2013-14 General Bulletin

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Acceleration Toward Professional Degrees

Senior Year in Professional Studies at Case Western Reserve University

Students of outstanding ability and attainment who are candidates for the BA and who are admitted to professional studies in Case Western Reserve University by the end of the junior year are offered an opportunity to shorten their entire course of studies by one year through the Senior Year in Professional Studies privilege. Application should be made during the second semester of the junior year through the dean of undergraduate studies. This privilege is extended to students who are candidates for the BA and who attend the School of Dental Medicine, the School of Medicine, the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, or the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences of Case Western Reserve University.

A student granted the senior year in professional studies privilege is permitted to substitute the work of the first year in a professional school for that required during the last year in the undergraduate college. Upon the satisfactory completion of the first year’s work in the professional school, the student will be granted the bachelor’s degree from the College of Arts and Sciences. To be eligible for the senior year in professional studies privilege, a student must:

  1. Be accepted for admission to professional studies in Case Western Reserve University.
  2. Meet the following degree requirements:

    1. Completion of the SAGES General Education Requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences and the physical education requirement.

    2. Completion of three-fourths of the courses required for the major, including three-fourths of the courses required in the major department.

    3. Completion of 84 hours of arts and sciences courses. These credits may be drawn from those offered by the College of Arts and Sciences as well as those in economics, biochemistry, nutrition, or computer science.

    4. Completion of at least 90 semester hours of academic credit, of which the final 60 hours must have been in residence. A student may include in that final 60 hours no more than six semester hours earned in courses completed in other institutions, either by cross registration in regular sessions or by approved transient registration in summer sessions. (Note: Students applying for the Senior Year in Professional Studies in the School of Medicine will generally be expected to have completed at least 117 hours towards the BA degree.)

Upon admission to the program, students register in the professional school to which they have been admitted and are subject to the policies, rules and regulations of the professional school. They may, however, continue to receive merit-based undergraduate scholarships and may continue to reside in undergraduate housing during what would normally be their senior year of undergraduate work.

For information, contact the Office of Undergraduate Studies, 357 Sears Bldg., 216.368.2928.

Senior Year in Absentia Privilege for Students of Medicine and Dentistry

Students of outstanding ability and attainment who are candidates for the BA and are offered admission to a medical or dental school other than those at Case Western Reserve University at the end of the junior year are eligible for an opportunity to shorten their entire course of studies by one year through the Senior Year in absentia privilege. Application for this privilege should be made during the second semester of the junior year through the dean of undergraduate studies.

A student granted the Senior Year in absentia privilege is permitted to substitute the work of the first year in a professional school for that required during the last year in the undergraduate college. Upon the satisfactory completion of the first year’s work in the professional school, the student will be granted the BA from the College of Arts and Sciences. The privilege is extended to qualified students who attend medical schools in the United States or Canada approved by the Association of American Medical Colleges or dental schools in the United States approved by the American Association of Dental Schools.

To be eligible for the Senior Year in absentia privilege, a student must:

  1. Be accepted for admission to professional studies.

  2. Attain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.200 in all courses attempted from the date of admission as an undergraduate.

  3. Meet the following degree requirements:

    1. Completion of the SAGES General Education Requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences and the physical education requirement.

    2. Completion of three-fourths of the courses required for the major, including three-fourths of the courses required in the major department.

    3. Completion of 84 hours of arts and sciences courses. These credits may be drawn from those offered by the College of Arts and Sciences as well as those in economics, biochemistry, nutrition, or computer science.

    4. Completion of at least 90 semester hours of academic credit, of which the final 60 hours must have been in residence. A student may include in that final 60 hours no more than six semester hours earned in courses completed in other institutions, either by cross registration in regular sessions or by approved transient registration in summer sessions.

For information, contact the Office of Undergraduate Studies, 357 Sears Bldg., 216.368.2928.

For Candidates for the BS in Accounting

There are two programs that integrate graduate and undergraduate work in accountancy. These programs are strongly recommended for those individuals planning to become certified accounting professionals, particularly as CPAs (Certified Public Accountants).

