offices. Forms and assistance are also available in the A&S Student Services Center, 200 Clark Hall.

College Advising

Student Services Center
200 Clark Hall
studentservices@as.ua.edu
(205) 348-5970

The College of Arts and Sciences Student Services staff provides assistance to all of the Collegeís undergraduates. Services include academic advising for all students focused on college- and university-level requirements, or on coursework necessary for law school or health careers. Specific services include: change of college; college-level scholarship programs; compass courses; degree applications and graduation certification; freshman learning communities; freshman and transfer student orientation; general information about academic policies and procedures; junior-year advising audits; living-learning communities; services for prospective students and newly admitted students; special permissions to drop courses; and transfer credit evaluation for incoming students and pre-approval of transfer credit for enrolled students; approval of international coursework for transfer. Other services include academic bankruptcy; academic second opportunity; schedule changes; and permissions to take overloads, to audit a class, and to reconcile time conflicts.

In addition, through the Pre-Professional Student Services located in Lloyd Hall, the College provides advising for students interested in careers as health professionals, other than nursing, and those interested in law. Student Services Center in Clark Hall provides academic advising for students who are undecided about their academic interests.

Academic Exploration

200 Clark Hall
(205) 348-5970
as.ua.edu/studentservices
studentservices@as.ua.edu

The College of Arts and Sciences offers a program of academic exploration designed for new or continuing students who wish to explore different academic interests before making decisions on major and minor programs of study. Students who enter as pre-major studies or exploratory students complete general education requirements at the same pace as students who have decided on their interest areas. The Academic Exploration Program offers academic advising, out-of-class programs, and opportunities for study in a number of fields so that students may make informed decisions about a major field of study. This program works cooperatively with and encourages students to use the resources of the Center for Teaching and Learning, the Writing Center, the Career Center, the Community Service Center, the departments of the College, and other UA academic divisions. Academic Exploration is closely aligned with the Collegeís program of living-learning and learning communities.

Health Professions Student Services

Health Professions Student Services

301-302 Lloyd Hall
(205) 348-5970
hpa.ua.edu
premed@ua.edu

The health professions advising program works with all students who are interested in pursuing careers in dentistry, medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy, and other fields except nursing.

Pre-Dentistry Program

A wide variety of programs may be planned that will both fulfill specific requirements for admission to dental school and allow students to pursue their individual academic interests. Students preparing to enter dental school should consult the catalogs of the dental schools of their interest early in their undergraduate enrollment, in order to be informed of the exact requirements for entrance.

Although specific admission requirements vary, most dental schools require:

CoursesHours
BSC 114:115 or BSC 1184
BSC 116:117 or BSC 1204
BSC elective4
CH 101 or CH 1174
CH 102 or CH 1184
CH 2313
CH 2323
CH 2372
PH 101, PH 105, or PH 1254
PH 102, PH 106, or PH 1264
MATH 125 or MATH 1454

Since admission to professional schools is highly competitive, students planning careers in the health professions should be aware that satisfactory completion of pre-professional requirements does not guarantee admission to professional schools. Therefore, students are advised to plan undergraduate programs with some attention to possible alternative goals. Periodically, the health professions advisors will assist students in realistically evaluating their potential for admission to professional schools.

The pre-dental program advisor is the primary advisor for students who enter the University as pre-dental until they declare a specific major. After that and for other students who have an interest in dentistry, the pre-dental advisor is available as a secondary advisor to assist specifically with issues related to dental school.

Pre-Medical Program

The pre-medical program advisors assist students in academic planning needed to meet the admissions requirements for medical school. The advisors also provide students with assistance in preparing for interviews, scheduling the MCAT, developing recommendations, and submitting application materials. Student organizations, especially Alpha Epsilon Delta, are important parts of the pre-medical education of UA students. Information about these organizations can be obtained from the pre-med advisors.

Students interested in pursuing a career in medicine may choose from a wide variety of programs that will both fulfill specific requirements for admission to medical school and allow them to pursue individual academic interests. Students preparing to enter medical school should consult the catalog of the medical school of interest early in their undergraduate careers in order to be informed of each schoolís admissions requirements.

Although specific admissions requirements vary, most medical schools require the courses listed below. Most of these courses should be completed in the freshman and sophomore years.

CoursesHours
BSC 114:115 or BSC 1184
BSC 116:117 or BSC 1204
CH 101 or CH 1174
CH 102 or CH 1184
CH 2313
CH 2323
CH 2372
PH 101, PH 105, or PH 1254
PH 102, PH 106, or PH 1264
MATH 125 or MATH 1454

The pre-medical program advisor is the primary advisor for students who enter the University as pre-medical until they declare a specific major. After that and for other students who have an interest in medicine, the advisor is available as a secondary advisor to assist specifically with issues related to medical school preparation.

