Aug 01, 2021
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.
General Education (45 crs.)
Foundations (15-16 crs.)
Foundational courses coupled with other experiences provide students with their core First Year Experience, providing opportunities to develop the requisite quantitative, analytical, written communication, and oral communication skills needed to succeed while in college and throughout life after college. Five program goals express the purpose of these foundational courses and how they support student success.
Interconnections (9 crs.)
This curriculum will provide students with opportunities to explore human behavior, social interactions, and global communities through humanities and the social and behavioral sciences. Open discourse about the causes and consequences of human behavior and thought, and the interconnectedness of societies revealed by examining traditions and structures, provides a pathway to mutual respect and tolerance in a diverse world.
Three program goals express what we will do for students. Each goal has an associated rubric that outlines what we expect students to learn or accomplish. Students must complete three (3) courses in this curriculum, with at least one (1) course being a diversity course ('D' rubric) and at least one (1) course being a global perspectives course ('G' rubric).
Guide and prompt students to evaluate the diversity of human experience, behavior, and thought, in order to better understand ourselves and others, to respond to the roots of inequality that undermines social justice, while developing awareness regarding diversity in culture, ethnicity, race, gender/gender expression, religion, age, social class, sexual orientation, or abilities.
Guide and prompt students to develop global perspectives by analyzing systems, and evaluating interrelationships
Guide and prompt students to understand and demonstrate oral and written communication in a foreign language as well as awareness of a foreign culture.
Citizenship & Responsibility (6 crs.)
This curriculum will provide students with opportunities to consider the function and development of institutions, as well as their own responsibilities in society. Tools for development of students as informed and responsible citizens can include study of principles and research in social science, analysis of the development of social and political systems and practices, application of critical analysis and reasoning, and contemplation of ethics and values. Each goal has an associated rubric that outlines what we expect students to learn or accomplish.
Students are required to complete two (2) courses (or their equivalents) in this curriculum, with no more than one (1) course being attributed with the same program goal.
Guide and prompt students to identify ethical theories or guidelines and apply appropriate ethical reasoning to reach conclusions and support moral judgments.
Guide and prompt students to use appropriate critical analysis and reasoning to explain and analyze concepts, and apply concepts to issues to determine significance or value.
Natural World & Technology (9 crs.)
This curriculum will provide students the opportunity to learn how new knowledge is created by applying scientific principles and technology to address historical and contemporary questions. Two program goals express what we will do for students. Each goal has an associated rubric that outlines what we expect students to learn or accomplish.
Students must complete 3 courses in this curriculum, with at least two (2) courses (or their equivalents) involving the natural world ('N' rubric).
Courses required by major:
Creativity & Expression (6 crs.)
This part of the curriculum will provide students with opportunities to explore artistic and literary disciplines and their modes of expression, considering the processes by which artistic works are imagined and created as well as the analytical tools for describing and appraising works of art and literature. Each goal has an associated rubric that outlines what we expect students to learn or accomplish.
Students must complete two (2) courses (or their equivalents) in this curriculum, with one (1) course being a literature course ('L' rubric)and one course in either the arts or creativity ('A' or 'C' rubrics).
Guide and prompt students to comprehend, analyze, and determine the significance for works of literature.
Guide and prompt students to demonstrate and apply creative competencies, problem solving and preparation in the realization of a creative work.
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.
Allied Fields (9 crs.)
Arts and Sciences students majoring in chemistry must take the following courses in allied fields.
Chemistry Core Curriculum and additional chemistry coursework listed below:
Allied Fields Required (15 crs.)