Organizations & Opportunities

Organizations & Opportunities

Pre-Professional Programs

PRE-ENGINEERING
Faculty Contact: Lucian Undreiu

Students planning a career in engineering may complete two years of pre-engineering course work at UVa-Wise. A suggested curriculum is listed below, but students should consult with the pre-engineering advisor to gear their courses to the school at which they plan to complete their degree. Students are advised that admission to engineering school is highly competitive. All students should take general education courses in addition to the pre-engineering courses. Courses required for most engineering programs include the following:

  • CHM 1010/1011 College Chemistry I and Lab (4)
  • CHM 1020/1021 College Chemistry II and Lab (4)
  • GLG 1010 Physical Geology (4)
  • MTH 1180 Elementary Probability and Statistics (3)
  • MTH 2040 Calculus I (4)
  • MTH 2050 Calculus II (4)
  • MTH 3060 Calculus III (4)
  • MTH 3110 Ordinary Differential Equations (3)
  • MTH 3130 Introduction to Linear Algebra (3)
  • PHY 3010/3020 College Physics I & II (8)
  • PHY 3011/3021 College Physics Lab I & II (2)

Total, Pre-Engineering: 43

PRE-FORESTRY
Faculty Contact: Walter Smith

Students planning a career in forestry may complete two years of pre-forestry course work at UVaWise. A suggested curriculum is listed below but students should consult requirements of schools at which they plan to complete their degrees.

Freshman year

  • BIO 1010/1011 Principles of Biology and Lab (4)
  • BIO 1020/1021 Introduction to Biological Diversity and Lab (4)
  • CHM 1010/1011 College Chemistry I and Lab (4)
  • CHM 1020/1021 College Chemistry II and Lab (4)
  • ENG 1010-1020 Composition (6)
  • MTH 1110 Pre-calculus (3)
  • MTH 2040 Calculus I (4)
  • Electives (6)

Sophomore year

  • ECO 2050 Microeconomic Principles (3)
  • ECO 2060 Macroeconomic Principles (3)
  • GLG 1010 Physical Geology (4)
  • MTH 2050 Calculus II (4)
  • MTH 3130 Introduction to Linear Algebra (3)
  • PHY 1010/1011 Introduction to Physics I and Lab (5)
  • COM 1000 Public Speaking (3)
  • Electives (9)

Total, Pre-Forestry: 69

PRE-MEDICINE, PRE-DENTISTRY, PRE-VETERINARY MEDICINE
Faculty Contact: S. Michael Shell

The minimum requirement for admission to most schools of medicine is 90 semester hours of academic courses, although completion of the curriculum leading to a baccalaureate degree is encouraged. Courses in general chemistry, organic chemistry, biology, physics and English are required but concentration in the sciences is not essential. Medicine is concerned with a variety of social and community problems and a broad cultural background is considered desirable. Pre-medical studies for each student should be planned in keeping with individual interests. Development of an efficient method of study and habit of reasoning is more important than the selection of subjects. Requirements may be met with the programs leading to baccalaureate degrees in natural sciences, social sciences or humanities. Students interested in becoming physicians, veterinarians or dentists should contact Prof. Shell as early as possible for specific advice on preparatory programs, required courses and examinations, and application procedures for professional schools.

PRE-PHARMACY
Faculty Contact: Lucian Undreiu

All courses needed to complete the pre-pharmacy requirements for pharmacy school are readily available at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise. Pre-pharmacy requirements vary from one pharmacy school to another and it is not possible to list a single set of courses that will satisfy the prepharmacy requirements for all programs. Students should consult the requirements for all pharmacy programs of interest and plan a course of study appropriate for the schools chosen. Most programs will require a minimum of three years of study to complete the pre-pharmacy requirements. Students are advised that admission to pharmacy school is a competitive process. Listed below is a core curriculum that is required by many schools. Many pharmacy schools require courses in addition to the core.

