Special Programs of Study

Some disciplines have a lot of requirements, which necessitate careful planning, starting in the first semester of your first-year. If you are interested in health sciences, engineering, education (teacher licensure), or education abroad, please read the information provided below and click on the links for further details.

Health Sciences

The field of health sciences is broad, including not only the practice of medicine but other areas such as dentistry, veterinary medicine, naturopathic medicine, pharmacy, optometry, physical therapy, nursing, genetic counseling, and public health, to name a few. Pre-Health Students take courses from across all areas of the college and may select any major.

If you are interested in entering a career in health after Mount Holyoke, you will want to plan your coursework carefully. Each pre-health student takes their own path, and each individual's selection and timing of courses will vary. Some key tips for starting out:

  • Take courses across a variety of disciplines: Pursue new areas of interest to help you select your major or minor or to generally broaden your perspective. The ability to consider health and wellness from multiple angles is a strength. Ultimately, you will be more sucessful on your entrance exam, application, in interviews, and as a health care provider, with a broad-based academic background.
  • Build a balanced schedule: Spread out challenging and time-consuming courses when possible, balancing them with the courses that may be easier for you. Precisely what this balance looks like will vary from person to person.
  • Know the prerequisite courses for the profession(s) you are interested in
  • Use the pre-health guide for new students

Advisors from the faculty and the Office of Pre-Health Programs will work with every student to develep an academic plan that makes sense and fits the student's particular wishes, needs, and goals.

Pre-Health Programs website

Pre-Health advising on course registration

To connect with the office and/or make an appointment, email or call Jackie Collette, office coordinator, at jcollett@mtholyoke.edu, or 413-538-3389



Mount Holyoke students can earn a degree in engineering in two different ways, either by earning a master's degree in engineering after graduation from Mount Holyoke or by earning a second bachelor's degree, through what is called a dual degree program.

Education (Teacher Licensure)

If you are thinking about pursuing a career in teaching, you should consult with faculty in the psychology and education department early in your first-year in order to plan a course of study. While at Mount Holyoke, you can meet the requirements of a teaching license within your four years of liberal arts course work, but you should plan your courses carefully. See the Teacher Licensure website for additional information.

Education Abroad

Mount Holyoke strongly encourages every student to build an educational experience abroad into her program.  Education abroad proves to be a transformative experience for many students. Immersion in another country and culture encourages students to understand the world through a different lens and to question their own assumptions and beliefs.

Students in all majors may choose from a wide range of opportunities around the world, including language immersion, traditional classroom-based programs, field study programs, internships, and research.  We encourage students to begin talking with their advisors in their first meeting about how education abroad for a semester, year, or summer might fit into their plans.  Early planning will provide more flexibility and will enhance opportunities for students to integrate their experiences abroad with their academic program at Mount Holyoke.  For more information about learning abroad options visit the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives.