Pre-Professional Concentrations | Course Catalogue

2019-2020 Catalogue


Joseph Iskra and Charles Benesh, advisors

The pre-engineering program (Dual Degree Program) is a cooperative program with the Georgia Institute of Technology, Auburn University, and Mercer University. Under this program the student attends Wesleyan College for approximately three academic years (90 semester hours) and will then transfer to one of the dual degree-cooperating schools for approximately two years.

During her time at Wesleyan the student should work closely with the dual degree advisors to ensure that she completes Wesleyan's proficiency requirements, general education requirements, and pre-engineering curriculum in preparation for her university engineering studies. Upon the successful completion of this nominally five-year course of study, the student will be awarded two undergraduate degrees - a bachelor of arts from Wesleyan and a bachelor of science with an engineering major from the cooperating university.

The Applied Mathematical Science major, described elsewhere in this catalogue, though not required for this program, is designed to meet the pre-engineering program requirements as stated in the second paragraph. It may be completed along with general education and proficiency requirements in three years, provided that the student is ready for Calculus I at the start of her freshman year and is committed to a rigorous course of study. The student who successfully completes the applied mathematical science major in preparation for entry into engineering school will be awarded two undergraduate degrees - a bachelor of arts with a major in applied mathematical science from Wesleyan and a bachelor of science with an engineering major from the cooperating university.

Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering
Bachelor of Biomedical Engineering
Bachelor of Materials Science and Engineering
Bachelor of Chemical Engineering
Bachelor of Civil Engineering
Bachelor of Electrical Engineering
Bachelor of Industrial Engineering
Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering
Bachelor of Nuclear and Radiological Engineering
Bachelor of Polymer and Fiber Engineering
Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management
Bachelor of Science in Technical Communication
Bachelor of Science in Information and Computer Science

The course of study at Wesleyan depends on the degree objectives at the cooperating institution. Students who plan to enroll in the dual degree program must identify themselves very early (at least by the beginning of the second year) to the dual degree advisors at Wesleyan. The general requirements to be met at Wesleyan include satisfactory completion of ninety semester hours of approved courses, including all general education requirements and proficiency requirements.

The pre-engineering student should take at least 15 hours each semester and should include the following courses during her first year at Wesleyan:

Fall Semester: CHM 101, MAT 205, WIS 101 or ENG 101

Spring Semester: CHM 102, MAT 206, ENG 111

These courses are required by contract with engineering schools. Also, most courses of study require MAT 207, 208, 210 and 300, CSC 216, and PHY 121, 122.

Pre-Pharmacy, Pre-Medicine, Pre-Dental, Pre-Veterinary, and Pre-Allied Health Services

Glenda Ferguson, advisor, Pre-Pharmacy Wanda T. Schroeder, advisor, Pre-Medical Program

Barry K. Rhoades, advisor, Pre-Allied Health Services Holly Boettger-Tong, advisor, Pre-Dental, Pre-Veterinary Medicine

Health-related pre-professional programs often have special requirements and the student should consult the faculty advisor for these programs early in her college program. There is a general core of frequently required courses for admission into professional colleges of medicine, pharmacy, veterinary science, dentistry, and other applied health sciences. However, sometimes there are also important additional requirements for each school which must be ascertained and fulfilled. It is possible to major in an area outside the natural sciences. Many students fulfill the entrance requirements by taking a major in biology or chemistry, or a double major in both biology and chemistry.

Minimum entrance requirements typically include the following: CHM 101,102, 221, and 222; BIO 110 and 112, PHY 115 and 116 or 121 and 122; one year of English; and one year of mathematics, often MAT 205 and 206. Other recommended courses in the health-related pre-professional program are CHM 212; BIO 203, 235, 245, 270, 311, 318, 320, 325, and 340; one course in public speaking (pre-pharmacy); and one course in statistics. As many pertinent courses as possible should be completed before students take the Medical College Admissions Test, MCAT, which is normally taken in the spring of the junior year.

Students who are interested in any of the health professions should consult with the program advisor. The advisor provides guidance and coordinates the application process.


Tom Ellington, advisor

Because pre-law is not a specific major, the pre-law student must satisfy all general education degree requirements for an A.B. degree and the requirements in her chosen major. The guidelines for admission for law school do not designate any one particular area in which a student must major in order to be admitted to a law program; rather, these guidelines recommend that the pre-law student consciously choose a broad range of diverse and rigorous courses.

The pre-law student may choose to major in any one of the liberal arts ranging from chemistry to history, political science, English, or other fields.

Admission to law school is based on a student's grade point average and her score on the Law School Admission Test. The Law School Admission Test is given four times a year: June, October, December, and February. It is recommended that the prospective student take the exam in June of her junior year or October of her senior year. A student planning to attend law school should meet with the pre-law advisor no later than the fall of her junior year.

Although CR (credit) or NC (no-credit) grades do not affect the grade point averages at Wesleyan, students who plan to attend law school should be aware that the Law School Data Assembly Service (an application processing service for law school applicants) considers the NC (no-credit) grade of "F" and computes it as such in the grade point average.


Karen Bray, advisor

Wesleyan College offers no pre-seminary major as such. Students interested in pursuing graduate studies in a theological seminary, with either some form of professional ministry or higher graduate work in view, should consider the recommendation of the Association of Theological Schools and take a broad range of courses in literature, history, natural sciences, social sciences, fine arts and music, languages, and religion (Christian and non-Christian).

Pre-seminary students frequently choose to major in fields such as English, history, religion, and philosophy, but any liberal arts subject is appropriate including the sciences and mathematics and the fine arts.

The Religious Studies program provides courses in Old Testament and New Testament, along with courses on non-Western religions, religion and society, and a range of special topics on various other religious themes. The Philosophy program has courses that supplement these offerings, including Self and Social Responsibility, Ethics, and Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Philosophy. Pre-seminary students not majoring in either of these programs should consider electing at least some religion and philosophy courses in consultation with faculty members.

In addition to enrolling in some of the above courses, pre-seminary students should consult with the pre-seminary program advisor. Pre-seminary students are also encouraged to participate in periodic information sessions on graduate programs, round-table discussions with local ministers, and internship, all of which help students discern their vocations and prepare for post graduate study.

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