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Undergraduate Bulletin 2005-2007
Pre-Professional Education


Pre-Professional Education


The following first semester courses are suggested, with exceptions to this schedule noted below:

  • Physics 109 or Chemistry 105 *
  • Computer Science 221
  • Mathematics 171 (or begin the math sequence based on placement test results) * *
  • Practical Arts 101 ***

* For most engineering fields, take Physics 109 and Math 171. For Chemical Engineering, take Chemistry 105 and Math 171.

** Start math sequence according to Placement Test results. Note that lower placement will delay taking Physics 109, which is calculus-based. If placed into Mathematics 104 or 108, it is best to take 108 or take 104 in Fall term and Mathematics 106 in January Interim (104 + 106 = 108) to progress through the math sequence more quickly.

*** Practical Arts 101 is required for all engineering programs at UW Platteville; industrial, civil and mechanical at UW Milwaukee; and agricultural, mechanical and engineering mechanics at UW Madison. Do not take 101 for electrical or materials engineering at UW Milwaukee or for electrical, materials, chemical, civil, geological, industrial, metallurgical, and nuclear at UW Madison. Instead substitute a social science or humanities elective. Economics 206 would be a good choice.

Of the four courses listed, Computer Science 221 may be taken later so the student substitutes a social science, humanities or English composition course. English 101 or WBIS 188 is required by both UW Platteville and UW Milwaukee. Students attending UW Madison must have taken it or tested out of it. Communication 111 is appropriate for all engineers attending UW Platteville, but only for electrical, civil and chemical engineers at UW Madison. It does not meet any requirement for other engineering specialties at UW Madison and is not needed for engineering at UW Milwaukee. Advisors are available to help select the correct courses.

The information below delineates the required courses needed to complete a physics major at UW Oshkosh, transfer to either UW Madison or the University of Minnesota and complete a two-year engineering major. (Students in the dual degree program receive both a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in physics from UW Oshkosh and a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in a selected engineering field from UW Madison or the University of Minnesota.

Required Physics courses:
Physics 109 General Physics I - 5 cr.
Physics 110 General Physics II - 5cr.
Physics 206, Modern Physics - 4 cr.
Physics 222 - 2 cr.
Physics 320 Classical Physics* - 3 cr.
*(OR Physics 201 Statistics, and Physics 202 Dynamics) - 6 cr.
*Statistics and Dynamics may be taken at the destination engineering school.

Additional UW Oshkosh Physics courses (total 11 credits) from the following list:
Physics 305 Electronic Circuits and Devices - 3 cr.
Physics 311 Digital Instrumentation - 4 cr.
Physics 307 Optics - 3 cr.
Physics 319 Digital Signal Processing - 3 cr.
Physics 322 Physics Laboratory II - 2 cr.
Physics 408 Statistical Physics and Thermodynamics - 3 cr.
Physics 417 Electricity and Magnetism - 3 cr.
Physics 419 Quantum Mechanics - 3 cr.
Physics 491 Senior Research Project - 1-4 cr.
Total minimum physics and Engineering
credits from UW Oshkosh, as stated above: - 26 cr.

Courses required from UW Oshkosh: Minimum of 30 cr.

Within the course credits transferred back from the destination engineering school to UW Oshkosh, there must be:




Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Tracy Slagter, Clow Faculty 421, slagtert@uwosh.edu



While we usually think of “Healthcare” as meaning the clinical care of patients, it also includes administration and management, research and development, and sales of pharmaceuticals and instrumentation.  New technologies, new policies, and new treatments have greatly expanded the number of Healthcare careers in recent years.  Information about these careers may be found through the United States Government’s Bureau of Labor Statistics http://www.bls.gov/oco/, the American Medical Association http://www.ama-assn.org/, and the Wisconsin Area Health Education Center http://wihealthcareers.org.  

Undergraduate preparation for many of these Healthcare careers can be obtained at UW Oshkosh. Moreover, today’s high school seniors will probably have even more options by the time they are college seniors.  UW Oshkosh has its eye on this future for our students.

I. Terminal Bachelor’s Degree Programs

UW Oshkosh offers several Healthcare-related degree programs requiring only a Bachelor’s degree as the “terminal” degree.  These include:

  • Athletic Training Major
  • Environmental Health Major
  • Kinesiology Major, Exercise & Fitness Emphasis
  • Kinesiology Major, Strength & Conditioning Emphasis
  • Medical Technology Major
  • Nursing Major (traditional program)

Each of the above majors takes about 8 semesters (4 years) to complete. Degree completion is generally followed by passing a licensure exam, leading to eligibility for clinical care employment directly after college. Consult the Bulletin index or program web sites (found at http://www.uwosh.edu) for more details.  

