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At left, Patrick Crawford, associate professor of chemistry, works wtih students in the lab. Pre-pharmacy students will take general and organic chemistry classes. Pre-pharmacy students will also take biology classes, working in the lab with instructor Stephanie Fuhr, at right.

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Pre-pharmacy students typically spend two or three years completing the pre-professional pharmacy curriculum, followed by four years at an accredited school of pharmacy leading to the doctor of pharmacy degree. More than half of students entering professional pharmacy programs nationwide have three or more years of pre-professional study, and about one third have completed bachelor's degrees.

What graduates do

Kylie Lindquist '04 is a pharmacist at Express Scripts in Mason, Ohio.

Mark Cobo '12 is pursuing his doctor of pharmacy at the University of Illinois at Chicago and working as a pharmacy technician at Walgreens.

Rachel Gahn '09 is pursuing her doctor of pharmacy at the University of Minnesota.

Pre-pharmacy students take courses in biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics, along with other coursework to prepare them for the schools to which they intend to apply.

The 114,000-square-foot Hanson Hall of Science houses the pre-health programs and the departments of biology, chemistry and physics. Special facilities include high-tech individual labs for biochemistry and physical chemistry, anatomy and physiology, cell biology, genetics and human cadaver dissection, among others.

Facts & distinctions

Class sizes are small, with highest numbers around 60 students, and no classes are taught by teaching assistants. Professors teach both the lecture and lab portions of their classes, ensuring continuity and connection between theory and practice.

Augustana's liberal arts foundation helps students learn to analyze issues from more than one angle, communicate well and solve problems through critical and creative thinking. These skills empower their studies in their major field as undergraduates at Augustana, in their chosen professional and graduate programs, and later in their careers within a complex global market.

Augustana's pharmacy school placement rate is 95 percent over the past five years. Once in pharmacy school, our graduates find they have been prepared extremely well for their professional training in the field.

Adam Setter ’09, biology major, biochemistry minor

“I chose Augustana because I felt it gave me the best opportunity to learn and grow over the next four years. Now, looking back, it far exceeded my expectations by helping create who and what I am today as a scholar, future professional, and individual. In my studies, the challenging curriculum and face-to-face interaction with my professors complemented each other to best prepare me for Pharmacy School. In addition, Augustana’s incredible track record helped me secure an internship at Walgreens to further supplement my education.”

Simi Narayan ’08, biology and pre-medicine majors, Spanish minor

"My experiences at Augustana gave me an edge over other pharmacy school candidates and have proved helpful throughout my first year of pharmacy school as well. At Augustana I mastered more than just academics—I mastered the skills necessary to be a successful professional in a rapidly changing field."

Augie Minute with Dr. Shara Stough

Dr. Shara Stough, assistant professor of psychology, discusses post-traumatic stress disorder research and the prospect of erasing negative memories.

Finding a student's calling

Kristen Glass Perez, one of two campus chaplains at Augustana College, also is working in the college's CORE (Career, Opportunities, Research, and Exploration). She is now the director of vocational exploration, and her goal isn't to just help students find a job or internship. She's trying to help students find their calling.

Michelle Crouch will direct Opera@Augustana

Dr. Michelle Crouch will direct Opera@Augustana beginning this season.She replaces Dr. John Pfautz, who founded Opera@Augustana in 1987. He is assuming the role of division chair, overseeing all fine and performing arts at Augustana. "Undergraduate opera is an excellent way to help students further vocal development while also challenging them to pursue larger roles and overall goals individually," she said.

Video: Augie Minute with Dr. Michael Edmondson

Dr. Michael Edmondson, Associate Vice President for Career Development, discusses Augustana's new initiative — Careers, Opportunities, Research and Exploration (CORE) — and his staff's role within the collaboration.

Student opening window into John Hauberg's life

John Henry Hauberg was many things -- a family man, a humanitarian, a scholar of Quad-Cities and Native American history, a traveler, and a benefactor of wild places. He was also a photographer and his life and his travels are recorded in about 7,000 glass plate negatives and lantern slides at Augustana's Special Collections. Rukmini Girish, a senior, who is trying to catalog all of the images. (Related:
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