Advisors: Edward McIntee and Kate Graham
The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University 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. A meeting with a pre-pharmacy advisor is suggested.
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 2015:
General Biology with lab 1 course (BIOL 101 or 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: CHEM 315, 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)
Chemistry with labs 4 courses (CHEM 125, 250, 251, 255, 201, 202, 203, 205)
Physics, must be calculus-based 1 course (PHYS 191 or CHEM 318 or both PHYS 105 and 106)
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 or ENGL 311)
Public Speaking or Interpersonal Communication 1 course (COMM 102 or COMM 105 or COMM 205 or COMM 212)
Visit the prerequisites webpage http://pharmacy.umn.edu/pharmd/admissions/prerequisites/index.htm for all information about University of Minnesota prerequisites.