Joint BS in Accounting/Master of Accountancy (MAcc)

Students who are candidates for the BS in accountancy and who wish to earn a master’s degree in accountancy may apply to the BS/MAcc program. Students in the program enroll during the senior year in six hours of MAcc courses that will serve toward satisfaction of both the BS and MAcc degree requirements. Before taking graduate course work, the student must have completed all prerequisites for the course on the undergraduate level and have a “B” average in those prerequisites. Following completion of the BS, students in the program will enroll in the Weatherhead School of Management to complete an additional 30 hours of courses to satisfy MAcc degree requirements. For information, see Professor Larry Parker, 459 Peter B. Lewis Building, 216.368.2065.

Accelerated BS in Accounting/Master of Accountancy (MAcc) Program

This program allows motivated students to accelerate their pursuit of both the BS and MAcc degrees. In addition to applying six credit hours of Weatherhead graduate course work towards their undergraduate degree program, students in this program may begin taking more graduate course work before completing all of their undergraduate degree requirements. To enroll in this program, students must have:

  1. Completed 90 hours of undergraduate course work.

  2. Completed all of the undergraduate Weatherhead SAGES General Education Requirements.

  3. Completed 36 hours of the Weatherhead Management requirements (including 18 hours of the required Accountancy coursework).

  4. Achieved at least a 3.000 overall grade point average. Students in this program will receive both the BS and the master’s degree at the end of the program. For the first eight semesters of study, the student will register as an undergraduate in Case Western Reserve University; thereafter, students will register in the graduate professional degree program in the Weatherhead School of Management. For information, see Professor Larry Parker, 459 Peter B. Lewis Building, 216.368.2065.

Acceleration Toward Graduate Study

Integrated Graduate Studies Program

The Integrated Graduate Studies Program (IGS) is intended for highly motivated undergraduate students who are candidates for the BA and whose objective is a degree at the master’s or doctoral level. Qualified students may be admitted to graduate study for their senior year and pursue the simultaneous completion of requirements for both the master’s and bachelor’s degrees. The baccalaureate will normally be awarded upon completion of the requirements for both degrees, unless a student satisfies all BA requirements prior to completing the master’s degree requirements. Students in the IGS Program are exempted from the 42-hour restriction imposed on BA candidates for work above the 100-level in a single department. However, the exemption is granted only upon completion of the master’s degree requirements.

Eligibility requirements for participation in the Integrated Graduate Studies Program are:

  1. 90 semester hours earned of which the last 60 hours must have been in residence at Case Western Reserve University.
  2. Completion of the SAGES General Education Requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences and the physical education requirement; students who have fulfilled all SAGES General Education Requirements except the Senior Capstone will be required to complete the capstone during their first year in the IGS program.
  3. Completion of three-fourths of the requirements for the major concentration, including three-fourths of the courses required in the major department.
  4. Admission to a master’s or doctoral program offered through the School of Graduate Studies.

Upon admission to the program, IGS students register as students in the School of Graduate Studies and are subject to the policies, rules and regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. They may, however, continue to receive merit-based undergraduate scholarships and may continue to reside in undergraduate housing during what would normally be their senior year of undergraduate work.

For information, contact the Office of Undergraduate Studies, 357 Sears Bldg., 216.368.2928.

Integrated BS/MS in Nutrition

Admission to the Integrated BS/MS in Nutrition program is subject to the same process and requirements as admission to the Integrated Graduate Studies Program described above. Upon successful completion of the program, students earn the BS in Nutrition and the MS in Nutrition.

BS/MS Program for Candidates for the BS in Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Statistics

The Integrated BS/MS Program is intended for highly motivated candidates for the BS in engineering, computer science, mathematics, natural sciences, or statistics who wish to pursue an advanced degree. Application to the BS/MS program must be made after completion of 75 semester hours of course work and prior to attaining senior status (completion of 90 semester hours). Generally, this means that a student will submit the application during his or her sixth semester of undergraduate course enrollment and will have no fewer than two semesters of remaining BS requirements to complete.

