Chemistry - Pre-Pharmacy Concentration

The chemistry pre-pharmacy concentration allows you to meet the requirements to enter a professional pharmacy degree program and gives you a firm grasp of the science you need to succeed in that program.

Preparing You for Success

You gain a foundation in chemistry that shows you how drug compounds work in the body. Courses introduce you to research as early as your freshman year with opportunities to participate in faculty-mentored projects. You can continue research year-round through labs, independent studies and summer grants. Some of your research could be published in scientific journals.

By the time you graduate, your experiences include:

  • Close mentoring relationships with faculty starting your freshman year, as the department boasts a 2:1 faculty-freshman major ratio
  • Hands-on experience using state-of-the-art lab equipment
  • Opportunities to publish research with faculty and present your work at local, regional and national conferences
  • Networking and professional growth through weekly seminars, departmental employment, the Chem Club and Chem Demo Crew

Making Your Mark

The chemistry pre-pharmacy major is valuable preparation for the Pharmacy College Admission Test. Recent chemistry pre-pharmacy graduates have attended PharmD programs at the University of Illinois-Chicago, Midwestern University, Ohio State University and Union University.

Chem/Biochem Common Requirements

Required Courses - 49-50 hrs.

  • CHM 110: General Chemistry I - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 111: General Chemistry I Laboratory - 1 hr.
  • CHM 116: General Chemistry II - 4 hrs.
  • CHM 117: General Chemistry II Laboratory - 1 hr.
  • CHM 252: Organic Chemistry I - 4 hrs.
  • CHM 253: Organic Chemistry Laboratory I - 1 hr.
  • CHM 256: Organic Chemistry II - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 257: Organic Chemistry Laboratory II - 1 hr.
  • CHM 292: Chemical Informatics - 1 hr.
  • CHM 326: Analytical Chemistry - 4 hrs.
  • CHM 360: Biochemistry - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 380: Seminar I in Chemistry and Biochemistry - 0 hr.
  • CHM 386: Seminar II in Chemistry and Biochemistry - 0.5 hrs.
  • CHM 470: Physical Chemistry I - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 480: Seminar III in Chemistry and Biochemistry - 0.5 hrs.
  • BIO 151: Molecules to Cells - 3 hrs.
  • BIO 152: Molecules to Cells Laboratory - 1 hr.
  • PHY 110: University Physics I - 4 hrs.
    and PHY 201: University Physics II - 4 hrs.
    or PHY 107: General Physics I - 4 hrs.
    and 108: General Physics II - 4 hrs.
  • MTH 121: Calculus I - 4 hrs.
    and MTH 122: Calculus II - 4 hrs.
    or MTH 115: Brief Calculus With Applications I - 4 hrs.
    and MTH 116: Brief Calculus With Applications II - 3 hrs.

Concentration Requirements

Required Courses - 26 hrs.

  • CHM 361: Biochemistry Laboratory - 1 hr.
  • BIO 230: Human Anatomy and Physiology I - 3 hrs.
  • BIO 231: Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory I - 1 hr.
  • BIO 232: Human Anatomy and Physiology II - 3 hrs.
  • BIO 233: Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory II - 1hr.
  • BIO 251: Ecology, Evolution and Biodiversity - 3 hrs.
  • BIO 252: Ecology, Evolution and Biodiversity Laboratory - 1 hr.
  • BIO 406: General Microbiology - 4 hrs.
  • MTH 111: Elementary Statistics - 3 hrs.
    or MTH 325: Probability and Statistics I - 3 hrs.
    or PSY 205: Quantitative Methods - 3 hrs.
    or BIO 260: Biological Statistics I - 1 hr.
    and BIO 261: Biological Statistics II - 2 hrs.
  • PSY 101: Principles of Psychology - 3 hrs.
  • ECO 221: Principles of Microeconomics - 3 hrs. 
    or ECO 222: Principles of Macroeconomics - 3hrs.

Elective Courses - 7 hrs.

  • CHM 302: Medical Terminology - 1 hr.
  • CHM 326: Analytical Chemistry - 4 hrs.
  • CHM 332: Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 360: Biochemistry - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 361: Biochemistry Laboratory - 1 hr.
  • CHM 380: Seminar I in Chemistry and Biochemistry - 0 hrs.
  • CHM 386: Seminar II in Chemistry and Biochemistry - .5 hrs.
  • CHM 412: Molecular Modeling - 1 hr.
  • CHM 414: Chemical Group Theory - 1 hr.
  • CHM 416: Environmental Chemistry - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 420: Instrumental Analysis - 4 hrs.
  • CHM 422: Clinical Chemistry - 2 hrs.
  • CHM 436: Inorganic Chemistry - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 437: Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory - 1 hr.
  • CHM 440: Materials Chemistry - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 441: Materials Chemistry Laboratory - 1 hr.
  • CHM 450: Industrial Organic Chemistry - 1 hr.
  • CHM 462: Protein Structure and Function - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 466: Intermediary Metabolism - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 470: Physical Chemistry I - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 471: Physical Chemistry Laboratory I - 1 hr.
  • CHM 476: Physical Chemistry II - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 480: Seminar III in Chemistry and Biochemistry - .5 hrs.
  • CHM 499: Directed Studies in Chemistry and Biochemistry - 0-6 hrs.