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The Department of Biological Sciences offers a two-year program leading to acceptance in the pharmacy program at the University of Kentucky. Our students have also used MSU preparation to attend Samford, Mercer, as well as other schools. Students interested in receiving the B.S. degree before applying to Pharmacy School may follow the Biology/Pre-Medicine option.

Career Outlook

Pharmacy programs prepare students for work as pharmacists or in a wide range of activities in the private sector, including research, marketing and quality control. Given the extensive investment by pharmaceutical firms in research, pharmacy has considerable potential for the future. Never before has the potential been as great for the pharmacist to contribute to the health and well-being of the public. With the dramatic changes in the health care system, pharmacists are assuming additional responsibilities in the delivery of health care. The pharmacist's role has expanded beyond the traditional one of drug preparation and distribution.

Curricular Outline

BIO 221 General Zoology: Animal Form & Function 4 hrs
BIO 227 Human Anatomy Laboratory 2 hrs
BIO 300 Introductory Microbiology 4 hrs
CHE 201 General College Chemistry 5 hrs
CHE 202 General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis 5 hrs
CHE 312 Organic Chemistry I 5 hrs
CHE 320 Organic Chemistry II 3 hrs
CHE 325 Organic Chemistry Lab II 2 hrs
PHY 130/131 General Physics I with Lab 4 hrs
PHY 132/133 General Physics II with Lab 4 hrs
MAT 250 Calculus & Analytic Geometry I 5 hrs
MAT 135 Introduction to Probability and Statistics 4 hrs
HUM 211 The Western Humanities Tradition 3 hrs
HUM 212 The Humanities of the Modern World 3 hrs
ENG 101 Composition 3 hrs
ENG 102 Composition and Research 3 hrs
ECO 231 Principles of Microeconomics 3 hrs
COM 161 or COM 181 Communication elective 3 hrs
PSY 180 General Psychology 3 hrs
Cross Cultural Requirement
Cross Cultural courses are those that focus on the study of a Third World or non-Western country.
3 hrs
Total/td> 74 hrs

In Addition:

Must complete 64 of the required 74 hours by the end of the spring term prior to beginning of fall classes - priority given to those applicants who complete all pre-pharmacy requisites by the end of the spring term preceding fall admission.

The above program is based on the current admission requirements of the College of Pharmacy, University of Kentucky. Other colleges of pharmacy will have somewhat different requirements from those listed above. However, the above curriculum can easily be modified to meet the requirements of any professional program.

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