Note!
2017-2018

You are currently viewing an archived version of the Ferris catalog.
View the most current version.

Pre-Pharmacy

Degree Type: Associate in Science
College(s): College of Arts and Sciences

Why Choose Pre-Pharmacy?

The Pre-Pharmacy program at Ferris is designed to give you all the tools necessary to gain admission into the College of Pharmacy. Because of the stringent requirements and extensive educational background needed to become a pharmacist, the courses in the Pre-Pharmacy program give you a broad overview and strong beginning to the Pharmacy program.

A path to a career in pharmacy begins with the two-year Pre-Pharmacy program, which is designed to prepare students to meet the competitive admission requirements of the College of Pharmacy. Upon admission to the College of Pharmacy, you will continue your studies for four years to complete the doctor of pharmacy degree.

Career Opportunities

As a professional pharmacist, you will be the most accessible member of the health care team and the most knowledgeable about the effects of drugs on people. You will serve as an essential link between the patient and the prescribing physician, advising both about drug interactions, dosages and possible side effects.

Your knowledge of drugs and drug functions will provide job opportunities as a community pharmacist, hospital pharmacist or industrial pharmacist. Other opportunities include pharmaceutical journalism, advertising, public health, research, law enforcement, pharmacy education and positions with pharmaceutical associations. Ferris graduates enjoy 100 percent job placement, and the financial awards can be abundant.

Admission Requirements

First year student admission is open to high school graduates (or equivalent) who demonstrate academic preparedness, maturity and seriousness of purpose with educational backgrounds appropriate to their chosen program of study. High school courses and grade point average, ACT composite score, and ACT reading and mathematics subscores will be considered in the admission and placement process. Transfer students must have at least 12 credits at the time of application with a minimum 2.0 overall GPA including an English and mathematics course, or they must provide their high school records and ACT scores for admission review.

Admission to the College of Pharmacy is granted to the best qualified applicants, as space permits. It is based on your Pre-Pharmacy GPA (must be at least 2.5) and the results of your Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT). The PCAT is a national, standardized test you must take about the time you apply for admission to the College of Pharmacy. Successful completion of the Pre-Pharmacy program at Ferris or another university does not guarantee admission into the College of Pharmacy.

General Education Requirements

All general University General Education requirements can be found here: http://www.ferris.edu/HTMLS/academics/gened/courses/GenEd-associate.pdf

Please consult this link for a complete listing of General Education Electives: https://wwws.ferris.edu/academics/gened/courses/

Graduation Requirements

The Pre-Pharmacy program at Ferris leads to an associate in science degree. Graduation requires a minimum 2.0 GPA overall. You must complete all general education requirements as outlined on the General Education website.

More Information

PROFESSIONAL ADVISOR: Kim Ducat
PHONE: 231-591-2745
EMAIL:  

PROFESSIONAL ADVISOR: Jenice Winowiecki
PHONE: 231-591-2555
EMAIL:  

Department of Physical Sciences 
Ferris State University
820 Campus Drive/ASC 3021
Big Rapids, MI 49307
Phone: 231-591-2580

 

Required Courses
Credit Hours

Program

General Biology 1
4
General Biology 2
4
Human Physiology-Anatomy 1
4
Human Physiology-Anatomy 2
4
General Microbiology
3
Principles of Genetics
3
General Chemistry 1
5
General Chemistry 2
5
Organic Chemistry 1
5
Organic Chemistry 2
5
Biochemistry
4
or
Fund of Biochemistry
3
Analytical Geometry-Calculus 1
4
Stats for the Life Sciences
3
Introductory Physics 1
4
or
General Physics 1
5
Principles of Macroeconomics
3
Introduction to Psychology
3
or
Introductory Sociology
3

General Education

English 1
3
English 2
3
Interpersonal Communication
3
or
Fundamentals-Public Speaking
3
Cultural Enrichment Elective (one course at 200 or higher level and one global course)
9
Social Awareness Elective
3
Biology Electives - Consult with Advisor
Pathophysiology
3
Exercise Physiology
4
Nutrition
3
Zoology
4
Evolution
3
Ornithology
3
Entomology
3
Environmental Regulations
3
Animal Behavior
3
Medical Parasitology
3
Plants and Fungi
4
Developmental Biology
4
Cell Biology
3
Forensic DNA Analysis
3
Endocrinology
3
Neurobiology
3
Medical Botany
3
Plant Physiology
4
Molecular Genetics
4
Recombinant DNA Lab
3
Proteins
3
Proteins Laboratory
3
Advanced Cell - Molecular Biol
3
Bioinformatics
3
Adv Techniques Biotechnology
2
Biological Research
1 TO 6
Special Topics in BIOL
1 TO 4
Biology Internship
1 TO 6
Special Studies in BIOL
1 TO 4