Beloit offers majors in two pre-professional programs—environmental management and forestry, and 3-2 engineering—and provides pre-law and health professions advising.
Environmental Management and Forestry Program
Beloit College offers a cooperative program with the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University that leads to the Master of Forestry (M.F.) or Master of Environmental Management (M.E.M.) degree.
This five-year program requires at least three years of enrollment at Beloit College, followed by two years of study at Duke University. During the first year at Duke, participants complete their Beloit College requirements for the bachelor’s degree and, upon successful completion of that year, Beloit College awards the B.A. or B.S. as appropriate. After four semesters at Duke, in which a minimum number of units is earned, students may qualify for one of the professional master’s degrees.
Acceptance to the program at Duke University is competitive. Planning for this accelerated program should begin early in a student’s time at Beloit College. Beloit students may also enter Duke after completing the baccalaureate degree as 4-2 students. For more information, contact Yaffa Grossman, faculty advisor for the program at Beloit College.
Special Engineering Programs
The dual-degree cooperative engineering program combines a liberal arts education with a professional engineering education. A student generally spends 3 or 4 years at Beloit College, followed by 2 years at an engineering college, and earns two degrees (either two bachelor’s degrees, or a bachelor’s degree and an M.S. degree). Most entry-level engineering jobs are filled at the level of a bachelor’s degree and require strong backgrounds in mathematics and science. Engineers with a M.S. degree or higher often work in research and development.
Students may attend any engineering college accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). However, Beloit College is formally affiliated with five universities (Columbia University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Michigan, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Washington University in St. Louis). A student who fulfills all prerequisites with the required GPA (at least 3.0, depending on the engineering college and specialty), and is recommended by Beloit’s engineering liaison, will normally be admitted to the affiliated engineering college. Common specialties are chemical, civil, electrical, and mechanical engineering, but a student may pursue any specialty offered by the engineering college for which the student meets the admission requirements.
A student interested in the dual-degree engineering program should consult an engineering program advisor (Paul Campbell or Paul Stanley) early to ensure a suitable plan of study that fulfills the prerequisites for the chosen engineering school and specialty.
Beloit provides special advising to students interested in law school. Pre-law advisors help students develop an appropriate course of study that will maximize their chances for successful entrance into law school.
The college does not offer a “pre-law” major because most law schools prefer applicants who have NOT majored in “pre-law.” Instead, the college’s pre-law advisors help students design the best academic program for their interests and acquire the skills needed to perform well on the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) and apply successfully to law school.
For more information, contact professors Jill Budny, Matthew Tedesco, Charles Westerberg, or Lawrence White.
Health Professions Programs
A student preparing for a career in the health professions must simultaneously fulfill the general requirements for graduation from Beloit College and for a field of concentration (a “major”). Most pre-medical, pre-dental, and pre-veterinary students major in biology, biochemistry, or chemistry, although it is possible, with careful planning, to complete the pre-medical requirements and major in a discipline outside the sciences. Students who prepare for a nursing degree after completing a liberal arts degree choose majors in the sciences, social sciences, or an interdisciplinary major such as Health and Society.
The Beloit College Health Professions Advisory Committee (HPAC) maintains a webpage with up-to-date information about applying to professional schools and schedules regular group and individual advising sessions. HPAC is responsible for the advising of students considering careers as physicians, nurses, veterinarians, dentists, pharmacists, physician assistants, physical therapists, social workers, and public health specialists.The requirements for various professional schools differ, and a student may wish to consult the online catalogs of programs from his/her home state or programs that fit the students’ particular area of interest.
The Health Professions Advisory Committee advisors will work with interested students and their academic advisors to develop schedules that can accommodate study abroad, and the required standardized testing. Each student should meet with a health professions advisor during his/her first semester at Beloit College to develop a four-year plan.