A student admitted to the program may, in the senior year, take up to nine hours of graduate courses (400-level and above) that will count towards both BS and MS requirements. The courses to be double-counted must be specified at the time of application. Courses taken prior to admission to the program cannot count towards the MS unless they are in excess of BS degree requirements and permission to use them towards the MS has been granted by the dean of graduate studies and the dean of undergraduate studies.

To be considered for the BS/MS Program, a student must:

  1. submit to the School of Graduate Studies an application for admission to the program, and
  2. submit to the Office of Undergraduate Studies an MS Planned Program of Study Form, showing the courses to be double-counted.

Students for whom the master’s project or thesis is a continuation and development of the senior project should register for Exxx 651 Thesis (or the appropriate project course) during the senior year and are expected to complete all other courses for the BS before enrolling in further MS course work and thesis (continuing the senior project). Students for whom the master’s thesis or project is distinct from the senior project will be expected to complete the BS degree before taking further graduate courses for the master’s degree.

Applicants in engineering or computer science should consult their departmental BS/MS advisor in the Case School of Engineering. Applicants in mathematics, natural sciences, and statistics should consult the dean of undergraduate studies.

Conditionally Guaranteed Admission to the University's Professional Schools

The Pre-Professional Scholars Programs in medicine, dentistry, law, and social work grant to a few outstanding, entering first year undergraduates conditional commitments of admission to the appropriate professional school at Case Western Reserve University. These commitments are honored upon successful completion of the requirements established by each professional school. Students admitted to these programs are relieved of much of the anxiety and uncertainty associated with pre-professional studies. Consequently, they feel free to undertake challenging courses of study and pursue a variety of interests as they prepare for professional studies. Pre-Professional Scholars are free to choose any of the bachelor’s degrees available in the university. Participants who wish to change their career goals or apply for admission to other professional schools are free to do so.

The Six-Year Dental Program gives exceptionally able and committed entering first year undergraduates the opportunity to accelerate their undergraduate and professional studies.

Pre-Professional Scholars Program in Dentistry

Each year, approximately 10 exceptionally well-qualified high school seniors who plan to pursue careers in dentistry are offered places in the Pre-Professional Scholars Program in Dentistry. This program requires eight years: four years of successful undergraduate study and four years at the School of Dental Medicine.

Pre-Professional Scholars in Dentistry are free to choose a major in an area of interest, but must take the following courses to fulfill admission requirements of the School of Dental Medicine:

Chemistry:

CHEM 105Principles of Chemistry I3
CHEM 106Principles of Chemistry II3
CHEM 113Principles of Chemistry Laboratory2
CHEM 223Introductory Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 224Introductory Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM 233Introductory Organic Chemistry Laboratory I2
CHEM 234Introductory Organic Chemistry Laboratory II2

 

Biology:

BIOL 214
  & 214L
Genes, Evolution and Ecology
   and Genes, Evolution and Ecology Lab
4
BIOL 215
  & 215L
Cells and Proteins
   and Cells and Proteins Laboratory
4
BIOL 216
  & 216L
Development and Physiology
   and Development and Physiology Lab
4

 

Mathematics:

MATH 125Math and Calculus Applications for Life, Managerial, and Social Sci I4

 

Physics:

PHYS 115Introductory Physics I4
PHYS 116Introductory Physics II4

 

They are required to take the Dental Admission Test in the junior year and achieve an acceptable level of performance on the test.

Successful progress through the program and admission to dental studies will be based on the pre-professional scholar’s continuing to fulfill expectations for outstanding personal and academic development and on the scholar’s achievement of cumulative grade point average of 3.250 or higher for his or her work overall, as well as for his or her work in the required sciences. Successful progress in the program will be determined individually and reviewed at regular intervals during the student’s undergraduate career.

Pre-Professional Scholars in Dentistry who wish to accelerate their program may apply for the senior year in professional studies privilege.

Six-Year Dental Program

Each year a few exceptionally well-qualified high school seniors who plan to pursue careers in dentistry are offered places in the Six-Year Dental Program.

