Pre-Professional Program

Coordinator: J. Duffy-Matzner

Some pre-pharmacy students complete their Bachelor’s degree, while others transfer to pharmacy programs after one to three years at Augustana. While transferring allows the student to complete the pharmacy degree more quickly, the lack of a Bachelor’s degree may limit future career opportunities. Most students who complete their Bachelor’s degree major in biology or chemistry, but a student may choose to major in any discipline. While pharmacy schools look favorably upon an undergraduate record rich in challenging science courses, they also look for a balance between science courses and courses in the humanities and social sciences. Pharmacy schools expect that applicants have a thorough understanding of and commitment to the profession. Students are encouraged to learn about the pharmacy profession through internships, volunteer experiences and employment.

A student interested in a career in pharmacy should identify the schools in which he or she is interested in attending as early as possible in his or her career at Augustana. Pre-pharmacy students should consult with their advisors and the coordinator on a regular basis to discuss course selection and pharmacy school application procedures.

Pharmacy schools select students on the basis of 1) undergraduate academic performance; 2) PCAT (Pharmacy College Admission Test) scores; 3) letters of evaluation from professors and other professional people; and 4) a personal interview (most programs). Admission to pharmacy school is competitive. Most pharmacy schools require one year of physics, one year of inorganic chemistry, one semester of organic chemistry, one semester of biochemistry, two years of biology and courses in mathematics, communication and social sciences. Most schools have additional course requirements.

Suggested Pre-Pharmacy Program of Study:
These are general admission requirements. Since admission requirements are highly variable, students should refer to specific admissions guidelines for each pharmacy school and consult with their academic advisor and the Coordinator.
BIOL 120 — Biological Principles I (4 cr)
BIOL 121 — Biological Principles II (4 cr)
BIOL 150 — Human Anatomy (4 cr)
–or– BIOL 334 — Comparative Anatomy and Embryology
BIOL 250 — Introductory Microbiology (4 cr)
–or– BIOL 344 — General Microbiology
CHEM 116 & CHEM 117 — General Chemistry I & II (8 cr)
-or- CHEM 120 — Accelerated General Chemistry (4 cr)
CHEM 201 — Organic Chemistry (4 cr)
CHEM 202 — Organic Chemistry and Introductory Biochemistry (4 cr)
CHEM 242 — Analysis (4 cr)
MATH 150 — Pre-Calculus (4 cr)
MATH 151 — Calculus I (4 cr)
COMM 110 — Introduction to Communication (3 cr)
ECON 120 — Principles of Economics I (3 cr)
ECON 270 — Statistics (4 cr)
ENGL 110 — First-Year Composition (4 cr)
ENGL 200 — The Literary Experience (3 cr)
Additional courses may include (but are not limited to):
BIOL 354 — Biological Chemistry 3-(4 cr)
PHYS 201 & PHYS 202 — Physics for Life Sciences I  & II (8 cr)
–or– PHYS 221 & PHYS 222 — General Physics I & II
Physics coursework is required by most Pharmacy schools.