Pre-Professional Programs

Pre‑Dentistry / Pre‑Medical / Pre-Optometry / Pre-Physical Therapy / Pre‑Veterinary / Pre-Pharmacy / Pre-LawDownload PDF of Pre-Professional Catalog

Below is the pre-admission course work typically required for acceptance into the various professional schools.  Students interested in one of these areas must confer with an advisor for their area of interest.  The two most common being Biology or Chemistry. Admission to one of these professional schools almost always requires a four year degree, therefore your advisor should be a faculty member in the area in which you will major.

Pre-Dental Hygiene

Most HSU pre-dental hygiene students apply to and enter the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.  The course requirements for application to this school are given below.  Other dental hygiene associate programs could have additional or different requirements. 

        8 hrs Biology                        Introduction to Biology or Zoology and Microbiology with labs

        4 hrs Chemistry                   General Chemistry

        3 hrs Math                           College Algebra

        3 hrs Computer Science      Introduction to Computer Science

        6 hrs English                        English A and English B

        3 hrs history                         U.S. History to 1877 or U.S. History since 1877 or American National Government

        3 hrs speech                        Oral Communication

        3 hrs Psychology                 Gen. Psychology

        3 hrs Sociology                    Introduction to Sociology

Pre-Dentistry

Most HSU pre-dental students apply to and attend the University of Tennessee’s College of Dentistry.  The course requirements for application to this school are given below.  Other dental schools could have additional or different requirements.

        8 hrs Biology                      General Zoology and General Botany with labs

        20 hrs Chemistry                Univ. Chemistry I & II, Organic Chemistry I & II, and Biochemistry with labs

        6 hrs English                      English A and English B

        8 hrs Physics                     Gen. Physics I & II or Univ. Physics I & II with labs

        4 hrs                                  Other biology : Histology, Microbiology, or Comparative Anatomy with labs

Recommended electives include Genetics, Comparative Anatomy, Developmental Biology, Cell Biology, Histology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Physiology, and Neurobiology.

Pre-Medical

Most HSU pre-medical students apply to and attend the University of Arkansas for Medical Science School of Medicine.  The course requirements for application to this school are given below.  Other medical schools could have additional or different requirements.

        12 Hrs Biology                   Zoology, Botany, and Genetics with Labs

        16 Hrs Chemistry              University Chemistry I & II and Organic Chemistry I & II With Labs

        3 Hrs Biochemistry            Biochemistry I

        8 Hrs Physics                    Gen. Physics I & II or Univ. Physics I & II with Labs

        3 Hrs Statistics                  MTH 3163, STA 2323, PSY 2143, Or SOC 3103

        6 Hrs English                     English A and English B

        6 Hrs Social Science         Psychology & Sociology are strongly recommended

Strongly recommended courses are in the areas of BIOLOGY: embryology, histology, cellular and molecular biology.  PHYSICS and MATH: computer science.  BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE: sociology, physical or cultural anthropology, human ecology, general and special psychology.  HUMANITIES: facility in understanding written and spoken English is fundamental to precise communication.

Pre-Optometry

Most HSU pre-optometry students apply to and attend the Southern College of Optometry.  The course requirements for application to this school are given below.  Other optometry schools could have additional or different requirements.

        12 hrs biology                    General Zoology, General Botany and Microbiology with labs

        20 hrs Chemistry               Univ. Chemistry I & II, Organic Chemistry I & II, and Biochemistry with labs

        6 hrs English                      English A and English B

        8 hrs Physics                     Gen. Physics I & II or Univ. Physics I & II with labs

        8 hrs Math                         Calculus I and Statistics

        3 hrs Psychology               General Psychology

        6 hrs Social Science          Sociology, Psychology, History, Political Science, Philosophy, Geography, etc.

Pre-Physical Therapy

Most HSU pre-physical therapy students apply to and enter the physical therapy program at the University of Central Arkansas.  The course requirements for application to this school are given below.  Other physical therapy programs could have additional or different requirements.

        22 hrs Biology                    Human Anatomy/Phy I & II, Animal Histology, Cell Biology with labs; 2 upper division animal-based courses

        8 hrs Chemistry                 Univ. Chemistry I & II or Gen. Chemistry and Gen. Organic & Biochemistry with labs

        8 hrs Physics                     Gen. Physics I & II with labs

        6 hrs Psych                        Gen. Psychology and one elective

        3 hrs Statistics                   Statistics or Experimental Statistics or Statistical Methods

        1 hr Med Terminology        Medical Terminology

Pre-Veterinary

Most HSU pre-veterinary students apply to and attend the Louisiana State University’s School of Veterinary Medicine.  The course requirements for application to this school are given below. Other veterinary schools could have additional or different requirements.