The first two years of the program are spent pursuing undergraduate studies, advised by the director of health career advising. Students are required to earn a minimum of 60 semester hours. They are required to take all of the science and mathematics courses listed above for the Pre-Professional Scholars Program in Dentistry. If Advanced Placement credit is used to satisfy some of these science requirements, a minimum of 30 semester hours in biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics must be taken during the two years of undergraduate study. Additionally, to meet general education requirements, students must take one year of physical education, First Seminar, two University Seminars, one course in the area of Arts and Humanities, and one courses in the area of Social Sciences, and must complete a writing portfolio. To qualify for the place reserved in the School of Dental Medicine, a student in the program must achieve the following:

  1. A cumulative grade point average of 3.250 or higher for all course work completed;
  2. Grades of B or higher in the required courses in biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics;
  3. An average score of 18 or higher on both the academic and PAT portions of the Dental Admission Test of the American Dental Association. The test must be taken no later than April of the second year.

Pre-Professional Scholars Program in Law

Each year, approximately twelve exceptionally well-qualified high school seniors who plan to pursue careers in law will be offered places in the Pre-Professional Scholars Program in Law at Case Western Reserve University. Pre-Professional Scholars receive a conditional commitment of admission to the Case Western Reserve School of Law, to be honored upon completion of the bachelor’s degree at the university.

The Pre-Professional Scholars in Law are encouraged to gain a wide cultural experience in their undergraduate studies, to major in the area that most interests them, and to choose courses in which they will learn habits of rigor and logical analysis. The law school encourages applications from all majors, including engineering and the sciences. The School of Law recommends that Pre-Professional Scholars in Law take courses in accounting, economics, history, and philosophy and that they gain as much writing experience as possible, because the ability to write effectively is critical to success in law school and legal practice.

Students admitted to the Pre-Professional Scholars Program in Law will be guaranteed a seat in the School of Law upon graduation from Case Western Reserve University if they satisfy the following requirements:

  1. Graduation from Case Western Reserve University with rank in the top quarter of the class.
  2. Demonstration of good moral character sufficient for admission to the bar of the State of Ohio.
  3. Earning an LSAT score at or above the 65th percentile.

Pre-Professional Scholars Program in Medicine

Each year, 15 to 20 exceptionally well-qualified high school seniors who plan to pursue careers in medicine are offered places in the Pre-Professional Scholars Program in Medicine. Pre-Professional Scholars receive a conditional commitment of admission to the University Program of the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine to be honored upon successful progress toward and completion of the bachelor’s degree. The Pre-Professional Scholars Program in Medicine requires eight years: four years of successful undergraduate study leading to the bachelor’s degree followed by four years in the University Program of the School of Medicine.

Pre-Professional Scholars in Medicine are free to choose from among all of the degree and major programs offered in the university, but must take the following courses to fulfill admission requirements of the School of Medicine:

Chemistry:

CHEM 105Principles of Chemistry I3
CHEM 106Principles of Chemistry II3
CHEM 113Principles of Chemistry Laboratory2
CHEM 223Introductory Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 224Introductory Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM 233Introductory Organic Chemistry Laboratory I2
CHEM 234Introductory Organic Chemistry Laboratory II2

 

Biology:

BIOL 214
  & 214L
Genes, Evolution and Ecology
   and Genes, Evolution and Ecology Lab
4
BIOL 215
  & 215L
Cells and Proteins
   and Cells and Proteins Laboratory
4
BIOL 216
  & 216L
Development and Physiology
   and Development and Physiology Lab
4

 

Physics:

PHYS 115Introductory Physics I4
PHYS 116Introductory Physics II4

 

Additional Courses

STAT 201Basic Statistics for Social and Life Sciences3
or ANTH 319 Introduction to Statistical Analysis in the Social Sciences
or PSCL 282 Quantitative Methods in Psychology
BIOC 307Introduction to Biochemistry: From Molecules To Medical Science4
or BIOC 308 Molecular Biology
or CHEM 328 Introductory Biochemistry
One course in the social sciences (e.g. ANTH 102, ANTH 103, PSCL 101 or SOCI 101)

 

Pre-Professional Scholars in Medicine are not required to take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) for the program. However, if they do take the MCAT, they are expected to earn 34 on the current version of the MCAT (administered prior to January 2015) and/or achieve a score that is above the 94th percentile on future versions of the MCAT. Program participants who have an interest in applying to any other medical schools, or who wish to be considered for a dean’s merit scholarship at the Case Western Reserve School of Medicine, should plan on taking this test.

