Medicine and Dentistry
In general, medical and dental school admission committees do not state a preference about an undergraduate major field, leaving the student free to choose a degree program suited to individual abilities and interests. Therefore, the student may choose any major, after conferring with an advisor, if the minimum requirements stated by the professional schools are met.
Admission Requirements for The University of Texas Medical and Dental Schools
One year of college English
Two years, as required for college science majors; one year must include formal laboratory work
One-half year of college calculus; mathematics is not required for admission to dental school
One year, as required for college science majors
One year of general chemistry and one year of organic chemistry, as required for college science majors, including the corresponding laboratory experience
New Medical College Admission Test (New MCAT) or Dental Aptitude Test (DAT) as required
These requirements are representative of admission requirements for most other American medical and dental schools.
Health Professions Counseling and Advising
The Health Professions Counseling and Advising Center, located in Room 206, Life Science Building, provides counseling for students interested in medicine, dentistry, optometry, pharmacy and veterinary medicine. All pre-professional students should contact the office upon entering the University. The services provided include new student orientation, academic advising, career counseling and assistance in applying to professional school. In addition, numerous career materials including catalogs, applications and testing information are available in Room 206, Life Science Building. The health professions counselor coordinates the Health Professions Advisory Committee's evaluation recommended for each premedical and pre-dental student before applying to professional school. Students applying to professional schools should contact the health professions counselor at least one year prior to applying.
The Health Professions Advisory Committee, which is responsible for recommending students for medical and dental schools, bases evaluations on two factors: a student's academic record and personal qualities. The ideal applicant will demonstrate strength in both areas. The committee may decline to recommend students who have not completed at least a portion of his/her premedical sciences at The University of Texas at Arlington, or may be unable to recommend students because their personal qualities are not known. Therefore, it is important that a student actively participate in health profession programs involving medical schools and the Medical Dental Preparatory Association. Also, students should interact with the faculty and premedical advisor for at least one year prior to medical school application so the advisors will have an opportunity to become familiar with the students' individual background.
The Legal Profession
Law schools do not generally prefer any major field for undergraduate preparation. Consequently, pre-law students are free to choose the degree program that best suits their interests and abilities. Students who desire a pre-law education should choose a major and consult the advisor in the major department and/or in the University Advising Center early in their undergraduate career. Law schools do not customarily list required courses. It is recommended, however, that students choose courses from among those offered in the following areas:
- American and English History
- Business Administration
- Criminal Justice
- English, Literature and Speech
- Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method
- Political Science