Pre-Professional Programs

Engineering Dual-Degree

Berea College offers a B.S. degree in Engineering Physics designed to prepare students for graduate study or entry into the job market in engineering. For those students who wish to study a more specialized field of engineering, Berea College offers a dual degree program in engineering in cooperation with the University of Kentucky College of Engineering. In this dual degree program, students take the first three years of physics and mathematics coursework in the Engineering Physics degree and complete their general education requirements before transferring to UK for two or more years of professional engineering education. Successful completion of the program leads to a B.S. degree in Engineering Physics from Berea College and a B.S. degree in a specific engineering discipline from the University of Kentucky (biosystems engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, materials engineering, mechanical engineering, or mining engineering).

The entire dual-degree program normally is completed in five to six years, the initial three or four of which are at Berea College and the subsequent two to three years at the University of Kentucky. Although Berea College does not have a special arrangement with any other engineering schools at this time, Berea students have successfully transferred to engineering programs with other universities upon completion of the dual degree requirements, in consultation with the dual degree engineering advisor.

Students may request permission to participate in Commencement exercises with their classmates even though they elect to have their Berea College degree conferred at a later date.



Many undergraduates interested in becoming a lawyer begin by asking, "how do I get into law school?" -- yet, that is not the first question.  The better initial question to ask is, "why do I want to be a lawyer?" At Berea College, this career-focused question begins a multi-year process for the student of seeking information and designing experiences aimed at understanding the legal profession. A student takes the first step in this process by visiting the website for the College's Pre-Law Pathway (PLP) at the following link: . The PLP begins in the sophomore year and includes attending small-group learning events, visiting law school campuses (including sitting in on classes), linking up with a mentor who practices law, participating in law-related internships, and other activities encouraged by the PLP program.  Before joining the PLP in their sophomore year, first-year students are encouraged to focus on the new challenges they face at Berea, but any student always is welcome to schedule a meeting with the Campus Pre-Law Advisor, Dr. Daniel Huck, to begin a discussion about law as a professional career.

As a student progresses through each new milestone in the PLP, they move closer to deciding whether to become an attorney and how they might begin that career by attending law school after Berea.  Law schools in the United States neither require nor recommend any particular major or undergraduate courses as preparation for legal study after college. Instead, Berea College prepares students for law school by developing their analytical abilities, including their abilities to read, write, and reason well across a range of courses, especially as part of the College's general education curriculum.  Also, Berea does not have a "Pre-Law Major" as such, but the College does offer a minor in Law, Ethics and Society that may serve some students in considering their long-term interest in the study of law.  Students considering a legal career should choose an academic major at Berea that develops their abilities to read difficult texts, to write structured arguments, and to reason in depth. Whatever a student's academic major, strong preparation for law school also will require demonstrated excellence in a broad curriculum of study focused in the liberal arts.  A student also may want to participate in Moot Court, a program of intensive study and national competition coordinated by Dr. Daniel Huck.

Pre-Health Professions Program (including Pre-Medicine/Pre-Dental)

Berea College has a broad and vigorous Pre-Health Professions Program.  Through this curricular program, students interested in pursuing numerous health careers can begin their foundational studies.  The Pre-Medicine and Pre-Dental Programs are included under the Pre-Health Professions umbrella.  Pre-Medicine and Pre-Dental are curricular/extra-curricular programs, not academic majors.  Students interested in preparing for medical or dental school can select any academic major.  Students most frequently major in Biology, Chemistry or Psychology because their major coursework overlaps with many medical and dental school admission prerequisites.  Pre-medical and pre-dental prerequisite coursework does not, however, preclude students from majoring in other natural or social sciences or the humanities.

Detailed advising and curriculum guides for the Pre-Medicine and Pre-Dental Programs can be found at the Berea College "Division I: Natural Sciences, Nursing and Mathematics" web site (  Click on the "Pre-Health Professions" link at the right, under Home.  Detailed advising/curriculum guides for other pre-health professions can also be found at this link including pre-physician assistant, pre-pharmacy, pre-physical therapy, pre-occupational therapy, pre-public health, pre-genetic counseling and pre-medical/clinical laboratory science certification.

Students considering medical or dental school (or other non-nursing health professions) are very strongly encouraged to contact a member of the Pre-Medical/Dental Advisory Committee for assistance with general Pre-Medical/Dental (or other health career) curriculum planning.  Current members of the Committee include Dr. Dawn Anderson (Biology; MAC118), Dr. Sarah Blank (Biology; MAC 325), Dr. Rashmi Shrestha (Chemistry; MAC 418), Dr. Ram Lakhan (HHP, Seabury Center 229) and Dr. Troy Messina (Physics; MAC439).   Students with specific questions regarding pre-pharmacy curriculum planning, should contact Dr. Shrestha.


All pre-veterinary students should schedule a meeting with Berea’s Pre-veterinary Advisor, Dr. Quinn Baptiste ( early on in their first term at Berea College. During this meeting students will be guided in the development of a curriculum plan which will allow them to meet the requirements for entrance into vet-school. Students will be advised on the options of pursuing degrees in Agriculture and Natural Resources, Biology, or Chemistry while at Berea College. The combination of courses and course sequencing varies for individual students depending on the specific major chosen, the students background, the vet program that they target and the vet practice they ultimately wish to pursue. Hence, it is critical that early decisions be made on the natural and applied science courses that students will take during their 4 years at Berea College. These courses include Animal Science, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Animal Breeding and Reproduction, Nutritional Studies, Animal Diseases, academically supervised internships, and field studies. Ideally, at the end of 4 years a pre-vet student will have a broad understanding of the field along with applied practical experience in several aspects of veterinary medicine. The latter should be achieved while maintaining the high undergraduate GPA standards, generally a 3.2 minimum overall GPA demanded by most veterinary programs

Social Work through Child and Family Studies

Students majoring in Child and Family Studies may pursue graduate study or careers in counseling, social work, non-profit social-service agencies, family resource centers, cooperative extension, childcare, or ministry. Graduates in Family Studies are well prepared for Master of Social Work programs in Kentucky and other states. Students should contact Neil Mecham, Department Chair for Child and Family Studies, for more information about this degree or these career opportunities.