Chapter V: Special Degrees and Pre-Professional Studies
Several special degree programs are offered by the joint cooperation of LS&A and some other college or school within the University. Admission to some of these programs is highly competitive. Because many of these programs require specific courses for admission, it is important for students to identify program interests early in their undergraduate careers. Although the basic requirements are summarized in this chapter, students should consult academic advisors associated with the various programs.
Many LS&A students are interested in applying for admission to a professional school either after two years of liberal arts studies or after completing an LS&A degree. The second half of this chapter describes several pre-professional courses of study. Pre-professional advising is available at both the Academic Advising Center and the Office of Career Planning and Placement.
Special Joint Degree Programs
Dentistry and Medicine (Joint Program in Liberal Arts and Dentistry or Liberal Arts and Medicine)
The joint degree program in liberal arts and either medicine or dentistry is designed to enable students admitted to the Medical School or the School of Dentistry at the University of Michigan to complete the requirements for a bachelor's degree from LS&A. Students may apply up to 15 credits of courses elected during the first two years of medical or dental school toward a degree. To be eligible for the bachelor's degree under this joint program, a student must have been admitted to either the Medical School or the School of Dentistry at the University of Michigan and have completed 105 credits toward an LS&A degree with a GPA of at least 3.0. For the A.B. or B.S. degree the 105 credits must include all but 6 credits of a concentration plan. For a B.G.S. degree the 105 credits must include at least 50 upper-level credits, of which 40 must be LS&A. All other requirements for graduation from LS&A must be met, and at least 45 of the 105 credits must be earned in residence in the College. A student's program must have the approval of the LSA pre-professional advisor, the concentration advisor, and the Director of Academic Advising. In addition, a student must complete all of the required courses for the Medical School or the School of Dentistry with at least a "C" average.
When the above requirements have been met, the College grants a bachelor's degree by accepting up to 15 credits from first-year and second-year Medical School or School of Dentistry courses as approved by the Committee on the Joint Program in Liberal Arts and Medicine/Dentistry.
Only students attending Medical School or the School of Dentistry at the University of Michigan are eligible for this program. Applications for admission to the joint program may be obtained in the Academic Advising Center.
Liberal Arts Study for Professional Undergraduate Programs
Several schools, colleges, and programs (e.g., Architecture and Urban Planning, Business Administration, Dental Hygiene, Education, and Pharmacy) within the University admit only students who have completed two years of liberal arts study. The following information is for students interested in planning the freshman and sophomore years in LS&A and then applying to one of the schools below.
The School of Dentistry grants a B.S. degree in Dental Hygiene. This baccalaureate program consists of a year of prescribed college courses followed by three years enrollment in the School of Dentistry. The equivalent of 30 (semester) credits of college level work in liberal arts is a prerequisite to the three-year curriculum in dental hygiene. Prerequisites include: (1) Chemistry; (2) English Composition; (3) Speech; (4) Introductory Psychology; (5) Introductory Sociology; (6) Additional electives to total 30 credits.
Interested students should contact the Director of Dental Hygiene, Wendy Kerschbaum, in the School of Dentistry (3066 Dentistry, 763-3392) as soon as possible, preferably during the freshman year. Additional information about the dental hygiene program can be found in the School of Dentistry Bulletin and Dental Hygiene brochures.
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