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A number of required courses are offered in the Department of Biological and Allied Health Sciences. Students interested in pursuing a medical career must follow a degree program that includes science courses required for entrance into medical school. In addition, a strong program of liberal arts courses is highly recommended by American medical schools.
The Pre-Professional Advisory Committee bases recommendations on the student's academic record, resume, performance on required standardized tests and faculty evaluations. By the time a student in the program attains junior standing, chance of acceptance to a professional school is excellent. The Pre-Professional Committee is composed of five professors from the Department of Biological and Allied Health Sciences and the Department of Chemistry.
In addition to providing advisement, the committee is responsible for evaluating credentials of students who seek the committee's recommendation. Four levels of recommendation are offered by the committee: strongly recommended, highly recommended, recommended and recommended with reservations. The latter endorsement indicates that a student falls short of one or more of the measured criteria. The majority of students recommended by the Pre-Professional Committee are either strongly recommended or highly recommended. Students not seeking the committee's evaluation can receive a realistic assessment of their credentials and letters of recommendation from faculty. However, this route for seeking acceptance is not the most desirable.
Each student is assigned a major advisor, who is a faculty member with special insight into the professional field selected by the student and the requirements necessary for acceptance by professional schools. In addition, any member of the Pre-Professional Advisory Committee can offer guidance.
Many students opt to attend professional schools in Pennsylvania, for example: Penn State Hershey, University of Pennsylvania, Thomas Jefferson University, University of Pittsburgh, Temple University, MCP Hahnemann, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. However, many Bloomsburg Alumni have attended other professional schools such as Georgetown University School of Medicine, Kansas City College, Fairleigh Dickinson, West Virginia University and the University of Michigan.
Pre-professional students enrolled in the Department of Biological and Allied Health Sciences pursue the Pre-Medical Sciences option within the Bachelor of Science degree in biology. Required courses are taken in biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics. Many other useful biology elective courses are also available. Highly recommended biology electives for premedical preparation include the following courses: Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy, Embryology, Vertebrate Histology, Immunology, Medical Parasitology and Writing in Biology. Pre-professional students are strongly encouraged to become computer-literate. Fluency in a foreign language can also be useful.
A carefully-chosen internship or independent research project can be of value in preparation for professional school. Students must also perform volunteer or observational activities at a hospital or an office of an appropriate health professional.
The general education requirements can be fulfilled by taking courses in the humanities and social sciences. Humanities courses are offered in the departments of Art, English, Language and Cultures, Music, Philosophy, Speech and History. Social science courses are offered in the departments of Anthropology, Economics, Geography, Political Science, Psychology and Sociology. The curriculum at Bloomsburg University challenges one to learn more about the world so that he or she can help change it for the better by responsible citizenship and generous, professional service.