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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."

Fistler '03 records popular Christian podcast

"Pulpit Fiction" has thousands of listeners; it's in the top 100 on iTunes and is a source of information — and inspiration — for ministers, as well as regular folks who want to know more about the Bible. It is recorded by the Rev. Robb McCoy of Two Rivers United Methodist Church, Rock Island, and his buddy from seminary school, the Rev. Eric Fistler, now of Crystal Lake, Ill. Fistler studied classics, philosophy and religion at Augustana.

Frieze Lecture: The great poems of 1915

Farah Marklevits, instructor in English, presents a Frieze Lecture on the literary legacy of the great poems of 1915, which included Robert Frost's "Road Not Taken" and TS Eliot's "Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock." The Frieze Lecture Series is an 18-year partnership between the Rock Island Public Library and Augustana College. It continues this year with the theme "1915 - A Landmark Year."

Frieze Lecture: "Birth of a Nation" and racism in entertainment

Dr. Chris​topher​ Whitt, associate professor of political science, presents a Frieze Lecture on D.W. Griffith's "Birth of a Nation" and how racism in entertainment shapes politics. The Frieze Lecture Series is an 18-year partnership between the Rock Island Public Library and Augustana College. It continues this year with the theme "1915 - A Landmark Year."

Frieze Lecture: "The Metamorphosis" 100 years later

Dr. Lisa Seidlitz, associate professor of German studies, discusses Franz Kafka's "'The Metamorphosis' 100 years later" as part of the Frieze Lecture Series. The series is an 18-year partnership between the Rock Island Public Library and Augustana College. It continues this year with the theme "1915 - A Landmark Year."

Video: Immigrant Backlash in the Nation of Immigrants

In the 2015 Ander Lecture in Immigration History, sociology professor Peter Kivisto discusses immigration patterns in U.S. history and connects these to the politics of the current presidential race.
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