Although BGSU does not grant a pharmacy degree, students have the opportunity to enroll in several years of pre-pharmacy courses in preparation to transfer.
Nationally, schools and colleges of pharmacy are offering six-year programs leading to a Doctor of Pharmacy degree as the first professional degree. Pharm.D. programs customarily emphasize clinical pharmacy.
Students who wish to pursue a career in pharmacy should spend some time with current pharmacists. Pharmacists have increased responsibility for consumer counseling, education and disease management.
Pharmacists work in hospitals, with physician practices, for pharmaceutical companies and managed care companies. For students interested in pharmaceutical research, a four-year science degree may better prepare them than a pharmacy degree. People who develop new drugs are more likely to have Ph.Ds in such fields as organic chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology or molecular biology.
It is important to investigate pharmacy before entering college. Pharmacy schools vary greatly so students should begin exploring catalogs and brochures from the pharmacy schools that interest them. The Ohio colleges of pharmacy include:
If you are not an Ohio resident it is particularly important to obtain information and specific requirements since three of the four Ohio schools are state assisted and give preference to Ohio residents. A list of accredited pharmacy schools and colleges in the United States can be obtained by writing: American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, 1426 Prince Street, Alexandria, Va. 22314-2841, or visiting their website: www.aacp.org/
Most pharmacy schools also maintain websites. Many pharmacy schools are using a centralized admissions service (similar to medical schools) for 2002. Please see the AACP website for more information.
A freshman pre-pharmacy major normally completes two semesters of science majors’ chemistry, one or two semesters of science majors’ biology, English composition and mathematics. Most pharmacy schools expect students to have completed at least one semester of calculus.
The second year includes a year of organic chemistry and physics with the possibility of additional biology. Pharmacy schools also require that students complete general education courses in the social sciences and humanities. Many pre-pharmacy students prefer to take less heavy loads per semester and spend an additional year in pre-pharmacy.
Students applying to pharmacy school may take the Pharmacy College Admission Test. This is normally taken the year before entering pharmacy school. Pharmacy colleges not only examine grades but also look for evidence of maturity and the ability to work well with others. Students not gaining immediate admission into pharmacy college are usually able to strengthen their credentials and reapply successfully.
For students who decide not to attend pharmacy school, pre-pharmacy courses are applicable to numerous other health care fields including chemistry, biology, biochemistry, microbiology and nursing. Students with one of these majors may work at the bachelor’s level in industry, governmental agencies or research institutions.
Many careers are available in pharmaceutical research. Some graduates have earned teaching certificates.
The chemistry, biology and public and applied health science departments have a faculty member who advises students interested in the health care field. These departments have sizable faculties, with most active in research. Juniors and seniors are encouraged to participate in this research, working on an individual basis with a faculty member on a problem of interest. There are also active undergraduate societies in biology, chemistry and pre-medicine which offer excellent opportunities to become acquainted with other students having similar interests.
Completing the requirements for high school graduation is necessary for admission to BGSU, but only finishing the minimum coursework will leave you unprepared for college. Consider taking four years of mathematics instead of the three that are required. Two, three or even four years of the same foreign language is excellent for preparation for college. You will also benefit from competency in computer use. Courses that provide exposure to or training in the visual and performing arts are excellent choices.
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NOTE: Information in this guide is subject to change without notice. To learn more about the official program of study for Pre-Pharmacy, please check the undergraduate catalog online at www.bgsu.edu/catalog/A_S/A_S28.html.