Pre-Professional Scholars are expected to demonstrate successful progress by meeting the following levels of performance:

  1. By the end of the sixth semester, Pre-Professional Scholars in Medicine are expected to attain a cumulative Case Western Reserve overall grade point average of 3.630, a cumulative grade point average as calculated by the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) of 3.630, and to maintain that average for the rest of their undergraduate studies.
  2. Pre-Professional Scholars in Medicine are expected to earn grades of B or higher in all courses in chemistry, biology and physics. By the end of the sixth semester, they should attain a cumulative Case Western Reserve grade point average of 3.630 for these courses, a grade point average as calculated by the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) of 3.630 for these courses, and should maintain this average for the rest of their undergraduate studies.
  3. Pre-Professional Scholars in Medicine are expected to continue to fulfill expectations for outstanding personal development, including, but not limited to, maintaining academic integrity and adhering to the university’s standards of conduct. (All academic integrity and judicial offenses will be reported to the Case School of Medicine.)

Progress is reviewed with each student at regular intervals in the program. At the end of the third year, Pre-Professional Scholars in Medicine who have met the required levels of performance go through the normal admission procedures for the University Program of the School of Medicine, including submitting an application through the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) and an interview. Participants who do not meet the required levels of performance may still be admitted into the University Program of the School of Medicine, but such admission will be subject to review and approval by the School of Medicine’s Admissions Committee.

Successful completion of the Pre-Professional Scholars Program in Medicine guarantees admission only to the University Program of the School of Medicine. Students seeking admission to the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine must complete a separate application and will be considered in competition with all applicants for that program.

Pre-Professional Scholars Program in Social Work

Each year, as many as ten high school seniors who plan to pursue careers in social work are offered places in the Pre-Professional Scholars Program in Social Work. The program gives a conditional commitment of admission to the Case Western Reserve University Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences to be honored upon successful completion of the bachelor’s degree.

Admission to the master’s degree program in social work at MSASS is dependent upon the following requirements:

  1. Graduation from the university with a cumulative grade point average of 3.000 in the junior and senior years.
  2. Completion of a minimum of 24 semester hours in the social and behavioral sciences.
  3. Continued evidence of a combination of personal qualities which are considered essential for the professional practice of social work.

Pre-Professional Scholars in Social Work who wish to accelerate their program may apply for the senior year in professional studies privilege.

Application Procedures for Pre-Professional Scholars and Six-Year Dental Programs

Prospective students who wish to apply to any of the Pre-Professional Scholars Programs or to the Six-Year Dental Program should apply for admission through the Office of Undergraduate Admission of Case Western Reserve University. All forms are included within the application materials.

The application for admission, supporting test scores and high school transcript, must be submitted to the Office of Undergraduate Admission as early as possible, but no later than December 1.

Students who are admitted to the university and are also deemed eligible for consideration for one of the Pre-Professional Scholars Programs or the Six-Year Dental Program will be notified by February 1 and will be invited for interviews at the appropriate professional schools. The basis for selection for these programs will be dedication to the pursuit of the particular profession, distinguished academic performance, a record of personal accomplishments that attests to a student’s maturity, leadership, and interpersonal skills, and an interview with an admissions officer from the appropriate professional school. Decisions on admission to the programs will be communicated on or about April 1.

Students who are not admitted to these special programs are encouraged to pursue their undergraduate studies and to apply in the normal course to the professional school of their choice, including the professional schools of Case Western Reserve University.