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Biology/Pre-Pharmacy Concentration

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

Why Choose Pre-Pharmacy?

The Pre-Pharmacy program provides a quality bachelor's degree in biology. Completion of this degree with the recommended courses enhances a student's application to pharmacy school. Students who don't wish to enter pharmacy school can consult with their advisor for alternate career paths.

Get Accepted to Pharmacy School

Being accepted to pharmacy school doesn't come easily. It requires effort, time and careful preparation. To ensure success for our students Ferris offers a helping hand into pharmacy school. To help students make the best choices for their professional goals, advisors from the Ferris Pre-Pharmacy advisory committee work closely with students throughout their four years of study. They help with course selection and development of social, personal and professional maturity. They also work with students to match abilities with interests to find the student's most appropriate health-related career path. Furthermore, the low student-faculty ratio at Ferris means that most basic science labs are taught by the science professors themselves.

Admission Requirements

First year student admission is open to high school graduates (or equivalent) who demonstrate academic preparedness, maturity and seriousness of purpose. 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 Enlish and mathematics course, or they will be considered as first year studens.

General Education Requirements

All general University General Education requirements can be found here: http://www.ferris.edu/htmls/academics/gened/courses/GenEd-bachelor.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 a Bachelor of Science degree. Graduation requires a minimum 2.0 GPA overall and a minimum of 121 credits including completion of all general education requirements as outlined on the General Education website. No grade lower than a C- is acceptable in courses that apply to the major, supporting sciences, and application area of the program. At least 50% of the semester credits applying toward the Biology major must be completed at FSU with a minimum of 30 FSU credits overall. Students may earn only one B.S.degree in Biology from Ferris State University.

More Information

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

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

Department of Biological Sciences
Ferris State University
820 Campus Drive/ASC 2004
Big Rapids, MI 49307
Phone: 231-591-2550

Required Courses
Credit Hours

Pre-Pharmacy BS, Biology - Minimum 121 Credits

Major - 36 Credits
General Biology 1
4
General Biology 2
4
Human Physiology-Anatomy 1
4
Human Physiology-Anatomy 2
4
Principles of Genetics
3
Current Topics in BIOL
2
Choose One:
General Microbiology
3
or
Microbiology and Immunology
5

Choose One:

Ecological Assessment
3
or
Environmental Conservation
3
or
Ecology
3
Biology Electives - 3 Credits
300 or higher (consult advisor)
BIOL 373 or BIOL 474 recommended or choose from Biology Elective list below.
Cell Biology
3
or
Advanced Cell - Molecular Biol
3
Supporting Sciences - 34-37 Credits
Analytical Geometry-Calculus 1
4
General Chemistry 1
5
General Chemistry 2
5
Organic Chemistry 1
5
Organic Chemistry 2
5
Introductory Physics 1
4
Introductory Physics 2
4
Choose One:
Fund of Biochemistry
3
or
Biochemistry
4
Biology Application Area - 5 Credits
In addition to *MATH 251, choose at least one from the Application Area list below.
Additional credits in BIOL courses may also be used.
Stats for the Life Sciences
3
Application Area - Consult with Advisor
Choose One:
Nutrition for Healthy Living
3
Biomechanics
3
Responding to Emergencies
2
Orientation to Medical Vocabul
1
Medical Terminology
4
Electives - 13-16 Credits to reach minimum of 121 credits
* These courses satsify the minimum admission requirements for the College of Pharmacy at Ferris State University.

Note: The Pharmacy Admission Test (PCAT) is required for admission to the College of Pharmacy. Students should consider taking the PCAT in the summer of the year prior to the year of entry. More information can be found at www.pcatweb.info.

University General Education

This degree requires completion of the General Education requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree. Details of these requirements are delineated on the General Education website. Courses listed below as program/major required courses with the indicators: C, S, Z, R, G, may also be used to satisfy some of these general education requirements.