Preparation for Careers in Engineering, Law, Medicine, Pharmacy & Physical Therapy

Georgian Court University seeks to prepare its students for professional occupations as well as for a myriad of graduate programs. Students with interests that fall into the category of pre-professional programs, including pre-engineering, pre-law, pre-medicine, pre-pharmacy, or pre-physical therapy should make their interests known to their academic advisor. Students can then tailor their program to meet their needs and work with their advisor to ensure that they fulfill all entrance requirements for the professional school program. As is true of most institutions, Georgian Court does not offer majors called pre-engineering, pre-law, pre-medicine, pre-pharmacy, or pre-physical therapy. However, the majors Georgian Court offers provide excellent preparation for careers in engineering, law, medicine, pharmacy, and physical therapy. Georgian Court graduates are routinely accepted into graduate programs in these fields.

Pre-Engineering

Georgian Court encourages students planning to obtain a master’s degree in some area of engineering to consider a major in science or mathematics. Engineering disciplines include aerospace, biomedical, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, environmental, industrial, internet, mechanical, nuclear, and pharmaceutical. Majors that provide a good background for a career in engineering include biochemistry, biology, chemistry, and mathematics. Principles encountered in master’s level engineering programs incorporate the scientific and mathematical concepts taught in courses in these major fields. An internship or other work experience in an engineering field will enhance a student’s application to an engineering program.

Pre-Law

Georgian Court encourages students who wish to apply to law school to pursue a major in their area of interest. The Pre-Law Committee of the American Bar Association does not recommend any particular major but encourages applicants to prepare themselves by developing analytic and problem-solving skills, critical reading abilities, writing skills, oral communication and listening abilities, general research skills, task organization and management skills, and the values of collaboration, serving the interests of others, and promoting justice (http://www.americanbar.org/groups/legal_education/resources/pre_law/). The ABA also recommends entering with broad understandings of history, political thought, social interaction, and cultural diversity as well as basic mathematical and financial skills. Georgian Court’s general education courses in ethics, history, philosophy, quantitative analysis, social science, and writing (among other courses) develop many of these skills and values. An internship, public service, or work experience in law will also enhance a student’s application to law school. Curricular paths that are appropriate for students interested in a career in law include the Political Science major; the Politics, Law, and History minor (see Section X: Interdisciplinary Minors); and the Criminal Justice minor (see Section VII: School of Arts & Sciences). 

Pre-Medicine, Dentistry & Veterinary Medicine

Students seeking a career in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, or a related field may choose a major in any discipline. Required courses for admission to medical school vary from school to school but typically include:

English Composition
EN111Academic Writing and Research I 13
or EN221 Honors Argument: Rhetoric & Research
Other English composition or literature3
Pre-calculus
MA110Precalculus3
Calculus 2
MA115Calculus I4
Biology
BI121Cellular Organiz., Energetics & Function4
BI204Genetics & Evolution4
Physics
Select one of the following sequences:8
College Physics I
and College Physics II
University Physics I
and University Physics II
General Chemistry
CH113General Chemistry I4
CH114General Chemistry II4
Organic Chemistry
CH223Organic Chemistry I4
CH224Organic Chemistry II4
Biochemistry
BI437/CH311Biochemistry I4
Behavioral Sciences & Humanities
One or two semesters

One year of human anatomy and physiology (BI213 Human Anatomy & Physiology I, BI214 Human Anatomy & Physiology II) is likely to be helpful or expected. Students are unlikely to be admitted to medical school unless they have worked in paid or non-paid positions in a relevant medical field prior to applying to the school of their choice. All students pursuing a career in a medically related field are advised to develop a strong background, major or minor in the social sciences (especially psychology, sociology and social work) to gain “patient-relationship skills.” It is particularly important for students interested in psychiatry to complete extensive coursework in psychology. Students should consult with a pre-med advisor for further information about med school requirements and preparation.

GCU’s B.S. in Biology and B.S. in Health Sciences majors both offer a Pre-Medical Track.  GCU’s B.S. in Health Sciences major offers a Pre-Dental Track. 

Pre-Occupational Therapy

GCU’s B.A. in Health Profession Studies and B.S. in Exercise Science, Wellness, and Sports majors both offer a Pre-Occupational Therapy Track. 

Seven-Year Bachelor’s Degree Plus M.D. or D.V.M. Degree Program with Saint George’s University

Saint George’s University Limited (SGU) and Georgian Court University (GCU) offer qualified students the opportunity to pursue a career in medicine or veterinary medicine at St. George’s University in Grenada, following successful completion of three years of pre-medicine or pre-veterinary medicine coursework at GCU, allowing the students to obtain the B.A. or B.S./M.D. or B.A. or B.S./D.V.M. degree.

