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Chemistry/Pre-Pharmacy Concentration

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

Required Courses

Why Choose Chemistry/Pre-Pharmacy?

The Chemistry/Pre-Pharmacy program at Ferris is designed to give you all the tools necessary to gain admission into the College of Pharmacy. A path to a career in pharmacy begins with the Pre-Pharmacy course work, which is contained within the first three years of the Chemistry/Pre-Pharmacy Program and 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.

Because pharmacy relies so heavily on an understanding of chemistry, 24 credits of college chemistry coursework are required to prepare students for pharmacy school. Chemistry is the central science and thus provides the framework for our understanding of a wide variety of natural phenomena, societal issues, and advances in technology. Students with good math backgrounds and with interest in scientific thought and reasoning will find Chemistry/Pre-Pharmacy to be a satisfying and challenging degree. Chemistry students build skills in critical thinking, problem solving, communication, and teamwork, making them marketable in a wide variety of fields. Students complete a curriculum of 35 hours of chemistry courses. Depending on their interests and career goals, chemistry majors select a wide variety of minors including marketing/sales, English/professional writing, biology, and forensic science. Chemistry students often participate in undergraduate research projects as well.  

Professional 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 the 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. 

In addition to preparing you for Pharmacy school, the Chemistry major provides an excellent background for a wide variety of careers in science or in science-related fields, some involving further education. These include but are not limited to careers in chemistry, medicine, dentistry, education, environmental science, polymer materials, pharmaceutical sales, and scientific writing. 

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/SAT16 composite score, and ACT/SAT16 reading and mathematics sub scores 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/SAT16 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 University General Education requirements for a Bachelor’s degree is here

Please consult this link for a complete listing of General Education Electives.

Consult the Required Courses above or the program advisor for program specific General Education requirements.

Graduation Requirements

Graduation with a Chemistry BA degree is not a requirement for admission to Pharmacy School. Students admitted to Pharmacy School upon completing the three years of Pre-Pharmacy course requirements may elect to begin pharmacy school without completing the bachelor degree. In order to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry/Pre-Pharmacy concentration, a student must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours including the Chemistry major, the BA core, an academic minor in another field of study, and all general education requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree. No grade lower than 'C' will count toward the major.

More Information

ADVISOR: Dr. Dan Adsmond 
PHONE: 231-591-5867

Department of Physical Sciences
Ferris State University
820 Campus Drive/ASC 3021
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2225
Phone: 231-591-2580

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