The pre-pharmacy concentration includes a curriculum that prepares students for application to a doctorate in pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program while earning a B.S. in chemistry. The curriculum prepares students for transfer into the first of four professional years of pharmacy school after receiving their B.S in chemistry from Shippensburg University. Students need not commit to the concentration until the end of their sophomore year. Course advisement will be used when considering the varied requirements of the Pennsylvania colleges of pharmacy; however, all students who opt for this concentration will easily satisfy the course requirements to apply to several pharmacy schools. In addition, students will be encouraged to shadow pharmacists in the area and to attend seminars within our department that will introduce the various jobs that pharmacists perform. The chemistry and biology curriculum requirements prepare students to successfully take the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) exam.
Students interested in completing the chemistry-pre-pharmacy concentration must complete all courses in the chemistry core curriculum and those listed below. Students desiring additional preparation and certification by the American Chemical Society should also complete the requirements listed under ACS Certification.
The pre-pharmacy concentration is intended to prepare students who complete four years at Shippensburg University to apply for entrance to the third year of a six-year pharmacy program. Students intending to apply to a pharmacy school will be advised to take an additional 9-10 credits of free electives to specifically meet the pre-professional requirements of individual schools prior to matriculating. Before applying to any pharmacy school, students must take the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT). A competitive score on the PCAT and QPA is required for acceptance into pharmacy school.
Chemistry Core Curriculum
The following courses are part of the department core curriculum. These courses are required for all chemistry majors and concentrations. All chemistry majors will take a comprehensive examination in the beginning of the fall semester of their senior year at a time and place designated by the department. A satisfactory performance in all areas of this examination is a requirement for departmental recommendation and ACS certification.