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B.S. Degree in Biochemistry - Pre-Pharmacy

Frequently Asked Questions

Biochemistry - Pre-Pharmacy imageWhat can you do with a Biochemistry, Pre-Pharmacy degree?This degree plan was created for students planning to attend pharmacy school upon graduation.

The pharmacy school I want to attend does not require this many courses. Why should I take them? Some pharmacy schools have minimal requirements to accommodate a wide range of applicants. However, pharmacy schools tell us that students should take as many rigorous science courses as possible to prepare for success in pharmacy school. Courses for this major were also chosen to help prepare students for the PCAT (the pharmacy entrance exam).

Couldn’t I apply to pharmacy school without a bachelors degree?Technically yes, but admission to pharmacy school is competative and most of those admitted to pharmacy school have completed their B.S. degree.

Who can I ask for more information? Contact Dr. Prilliman, Chair of Chemistry.


Major Re​quirements: 71 Credit Hours

Required Chemistry Courses − 39 credit hours
CHEM 1104 General Chemistry I
CHEM 1141 General Chemistry I Lab
CHEM 1204 General Chemistry II
CHEM 1241 General Chemistry II Lab
CHEM 3303 Inorganic Chemistry
CHEM 2303 Quantitative Analysis
CHEM 2342 Quantitative Analysis Lab
CHEM 3103 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 3141 Organic Chemistry I Lab
CHEM 3203 Organic Chemistry II
CHEM 3241 Organic Chemistry II Lab
CHEM 3503 Physical Chemistry I
CHEM 3541 Physical Chemistry Lab
CHEM 3714 General Biochemistry
CHEM 4403 Advanced Biochemistry
CHEM 4861 Chemistry Capstone
CHEM 4991 Chemistry Research

Required Biology Courses – 20 credit hours
BIOL 1214 Fundamentals of Biology
BIOL 3114 General Microbiology
BIOL 2003 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
BIOL 2041 Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lab
BIOL 2103 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
BIOL 2141 Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab
4 hours of any BIOL 3000 or 4000 level excluding BIOL 3103

Required Physics Courses 
– 8 credit hours

PHYS 1503 General Physics I
PHYS 1541 General Physics I Lab
PHYS 1603 General Physics II
PHYS 1641 General Physics II Lab

Required Math Course – 4 credit hours
MATH 2004 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I


If you score above a 22 on the ACT/1100 SAT with a 3.0 GPA, you qualify for: 

Academic scholarships from $1,700–$8,000 per year

Departmental scholarships from $3,000–$11,000 per year

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