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Students from any major may apply to medical and
dental schools, but certain requirements in the sciences must be obtained
before one may attend. For this reason, most students intent on one of
these programs major in one of the sciences to provide them with the foundation
needed to achieve admission. In addition to a solid science education,
medical and dental schools also want their students who have a keen awareness
of ethics, an appreciation for diverse cultures, and an understanding of
the importance of science and technology's place in the world today. Students
with a broad education in the liberal arts and specialized training in
the sciences are perfectly prepared for these programs.
About McMurry Sciences
McMurry University is a small, liberal arts university
with an exceptional reputation for science education. McMurry sciences
are housed in the Finch-Gray Science Center and boast excellent facilities
and equipment. Biology is the largest department in the sciences based
on the number of majors. The labs are very well equipped for teaching and
research. In Biology, opportunities for student research have led
to numerous student presentations and publications in research journals
in recent years. Biology is a part of ResearchLink 2000, an effort
among top colleges and universities to bring research on "model organisms"
into classes at all levels. The Department of Chemistry is in a period
of modernization and growth. Like Biology, Chemistry is well equipped with
sophisticated instrumentation and a computer lab. A new program leading
to a degree in Biochemistry has added to the growth and modernization of
the department. Chemistry faculty and students are active comprar cialis super active in research each
summer thanks to funding from a Welch Foundation grant. Physics features
strong programs in pre-engineering preparation, astronomy, and physics
preparation for graduate programs. McMurry's membership in the National
Undergraduate Research Observatory allows students and faculty to use facilities
at Lowell Observatory each year for astronomical research. Past student
trips have resulted in significant findings and research publications.
Supporting the sciences, Mathematics and Computer Science boast of strong
programs and highly successful graduates.
Undergraduate research is encouraged, and students
can choose between special projects with individual faculty from the departments
in such diverse areas as astrophysics, field biology, microbiology, environmental
monitoring, and organic chemistry. There is no shortage of unique and challenging
opportunities for the serious student.
All faculty in the sciences are Ph.D.s, and no classes
are taught by graduate students. Faculty come from such prestigious universities
as Penn State, Texas, Colorado, Rutgers, Kentucky, and Minnesota.
All have come here because teaching and working with students is more important
to them than high-pressure research. Professors have open doors and the
time to help students when questions or problems arise. Students don't
get in the way of the professors here because we all know our first commitment
is to you, a person and not a social security number. You will leave here
not just as an alumnus, but also as a valued friend. Your success is our
greatest reward. This cannot always be said by faculty at bigger schools.
Not all those who come to McMurry as pre-med and
pre-dental students choose to go that route after finding out that the
demands of medical and dental school acceptance do not match with their
level of commitment. Many choose to instead enter graduate programs to
pursue research-based degrees. McMurry students in recent years have entered
such programs at Duke, Michigan, Mayo Clinic, Florida Atlantic University,
Texas A&M College of Medicine, Texas Tech School of Medicine, UTHSC-San
Antonio School of Medicine, UT-Pan American, and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
majoring in areas as diverse as marine biology, conservation biology, medical
immunology, cardiac physiology, and medical microbiology.
Still, many of our declared pre-med and pre-dental
students persist to graduation and make application to medical schools.
Of McMurry's graduating seniors who have applied, 80% have been accepted
to medical schools during the past fifteen years. For dental schools the
acceptance rate is 100%. This compares with an acceptance rate of just
over 50% for one of the state's largest universities and a state university
average of twenty percent (1993 figures).
In recent years, McMurry's students have gone on
to become medical students at UTHSC-Southwestern Medical School (Dallas),
UTHSC-San Antonio, UTHSC-Houston, UTMB-Galveston, UT Southwestern Medical
School, Texas Tech School of Medicine, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine
(Ft. Worth), New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, and Kirksville College
of Osteopathic Medicine (Missouri). Dental students can be found at UTHSC-San
Antonio, and optometry students who hail from McMurry can be found at University
of Houston College of Optometry.
Besides McMurry's high acceptance rate, we are also
proud of the leadership positions in medicine our alumni have achieved.
As an example, McMurry alumni are on the faculty at five of the eight Texas
medical schools, as well as other prestigious medical schools such as Vanderbilt.
Alumni have headed the American Medical Association and Texas Dental Association.
We help prepare the physicians of the future, and our graduates help to
teach and lead them.
The prerequisites for admission to medical, dental,
and veterinary schools are all very similar. Most include a minimum of
the following college work: one year of English, two years of biology,
two years of chemistry, and one year of physics. Most of the medical schools
also require one semester of calculus. These prerequisite university courses
make a strong high school background in science and math very important.
Because of these prerequisites, most McMurry students major in biology
or chemistry but this is not required. A major should correspond to the
student's interest and vocational plans in the event of non-acceptance.
The important factors for acceptance into a health
profession school are grade point average, entrance test score (MCAT for
medical school, DAT for dental school, GRE for veterinary school), and
recommendation letters from university science faculty. Most admissions
committees also prefer a student who has participated in some activities
such as organizations. Any experience in leadership, working with people,
and budgeting time is valuable. Working in a health profession environment
is also viewed favorably, either through employment or volunteer work.
If you would like more information about the science
programs at McMurry, please feel free to contact:
Dr. Clark W. Beasley, Chair
Department of Biology
Abilene, Texas 79697-0368
Dr. David Klassen, Chair
Department of Chemistry
Abilene, Texas 79697-0158
Dr. Pamela Veltkamp, Chair
Department of Environmental Science
Abilene, Texas 79697-0158
Dr. Richard Thompson
Department of Physics
Abilene, Texas 79697-0038
Dr. Richard Schofield
Abilene, Texas 79697-0025
Dr. Charlene Rogers-McMahon
Abilene, Texas 79697-0158