This area of concentration provides a foundation for students interested in the professional fields of chiropractic, dentistry, law, medicine, mortuary science, optometry, osteopathy, pharmacy, and veterinary medicine. It is suitable for students interested in transferring to a four-year institution in order to pursue a baccalaureate degree or advanced degrees in these professional fields. The curriculum establishes the necessary foundation in mathematics, physics, chemistry, and biology.
Students who take the courses recommended in the pre-professional focus area will be able to:
- use and understand the facts, concepts, theories, and vocabulary of the physical and biological sciences.
- use the scientific process and describe the development of scientific ideas.
- develop analytic and problem-solving skills.
- develop the ability to draw inferences from observations and synthesize and integrate information and ideas.
- use higher-order thinking skills in applying learned principles to new problems and real-world situations.
- be successful in upper-level courses.
The pre-professional focus area graduate has one major option: transfer to a four-year institution in a preprofessional or professional program and develop a career in one of the professional fields.
Preparation for IHCC:
Prospective students should have a strong background in mathematics, science, writing, and reading skills. At least one year of high school biology, chemistry, and algebra are highly recommended. Additional courses in science and mathematics, including physics, geometry, and advanced courses in biology and chemistry are also recommended.
Students planning to transfer to a four-year institution are strongly advised to familiarize themselves with the requirements of the professional program at the college to which they plan to transfer and work with a counselor and the faculty at IHCC to plan a program that meets those requirements. Students should also consider working toward the Associate of Science degree at IHCC, which requires 30 semester credits in mathematics and science. Note that college biology is a one-year course and it is important to take all three majors-level IHCC biology courses (BIO120, BIO121, and BIO122). If a student takes only one or two of the three courses, they may not transfer easily to a four-year college.