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University Transfer: Bachelor of Science Pre-Professional

Bachelor's Degree
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The Program

The objective of these programs is to provide access to the first and, in some cases, the second year of study toward "general" or "subject specific" programs which can be transferred to the provincial universities.

The "subject specific" programs provide education in the conventional scientific disciplines. You can take a number of options, but the number and sequence of the science courses is more rigid than in the "general" program.

The "general" program gives you the flexibility to build a science program around your personal strengths and interests by blending the "subject specific" areas. This is done by declaring a major and minor subject.

The "pre-professional" programs are designed to meet the admission requirements of professional schools (such as medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, optometry, and chiropractic medicine). Pre-professional course work for Dental Hygiene and Medical Laboratory Science is also available (apply to BSc General).  Admission to professional programs is very competitive, and you should plan your program so that you have the option of completing a science degree if your admission into the professional program is denied or delayed.

In many cases, transfer from one major to another can be arranged with a minimal loss in study time.

Program Content

General Science

Subject specific majors:
Agricultural Food Business Management
Biological Sciences
Environmental & Conservation Sciences
Human Ecology
Math & Economics
Nutrition & Food Science

Pre-Professional Programs:


Pre-professional course work for Dental Hygiene is available at Red Deer Polytechnic. Please see the Academic Advisors for more information.

Course work for pre-professional programs varies as per university. It is the student's responsibility to ensure they are taking correct pre-professional coursework when applying to a University other than specified in the Calendar.

For the most current university program and transfer information, see the Planning Guides in Academic Advising.

Veterinary Medicine (University of Calgary)

Course Selection:

Note: Not all the courses listed under the programs may be offered every academic year. When selecting courses, the Arts and Science options are defined as:

Arts Option:

  •  Anthropology
  • Art* 
  • Drama* 
  • Economics 
  • English 
  • French 
  • History 
  • Music* 
  • Philosophy 
  • Political Science 
  • Psychology (except 260) 
  • Sociology

Science Option:

  •     Astronomy*
  •     Biochemistry
  •     Biology
  •     Chemistry
  •     Computing Science*
  •     Genetics
  •     Mathematics
  •     Microbiology
  •     Physics
  •     Physiology*
  •     *Psychology (260)
  •     Statistics
  •     Zoology

*Does not apply at some universities. Check with Academic Advisors.

University Transfer Program

One-Year or Two-Year University Transfer Program:

For the most current university program and transfer information, see the Planning Guides in Academic Advising.

Transfer Features

You may transfer up to 20 course equivalents taken at RDP to the university of your choice. The courses you select must meet the program requirements of that specific university. Before planning your program and registering, you should decide to which university you will transfer, and in what subject area (major) you want to specialize.

Transfer depends on proper course selection, credit hours completed, grade point average (G.P.A.), and other requirements. The minimum stated G.P.A. does not guarantee admission to a professional program.

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