Pre-professional Science

Pre-Professional Science

Pre-Professional Science


About the program

This curriculum permits maximum flexibility for a student with specific professional goals in science. Beyond the basic required courses, a student may develop a program of study with a specific emphasis or a broad introduction to several fields of science. This curriculum is particularly appropriate for pre-medical, pre-dental, and pre-veterinary science. Also, this major can be adapted for the specific needs of those students interested in graduate school in the interdisciplinary life or physical sciences such as molecular biology, toxicology, or forensic science.

Coursework in Pre-Professional Science

The curriculum incorporates a variety of topics to prepare students for opportunities in the field of Pre-Professional Science, and includes courses such as:

  • Human Anatomy & Physiology
  • General Chemistry
  • Calculus
  • Genetics
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Fundamentals of Physics

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Experiential & hands-on learning opportunities

Work study positions: The School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics offers several work-study positions, giving students a chance to fine-tune their laboratory skills while working side by side with professors.

Internships: Students are strongly urged to explore career opportunities and to establish mentors through an internship.

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What can I be with a major in Pre-Professional Science?

A major in Pre-Professional Science leads to traditional career paths, as well as less expected fields. For example:

  • You could be a(n) ...
  • Doctor
  • Dentist
  • Biochemist
  • Veterinarian
  • Pharmacist
  • Technical Writer
  • Scientific Photographer
  • Forensic Chemist
  • Medical Illustrator
  • Toxicologist

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Recent Pre-Professional Science graduates and their careers

Ferrum graduates credit their program of study for landing jobs or other opportunities in their fields.

Amy Hayes '00: of Rocky Mount, was a student in the George Washington School of Medicine, class of 2004. (MD)

Patricia Moyer '02: University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. (DVM)

Brook Powell '06: Jefferson College of Health Sciences. (PA)

Cody Matthews '07: Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine. (DO)

David Ellington '08: Shenandoah University Physician's Assistant Program. (PA)

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Pre-Professional Science Faculty

Chris Aylesworth Chris Aylesworth
Program Coordinator of Pre-Professional Science
Assistant Professor of Biology
Director of Professional Health Sciences
D.V.M., Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
(540) 365-4542
caylesworth@ferrum.edu | View Profile


Dan Bowman Dan Bowman | View Profile
Associate Professor of Physics
PhD, Indiana University
(540) 365-4361
Michaela Gazdik Michaela Gazdik | View Profile
Associate Professor of Molecular Biology
Ph.D., The State University of New York at Albany
(540) 365-4369

David Johnson David Johnson | View Profile
Professor of Chemistry and Environmental Science
Ph.D., University of Michigan
(540) 365-4364

Katherine Jordan Katherine Goff | View Profile
Assistant Professor of Biology
Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University              
(540) 365-4468
Jason Powell Jason Powell | View Profile
Associate Professor of Chemistry and Physics
Dean of the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
(540) 365-4376

Bob Pohlad Bob Pohlad | View Profile
Professor of Biology
Ph.D., University of Georgia
(540) 365-4378

Natalia Smelkova Natalia Smelkova | View Profile
Assistant Professor of Biochemistry
Ph.D., Sackler Institute of Biomedical Science, NYU
(540) 365-4362

Carolyn L. Thomas Carolyn L. Thomas | View Profile
Professor of Environmental Science and Biology
Program Coordinator of Biology
Ph.D., Virginia Tech
(540) 365-4368

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Information is only an email away. Contact Dr. Aylesworth, Director of Professional Health Sciences at caylesworth@ferrum.edu.

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