Mary Ellen Biggin , Assistant Professor (Chemistry)
A typical program leading to the Doctor of Pharmacy degree requires two or more years of pre-professional study at an undergraduate college followed by four years at an accredited school of pharmacy. Although the pre-professional study can often be completed in two years, an increasing percentage of students entering pharmacy schools complete more than two years of undergraduate study. Currently more than half of students entering pharmacy programs nationwide have three or more years of pre-professional study and more than one-third have earned bachelor's degrees. Entrance requirements vary among pharmacy schools, so students are urged to determine as early as possible the requirements of the schools to which they intend to apply.
For students planning two years of pre-pharmacy study at Augustana, recommended courses include Chemistry 121-122-123 and 311-312-313; Biology 200, 210, 220 and 255; Mathe-matics 219; Physics 101-102-103 or 201-202-203. Many pharm-acy schools also require Speech 104 or 204, two courses in English composition, one course in social/behavioral studies, one course in Economics, and one course in the humanities. Students who plan to complete more than two years of study at Augustana should also include as many of the following as possible: Biology 343, 358, 362, 370, 373, 455; Chemistry 411.
Pre-pharmacy students should contact the advisor immediately upon entering their first year of study so that an appropriate schedule of courses may be planned.