Starting Out

With the transition from high school to a university can be daunting enough, new pre-health students can often feel overwelmed with the expectations of their chosen career track. Because of this, first semester freshmen are generally not advised to take their introductory science classes during the first semester. Instead, it is required that students complete their math proficiency (MATH 1030) before starting their science courses. First year writing (ENGL 1100 or equivalent) should also be taken during the first semester.

The pre-health advisor will take each students needs into account, and some students may need to take additional coursework before starting their pre-health science classes, or because of credit taken during high school, take a science course their first semester.

Regardless, it is strongly encouraged that students take full advantage of all campus resources in order to be as successful as possible during their college experience.

Campus Involvement

Joining campus organizations is a great way for students to acclimatize to college life, and also gain access to opporunities that can be beneficial when applying to a professional healthcare school. Links can be found to UMSL's pre-health organizations on the right of this page, and students are encouraged to stop by the Office of Student Life to learn about the other great organizations on campus.