Pre-professional Study Paths
Five avenues of academic preparation in business are available at UC Irvine with major and/or minor courses of study in:
|Business Information Management
These degree and minor programs are offered by The Paul Merage School of Business, Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences, and the School of Social Sciences.
UC Irvine offers a variety of excellent programs for students interested in preparing for a career in education, including an undergraduate minor in educational studies; selected undergraduate majors with concentrations in secondary education; a subject-matter preparation program in mathematics; a certificate in after-school education; teacher credential programs; and graduate degree programs leading either to a master’s degree (M.A.T.) or a doctoral degree (Ph.D.) in education.
In addition to academic preparation, the faculty encourages students to distinguish their undergraduate business study by creating an educational program composed of courses within and outside of each school, and participating in internships, research opportunities, study abroad opportunities, and special courses.
For detailed information on programs, courses, and other exciting opportunities related to a career in education visit the School of Education.
Majors in nursing science (PDF), public health policy, public health sciences, and pharmaceutical sciences (PDF) are offered at UC Irvine. Undergraduates who major in these areas of study have unparalleled opportunities for research and learning at the scientific frontiers of many emerging and established health fields.
Learn more about the Program in Nursing Science at www.nursing.uci.edu; the programs in Public Health at publichealth.uci.edu; and the Pharmaceutical Sciences program at www.pharmsci.uci.edu.
The best academic preparation for law school is to do well in a major that you enjoy. Law schools want to produce attorneys who can serve the entire legal spectrum – in such diverse areas as tax, criminal, entertainment, or immigration law – and this requires a wide range of academic backgrounds. While the majority of law schools give equal preference to students from all academic disciplines, they look less for specific areas of study than they do for evidence of excellence in any academic program.
UC Irvine students who have gone on to law school most frequently have chosen majors within the schools of humanities, social sciences (which includes a major in political science with an emphasis on public law), or social ecology (which includes a major in criminology, law and society). If you are interested in pursuing a career as an attorney, you should plan to take a variety of courses that will help develop your writing and analytical skills. These skills are the key to doing well on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), succeeding in law school, and being successful in the legal profession.
Take a look at the wealth of opportunities UC Irvine offers to prepare you for a career in this fascinating specialty. To learn more, visit the School of Social Ecology, School of Law, and the UCI Career Center.
MEDICINE AND OTHER HEALTH PROFESSIONS (download PDF flyer)
“Premedicine” or “premed” is not an actual academic major. Rather, the term “premed” refers to the body of undergraduate coursework that all students must take in order to be considered for admission to the many health professional schools, such as medical, dental, pharmacy, optometry, podiatry, or veterinary school.
In addition to academic preparation, there are numerous volunteer and research opportunities, and student-run clubs and programs that allow you to go beyond the classroom to learn about and prepare for a career in the health professions.
To learn more about medical and health-related programs and professions, visit the School of Biological Sciences.