Pre-Professional Studies for Academic Transfer Students

Professional schools, such as architecture, business, chiropractic, dental, engineering, law, medicine, pharmacy, and veterinary medicine require varying amounts of undergraduate preparation. Many of the required courses at the freshman and sophomore levels are offered at Collin. It is the responsibility of students to know the exact requirements for admission to the specific professional school to which they are applying.

Every Texas public baccalaureate includes the 42-credit core curriculum as part of its degree requirements. The state of Texas guarantees that any Texas public institution will accept core credits from any other Texas public institution and that these core credits will apply toward a baccalaureate degree.  Completing the core curriculum at Collin College will save a student money because the tuition per credit hour is lower than at any public four-year institution. 

For additional information and specific Texas and out-of-state requirements, consult a Collin academic advisor.


Collin offers the general education courses commonly required for students entering a baccalaureate degree program leading to careers in architecture, landscape architecture, building construction, and urban and regional planning.

Pre-Health Studies

Pre-Health studies include areas such as

  • Pre-Chiropractic, Pre-Clinical Lab Sciences,
  • Pre-Dental
  • Pre-Medicine
  • Pre-Pharmacy
  • Pre-Physician’s Assistant
  • Pre-Veterinary Medicine

Collin offers the courses that are most commonly recommended for the first two years of Pre-Chiropractic, Pre-Dental, Pre-Medicine, Pre-Pharmacy, and Pre-Veterinary Medicine programs at most colleges and universities. These courses provide a basic foundation in medical science and help establish basic clinical reasoning and clinical skills. Most English, mathematics and science courses have prerequisite requirements.


An applicant for admission to a school of law must have received, or have completed, all requirements for a baccalaureate degree from a college or university of approved standing prior to beginning work in a school of law. Future law school students should complete the core curriculum and take courses that emphasize written and oral skills, research into problems facing society, logical reasoning, and business practices. For this occupation, students should consider courses in the following disciplines:

  • Accounting
  • Humanities
  • Business
  • Philosophy
  • Economics
  • Psychology
  • English
  • Sociology
  • History
  • Speech

Course selections should always be discussed with a Collin academic advisor to ensure that students take the correct courses for their particular pre-law baccalaureate program at their intended transfer institution.

Pre-law students are encouraged to take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) during the semester prior to completing the baccalaureate degree.