School of Natural Science

Program Description
The School of Natural Science offers a Bachelor of Science in Natural Science with special programs focused on pre-med, pre-dental, pre-vet, pre-pharmacy, and pre-physical therapy. All programs have a balance of courses in biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics. A major in Natural Science is geared to prepare students for a broad range of science-based careers, as well as admission to professional and graduate schools.

Admission
For admission to the major, students must meet the general requirements and declare the major.

Requirements
For the major in the Natural Science program, 55 semester hours are required, including BIO 121-122,123-124, 150, 256-257, 369, and 447. Also required are CHEM 211-212, 221-222, 301-302, 311-312; MATH 120, 231, 253,254; PHYS 311-312, 321-322; and additional hours in math and science electives as indicated on the specialized program sheets.

Assessment
At the end of the junior year, majors are required to take the Dental Admission Test, the Graduate Record Examination Subject Test, the Medical College Admission Test, or other comparable professional tests.

Post Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Natural Science
This program is designed for qualified college graduates to pursue additional course work in preparation for a career in the health professions (medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, physical therapy and other allied health fields) or who want to enhance their credentials in preparation for graduate education or K-12 teaching. The course of study is flexible, based on the academic background of the applicants. The objective of the certificate is to help the student strengthen their academic credentials for professional school application or employment.

Program Requirements: To receive the post baccalaureate certificate from Spalding University, the student must take at least 15 credits of those recommended for admission to the professional program of their choice and maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher.

Application Requirements and Procedures: Candidate should have a demonstrated record of intellectual ability, a high level of motivation and a commitment to the rigorous study necessary for pursuit of a health related career or advanced education. The candidate should have an undergraduate degree with an overall GPA of 2.75 or better. The candidate must file an application for admission to Spalding University and official transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended and the non refundable application fee. Applications should be sent to the office of Admissions.

Advising and Support Services: Advising for post baccalaureate students is provided by the Chair of the School of Natural Science and other faculty members to help students sharpen their goals, select courses and obtain academic support services within the University. The professional school advisory committee will help the student with professional school applications, letters of recommendation, personal statements, and interviewing techniques. A benefit of the program will be practice interviews with feedback from faulty with prior experience on medical and dental school admissions committees. In addition, the program will introduce students to other exciting careers in the health professions such as physician assistant, pathology assistant, orthotics, audiology, physical therapy, podiatry etc.


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