Some of these special study options are dual degree programs offered in cooperation with specific professional schools; others are broad preparatory programs enabling students to pursue graduate study in institutions of their choice.
Students interested in pre-professional programs should consult with an academic advisor in the Academic Advising Center.
Pre-professional programs offered
Webster University provides a variety of programs and courses designed to meet the needs of the pre-dental, pre-medical, and pre-veterinary student. Most dental and medical schools accept a BA or BS in any field of study but require specific courses in biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics.
Webster University offers a dual degree program in engineering with Washington University. This program leads to a BA or BS in one of Webster's departments and a BS in engineering from Washington University. Students have the opportunity to combine a high-quality professional engineering education with a strong background in the humanities, mathematics, and the natural and social sciences. The professional degrees offered in each area are accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. (ABET).
Candidates for the dual degree program must be degree-seeking students at Webster University. They must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or above, both overall and in science and mathematics courses; complete all courses described as "Continuance Requirements" prior to entering Washington University; and be recommended by the academic dean.
Continuance Requirements: Washington University Program
To complete the BS degree in engineering and applied science within a two-year period, students must have completed the following courses while at Webster University:
- Total coursework: at least 60 credit hours of transferable college credit (Courses with grades below C do not transfer.)
- Mathematics: calculus sequence, plus differential equations
MATH 1610, 1620, 2510 Calculus I-III: 15 hours
MATH 3040 Differential Equations: 3 hours
- Physics: one-year sequence, calculus-based, including lab
PHYS 2030, 2040 University Physics I, II: 10 hours
- Chemistry: one semester including lab
CHEM 1100, General Chemistry I: 4 hours
For chemical engineering majors only: Second semester of general chemistry 4 hours
one-year sequence in organic chemistry, including lab
CHEM 2100, 2110 Organic Chemistry I, II 8 hours
- Computer programming: one course
Chemical engineering majors may defer this requirement.
COSC 1550 or equivalent 3 hours
- English composition: one course, acceptable examination score, or college certification of proficiency
- Humanities and social sciences: At least 18 credit hours in approved areas This sequence must include six semester hours in Humanities and six semester hours in Social Sciences, with at least three credits at the 3000- or 4000-level course.
For Biomedical Engineering:
One-year biology sequence and second semester of general chemistry with lab
The study of law continues to be an objective of many undergraduate students. Generally speaking, law schools look for broadly educated individuals who can think, speak, and write with precision and clarity. Webster encourages pre-law students to choose a major based on their own interests and abilities.
Then, in consultation with an academic advisor, pre-law students will design a course of study that reflects the recommendations for pre-legal education developed by the Association of American Law Schools. The association's policy statement recommends an undergraduate education that emphasizes:
- Verbal skills: comprehension, writing, and speaking;critical understanding of human institutions and values with which the law deals.
- Creative power in thinking.
Webster University offers a cooperative 3-2 program with the Washington University School of Medicine in occupational therapy. This dual degree program enables students to complete a Biology (BA), Biology (BS), or a Psychology (BA) from Webster University and a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) from Washington University within a five-year period. To take advantage of this program, students need to:
- Complete three years (98 credit hours) at Webster University and two years at Washington University.
- Complete the Webster University general education program and the requirements for their undergraduate major at Webster (Biology BA, Biology BS, or Psychology BA).
- Apply to the Washington University School of Medicine Occupational Therapy Program
- Complete (grade of B- or better) a set of prerequisite courses prior to admission to the occupational therapy program (See below).
- Complete at least 30 hours of observation, work or volunteering with a population similar to those served by occupational therapists.
- File an application through the OTCAS (centralized application system)
- Send your official GRE scores (completed within the last five years)
- Request three letters of recommendation - one from a faculty member or academic advisor, one from someone involved in your observation experience and one from another person of your choice (not a family member or friend).
The MSOT prerequisite courses include:
- BIOL 1550/1551 Essentials of Biology I (w/lab): 5 hours
- BIOL 3010/3011 Anatomy and Physiology I: 4 hours
- BIOL 3020/3021 Anatomy and Physiology II: 4 hours
- CHEM 1100/1101 General Chemistry I: 4 hours
- Elective, BIOL 2120 or above: 3 hours
- PSYC 1100 Introduction to Psychology: 3 hours
- PSYC 2300 Lifespan Development: 3 hours
- PSYC 2750 Introduction Measurement and Statistics: 3 hours
- PSYC 3125 Abnormal Psychology: 3 hours
- Social science elective (ANTH, ECON, POLT, PSYC, SOCI): 3 hours
Total required hours: 35 hours