Pre-Pharmacy as a Chemistry Major
Pre-Pharmacy Advisor: Dr. Zexia Barnes. EMAIL, Phone: 606-783-5291, Lappin 404B.
Chemistry majors are very competitive when applying to Pharmacy Programs. A Pharmacist does spend their time dispensing pharmaceuticals. As a Chemistry major, you will learn how to handle safely and accurately a wide variety of chemicals and pharmaceuticals.
What will your course sequence look like? Click HERE for a guide in .pdf format.
The suggested pre-pharmacy program with a chemistry major meets the requirements of most pharmacy schools; electives are tailored to meet the needs of individual students while providing excellent training in chemistry. A core of biology classes is also taken along with some business, social science, physics and math classes.
Pharmacy schools particularly encourage students holding degrees in chemistry and biology to apply for admission. Students may apply for admission to pharmacy school after three years, but a significant number of applicants spend four years at MSU and complete requirements for a B.S. degree. Specific courses in pharmacy school may be transferred back upon completion of pharmacy school to finish the chemistry degree at MSU. In making admissions decisions, pharmacy schools consider a student's academic record, standardized exam scores, communication skills, integrity, and maturity. Students in the pre-pharmacy program are encouraged to participate in activities to develop and demonstrate all of these characteristics. Pharmacy schools also strongly advise work experience in a pharmacy. Specific courses may be required for admission to particular pharmacy schools and pre-pharmacy students should carefully plan their course schedules with their chemistry advisors.
Check out the links below for more information...
PCAT Test Info UK College of Pharmacy Site American Pharmaceutical Association
PharmCAS Info American Assoc. of Colleges of Pharmacy
Mr. Ryan Mynatt doing research on small organics as pharmaceuticals (2003).
Ryan is a 2004 Graduate in Chemistry and is currently a Pharmacy Student at UK.