Pre-Pharmacy Program

The College of Arts and Sciences at The University of Alabama offers prerequisite courses needed prior to admission to graduate programs in pharmacy. A student wanting to complete a doctoral degree in pharmacy in the minimum period of time should plan on transferring to a school of pharmacy after completing the required undergraduate courses, and he or she should begin the application process after the first or second year of undergraduate study. Some students apply for admission to a pharmacy program at a later stage, such as following the completion of an undergraduate degree, provided they have met appropriate admission requirements.

Registration in the freshman and sophomore years in the College of Arts and Sciences does not guarantee admission to the professional phase of a school of pharmacy. Enrollment in the professional phase is limited, and the student will be accepted in accord with his or her scholastic standing and aptitude for a career in pharmacy. Final selection of students is made by an admissions committee, and although there is no absolutely required grade point average, the accepted students in recent years have averaged approximately a 3.5 average on a 4.0 scale.

Because prerequisite courses vary considerably among pharmacy schools, and the requirements frequently change, the most prudent approach is to consult the Web sites of the pharmacy schools for the most recent required courses. American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (aacp.org) maintains a database of pharmacy schools, and the health professions advisors can also assist students with choosing appropriate undergraduate courses. Almost all pharmacy schools will require at a minimum:

CoursesHours
CH 101 or CH 1174
CH 102 or CH 1184
CH 2313
CH 2323
CH 2372
BSC 2154
BSC 2164
MATH 125 or MATH 1454

Additional undergraduate course requirements are determined by each pharmacy school. The pre-pharmacy program advisor is the primary advisor for students who enter the University as pre-pharmacy until they declare a specific major. After that and for other students who have an interest in pharmacy, the advisor is available as a secondary advisor to assist specifically with issues related to pre-pharmacy.

Pre-Physical Therapy Program

Although some institutions offer undergraduate degrees in physical therapy, the standard for practice in the field of physical therapy is the graduate degree. The College of Arts and Sciences does not offer an undergraduate degree program in physical therapy, but instead offers programs of study that prepare students appropriately for entry into masterís and doctoral programs. In preparing for entry into a graduate program, students may pursue one of several different majors in the College of Arts and Sciences.

The pre-physical therapy program assists students in completing degrees at The University of Alabama that prepare them to enter graduate programs in physical therapy elsewhere. As an example of some of the important fields of study that are parts of the preparation of pre-physical therapy students, UA students who enter the doctoral program in physical therapy at The University of Alabama at Birmingham are expected to have completed the courses that follow in English, the sciences, psychology, and mathematics.

CoursesHours
EN 1013
EN 1023
BSC114:115 or BSC 1184
BSC 116:117 or BSC 1204
BSC 2154
BSC 2164
CH 101 or CH 1174
CH 102 or CH 1184
PH 101, PH 105, or PH 1254
PH 102, PH 106, or PH 1264
MATH 1133
PY 1013
PY 2113
PY electives6

The pre-physical therapy advisor is the primary advisor for students who enter the University as pre-physical therapy until they declare a specific major. After that and for other students who have an interest in physical therapy, the advisor is available as a secondary advisor to assist specifically with issues related to study in physical therapy.

Advising for Other Health Professions

While at The University of Alabama, students may prepare for professions in occupational therapy, veterinary medicine, chiropractic medicine, podiatric medicine, or any other health-related professions requiring an advanced degree. Required undergraduate courses vary considerably among these programs; therefore, students should make an appointment with the health professions advisors early in their academic programs to ensure that they are adequately prepared for admission to a graduate program following completion of a degree at The University of Alabama. For more information, contact the health professions advisors at (205) 348-5970.

Pre-Law Student Services

200 Clark Hall
(205) 348-5970
www.prelaw.ua.edu
prelaw@as.ua.edu

The pre-law program works with students who are interested in law as a career to plan the courses and experiences that will best prepare them for law school, to decide which specific schools are best for them, and to complete the application process. Students preparing for law school may pursue different disciplinary interests. Several departments in the College of Arts and Sciences, including the Department of Philosophy, the Department of Political Science, and New College, offer pre-law programs of study, but many other departments offer courses that prepare pre-law students. Student organizations, visits to the UA Law School, shadowing, and internships are important parts of the pre-law experience.

Unlike some pre-professional programs that require specific courses, the pre-law program emphasizes the importance of broad liberal arts preparation. Courses that require substantial writing are good preparations for law school, as are those courses that require logical thinking and the construction of arguments. Appropriate courses range from English and history, to economics and mathematics, to communication studies. Examples of appropriate pre-law courses include the following.

CoursesHours
EN 101 3
EN 102 3
COM 123 3
PSC 101 3
EC110 3
HY 101 or HY 203 3
HY 102 or HY 204 3
PHL 101 3
PHL 104 3
PHL 225 3

The pre-law program advisor is the primary advisor for students who enter the University as pre-law until they declare a specific major. After that and for other students who have an interest in pre-law, the advisor is available as a secondary advisor to assist specifically with issues related to pre-law preparation.

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