College of Arts and Sciences

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Pre-professional programs of study

Within the College of Arts and Sciences we have several pre-professional programs of study.  A pre-professional program is NOT a major; it is a set of courses designed to ensure that students have the proper undergraduate coursework required for admission to a particular professional program, and that they have the coursework necessary to assist in preparation for the entrance exams to that program (MCAT, GRE, LSAT, etc.).  Within the College of Arts and Sciences we have three basic pre-professional areas:

 Pre-Health Sciences 

  • Pre-health science programs prepares students for entry to medical school, veterinary school, dental school, optometry school, pharmacy school, physical therapy school, and other health-related professions. 
  • As long as specific entrance requirements are met, professional schools have no preference for any particular academic major and students can major in any degree program they choose.  The most common choices of majors for pre-health sciences in the past have been biology, mathematics and physical science or chemistry. 
  • AUM has a Health Science Advisor to assist students in planning their pre-health programs. All sophomore level and above pre-health students should be advised by this advisor (as well as an advisor in the SOS Advising center for sophomores, and an advisor in your major department for upperclassmen).  To make an appointment, call LaTora Todd Jackson at 334-244-3694 or email
  • For additional information on pre-health programs, see this page.


  • Pre-law prepares students for entry to law school.  While the American Bar Association does not recommend a particular bachelor’s degree course of study, it does recommend that a student complete an undergraduate curriculum that is both interesting and challenging to the student.  Developing research and writing skills is helpful. A broad range of knowledge and skills is required for law school success.  
  • A list of ABA-approved law schools can be found at the American Bar Association.   
  • Admissions requirements and other information for Alabama's three ABA-approved law schools may be found on their websites:  Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama; Jones School of Law, Faulkner University, Montgomery, Alabama; The University of Alabama School of Law, Tuscaloosa, Alabama.


  • Pre-engineering prepares students for entry to Auburn or another school of engineering after approximately two years of course work at AUM.  This program is run by the AUM Department of Mathematics.  For more information on pre-engineering (including specifics about course work and transferring) contact Dr. Yi Wang, Department of Mathematics.