New Major for Pre Health Students

The USC Dornsife Environmental Studies Program announces a new major for pre health students effective January 2013.

The BS in Environmental Science and Health incorporates medical school requirements, statistical reasoning and social science content anticipated by the 2015 MCAT revision, and a proven sustainability core. In recent years several students, including two Dornsife Scholars, went through the Environmental Studies BS curriculum and substituted the conventional pre health science courses for the specialized environmental science courses — preparing them for medical school or Ph.D. studies in the natural sciences. The new BS in Environmental Science and Health makes this a formal option and adds several Keck courses selected with an eye toward the 2015 MCAT.
In the BS in Environmental Science and Health you will take the familiar pre health chemistry, biology and physics courses. You will also have a true major experience learning about environmental sustainability as it relates to both the natural world and the human condition. Students in this major will normally spend their freshmen years in BISC 120/220 or BISC 121/221 and CHEM 105ab or CHEM 115ab plus GEs. In their sophomore or junior years students will take ENST 320ab. ENST 320 a is Water and Soil Sustainability. ENST 320b is Energy and Air Sustainability.

Other courses in the major focus on statistical reasoning, natural resources economics, and environmental health. The BS is a 72-unit major.

A 52 unit BA is also available for students who are exploring pre health options or want an environmental science and health background combined with a second major.

You can prepare to enter the major by registering in ENST 320a. Two sections are being taught in Spring 2013, T Th at 9:30 and M W at 2:00. Both have seats available. It will be possible to switch into the major at the beginning of Spring 2013.

If you would like to learn more about the new Environmental Science and Health major contact Prof. Jim Haw, Director the Environmental Studies Program at Individual appointments are available throughout exam week and there will be an information session early next semester.

Prof. Jim Haw

Director, USC Dornsife Environmental Studies Program


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