You may enter Saint Anselm with the intention of pursuing a post-graduate professional degree. If you are interested in graduate work in dentistry, medicine, law, or theology, you may choose any of our undergraduate majors. In addition to an advisor in your chosen major, a pre-professional advisor will offer you guidance in selecting appropriate courses required for admission to post-graduate programs and will assist you through the application process.
Counselors in our departments of Career Education Services and Academic Advisement are also available to assist you in career exploration, locating internships, and applying for both jobs and graduate programs.
Pre-Medical or Pre-Dental
Saint Anselm College offers courses that prepare you for graduate study in medicine (allopathic, osteopathic, and podiatric), dentistry, veterinary medicine, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant and any other allied health profession. The Chief Health Professions Advisor can help you prepare for this career choice. For more information, see the Heath Professions homepage.
No specific program of study is required to gain admittance to law school. If you are interested in law school, you should meet with the director of academic advisement for individual academic planning. A specific program of study based on educational interests and career goals can be shaped for you.
The Pre-Theological Program involves concentration in philosophy and courses in the classical languages.
Saint Anselm offers a five-year cooperative liberal arts and engineering program in affiliation with the University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana; the University of Massachusetts Lowell; The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.; and Manhattan College, Riverdale, New York.
Students spend three years at Saint Anselm College fulfilling the liberal arts and science prerequisites for engineering. In an additional two years, at one of the above universities selected by the student, the remaining engineering requirements are fulfilled.
Under this arrangement, the student receives the bachelor of arts degree from Saint Anselm College, subsequent to the fulfillment of graduation requirements, and, upon the successful completion of the fifth year, an engineering degree from the cooperative institution's school of engineering.
The 3-2 engineering major is offered through Saint Anselm's Physics Department. For more information, please refer to the Online College Catalogue or visit the Physics Department homepage.
Advising & Preparation
Saint Anselm College offers courses that prepare you for graduate study in medicine (allopathic, osteopathic, and podiatric), dentistry, veterinary medicine, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant and any other allied health profession.
Your choice of major is independent of your career goals. Many students choose to major in biology, chemistry, biochemistry, psychology or natural science. You are encouraged to choose a major in which you can excel.
When planning your schedules you are advised to include the following courses:
- BI 103-104 General Biology I and II
- CH 130-131 General Chemistry I and II
- CH 250-251 Organic Chemistry I and II
- BI 336 Biochemistry
- PS 121-122 General Physics I and II (or PS131-132 Classical Physics)
Recommended courses that will also fulfill the college's core requirements:
- EN 105 - Freshman English
- Aesthetic Reasoning - a course in the English department, as many schools have 1 or semester English requirements.
- Quantitative Reasoning - BI 345 Biostatistics, or any other statistics course such as SO212, PY301, or BU121
- Social Scientific Reasoning - any psychology or sociology course that fulfills this outcome.
Some of the professional schools (i.e. physical therapy, physician assistant, pharmacy and entry-level MS nursing) require BI 331-332 Human Anatomy and Physiology (this course is not recommended for medical or dental school preparation), and BI 318 Microbiology for majors. Students should look carefully at the programs that they may want to apply to as the requirements for these programs vary significantly.
Since your choice of major is independent of your ultimate career goals, you will have an academic advisor in the major. The chief health professions advisor will assist you in insuring that you are enrolled in the proper classes, as well as a provide assistance navigating the application process.
Prior to applying to graduate programs, the college's Preprofessional committee interviews students and writes a letter of reference for the student. The committee is comprised of faculty across disciplines who are both supportive and keenly interested in helping students proceed on their chosen paths. Interviews typically occur in the spring of the junior year.
Carolyn Weinreb, Ph.D.
Chief Health Professions Advisor