Academic Advisors are a great resource and should be used early and often in your academic career. Ultimately, it is your responsibility, not your advisor’s, to ensure that all courses have been taken so that you may graduate on time from LSSU. By working closely with your academic advisor, you can avoid potential scheduling and graduation pitfalls.
Prior to each semester registration, you will need to meet with your academic advisor. If you don’t know who this is, simply go to your My.LSSU account and under student information, your advisor will be listed. Prior to visiting your advisor, print a degree audit sheet for your current degree or the degree you might be interested in pursuing. If you have taken classes at LSSU, or have transfer/AP credits on your transcript, fill these in on your degree audit.
1st week of November for the Spring Semester
Last week of March for Fall/Summer Semester
Our Biochemistry Degree is specifically designed to prepare students for admission to Medical and Pharmacy Schools, and other professional degree programs. However, students should be aware that each school sets its own admissions requirements, so it is important to work closely with an advisor (Dr. Johnson or Dr. Werner) to ensure that you meet all the admissions requirements of your program of choice. Medical Schools often require a 4 year degree for admissions, but you can apply to many pharmacy schools after 2-3 years of preparatory coursework at LSSU.
Medical School Admissions:
Most medical schools require that you apply through the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS). You will also need to take the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT), and show a history of volunteer and service activities. The average GPA for students admitted to US medical schools is ~3.68, while the average MCAT score is 31 (10.8 Biological Sciences, 9.8 Verbal Reasoning, 10.4 Physical Sciences). Most US applicants apply to 10 or more medical schools (the average is ~13).
Many pharmacy schools also use a centralized application service, PharmCAS. You will also need to take the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT). PCAT scores range from 200-600 with a median score of ~400. The 90th percentile is typically a 430. Individual pharmacy schools often require that you score above a particular level, so it is important to review the admissions requirements of the schools that you are interested in attending.
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