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Preparing for a Career

You can major in any discipline and be successful in gaining admission to a health professional school.

Admission into professional school in the health sciences is highly competitive; consequently, an undergraduate must show consistently high academic performance throughout his or her undergraduate career.

Although specific requirements for courses vary among professional schools, at this time, most require two laboratory courses in animal or cellular biology, one year of inorganic and one of organic chemistry, one semester of biochemistry, one year of physics, and one to two semesters of English/writing and at least one semester of statistics.

In 2015, the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) will include a section on social and behavioral sciences. We are strongly recommending that students take at least one course in sociology and one course in psychology. This background in the social and behavioral sciences will be helpful to anyone who wishes to enter a career in the health sciences.

At Colgate, minimum requirements are usually met through Biology 212 and one additional laboratory course in animal or cellular biology (additional courses in biology are strongly recommended), Chemistry 101-102 (or Chemistry 111),  263-264, Chem 353 (or Chem 452/454/468), Physics 111-112 or 130-131 or 131-132, one semester of statistics, one to two courses in text-based English or writing and rhetoric, one sociology course, and one psychology course.

Colgate offers off-campus academic programs that have science components through the National Institutes of Health, Wales, and Australia study groups.

Colgate has early assurance articulation agreements with the George Washington School of Medicine and the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.  We also have an early assurance articulation agreement with DPT program at New York Medical College.
 
Colgate's Center for Career Services also provides information and assistance in obtaining internships during the summer.

Success After Colgate

For more information about the variety of fields students from all majors pursue after graduating, see our Success After Colgate page.