The university offers pre-professional curricula. The varying
requirements of different professional schools, however, require
close adherence by the student to the catalog requirements of the
respective college. Thus, students can complete one, two, three,
or four years of work toward professional degrees at Columbus
State University, depending on their objectives and the
requirements of the particular professional school involved. It
should be noted that most professional schools require an
above-average academic record for admission.
Pre-Law. The statement on pre-legal education of the
Association of American Law Schools does not recommend any
specific major or course work for the prospective law student.
Many Columbus State University baccalaureate programs may develop
the broad competencies recommended in the statement. Students
should contact the pre-law advisor through the chair, Department
of Political Science, for further information.
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Dentistry. All courses required for
admission to medical and dental schools are offered by Columbus
State University; however, pre-medicine is not a major degree
program- it is a concentration in preparation for a career goal.
Students seeking admission into a medical or dental school should
select an undergraduate, academic major. Three departments
publish degree progress information and provide academic advisors
to support pre-medical students: they are Biology, Chemistry and
Geology, and Psychology and Sociology. Within each of these
programs, sufficient electives are included to allow students to
take courses needed for pre-medical preparation. For more
detailed information on these programs see
BA Chemistry, and
BS Psychology (listed elsewhere),
or contact the Department of Biology, the Department of Chemistry
and Geology, or the Department of Psychology and Sociology.
Students with other academic majors, interested in applying to
medical schools should, during the freshman or sophomore year,
contact the chair of the pre-medical advisory committee.
Contact the dean of science to learn the name and headquarters of
this individual. Students with pre-medical concentrations
are required to maintain competitive academic records and to
attend to other admissions requirements in addition to required
classes. It is recommended that students serious about
making application to medical schools work through the Columbus
State University Pre-Medical Advisory Committee.
Pre-Veterinary Medicine. See
BS in Biology degree, or contact
Department of Biology.
Pre-Pharmacy. Columbus State University offers
those courses required in the first two years of most pharmacy
programs. For details contact the pre-pharmacy advisor through the
Department of Chemistry and Geology or the Department of Biology.
Pre-Engineering. Students planning to seek an
engineering degree may take one of the following options at
Columbus State University:
The Regents Engineering Transfer Program (RETP). Students
who meet the entrance requirements of the College of
Engineering of the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia
Tech) and who successfully complete the pre-engineering
curriculum at Columbus State University will be accepted for
transfer to the College of Engineering at Georgia Tech. (For
more information see programs in the Department of Chemistry
A student may choose to complete at Columbus State
University those courses that are available and meet
requirements of the degree at the institution to which the
student plans to transfer. Among such institutions the student
should consider are the University of Georgia and Mercer
University. Because the University of Georgia and Columbus
State University are units of the University System of
Georgia, course credits transfer readily between them.
Columbus State University and Mercer University have a formal
articulation agreement, which facilitates transfer.
The Columbus State University/Georgia Tech 3-2 Program.
This program offers students an opportunity to earn two
baccalaureate degrees in related fields (one from Columbus
State University and one from Georgia Tech) in a planned
five-year program of study. Approximately three years of work
is completed at Columbus State University on the initial
baccalaureate program, including certain courses specified by
the Georgia Institute of Technology. Upon completion of this
course work, the student then transfers to Georgia Tech for
two years of study toward completion of requirements for the
baccalaureate degree to be conferred by that institution. Upon
completion of the five-year program, both institutions award
the separate degrees earned. A number of degree combinations
are possible. For more information on pre-engineering, contact
the Department of Chemistry and Geology.