The Pre-Medical Sciences curriculum is recommended for students who wish to pursue such careers as traditional human medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, optometry or nontraditional medical arts that require intensive undergraduate preparation in biology and chemistry.
Professionals in these areas must be capable of assimilating a voluminous body of knowledge and accessing efficiently specific information from that mental data base. The premedical sciences curriculum begins building the student’s data base and testing the student’s qualification for medical or veterinary school through diverse, challenging courses. However, to become a good physician (of humans or animals), the student must possess or develop compassion, integrity, and dedication to service, in addition to intellect and stamina. Participation in co-curricular programs at Ozarks will both facilitate personal maturation and demonstrate the student’s interests and motivation.
The curriculum will include classes from biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, and English that are normally required for admission into a medical sciences school. The student must plan carefully the scheduling of these courses with the pre-med advisor, so that essential courses are completed by the end of the junior year, when the student should take medical school admission tests. Although the pre-medical sciences curriculum focuses heavily on courses in the sciences, a student may major in any area in which he or she has completed all required classes. The following course guidelines are recommended for those planning on a career in the medical sciences, and meet the admission requirements of most medical science programs. However, students are advised to research the requirements of particular medical science programs that they intend to apply to, and, in conjunction with his/her advisor, craft a schedule that meets those particular requirements.