If you are planning a career in Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine, or Pharmacy, you have the option of obtaining a degree before entering a professional school or following a special 3 + 1 curriculum. This accelerated program allows students to begin professional study after three years in the College of Arts and Sciences and to receive their baccalaureate degrees from UT after the first year of professional study.
All of the required courses for admission to a professional school are included in the first three years of the program, as well as all of the courses necessary to satisfy the basic skills and distribution requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences. No undergraduate major is required. At the present time, 3 + 1 curricula are in effect only for students who do their professional study in Medicine, Dentistry, and Pharmacy at UT Health Science Center in Memphis, and students in Veterinary Medicine who do their professional study at the UT College of Veterinary Medicine.
Because the College of Medicine admits very few students who do not already have baccalaureate degrees, few students pursuing medicine are able to take advantage of this option. The Colleges of Pharmacy and Dentistry have continued to admit students after three years of undergraduate work, however. It should be noted that because of the large number of prerequisites for the College of Pharmacy, it is difficult to complete the three year program in pharmacy without taking advantage of the summer term.