After successfully completing three (3) years of undergraduate study at GCU, including 90 credits comprising all the requirements for graduation in the major with the exception of general elective credits and credits in the major field that the GCU faculty in that major field will allow to be transferred from SGU, qualified students who meet the standards of admission at SGU will proceed to Grenada and enter the first year of the SGU School of Medicine or SGU School of Veterinary Medicine.

Upon successful completion of the first year of medicine or veterinary medicine at SGU, qualified students who began their course of study at GCU and who have earned a C or higher in at least 30 credits of coursework at SGU will have fulfilled the requirements for a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science from Georgian Court University. Qualified students who meet the standards of promotion at SGU will then be eligible to complete the remaining three (3) years of study at SGU, leading to the M.D. or D.V.M. degree.

The qualified medical students will then be eligible to complete the first two (2) years of medical study in Grenada, and the final two (2) years of this combined program in clinical rotations at affiliated hospitals in the United States and/or the United Kingdom. Qualified veterinary students will be eligible to complete the first three (3) years of veterinary study in Grenada and their final clinical year at affiliated veterinary schools in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, or Ireland.

For more details about this program, contact the GCU Office of Admissions.

Pre-Pharmacy

Unlike most medical or veterinary schools, many pharmacy schools do not require completion of a bachelor’s degree prior to entry into the program. In many pharmacy programs, the students complete two to three years of pre-pharmacy study (typically 60–90 credits) and then enter the pharmacy program. Pharmacy school admission requirements vary. The most common requirements for admission include the following GCU courses:

BI121Cellular Organiz., Energetics & Function4
BI204Genetics & Evolution4
BI213Human Anatomy & Physiology I4
BI214Human Anatomy & Physiology II4
BI219Microbiology4
Select one of the following statistics courses:3
Experimental Design & Statistics
Introduction to Statistical Thinking
Social Statistics
Rsrch Mthds & Stats for the Beh Sciences
CH113General Chemistry I4
CH114General Chemistry II4
CH223Organic Chemistry I4
CH224Organic Chemistry II4
MA115Calculus I4
MA116Calculus II4
Select one of the following sequences:8
College Physics I
and College Physics II
University Physics I
and University Physics II
EN111Academic Writing and Research I3
or EN221 Honors Argument: Rhetoric & Research
Additional writing or literature course3
Select one of the following economics courses:3
Contemporary Economics
Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics
PS111Introduction to Psychology3
or PS113 Foundations of Psychology
General courses in sociology, philosophy, the arts, and religious studies

Visit http://aacp.org, select Resources, click on the Student Center section and then click on the links to requirements for specific pharmacy schools. Students planning to earn a bachelor’s degree at Georgian Court University and then go to a pharmacy school may wish to pursue a major in biology, biochemistry or chemistry. Georgian Court University offers courses that satisfy the admission requirements for almost all schools of pharmacy. An internship or other work experience in a pharmacy-related field will enhance a student’s application to a pharmacy program.

In addition, Georgian Court University has a special dual degree program with the University of the Sciences (Philadelphia). Students can earn both the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) or Arts (B.A.) and the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degrees in as little as seven years after graduation from high school. Eligible students may spend the first three years at GCU and then matriculate to USciences for the four professional years of the Pharm.D. program. Upon successful completion of all requirements for GCU’s B.S. in Biochemistry, B.S. in Biology, or B.A. or B.S. in Chemistry degree while matriculated at USciences, students will then receive the bachelor’s degree from GCU. The Pharm.D. degree from USciences will be awarded after successful completion of all degree requirements in the professional curriculum of the Doctor of Pharmacy Program at USciences. Specific GCU courses that are prerequisites for the USciences Pharm.D. program are:

CH113General Chemistry I4
CH114General Chemistry II4
CH223Organic Chemistry I4
CH224Organic Chemistry II4
BI121Cellular Organiz., Energetics & Function4
BI203Experimental Design & Statistics3
BI204Genetics & Evolution4
BI213Human Anatomy & Physiology I4
BI214Human Anatomy & Physiology II4
BI219Microbiology4
MA115Calculus I4
PH115College Physics I4
or PH121 University Physics I
Select one of the following:3
Principles of Sociology
Introduction to Psychology
Foundations of Psychology
CM105Public Speaking3
Select one of the following:3
Contemporary Economics
Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics
Satisfactory completion of the GCU Writing Requirement

The University of the Sciences agreed to admit up to three GCU students into each year’s Pharm.D. class, provided the students meet University of the Sciences admissions requirements and declare their intent to apply to University of the Sciences through the GCU partnership agreement no later than October 15. For more information, contact your academic advisor or Dr. Michael Gross.

