Get on track for a professional degree

From medical school to engineering to law, pre-professional tracks in our undergraduate programs prepare you for a professional degree. A pre-professional track is not a traditional major. It's a series of courses taken in addition to the required curriculum that ensures you'll be ready for the next step in your professional career. 

St. Edward’s University offers five tracks to students interested in pursuing professional degrees.  

Pre-Medical 

Medical schools recognize the importance of a strong foundation in the natural sciences, which include biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics. Our “Pre-Medical" curriculum follows the course requirements recommended by the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC). Although these course requirements can be met while pursuing any area of study, many students choose to major in the natural sciences.

Coursework requirements include:

  • A year of general chemistry with laboratory
  • A year of organic chemistry with laboratory
  • A year of biology with laboratory
  • A year of physics with laboratory
  • A year of english
  • A year of calculus or other advanced math classes, including statistics

Students looking to apply to select schools within Texas must complete additional coursework. 

Learn more about the pre-medical track coursework requirements. 

Pre-Dental  

As with medical schools, dentistry schools recognize the importance of a strong foundation in the natural sciences, which includes biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics. Our pre-dentistry curriculum follows the course requirements recommended by the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC). Although these course requirements can be met while pursuing any area of study, many students choose to major in the natural sciences.

Coursework requirements include:

  • A year of freshman chemistry with laboratory
  • A year of organic chemistry with laboratory
  • A year of biology with laboratory
  • A year of physics with laboratory
  • A year of english
  • A year of calculus or other advanced math classes, including statistics

Students looking to apply to select schools within Texas must complete additional coursework. 

Learn more about the pre-dental track coursework requirements. 

Pre-Engineering 

The pre-engineering coursework provides a strong foundation in science, mathematics, and engineering. 

St. Edward’s University offers a a variety of essential engineering courses as well as several partner programs, including: 

  • Electrical Engineering: Valparaiso University - a 5-year program in which students earn a bachelor’s degree from St. Edward’s in mathematics and a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Valparaiso University.
  • Civil Engineering: Carol College - a 5-year program in which students earn a bachelor's degree from St. Edward's University in Mathematics and a bachelor's degree from Carroll College in Civil Engineering.
  • Science and Engineering: Wash U -  a 5-year program with Washington University in St. Louis in which students earn a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from St. Edward’s and a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical, Chemical, Electrical, Mechanical, or Systems Engineering from Washington University. 

St. Edward's also offers ESTEEM: Notre Dame, an innovative 11-month entrepreneurship mater's program through our sister school, Notre Dame. 

These educational pathways are attractive not only to our students, but to the engineering faculty at our partner institutions as well as prospective employers for the program graduates. With a solid liberal arts foundation, students who proceed through these dual degree programs are well-prepared for their engineering coursework and careers. In particular, the St. Edward's curriculum helps students to develop outstanding communication skills in multiple media, strong problem-solving skills through challenging courses, and a solid grounding through an understanding of the broader societal context that is developed via the Holy Cross approach to higher education and through the humanities and social science courses that are part of our general education curriculum.

Pre-Law

The Pre-Law track helps students develop the communicative, analytical, and methodological skills important to the legal profession. The American Bar Association does not recommend any particular undergraduate majors. Students are admitted to law school from almost every academic discipline. 

Many students choose to major in subjects considered to be traditional preparation for law school, such as history, english, communications, business, or political science. We recommend students explore a broad liberal arts education to prepare for law school, graduate school, or employment in the public or private sector.

Pre-Physical Therapy

Physical therapists are specialists in musculoskeletal and neuromuscular examination and treatment. Their work is performed in a variety of settings with an equally diverse set of patients. 

To prepare for this profession, students must attend a postgraduate program in physical therapy. Upon completion, students are required to take a national examination to become licensed for practice in a particular state. 

Students interested in pursuing this track should major in Kinesiology. Coursework in classroom and laboratory settings, as well as inernships offered through the Kinesiology department, help prepare students for postgraduate programs and the national examination.