Biology Pre-Professional Program
The regular B.S. Degree program in Biology at Saint Mary's College prepares a student for admission to medical, dental, veterinary, optometry and other professional schools. The program is flexible and includes a variety of electives. A typical preprofessional program is shown below. We recommend, however, students study the exact requirements of the school of choice in order to adjust the individual program if necessary.
Although some medical, dental, veterinary, optometry and other related schools will accept a student after three years of undergraduate studies, we recommend that the student complete the course of studies leading to a B.S. degree. However, a student who enrolls in a professional school after three years at Saint Mary's may be awarded a B.S. degree provided she has fulfilled the College core requirements, the major requirements, and successfully completed one full year of the professional school.
The education program is essentially a B.S. in Biology with additional courses in education and a choice of certain Area I and III electives. A student earning this degree will be certified to teach biology (major teaching field) and chemistry (minor teaching field). She should plan to take fundamentals of education in the sophomore year and establish an advisor in both the Department of Biology and the Department of Education. Students in this program will complete their student teaching as a second semester senior.
Saint Mary's College has an articulation agreement with the Occupational Therapy Program at Midwestern University, Downer's Grove, Illinois. The agreement provides students who have followed a prescribed curriculum at Saint Mary's and who meet specific requirements the opportunity for automatic acceptance into the Master's Degree OT program at Midwestern.
Allied Medical Programs
Students interested in pursuing a career in the allied medical areas of Medical Technology and Cytotechnology are encouraged to complete the B.S. in Biology. Cytotechnology is the study of the structure and function of cells. The primary responsibility of the cytotechnologist is to detect cellular disease. Much of the work conducted by cytotechnologists is with a microscope used to screen prepared slides for abnormalities in cell structure, a means for detecting cancer from tissue samples. Most cytotechnologists work in hospitals and private laboratories.
A departmental advisor will assist students in identifying institutions offering the clinical experience necessary to complete certification in these areas. Additional courses required by the clinical program may be necessary for admission.