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Pre-professional Programs

The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (CLAS) offers courses which meet requirements of various professional schools. Many professional programs require not only that prerequisite coursework be successfully completed but also that a bachelor's degree be earned. Therefore, it is important to meet with a pre-professional adviser to discuss both professional program requirements and PSU graduation requirements.

Advising appointments can be scheduled by calling the CLAS Advising Center at 503-725-3822 or for quick questions, visit during drop-in advising hours.  Appointments can not be scheduled by email.


Pre-Health Advisers

Melissa Yates, Coordinator, Health Sciences Advising (SMSU M305)

  • Pre-Medicine (Allopathic, Osteopathic)
  • Pre-Dentistry
  • Pre-Chiropractic Medicine
  • Pre-Naturopathic Medicine
  • Pre-Physician Assistant

Laura Marsh, Coordinator, Allied Health Advising (SMSU M305)

  • Pre-Nursing
  • Pre-Clinical Laboratory Science
  • Pre-Dental Hygiene
  • Pre-Occupational Therapy
  • Pre-Optometry
  • Pre-Pharmacy
  • Pre-Physician Assistant
  • Pre-Radiation Therapy

Liz Shatzer, Health Sciences Adviser (SMSU M305)

  • Pre-Medicine (Allopathic, Osteopathic)
  • Pre-Dentistry
  • Pre-Physical Therapy
  • Pre-Veterinary Medicine

Pre-Education Advisers

Robert Mercer (SMSU M305)

  • Pre-Elementary Education
  • Pre-Special Education
  • Elementary Education minor
  • Elementary Science Education minor
  • Special Education minor
  • Secondary Education minor
  • Bilingual Teacher Pathways Program

Nate Rochester (SMSU M305)

  • Pre-Elementary Education
  • Pre-Special Education
  • Elementary Education minor
  • Elementary Science Education minor
  • Special Education minor
  • Secondary Education minor
  • Bilingual Teacher Pathways Program


Law schools in the United States generally do not require specific pre-law majors or particular courses of study in preparation for law school. They do recommend that the prospective law student acquire a broad liberal arts education providing a sound basic understanding and appreciation of arts and letters, science, and social science. Pre-law students are free to select their own undergraduate programs (there is no "pre-law" major as such), but they are advised to choose broad cultural fields in which they have keen intellectual interests, such as economics, history, literature, mathematics, philosophy, political science, science, or sociology. Business administration and administration of justice, when strongly supplemented with work in arts and letters, science, or social science, are also suitable. The importance of analytical skills, abstract ideas, complex facts, and communications skills cannot be overemphasized, for lawyers must be able to research, analyze, and communicate.

Students should plan to seek advising from one of the designated pre-law advisers (see below) during their junior year and prior to applying for law school admission in their senior year. PSU offers a Law and Legal Studies minorthat, while not required to prepare for law school, would be helpful for students considering law school. At the minimum, students should complete some undergraduate coursework that includes a review of the case law approach.

Tim Garrison
History - Liberal Arts & Sciences
(503) 725-3978

R. Kevin Hill
Associate Professor
Philosophy - Liberal Arts & Sciences
(503) 725-3594

Pre-Law/3+3 programs

Portland State University now offers students two options for accelerated bachelor's/JD programs.

The PSU 3+3 programs will enable qualified PSU students to earn a BA or BS degree and a law degree from either Lewis & Clark Law School or Willamette University College of Law in a total of six years. PSU students may be admitted to the 3+3 program anytime during their first two years of undergraduate study. For more information, please visit the PSU 3+3 program page or contact Pre-Law advisor Tim Garrison at


Use the links at the left menu to learn more about the pre-professional programs housed in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, including information about academic advising services and student success. Use the links below to access worksheets in PDF format detailing the course requirements for each program. Please note that these programs are not majors.

Pre-Education - Course Worksheets

Elementary Pre-Teacher Education
Elementary Education Minor
Elementary Education Science Minor
Elementary Education Freshman Suggested Courses
Mathematics for Middle School Teachers Minor                                                                                                  Middle and Secondary Pre-Education--Sciences                                        
Secondary Pre-Teacher Education 
Secondary Education Minor 
Secondary Education--Social Studies                                                                                                                      Special Pre-Teacher Education
Special Education Minor

Pre-Health Sciences - Course Worksheets

Pre-Chiropractic Medicine
Pre-Clinical Laboratory Science
Pre-Dentistry  (also see program link for more information)
Pre-Dental Hygiene
Pre-Medicine (also see program link for more information)
Pre-Naturopathic Medicine 
Pre-Occupational Therapy 
Pre-Physical Therapy
Pre-Physician Assistant
Pre-Radiation Therapy
Pre-Veterinary Medicine

Portland State also offers postbaccalaureate pre-medical and postbaccalaureate pre-dental programs.