Our College of Nursing also offers an Accelerated Nursing degree for students who have already earned a different Bachelor’s degree and have completed certain course prerequisites.  See http://www.uwosh.edu/con/undergrad/accelerated.php for more details.

In recent years, UW Oshkosh instituted additional (terminal) Bachelor’s degree programs designed (in consultation with leading Healthcare employers in the Fox Valley region) to make students highly competitive for employment after college in Healthcare administration, management, and sales. The new programs are:

  • Biology Major, Healthcare-Business Emphasis
  • Psychology Major, Healthcare-Business Emphasis
  • Business Administration Major, Healthcare Emphasis

The first two are something like Healthcare “majors” with a business “minor” blended in, whereas the third is something like a business “major” with a Healthcare “minor” blended in. Students can choose the blend they prefer. For example, the Psychology Healthcare-Business option might be perfect for a student interested in an administrative position in mental health, whereas the Biology Healthcare-Business option might be best for a student who wants to work in pharmaceutical sales. 

II. Bachelor’s Degree Programs preparatory for Graduate Education

Traditional Pre-Professional Bachelor’s degree programs are not terminal; instead, they prepare students for further Professional education at the Master’s or Doctoral level, culminating in professional clinical care or research and development careers.  Typically, Pre-Professional students at UW Oshkosh select a suitable major and then apply to the Professional school(s) of their choice in the junior year. What constitutes a “suitable major” is really up to the student because the graduate programs specify certain courses, but not certain majors.  Often, UW Oshkosh students choose traditional majors offered through our departments of Biology & Microbiology, Chemistry, Kinesiology, or Psychology.  Then they go on to graduate schools and careers, such as the following:

  • Anesthesia assistant (Master's degree)
  • Chiropractor (Doctoral degree)
  • Clinical psychologist (Doctoral degree)
  • Dentist (Doctoral degree)
  • Medical doctor (allopathic or osteopathic) (Doctoral degree)
  • Occupational therapist (Master's degree or higher)
  • Optometrist (Doctoral degree)
  • Pharmacist (Doctoral degree)
  • Physical Therapist (Doctoral degree)
  • Physician Assistant (Master's degree)
  • Podiatrist (Doctoral degree)  
In recent years, UW Oshkosh’s College of Letters & Sciences instituted new Healthcare-Science Emphases within selected majors designed specifically for Pre-Health students.  These Bachelor’s degree programs take some of the guesswork out of preparing for Professional school because they include most of the courses required for admission to most of the Professional schools. They also prepare students well for several different entrance exams (e.g. MCAT, DAT, OAT, PCAT, GRE).  They are a good option for the student interested in a clinical career, but unsure of which one. It is possible (with careful planning) to construct a Healthcare-Science degree so that the student’s final decision about which career can be made as late as the senior year. Because of the many lab classes and research experiences that count toward these majors, they are also excellent preparation for the student interested in biomedical research and development, or even in sales of pharmaceuticals and instrumentation.  The new Healthcare Science Emphases are:
  • Biology Major, Healthcare-Science Emphasis
  • Biomolecular Science Major, through the Chemistry Department
  • Kinesiology Major, Healthcare-Science Emphasis
  • Psychology Major, Healthcare-Science Emphasis

The College of Letters & Sciences also offers several minors that may interest Pre-Health Professions students who have declared any major, including:

  • Biology Minor
  • Chemistry Minor
  • Microbiology Minor
  • Neuroscience Minor
  • Psychology Minor

Students wishing up-to-date information on these degree programs should consult the Bulletin index for the sponsoring department or the campus web site for more details on each of those programs. 

III. Special Programs

Our School of Graduate Studies offers a Graduate Certificate in Health Care Management to students who already hold Bachelor’s degrees. This certificate is a “post-baccalaureate study that provides an historical perspective, familiarizes students with important policy issues and disciplinary approaches, provides theoretical grounding, and conveys the tools and framework for resolving complex problems in health care management”.
See http://www.uwosh.edu/mpa/healthcare.htm for more information.

Our College of Nursing offers a Master of Science in Nursing, a Doctor of Nursing Practice, and Graduate Certificates.
See http://www.uwosh.edu/con/ for more information. 





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