Pre-professional Studies and Scholars Programs

The Office of Pre-Professional Studies, sponsored by the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, provides advice and service to students who wish to enter dental, law, medical or other health-related professional schools. Interested students should register with the Office of Pre-Professional Studies, Sensenbrenner Hall, Room 005.

Pre-dentistry

Course Requirements

Although specific course requirements vary among dental schools, the common basic requirements typically include:

Area Credit Hours
Biology 8-12
English6
General Chemistry8
Organic Chemistry8
Physics8

All required courses in biology, chemistry and physics must include laboratory work.

Generally, dental schools require a minimum of three years (90 semester hours) of undergraduate study.

For specific requirements of particular dental schools, refer to ADEA Official Guide to Dental Schools at ADEA.org.

Dental Admission Test

All candidates for dental school must take the Dental Admission Test (DAT). This test is only offered in computerized form. Registration applications are available online at ada.org.

There are four sections on the DAT, including Survey of Natural Sciences, Perceptual Ability, Reading Comprehension and Quantitative Reasoning. Prior to taking the DAT, students should complete at least:

BIOL 1001General Biology 13
BIOL 1002General Biology 23
CHEM 1001General Chemistry 14
CHEM 1002General Chemistry 24
CHEM 2111Organic Chemistry 14
or CHEM 2113 Organic Chemistry for Majors 1
CHEM 2112Organic Chemistry 24
or CHEM 2114 Organic Chemistry for Majors 2
Total Credit Hours22

Completion of these courses prior to taking DAT is also recommended:

BIOL 2001Principles of Biological Investigation3
BIOL 4101Biochemistry and the Molecular Basis of Biology3-4
or BISC 3213 Biochemistry
Total Credit Hours6-7

Most students take the DAT between June after their sophomore year and April of their junior year.

Application

Application is made through the American Association of Dental Schools Application Service (AADSAS). AADSAS applications are available online at adea.org/aadsas.

Timing of the dental school application is critical. Students need to apply 15 months before entering dental school. Most students apply in June of their junior year. Late applications significantly affect students’ chances of admission to dental school.

Pre-dental Scholars Program

The Klingler College of Arts and Sciences participates in the Pre-dental Scholars Program. More detailed information can be found in the university Special Programs section of this bulletin.

Pre-law

Course Requirements

Law schools do not require specific college courses or majors. The Law School Admission Council recommends that students take rigorous and demanding courses that develop basic intellectual skills: reading, writing, and speaking, critical and logical thinking.

For information, see the pre-law adviser in the Office of Pre-Professional Studies, Sensenbrenner Hall, 005.

Law School Admission Test

Almost all law schools require applicants to take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). This test is offered four times a year, and should normally be taken at least one full year before entering law school.

Application

Almost all law schools require applicants to register with the Law School Admission Council's (LSAC) Credential Assembly Service (CAS) via their website, www.lsac.org. The majority of law school applicants apply online. Although deadlines vary from school to school, it is generally advantageous to complete applications early. Application occurs within one year in advance of desired entrance.

Pre-law Scholars Program

The Klingler College of Arts and Sciences participates in the Pre-law Scholars Program. More detailed information can be found in the university Special Programs section of this bulletin.

Pre-medicine

Course Requirements

Although specific course requirements vary among medical schools, the common basic requirements typically include:

Area Credit Hours
Biochemistry3
Biology8-12
English6
General Chemistry8
Organic Chemistry8
Physics8

All required courses in biology, chemistry and physics must include laboratory work.

For requirements of specific medical schools, refer to the Medical School Admission Requirements in the “U.S. and Canadian Medical Schools” guide, which is available for purchase online at the Association of American Medical Colleges’ (AAMC) website at aamc.org. Most U.S. medical schools require a minimum of 90 semester hours of undergraduate work and most give preference to students who finish a bachelor’s degree before entering medical school.

Medical College Admission Test

Medical schools require the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). This computer-based test is administered multiple times between January–September. Registration is online at the Association of American Medical Colleges’ website at aamc.org.

The MCAT is divided into four sections: Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems, Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills, Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems and Psychological, Social and Biological Foundations of Behavior. Before taking the MCAT, students should complete:

BIOL 1001General Biology 13
BIOL 1002General Biology 23
BIOL 4101Biochemistry and the Molecular Basis of Biology3-4
or BISC 3213 Biochemistry
CHEM 1001General Chemistry 14
or CHEM 1013 General Chemistry 1 for Majors
CHEM 1002General Chemistry 24
or CHEM 1014 General Chemistry 2 for Majors
CHEM 2111Organic Chemistry 14
or CHEM 2113 Organic Chemistry for Majors 1
CHEM 2112Organic Chemistry 24
or CHEM 2114 Organic Chemistry for Majors 2
PHYS 1001General Physics 14
or PHYS 1003 General Physics with Introductory Calculus 1
PHYS 1002General Physics 24
or PHYS 1004 General Physics with Introductory Calculus 2
PSYC 1001General Psychology3
SOCI 1001Principles of Sociology3
Total Credit Hours39-40

A physiology course and BIOL 2001 Principles of Biological Investigation is also recommended for the MCAT. Most students at Marquette take the MCAT in May or June of their junior year.

Application

Application for most U.S. allopathic medical schools is made through the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS). More information can be found at aamc.org/amcas. Students applying to U.S. osteopathic medical schools use the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service (AACOMAS). More information can be found at aacom.org.

Timing of medical school applications is critical. Students need to apply 15 months before entering medical school. Most students apply in June of their junior year. Late applications significantly affect students’ chances of admission to medical school.