        12 hrs Biology                    General Zoology, General Botany and Microbiology with labs

        20 hrs Chemistry                Univ. Chemistry I & II, Organic Chemistry I & II, and Biochemistry with labs

        6 hrs English                      English A and English B

        8 hrs Physics                     Gen. Physics I & II or Univ. Physics I & II with labs

        6 hrs Math                         College Algebra or Pre-Calculus, and Trigonometry

        3 hrs Speech                     Oral Communications

Additional Biology and Chemistry electives are recommended for all pre-professional students.  The number and names of the elective biology and chemistry courses depend upon the student’s major.  Most students who choose one of these professions are either biology or chemistry majors.  It would be best for a student to seek advice from the department in which they intend to major. 

Pre‑Pharmacy

Below are the courses required for acceptance into the College of Pharmacy at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

Core Courses

        4 hrs Math                         MTH 1294 Calculus I

        16 hrs Chemistry               CHM 1014/CHM 1024  University Chemistry I & II and labs

                                                  CHM 3063/CHM 3051 Organic Chemistry I and lab   and

                                                  CHM 3073/CHM 3131 Organic Chemistry II and lab

        12 hrs Biology                   BIO 2114 General Zoology and lab

                                                  BIO 2014 General Botany and lab

                                                  BIO 3094 Microbiology and lab

        4 hrs Physics                     PHY 2034 General Physics I and lab

Non-core Courses

        9 hrs English                     ENG 1463/ENG 1473 Freshman English A & B OR

                                                  Honors English and a higher English course

        3 hrs Communication       COM 2013 Oral Communications 

        3 hrs Business                 ECO 2013 Microeconomics OR

                                                 ECO 2023 Macroeconomics OR

                                                 ACC 2013 Principles of Accounting

        9 hrs recommend Electives:

                                                 CHM 2084 Quantitative Analysis

                                                 MTH 2044 Calculus II

                                                 MTH 2323 Statistical Methods

                                                 PHY 2044  General Physics II and lab

                                                 ENG 2133  Rhetoric and Argument

                                                 BIO 3314 Animal Physiology

                                                 BIO 3054 Genetics and lab

                                                 BIO 4214 Cell Biology and lab

                                                 CHM 4283/4381 Biochemistry I and lab

The courses listed above for pre-pharmacy fulfill the requirements for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. A total of 69 hours are required.  Humanities electives (humanities, literature, social sciences, history) are taken to complete the required 69 hours. Other requirements in mathematics must be met prior to taking Calculus I. Consult with a pre-pharmacy advisor for options and curriculum requirements for other pharmacy schools.  The Biology and Chemistry department and the UAMS Pharmacy School recommend that students earn their four year degree before entering pharmacy school.  Acceptance into a professional school is not guaranteed therefore it is wise to work toward a four year degree as you take these courses.  

Pre-Law

Generally, it is advisable for pre-law students to pursue an undergraduate program in the liberal arts in order to obtain a broad liberal education and increased cultural awareness. Beyond this basic preparation, future law students should select a major relevant to the specialized interests of their future career. Two classic majors for pre-law students which provide excellent preparation for admission to law school are history and political science. Many pre-law students choose to major in one of these two fields and minor in the other. Students who have a special interest in criminal law may wish to consider minoring in criminal justice. For those who have an interest in tax law or related areas, a major or minor in one of the areas of business or a major in public administration may be appropriate. 

As indicated above, there is no list of prescribed or required courses that all pre-law students must take. The following courses, however, especially provide excellent grounding and preparation for later success in law school:

HIS 1013 World Civilization to 1660
HIS 1023 (or) 1043    World Civilization Since 1660
PHI 3113 Ethics
PSC 1013 American National Government
PSC 1023 State & Local Government
HIS 2053 United States to 1877
HIS 2063 United States Since 1877
PSC 3113 The Legislative Process
PSC 3213 Judicial Process
PSC 4173 Civil Liberties
PSC 4223 The American Presidency
HIS 4283/PSC 4053 American Constitutional Development
HIS 4713/PSC 4073 Social & Political Thought

The pre-law student should contact the pre-law advisor in the Department of Social Sciences, who can provide guidance in the selection of courses and can also provide information about requirements. The pre-law advisor can also provide information about the Department of Social Sciences annual Sidney S. McMath Pre-Law Conference and Banquet. The conference is named in honor of the late Sidney S. McMath, a Henderson alumnus who was Governor of Arkansas from 1949 to 1953. Held every spring, the conference features a keynote address by a prominent member of the Arkansas bar. Since its inception, keynote speakers have included two Chief Justices of the Arkansas Supreme Court; one Associate Justice and one former Associate Justice of the same court; one Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit; two United States Federal District Judges; an Arkansas Attorney General and a former Arkansas Attorney General who also served as an Arkansas Congressman; a Deputy Attorney General; two former United States Senators who are also former Arkansas Governors; a President of the Arkansas Conference of the American Civil Liberties Union; and the late Governor McMath himself. In addition, representatives of law schools and local attorneys are always present to answer questions about admission to law school and the practice of law.