Whatever his major and choice of electives, the student should choose each semester a challenging curriculum that assists in his rapid development and builds a strong record for admission. Virtually all U.S. medical and dental schools require at least two semesters each of basic courses, with laboratories, in biology, chemistry, and physics. A candidateâ€™s performance in these courses generally carries more weight in the admissions process than that in other courses, particularly for the non-science major who has less additional science work for consideration. Certain medical and dental schools list additional required or recommended courses in such fields as mathematics and rhetoric or English. Students should consult MSAR for the particular requirements of each institution to which they may apply. Every U.S. medical school requires applicants to take the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT), and every dental school, the Dental Admissions Test (DAT). The MCAT, given twice a year at Hampden-Sydney, and the DAT, given twice a year in Richmond, are normally first taken in the spring of the junior year. The Health Sciences Committee of the Faculty advises students on their preparation for medical and dental schools and assists them in the application process. On request, the Committee prepares recommendations for transmittal to all institutions to which the student has applied. In addition, the College participates in a joint program with Eastern Virginia Medical School, through which outstanding students receive early assurance of admission to medical school; another with the George Washington University School of Medicine, through which outstanding premedical students may be selected at the end of their sophomore year to enter the medical school once they have completed the requirements for graduation from Hampden-Sydney College; and a third with Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. Students planning a career in medicine or dentistry should contact the Chair of the Committee no later than the spring semester of their freshman year.
SECONDARY-SCHOOL TEACHING A broadly based liberal education, with a strong major in the field to be taught and supporting courses in related areas, provides an excellent preparation for the individual who wishes not merely to qualify for, but to excel in, teaching at the secondary level. Courses needed to satisfy the certification requirements of the State of Virginia for some majors offered at Hampden-Sydney may be taken at Hampden-Sydney, at Longwood University (through the cooperative program), or at an EXCHANGE institution. Students who wish to earn full certification should consult the Associate Dean of the Faculty, preferably during the fall of their freshman year, because certain prerequisite courses must be completed by the end of the sophomore year in order to obtain teaching certification at graduation.
EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT FACILITIES AND SERVICES THE WALTER M. BORTZ III LIBRARY AND FUQUA TECHNOLOGY COMMONS Opened in the fall of 2007, the library facility, named the Walter M. Bortz III Library in 2009, provides information resources and student and faculty services required to support the Collegeâ€™s liberal-arts curriculum. The ability to use an academic library with confidence is one of the distinctive marks of an educated person. By means of formal and informal instruction in research methods, students are encouraged to progress from the heavy reliance on textbooks and assigned readings characteristic of the freshman to the independent work of the graduate scholar. The Walter M. Bortz III Library provides an open and inviting atmosphere for study and learning. The wireless configuration of the building makes it easy for students and faculty to use laptops, mobile devices or the desktops provided on every floor. Eleven group study rooms are available for use and convenient carrels and tables provide quiet space for study. There is a designated silent study area on the first floor. The library houses more than 250,000 volumes, 100,000 cataloged e-books, and more than 60,000 e-journals, an extensive media collection, and a collection of government documents. The book collection is arranged in open stacks on the third floor with oversize volumes and reference books on the main floor, and bound