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.
Liberal Arts Study for Professional Undergraduate Programs
Several schools, colleges, and programs (e.g., A. Alfred Taubman College of 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.
Kinesiology is a professional school with a strong liberal arts background. Kinesiology offers Bachelor of Science (Movement Science, Physical Education, and Athletic Training) and Bachelor of Arts (Sports Management and Communication) degrees. Movement Science and Sports Management and Communication require 120 credits. Athletic Training requires 120 credits plus 1500 hours of practical experience under the supervision of a certified athletic trainer. Students must apply to and be accepted by the Athletic Training Program. Physical Education requires 130 credits and dual enrollment with the School of Education.
A complete description of each program is available from the Office of Student Services, 3745 Kinesiology Building.
General requirements: Students in Movement Science, Sports Management, and Athletic Training degree programs must satisfy a distribution plan of 36 credits – 12 credits in each of the following three disciplines: humanities, social science, and natural science. Students in the Physical Education degree program must complete a distribution plan of 27 credits – 9 credits in each of the areas. All Kinesiology students are required to take English 124/125, English 225, Psychology 111, SMC 101, SMC 111, and MVS 110.
General information for cross campus transfers: Students can transfer to Kinesiology after their freshman year. Students must have a minimum 2.8 gpa to be considered for admission. Interested students are advised to make an appointment with one of the advisors in the Office of Student Services at 764-4472.
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