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Sample First Year Programs

Sample Program for First-Year Students Who Are Undecided

Undecided
CourseComments
Course 1 ID 1 Critical Inquiry is required of all first-year students.
Course 2 and 3 English, Economics, History, Philosophy, Mathematics, or Science There are many courses to choose from that satisfy Breadth of Study requirements and your curiosity.
Course 4 Language The College requires students to study a foreign language (modern or classical) through the third semester, unless you have earned appropriate AP or SAT-II language exam scores. It is best to initiate this requirement as early as possible. Most languages only offer the introductory sections in the fall, so don’t plan on starting a language in the spring.
Partial Credit Courses (optional)
e.g. P.E. Activity, Music Lessons, Choir, Glee Club

Sample First Semester Program for Students Who Are Considering Biology

Biology
CourseComments
Course 1 ID 1 Critical Inquiry is required of all first-year students.
Course 2 Biology 40
Specific lecture times correspond tos pecific lab sections.  Four lab sections on Tue, Wed, Thu, and Friday.
Course 3 Chemistry 1a or Chemistry 51
See section on the chemistry placement exams for help in selecting a chemistry course.
Course 4 Math (at appropriate level) or a foreign language
A placement exam given during Orientation will help you select the right Math coruse.  Alternatively, this might be a good time to begin fulfilling your foreign language requirement.
Cumulative Credit Courses e.g. P.E. Activity, Music Lessons, Choir, Orchestra

Comments: Students interested in a biology major will start the introductory sequence with Biology 40 in the Fall semester.  The second introductory course, either Bio41C or 41E, may be taken in the Spring semester. First year students are strongly encouraged to enroll in Chemistry 1a or 51 in the Fall semester since this course will be a prerequisite for Biology 41C.

Sample Program for First-Year Students Who Are Considering Economics

Economics
CourseComments
Course 1 ID 1 Required of all first-year students.
Course 2 Math 30 Strong math skills are essential for economics majors. This is the only math class required.
Course 3 Foreign Language Requirement, Science, Fine Arts, or Humanities
Course 4 Economics 51 This is the standard starting point for economics majors, and is also suitable for non-majors.
Cumulative Credit Courses e.g. P.E. Activity, Music Lessons, Choir, Orchestra

Comments: This is an appropriate start for students intending to major in economics.  It is also appropriate for other social sciences.

Sample Program for First-Year Students Who Are Considering International Relations (or Other Social Sciences)

International Relations
CourseComments
Course 1 ID 1 Critical Inquiry is required of all first-year students. It fulfills a Breadth of Study requirement.
Course 2 Politics 8 This course will satisfy Breadth of Study requirements and provide a useful foundation for IR.
Course 3 Language IR has a demanding foreign language component. Students who do not come to the College with advanced skills in this area should begin immediately to work on their languages.
Course 4 Humanities A course in the humanities is strongly recommended.
Cumulative Credit Courses e.g. P.E. Activity, Music Lessons, Choir, Glee Club

Comments: IR majors spend their first year emphasizing skills and general social science background.

Sample Fall Semester Program for First-Year Students Who Are Following a Pre-Med “Fast Track”

 

Pre-Med Fast Track
CourseComments
Course 1 ID 1 Critical Inquiry is required of all first-year students.
Course 2 Chemistry 1a (or 51) See section on Chemistry under Placement Exams for help in selecting a Chemistry course.
Course 3 Math (at appropriate level) Some medical schools require a semester or a year of college math. Take the placement exam given during Orientation.
Course 4 Elective Consider an English course or a language course. Many medical schools require a year of college English. ID1 and other courses with substantial writing can usually fulfill this requirement.
Cumulative Credit Courses e.g. P.E. Activity, Music Lessons, Choir, Glee Club

 

Comments:

There is no “normal” time to apply to medical or other health professions schools.  This schedule is for students who want to go straight to medical school after college.  We think it is advisable for many students to stretch prerequisite courses out over more time, and apply to medical school after graduating.  An increasing number of students are doing this because they know that medical schools value the perspective and maturity that can be gained from post-college experience.  “Fast track” applicants have less time in which to build a strong set of credentials, both academic and experiential.  In addition to a strong academic record, exposure to the health care field through volunteering, internship, or employment is important.  Talk with your advisors and mentors as you decide what’s right for you.

It is possible to take General Chemistry (Chem001A/B or CHEM051) after the first year and complete the prerequisite pre-medical courses before graduating, although this necessitates some very heavy lab science semesters and/or summer school work.  Pre-meds should complete two years of Chemistry, one year of Physics, and one year of Biology by the time they take the MCAT (Medical College Admissions Test).

Those who take the above “fast track” program will probably want to follow up with Chemistry 1b and possibly another Math course, followed by Biology 40 in fall of sophomore year.  Preparation for medical school does not require a major in any particular subject but good grades are essential.  See Pre-Applying on www.medsci.pomona.edu, for helpful information.  Sign up for the pre-med email list via www.medsci.pomona.edu , and attend pre-medical information meetings.

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