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Pre-Pharmacy Program

Offered in: CHICAGO

Pharmacy schools typically require two to three years of college preparation, in addition to completion of the PCAT examination.

Advising

Pre-pharmacy students should consult the bulletin of the pharmacy school of their choice and plan a program together with a pre-pharmacy advisor in the Department of Biological, Chemical and Physical Sciences.

Requirements

Minimum requirements include the following:

  BIOL 121 Anatomy .....4
  BIOL 122 Physiology .....4
  BIOL 202 Ecology, Evolution and Genetics .....5
  BIOL 301 Cellular and Molecular Biology .....5
  CHEM 201 General Chemistry I .....5
  CHEM 202 General Chemistry II .....5
  CHEM 211 Organic Chemistry I .....5
  CHEM 212 Organic Chemistry II .....5
  ENG 101 Introduction to Composition .....3
  ENG 102 Argument, Analysis, Research .....3
  MATH 121 College Algebra .....3
  MATH 122 Precalculus .....3

Recommended additional courses required by the RU College of Pharmacy

  BIOL 360 Microbiology .....4
  ECON 101 Principles of Economics I -OR- (see ECON 102) .....3
  ECON 102 Principles of Economics II -OR- (see ECON 101) .....3
  MATH 217 Introduction to Probability and Statistics .....3
  MATH 231 Calculus I .....4
  MATH 232 Calculus II .....4
  PHYS 201 Introduction to Non-calculus Physics -OR- (see PHYS 231) .....5
  PHYS 231 Introduction to Calculus-based Physics -OR- (see PHYS 201) .....5
Communications
  SPCH 101 Public Speaking -OR- .....3
  SPCH 201 Persuasive Speaking -OR- .....3
  SPCH 204 Interpersonal Communication .....3
Electives
  Two courses in the Humanities .....6
  Two courses in the Social Sciences .....6

The RU Pre-Pharmacy Program, incorporating all of the courses required by the RU College of Pharmacy and many other pharmacy schools, can be completed in two and one-half academic years of full-time study if the student is prepared to take General Chemistry I and Calculus I. A typical course of study would be the following:

YEAR ONE

Fall

  • BIOL 121 (4h)
  • CHEM 201 (5h)
  • MATH 231 (4h)
  • ENG 101 (3h)
  • Semester Total: 15h

Spring

  • BIOL 122 (4h)
  • CHEM 202 (5h)
  • Humanities/Social Science Elective (3h)2
  • ENG 102 (3h)
  • Semester Total: 15h

YEAR TWO

Fall

  • BIOL 202 (5h)
  • CHEM 211 (5h)
  • MATH 217 (4h)2
  • SPCH 101, 201 or 204 (3h)2
  • Semester Total: 16h

Spring

  • BIOL 301 (5h)
  • CHEM 212 (5h)
  • ECON 101 or 102 (3h)2
  • Humanities or Social Science Elective (3h)2
  • Semester Total: 16h

YEAR THREE

Fall

  • BIOL 360 (5h)
  • PHYS 201 or 231 (5h)
  • Humanities or Social Science Elective (3h)2
  • Humanities or Social Science Elective (3h)2
  • Semester Total: 16h

Spring

  • Recommended: further science electives to complete the BS degree after one year of Pharmacy.

1Note: Schedules would vary from this model if the student was seeking a BS degree in Biology or Chemistry in addition to satisfying the Pre-Pharmacy requirements.

2Note: Humanities, Social Sciences, Speech, Economics and Statistics courses can be taken in any semester interchangeably.