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Pre-professional advising

Along with academic advising and career counseling, we offer special assistance in the following pre-professional areas:

Business professions

Advisor: Sara Robicheaux, srobiche@bsc.edu
A number of BSC courses provide students with the skills needed for business school graduate programs. Admission is based on your undergraduate GPA, GMAT or sometimes GRE scores, and recommendations from professors and employers. If you’re interested in a career in business, tell your own advisor and contact the pre-professional program advisor in business as early as possible to make a plan.

Church-related vocations

Advisor: Dr. Larry Brasher, lbrasher@bsc.edu
A broadly dversified liberal arts education is basic to a career in the pastoral ministry, missions, Christian education, and other specialized ministries. Students planning careers in any of these areas will complete their preparation in a theological seminary or graduate school. In anticipation of advanced theological training, an interdisciplinary major in religion-philosophy is recommended. Such a major leaves sufficient freedom for students to choose from a wide range of elective courses according to their own particular interests.

Engineering

Advisors: Dr. Doug Riley, driley@bsc.edu, and Dr. Duane Pontius, dpontius@bsc.edu
BSC offers a dual-degree program in pre-engineering in cooperation with other institutions.  Students in this program typically attend Birmingham-Southern for three years and then a school of engineering at a cooperative institution for two years.  Because of the special requirements of this program, students should begin working closely with the program advisors early in their academic career. More information is in the College Catalog under Cooperative Programs.

Health professions

Advisor: Dr. Sue Buckingham, sbucking@bsc.edu
In keeping with the College's liberal arts mission, students planning careers in the health professions can study a pre-health curriculum while also working toward an academic major.  Pre-health is not a major, but rather a program of study intended to prepare students for advanced study in health-related professions.  Students interested in pre-health should inform their academic advisors and the pre-health advisor as soon as possible to coordinate the pre-health requirements and those of the student's chosen major. The Health Professions Advisory Committee coordinates this program and provides guidance and recommendation letters for students applying to professional school. 

Pre-Law

Advisor: Dr. Natalie Davis, ndavis@bsc.edu
Students planning careers in law can prepare for law school while working towards any academic major. A broad selection of courses provides students with the core skills recognized by the American Bar Association as essential for the study of law. Admission to a law school is normally based on personal and scholastic records and on the results of a student's score on the national legal aptitude test (LSAT), rather than on a prescribed undergraduate course of study. Students interested in the pre-law program (http://www.bsc.edu/academics/pre-law/index.cfm) should inform their academic advisors and the pre-law advisor as soon as possible to coordinate a plan that will best satisfy their interests and goals.

Nursing

Advisor: Dr. Jeannette Runquist, jrunquis@bsc.edu
BSC offers a dual-degree pre-nursing program in cooperation with Vanderbilt University. Students attend Birmingham-Southern for three years, followed by two years at Vanderbilt. Because of the special requirements of this program, students should begin working closely with the program advisor early in their academic careers. More information can be found here, in the College Catalog under Dual Degree Programs, and at the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing.

Teacher certification

Advisor: Debra McLafferty, dmclaffe@bsc.edu
Students who plan to major in education and seek certification are encouraged to choose an advisor in the Department of Education (link to ed dept) early in their academic career. Under the Explorations curriculum requirement in Connectivity, all students must complete a scholarly senior seminar, Exploration term, or independent study deemed appropriate by faculty. Specific requirements for the senior conference vary within each Education track.

The education faculty recommends that non-majors interested in certification enroll in ED 201 Introduction o Education, EPy 223 Human Growth and Development, EPy 260 Survey of Exceptional Children, EPy 330 Educational Psychology.

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