Texas State is pleased to offer a learning community for new freshmen who are interested in attending either medical or dental school. Members of the Pre-Med/Pre-Dent Learning Community (LC) live together in the Tower, a dorm centrally located on campus. The LC members are co-enrolled in several classes together during both the fall and spring semesters. In the fall, the co-enrolled courses are Functional Biology lecture and lab (BIO 1330/1130), General Chemistry I (CHEM 1341,1141) lecture and lab, and University Seminar (US 1100). In the spring, the co-enrolled courses are Organismal Biology lecture and lab (BIO 1331/1131), and General Chemistry II (CHEM 1342,1142) lecture and lab. We believe that being in classes together helps members of the LC improve their performance in these important science courses.
Tower Hall has a resident assistant who is available to the LC members, and we also provide the LC with a peer assistant. This is typically an upperclassman who is also a pre-med or pre-dent student. The peer assistant can help arrange tutoring or study sessions, provide advice to LC members, and schedule a variety of fun and educational activities that are tailored around the common career goals of the LC members. Activities might include things like visiting a local hospital, hospice, or dental clinic, volunteering at health fairs, and holding picnics and barbecues. The peer assistant may invite speakers to talk to LC members (local physicians or dentists, recent graduates who have entered medical or dental schools, pre-health advisors, etc.) as well.
If you think you might be interested in applying for a spot as a member of the 2015-2016 Pre-Med/Pre-Dent learning community look for the application on the Department of Housing and Residence Life Web site and fill one out. After completing this initial application you will be sent a supplemental application to complete and return. The application usually goes live in January or February (2015). Applications close on May 1 and LC members are selected shortly after that. It is as simple as that.
If you think you might be interested in being a Peer Assistant for the 2016-2017 school year, please contact Dr. Banta. She can tell you about the perks and the requirements of the position.