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Preprofessional Planning

Planning for Career Flexibility

All preprofessional students must declare a major. Students who are enrolled in a preprofessional program must, from the beginning, face the reality that admission to professional schools is a highly competitive process. Often by their junior year, preprofessional students find that they clearly do not have the grades to seriously consider professional school or they may have decided on another career as a result of an internship that allowed them to experience the profession more fully. Of those who do apply, a few are not accepted. These realities demonstrate the need for students to consider alternate careers. A foremost consideration of the preprofessional adviser is counseling students into a curriculum that provides career options. Advisers work closely with students to select a major that leaves alternate career choices open should they not be accepted into professional school.

Choosing a Major

Preprofessional programs are career choices, not majors. 
The majors that successful professional school applicants select are as diverse as the students themselves. Very few professional schools require, or even necessarily prefer, that applicants come from any particular undergraduate major. However, the liberal arts education that students receive at UNG is an asset to any professional school applicant.

Preprofessional students should major in a subject that they enjoy and thus are more likely to perform well academically. A wise choice of major should take into account (1) what field holds the most interesting career prospects in the event that professional school plans do not materialize, and (2) the fact that majoring in something one enjoys, rather than feels compelled to pursue, is likely to stimulate the superior academic performance that is of utmost importance in professional school admission

Preprofessional Planning

Preprofessional Concentration Suggested Majors


Any major is acceptable; Biology and Chemistry are popular


Any major is acceptable; Biology and Chemistry are popular


Physics, Mathematics or Chemistry

Pre-Physician Assistant

Any major is acceptable; Biology and Chemistry are popular

Pre-Anesthesiologist Assistant

Any major is acceptable; Biology and Chemistry are popular

Pre-Medical Technology

Usually Chemistry


Usually Chemistry or Biology

Pre Occupational Therapy

Psychology or Exercise Science
Pre-Physical Therapy Exercise Science, Psychology or Biology
Pre-Optometry Usually Biology or Chemistry
Pre-Forestry Usually Biology
Pre-Veterinary Medicine Usually Biology

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