Advisor: Edward McIntee and Kate Graham
Saint Benedict's and Saint John's offer a pre-professional program for students who plan to enter the field of pharmacy. Entrance requirements for pharmacy schools vary; students should inform themselves of the courses required by the school they plan to attend.
Admission to most colleges of pharmacy occurs when the student enters the professional program. This may occur after completion of pre-professional requirements or after completion of the bachelor's degree, generally with a major in biology, chemistry, biochemistry or natural science. Students are advised to consult with the faculty advisor early in their studies. It is recommended that students applying for pharmacy school apply via the early admissions process if available.
Pre-professional coursework requirements differ slightly, but the following list of courses is recommended based on the requirements of the College of Pharmacy, University of Minnesota for 2012:
General Biology with lab 1 course (BIOL 121)
Microbiology with lab 1 course (BIOL 212 or 307)
Human Physiology 1 course (BIOL 325 & 326)
Human Anatomy (no lab required) 1 course (BIOL 325 & 326)
Advanced Biology 1 course (Recommended courses: biochemistry, cell biology, genetics or molecular biology. Any other advanced biology course must focus on the human body in order to be considered.)
Calculus 1 course (MATH 119)
Statistics 1 course (MATH 124)
General Chemistry with labs 2 courses (CHEM 125, 234)
Organic Chemistry with labs 2 courses (CHEM 235, 236)
The new Chemistry curriculum is currently under review by the University of Minnesota. Likely replacements for the above courses will be CHEM 125, 250, 251, 255, and Chemistry labs CHEM 201, 202, 203, 205.
Physics, must be calculus-based 1 course (PHYS 191 or CHEM 333 or CHEM 334)
Social & Behavioral Sciences 2 courses (Recommended courses: psychology, sociology, economics, human development, epidemiology, global issues, education and anthropology. Other courses that will meet the requirement: education, geography, journalism, law, linguistics, management, political science, archaeology, etc.)
Advanced English Composition 1 course (FYS 100 & 101, or HONR 100 & 101, or ENGL 211)
Public Speaking or Interpersonal Communication 1 course (COMM 111 or COMM 205)
Ethics or Philosophy 1 course (PHIL 323 recommended)