Department of Biological Sciences

Transfer Program in Pre-pharmacy Program: two-year, non-degree

A two-year, non-degree program of study is offered to prepare students to apply to a four-year doctoral program in pharmacy (a 2+4 program). Most schools and colleges of pharmacy require 60-75 credits in their two-year pre-pharmacy phase, depending on the number of general education credits required. Individual programs vary in the general education courses they require, such as economics, social science, humanities, and fine arts, so students should consult those programs accordingly. The pre-pharmacy concentration is a time-intensive program that students will need to commit to upon entering the University. Students are encouraged to take summer courses to reduce the number of credits taken each semester. If students choose not to take summer courses, they should consider extending the program to three years. If they do well in this program of study, they will be competitive with students from other universities applying for entry into professional pharmacy programs. The pre-pharmacy program is not a degree program but if students decide not to transfer after two years, they will be well along the path toward earning a B.S. in biology. For further information contact the Health Professions Advisor in the Department of Biological Sciences, Dr. David Champlin, 305A Science Building, Portland.

The minimum number of credits required for the pre-pharmacy program, including general education requirements: 75. A grade of C- or higher is required for all courses listed below. Although there is not a degree in pre-pharmacy, the pre-pharmacy program is taken within the biology degree program.

All of the following are required (18 credit hours):
     BIO 105, 106 Biological Principles I: Cellular Biology and Laboratory
     BIO 107 Biological Principles II: Evolution, Biodiversity, and Ecology
     BIO 111, 112 Human Anatomy and Physiology I and Laboratory
     BIO 113, 114 Human Anatomy and Physiology II and Laboratory

Chemistry (18 credit hours)
     CHY 113, 114, 115, 116 Principles of Chemistry I and II and Laboratory
     CHY 251, 252, 253, 254 Organic Chemistry I and II and Laboratory

Physics (10 credit hours)
     PHY 111, 114, 112, 116 Elements of Physics I and II and Laboratory

Mathematics (8 credit hours)
     MAT 152 Calculus A
     MAT 220 Statistics for the Biological Sciences

Other required courses:
     ENG 100 College Writing
     ENG 120 Introduction to Literature
     PSY 101 General Psychology I
     SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology
     THE 170 Public Speaking

In addition, students must fulfill an additional 6-9 credits of general education electives, and some programs require three credits of economics.

Recommended Course Sequence

Because the biology curriculum includes many support courses (chemistry, physics, math) that need to be taken in addition to biology courses, the Department offers a suggested plan of study, shown below. There is no guarantee that every course listed will be offered when the student wants the course. Students should consult their academic advisors and the Tentative Schedule of Biology Course Offerings on a regular basis.

Pre-pharmacy Program Plan
Year 1 Credits
Fall semester  
     BIO 105 Biological Principles I: Cellular Biology 3
     BIO 106 Laboratory Biology 1.5
     CHY 113 Principles of Chemistry I 3
     CHY 114 Laboratory Techniques I 1
     ENG 100 College Writing 3
     EYE 1XX Entry Year Experience 3
Spring semester  
     BIO 107 Biological Principles II: Evolution, Biodiversity and Ecology 4.5
     CHY 115 Principles of Chemistry II 3
     CHY 116 Laboratory Techniques II 1
     ENG 120 Introduction to Literature 3
     THE 170 Public Speaking 3
Summer session  
     PHY 111 Elements of Physics I 4
     PHY 114 Introductory Physics Laboratory I 1
     PHY 112 Elements of Physics II 4
     PHY 116 Introductory Physics Laboratory II 1
Year 2  
Fall semester  
     BIO 111 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 3
     BIO 112 Practical Human Anatomy and Physiology I 1.5
     CHY 251 Organic Chemistry I 3
     CHY 252 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I 2
     MAT 152 Calculus A 4
     PSY 101 General Psychology I 3
Spring semester  
     BIO 113 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 3
     BIO 114 Practical Human Anatomy and Physiology II 1.5
     CHY 253 Organic Chemistry II 3
     CHY 254 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II 2
     MAT 220 Statistics for Biological Sciences 4
     SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology 3
Summer Session (general education requirements vary by program so check individual program requirements)
     ECO 101 Introduction to Macroeconomics 3
          or ECO 102 Introduction to Microeconomics  
     General education electives (ex: ART, PHI, HTY) 3-6