Georgian Court University also has a similar, special dual-degree program with the University of Saint Joseph in Hartford, Connecticut. Students can earn both the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) or Arts (B.A.) and the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degrees in as little as six years after graduation from high school. Eligible students may spend the first three years at GCU and then matriculate to the University of Saint Joseph for the three calendar years of the professional phase of the Pharm.D. program. Upon successful completion of all requirements for GCU’s B.S. in Biochemistry, B.S. in Biology, or B.A. or B.S. in Chemistry degree while matriculated at the University of Saint Joseph, students will then receive the bachelor’s degree from GCU. The Pharm.D. degree from the University of Saint Joseph will be awarded after successful completion of all degree requirements in the professional curriculum of the Doctor of Pharmacy program at the University of Saint Joseph. Specific prerequisites for the University of Saint Joseph Pharm.D. program are located on the University of Saint Joseph website. GCU offers all the prerequisite courses. The University of Saint Joseph has agreed to admit up to two GCU students into each year’s Pharm.D. class, provided the students have completed the first three years in the dual-degree program, met University of Saint Joseph admissions requirements, are otherwise competitive with other applicants competing for admission to the Pharm.D. program, and apply to the University of Saint Joseph through the GCU partnership agreement no later than October 15. For more information, contact your academic advisor or Dr. Michael Gross.

Pre-Physical Therapy

Most Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) programs require completion of the bachelor’s degree prior to enrollment in what is usually a three-year D.P.T. program, although some programs have 3+3 arrangements in which a student takes three years of bachelor’s level coursework before entering the D.P.T. program. Requirements vary from institution to institution, but typical requirements for admission include the following GCU courses:

BI121Cellular Organiz., Energetics & Function4
BI204Genetics & Evolution4
BI213Human Anatomy & Physiology I4
BI214Human Anatomy & Physiology II4
Select one of the following statistics courses:3
Experimental Design & Statistics
Introduction to Statistical Thinking
Social Statistics
Rsrch Mthds & Stats for the Beh Sciences
CH113General Chemistry I4
CH114General Chemistry II4
MA115Calculus I4
MA116Calculus II4
Select one of the following sequences:8
College Physics I
and College Physics II
University Physics I
and University Physics II
EN111Academic Writing and Research I3
or EN221 Honors Argument: Rhetoric & Research
Additional writing or literature course3
PS111Introduction to Psychology3
or PS113 Foundations of Psychology
Select one of the following:3
Child & Adolescent Development
Adult Development

Visit http://www.apta.org, select Careers & Education, then select About PT/PTA Careers for more information, including requirements of specific D.P.T. programs. Students planning to earn a bachelor’s degree at Georgian Court University and then go in to a physical therapy program may wish to pursue a major in biology, biochemistry, chemistry, or exercise science. Georgian Court University offers courses that satisfy the admission requirements for almost all doctor of physical therapy programs. An internship or other work experience in a physical therapy-related field will enhance a student’s application to a physical therapy program.

In addition, Georgian Court University has a special dual degree program with the University of the Sciences (Philadelphia). Students can earn both the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) or Arts (B.A.) and the Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) degrees in as little as six years after graduation from high school. Eligible students may spend the first three years at GCU and then matriculate to USciences for the three professional years of the D.P.T. program. Upon successful completion of all requirements for GCU’s B.S. in Biochemistry, B.S. in Biology, B.S. in Exercise Science, B.A. or B.S. in Chemistry, or B.S. in Health Sciences degree while matriculated at USciences, students will then receive the bachelor’s degree from GCU. The D.P.T. degree from USciences will be awarded after successful completion of all degree requirements in the professional curriculum of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at USciences. Specific GCU courses that are prerequisites for the USciences D.P.T. program are:

CH113General Chemistry I4
CH114General Chemistry II4
BI121Cellular Organiz., Energetics & Function4
BI203Experimental Design & Statistics3
or MA103 Introduction to Statistical Thinking
BI204Genetics & Evolution4
BI213Human Anatomy & Physiology I4
BI214Human Anatomy & Physiology II4
MA115Calculus I 14
PH115
PH116
College Physics I
and College Physics II
8
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Psychology
Foundations of Psychology
SO101Principles of Sociology3
Social Science courses 26
EN111Academic Writing and Research I3
or EN221 Honors Argument: Rhetoric & Research
Additional English course3
Recommended course:
Medical Terminology

The University of the Sciences has agreed to admit up to two GCU students into each year’s D.P.T. class, provided the students meet University of the Sciences admissions requirements and declare their intent to apply to the University of the Sciences through the GCU partnership agreement no later than one year prior to the summer start date of the D.P.T. program at USciences. For more information, contact your academic advisor or Dr. Michael Gross.

GCU’s B.S. in Exercise Science, Wellness, and Sports major offers a Pre-Physical Therapy Track.

Pre-Physician Assistant

GCU’s B.S. in Exercise Science, Wellness, and Sports and B.S. in Health Sciences majors both offer a Pre-Physician Assistant Track.