Nov 28, 2020  
2020-2021 University Catalog 
    
2020-2021 University Catalog

Misher Pre-Professional/Undeclared Studies


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The Misher Pre-Professional/Undeclared Studies program provides students with a strong foundation of science and general education courses in preparation for degrees that lead to a variety of careers in medical, health, and science fields. Students in the Misher Pre-Professional/Undeclared Studies program explore pathways through higher education with the benefit of individual advising, supportive mentors, and unique opportunities.

The Misher Pre-Professional/Undeclared Studies program has two pathways:

  • Pre-Professional, for students interested in a health profession program at USciences (medical laboratory science, occupational therapy, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant) or elsewhere (e.g., medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, podiatry, optometry).
  • Undeclared, for students who love science and/or health and wish to explore their passions and interests before committing to a discipline. In addition to health professions, students can transition into bachelor’s degree programs in data science, neuroscience, psychology, biology, biomedical sciences, environmental science, medical laboratory science, microbiology, biochemistry, chemistry, pharmaceutical chemistry, medical humanities, physics, pharmaceutical sciences, pharmacology and toxicology, exercise physiology, and health science.

The Misher Pre-Professional/Undeclared Studies program provides an opportunity for students to learn about the University and its programs but does not offer a degree itself. Acceptance into the Misher Pre-Professional/Undeclared Studies program does not guarantee admittance into one of the University’s degree-granting programs. This determination is based primarily upon academic qualifications and space availability in the academic program. In order to be considered for a degree program at University of the Sciences, students must meet the progression or entrance requirements of the desired program. Information on the requirements for each degree program is included in the program description elsewhere in this catalog. The application process usually requires submission of documents and an interview. All students in the program must move to a degree-granting program by the end of their second year at the University.

For more information about Misher Pre-Professional/Undeclared Studies contact:

Jessica Sautter
Program Director, Misher Pre-Professional Studies/Undeclared and Pre-Pharmacy Early Assurance and Interim Associate Dean, Misher College of Arts and Sciences
Associate Professor of Medical Sociology 
Phone: 215.895.1155
E-mail: j.sautter@usciences.edu             

Pre-Professional Pathway

Students in the Pre-Professional pathway have a clear health care professions goal. Their first two years focus on pre-requisite coursework, developing application materials, and working to meet milestones required to earn a seat in a professional program. Students can apply to USciences’ professional programs in by the end of the second year, enjoying a seamless transition to professional studies. These include accelerated programs in occupational therapy, pharmacy, and physical therapy; 3+1 program in medical laboratory sciences; and the accelerated or traditional undergraduate pre-professional physician assistant program.

A bachelor’s degree is usually required for entrance into medical, dental, and other health profession schools and non-accelerated programs. Pre-Professional pathway students may choose to pursue any BS program at the University, as all USciences BS programs provide excellent preparation for health professions training. Through the University’s degree programs in data science, neuroscience, psychology, biology, biomedical sciences, environmental science, medical laboratory science, microbiology, biochemistry, chemistry, pharmaceutical chemistry, medical humanities, physics, pharmaceutical sciences, pharmacology and toxicology, exercise physiology, and health science, students can prepare themselves for admission to professional schools, as well as earn a bachelor of science degree. These degree programs have served as a firm foundation for many of our graduates to earn post-baccalaureate degrees in medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, podiatry, optometry, and counseling, as well as other professions.

Pre-Professional pathway students take coursework appropriate to enter one of the University’s health professions or other degree programs. Students select their courses in consultation with the student’s academic advisor. In addition, students are encouraged to consult a pre-health professions advisor to develop plans for becoming strong candidates for their chosen fields. During their first year, students are required to complete the two-semester orientation course sequence (MI 101   and MI 110  ), which presents information on health professions, career options, the majors offered by the University, and strategies for succeeding in college.

More information about Pre-Med and Pre-Health Professions  at USciences is available in this catalog.

Undeclared Pathway

Students in the Undeclared pathway are open to exploring majors, minors, research opportunities, and future careers. This exploration is structured by their orientation class MI 101. They complete general education coursework and gain exposure to unique research and interdisciplinary learning at USciences. Students can apply to any of our degree-granting programs and graduate on time. Available majors are: data science, neuroscience, psychology, biology, biomedical sciences, environmental science, medical laboratory science, microbiology, biochemistry, chemistry, pharmaceutical chemistry, medical humanities, physics, pharmaceutical sciences, pharmacology and toxicology, exercise physiology, and health science. Students who started in the USciences Undeclared pathway have been successful in obtaining degrees in all degree-granting programs at USciences, afterwards pursuing a wide variety of scientific, clinical, and administrative careers. Many students take advantage of the unique program combinations, certificates, and research opportunities available at USciences due to our small college atmosphere and large university resources.

The Undeclared pathway is designed to prepare students to move to programs that award degrees and does not award a degree itself. No later than the spring of their second year, students choose an educational path to attain their career goals. This path can lead to any of the USciences majors, followed by pursuing employment, graduate, or professional school. Acceptance into a degree program at USciences is contingent upon the availability of space in the program and the student’s academic success in the completion of course requirements, communication skills, and knowledge of and motivation for the profession.

                                                     

Sample Misher Pre-Professional/Undeclared Studies Pre-Health Option Curriculum


A Pre-Professional or Undeclared student’s curriculum is designed by the student with the help of advisors. The curriculum is based on individual academic and career goals, so it may differ significantly from this sample curriculum. However, the majority of students at USciences take the following foundational courses in their first year.

First Year


Fall Semester


Credits/Semester: 15

Credits/Semester: 16

Footnotes:


  1. Students may elect BS 132/133 and BS 134/135 or BS 136/137. 
  2. Students may elect CH 111  /113  and CH 112  /114 .

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