Freshman

Course Selection

  • Gateway courses: BIOL 1020/1021, BIOL 1030/1031, CHEM 1030/1031, CHEM 1040/1041, MATH 1610, SCMH 1890.

Ask for Assistance

  • Meet with your academic advisor to familiarize yourself with courses and prerequisites.

Sciences Center Classroom Building home of COSAM Student Advising

Gain Experience

  • Shadow professionals engaged in general and specialty practice in your chosen health profession. For premedical students, shadow both D.O. and M.D. physicians.
  • Volunteer at indigent-care clinics and nursing homes.
  • Seek opportunities to volunteer in a faculty research lab.
  • Use Handshake to explore employers actively hiring in your field and search part-time jobs that can add experience to your resume.

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Get Involved

  • Become an associate member of Alpha Epsilon Delta, join the listserv, attend meetings and participate in its volunteer and leadership opportunities.

Sophomore

Course Selection

  • Complete core requirements and foundation science courses.
  • Gateway Courses: BIOL 3000, 3200; CHEM 2070/2071, 2080/2081, PHYS 1200, 1510, STAT 2510.

Ask for Assistance

  • Use Academic Support to improve your grades and prepare for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) or Dental Admission Test (DAT) or Optometry Admission Test (OAT).
  • Meet with a career counselor if still exploring options and with the pre-health counselor if a health profession is your goal.

Gain Experience

Get Involved

  • Continue participation in AED-sponsored community service and leadership opportunities, attend meetings and apply for national membership.
  • Join the Genetics Society of America or another related professional group with a student membership.

Junior

Course Selection

  • Gateway Courses: BIOL 5800, 5220, 4100; BCHE 5180, 5190.
  • In preparation for graduation next year, meet with your COSAM academic advisor to complete a Credit Check.

Ask for Assistance

  • Schedule a graduation check with your academic advisor to prepare for graduation one year before graduation.
  • Attend PPAC meetings in January to learn about assistance with the application process to medical, dental, or optometry school.

Gain Experience

  • Credit for internships can be earned via BIOL 4920 (Internship in Biology).
  • Take an online practice test in January and the actual MCAT by the end of May or DAT or OAT by the end of June.
  • Begin undergraduate research.
  • Finish PPAC requirements and apply to medical or dental school in June; optometry school in July.
  • COSAM Undergraduate Research Ambassadors are also available to answer questions about research at Auburn University; email cosamugresearch@auburn.edu.

Get Involved

  • Continue involvement with AED by attending meetings and other sponsored activities and by serving as an elected or appointed officer.

Senior

Course Selection

  • Meet with your academic advisor to select courses that fulfill graduation requirements and prepare you for your chosen professional school.

Ask for Assistance

  • Meet with the pre-health director to discuss completing a post-baccalaureate program before applying to professional school.

Gain Experience

  • Continue to shadow, conduct research, participate in extracurricular activities and volunteer in the community.
  • Begin/continue undergraduate research.

Get Involved

  • Pursue leadership roles in student organizations in which you participate including AED.

General Information

This program prepares students for entrance into a variety of fields. It is especially suited for those with interest in genetics and those interested in pursuing professional school in the healthcare fields. Students in this field must maintain strong performance academically and experientially.

Compare to Assessment Results

Career assessments are a great way to learn more about who you are in order to find a career and/or major that will be a good fit.

To learn more about assessments or find out how to get started, start here.

Interests

Holland's Code: IRS

  • Investigative
  • Realistic
  • Social

Personality

Most common* Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality types found in this major, in no particular order:

  • ISTJ
  • ISFJ

*Every MBTI type is found in every major, these are the most highly concentrated

Values

  • Recognition
  • Independance
  • Achievement

Skills

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Active Learning
  • Critical Thinking

Meet Your Career Contacts

University Career Center Liaison

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Last modified: February 15, 2021