SUNY Oswego offers pre-professional programs that assist students in meeting their career and personal goals.
SUNY Oswego has a pre-med advisor and a pre-med committee to assist pre-med students with their questions and application procedures. Consult the Liberal Arts & Sciences Dean’s Office, 601 Culkin, 315-312-2156, for contact information.
One of the most important things to recognize is that there is no such thing as a pre-med major, as there is an English major or a Chemistry major. However, you will select a major (many, but not all, pre-med students major in a science) and there is a series of courses that the Association of American Medical Colleges recommends that all students interested in pre-med and medical school should take. These include: one year of Biology, one year of Physics, two years of Chemistry (through Organic Chemistry) and one year of English.
Additionally, mathematics courses like calculus and statistics would be helpful. These courses form the foundational knowledge for taking the Medical College Aptitude Test (MCAT).
Despite what you may have heard, there is no official “pre-law”major. In general, law schools recommend that students complete challenging, rigorous courses in a variety of academic disciplines, although it is probably useful for students to complete a few courses that emphasize law-related issues as a substantial component of the course. Law schools generally prefer students who possess a well-rounded academic background to those who have a very narrow academic focus.