Pre-Professional Programs

In order to prepare for professional graduate programs in medicine, engineering, law, or seminary, you don’t major in “pre-professional studies.” We recommend that you fulfill the requirements for admission to graduate schools or seminaries at Augsburg by choosing a major in the appropriate field.

For example, if you are pre-medicine, you would major in biology because many of the prerequisites for medical school are completed in that major, or if you are pre-engineering, you might major in physics or mathematics. With any pre-professional programs, you will want to work closely with your faculty advisor to plan your coursework. Contact Academic Advising for more information about how to begin a pre-professional program at Augsburg.

Pre-Dentistry – These courses are recommended to fulfill the minimum requirements of the School of Dentistry at the University of Minnesota: ENL 111, 220; BIO 151, 152, 253, 369; CHM 115, 116 (or 105, 106), 351, 352; MAT 114 or 163; PHY 121, 122; PSY 105. Requirements at other universities may vary.

Pre-Engineering – Augsburg has cooperative arrangements with two universities to allow students to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree from Augsburg College and an engineering degree from either the University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering, Minneapolis, or Michigan Technological University, Houghton, Michigan. Because of the special requirements and opportunities of these programs, early consultation with the Augsburg engineering adviser is necessary. Applications for these programs require the recommendation of the Augsburg engineering adviser. Contact Academic Advising for more information on these programs.

Minimum course requirements for admission to the dual-degree or three-two programs:
CHM 115, CHM 116, CSC 170, ENL 111, PHY 121, PHY 122. Four mathematics courses are required: MAT 145, MAT 146, MAT 245, MAT 369, or PHY 327. Students interested in chemical engineering also should take CHM 351 and CHM 352.

Pre-Law – Students considering a career in law should examine the handbook published by the Association of American Law Schools. Students may wish to take law-related courses to help determine their interest in law. Pre-law students should major in a discipline of their own choosing; most law school entrance requirements will be satisfied with a record of solid achievement coupled with an acceptable LSAT score.

Pre-Medicine – A major in chemistry and biology is not required in order to apply to medical schools, but many students with an interest in the health sciences choose to major in these fields. The competitive candidate typically has substantially more training than the minimal course requirements.

Students should review requirements and recommended courses of each program being considered for application and consult early and frequently with a pre-health science adviser. Coursework that is required by most medical schools includes: one to two semesters of English composition such as ENL 111, 220; CHM 115, 116 (or 105, 106); CHM 351, 352; BIO 151, 152, 253, 369; MAT 145, 146, 163; PHY 121, 122. Courses recommended in preparation for MCATs: BIO 355, 473, 476; CHM 361.

Pre-Occupational Therapy, Pre-Physician Assistant, and Pre-Physical Therapy -
Coursework in preparation for these programs should be discussed with a faculty member in the Department of Biology.

Pre-Pharmacy – Augsburg has a program designed to fulfill minimum requirements of the College of Pharmacy at the University of Minnesota: BIO 151, 353, 476; CHM 115, 116 (or 105, 106), 351, 352; COM 111 or 115; ECO 112 or 113; ENL 111, 220; MAT 145; PHY 121, 122; and two courses in Behavioral Sciences such as PSY 105 and SOC 121. Requirements at other universities may vary.

Pre-Seminary РA student may enter a theological seminary with any of several different majors, such as history, philosophy, English, psychology, sociology, or religion. Recommended preparation includes REL 100, 200; at least two semesters of history (Western civilization); one or more courses in the history of philosophy, and Greek in the junior and/or senior year. The Christensen Center for Vocation provides resources and support, including scholarship opportunities, for students considering seminary.

Pre-Veterinary Medicine – To meet minimum requirements of the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota, the following courses are required: ENL 111, 220; MAT 114 or 145; BIO 151, 152, 253, 355, 369, 476; CHM 115, 116 (or 105, 106), 351, 352; PHY 121,