Pre-Professional Programs

Students who plan to enter the fields of law, medicine, dentistry, ministry, veterinary science, pharmacy, or engineering can profit from a liberal arts education at Augsburg.

It is recommended that requirements for admission to graduate schools or seminaries be reviewed and the course of study at Augsburg planned accordingly. A faculty advisor is available in each field to assist students in their planning. Students who want to plan a pre-professional program should contact Academic Advising prior to or early in their first year to arrange for faculty advising.

List of Pre-Professional Programs:


  • 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, 351, 352; MAT 114 or 163 or 248; PHY 121, 122; PSY 105. Requirements at other universities may vary.


  • Students considering a career in law should examine the handbook published by the Association of American Law Schools. Pre-law students major in disciplines of their own choosing; most law school entrance requirements will be satisfied with a record of solid achievement coupled with an acceptable Law School Admission Test (LSAT) score.


  • Majors in chemistry and biology are 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. At this time, most medical schools list prerequisite courses which are the equivalent of CHM 115, 116, 351, 352; BIO 151, 152, 253; MAT 145, 146 and PHY 121, 122. Many also require the equivalent of BIO 369 and MAT 163 or 248. Students should take care to examine closely the requirements of each program to which they intend to apply.
  • The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is scheduled to be substantially altered in 2015. A new section in social and behavioral sciences will be added and greater emphasis placed on advanced topics in biology. Students planning to enter medical school in the fall of 2016 or later should work closely with health profession advisors to learn how the exam will differ from the current format and what prerequisite coursework will be required by medical schools at that time.

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.


  • 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, 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.


  • A 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 Bernhard 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, 351, 352; PHY 121, 122. Additional liberal arts courses are required. Requirements at other universities may vary.