  • BIO 1010 / 1011 – Principles of Biology and Lab (4)
  • BIO 1020 / 1021 – Introduction to Biological Diversity and Lab (4)
  • CHM 1010 / 1011 – College Chemistry I and Lab (4)
  • CHM 1020 / 1021 – College Chemistry II and Lab (4)
  • CHM 3010 / 3011 – Organic Chemistry I and Lab (5)
  • CHM 3020 / 3021 – Organic Chemistry II and Lab (5)
  • COM 1000 Public Speaking (3)
  • ECO 2050 Microeconomic Principles (3)
  • ENG 1010 – 1020  Composition (6)
  • MTH 1180 Elementary Probability and Statistics (3)
  • MTH 2040 Calculus I (4)
  • PHY 1010 / 1011 – Introduction to Physics I and Lab (5)
  • PHY 1020 / 1021 – Introduction to Physics II and Lab (5)
  • Electives (social science and humanities) (12)

Total, Pre-Pharmacy: 67 hours

PRE-PHYSICAL THERAPY
Faculty Contact: Robin Woodard

Most physical therapy programs are post-graduate and require a bachelor’s degree for admission. No specific undergraduate major is required. Listed below are courses needed for admission to many programs. Students should contact the American Physical Therapy Association for schools with accredited physical therapy programs and a list of specific courses required for admission to those programs. Admission to physical therapy programs is highly competitive.

  • BIO 1010 / 1011 – Principles of Biology and Lab (4)
  • BIO 1020 / 1021 – Introduction to Biological Diversity and Lab (4)
  • BIO 2310 Introduction to Anatomy & Physiology I (4) and
  • BIO 2320 Introduction to Anatomy & Physiology II (4) OR
  • BIO 3120 Animal Physiology (4) and
  • BIO 3230 Comparative Anatomy (4)
  • CHM 1010 / 1011 – College Chemistry I and Lab (4)
  • CHM 1020 / 1021 – College Chemistry II and Lab (4)
  • ENG 1010 – 1020  Composition (6)
  • MTH 1110/1210 Pre-calculus I/II (6) OR
  • MTH 2040 Calculus I (4)
  • MTH 1180 Elementary Probability and Statistics (3)
  • PHY 1010 / 1011 – Introduction to Physics I and Lab (5)
  • PHY 1020 / 1021 – Introduction to Physics II and Lab (5)
  • PSY 1100 Introduction to Psychology (3)
  • Humanities Electives (6)
  • Psychology Elective (3)
  • Social Science Electives (6)
  • General Electives (29-30)

Total, Pre-Physical Therapy: 94 – 97 hours

Students are encouraged to select general electives from the following categories: computer science, kinesiology, exercise physiology, foreign languages, and courses in physical education that deal with an analytical approach to human movement or motor learning.

 

Internships Opportunities

Experience in your field of study is a very important part of your undergraduate training in the sciences. Most students realize that getting into a graduate or professional program requires experience and most jobs require it. But experience is often confusing and elusive (i.e., how can you obtain experience when you need experience to get your first position?). Internships are the answer. An internship is a formal, preprofessional fieldwork experience in an area in which you have gained some theoretical competence, usually through coursework in your academic major or concentration.

Internships are available throughout the world in almost any field imaginable. You can find internship opportunities just by intelligently surfing the web and we encourage you to do this early and often. Many students at UVa-Wise find very rewarding internships on their own through such measures. This page is designed simply to let you know that internships are an important part of your undergraduate experience – you should use them to find out what you do not like as well as what you do. The following is a list meant to get you started in your search by showing you a few possibilities and letting you see what some of our students have found in the past.

Brief List of Internship Opportunities in the Sciences

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program

Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Bermuda Biological Station for Research

The Student Conservation Association

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute

National Museum of Natural History

United States Forest Service

Research Honors in Biology

The Biology Program at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise is pleased to award graduation with honors to students who distinguish themselves in research. To earn honors, students must submit a contract for research in biology and fulfill all requirements of the contract to the satisfaction of the Biology Program at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise.

Although research topics are limited solely by your imagination, we do have individual research interests. If any of the following areas of interest sound exciting, feel free to contact that person to discuss ideas. Alternatively, if you have your own ideas for a research project, please contact us to discuss possible experimental designs.

Robin L. Woodard
Associate Professor of Biology

Signal transduction and the regulation of transcription in eukaryotic cells