The Pre-Pharmacy program at Muskingum University is offered as a track within the chemistry major, and includes required courses in other disciplines such as biology, physics, mathematics and humanities courses. Upon completion of this major, students may apply for admission to PharmD programs. PharmD programs appear to be admitting students with a baccalaureate degree more frequently, even though this is not a requirement for most schools. The Ohio State University is one of the first in the country to formally require the bachelor’s degree, beginning in Fall 2007, and it is likely that other PharmD programs will follow suit.
Careers in Pharmacy
The demographics of this country (with a record number of baby-boomers nearing retirement age and the age for increased use of pharmaceuticals) ensure a strong future for the pharmacy profession. Not only are pharmacists in great demand, but those entering the profession are able to command attractive salaries as well. Pharmacists serve in many different areas of health-care, from working in retail to being engaged in cutting-edge research in areas such as pharmacogenomics (the study of the effect of genetic variations on responses to drugs). To learn more about pharmacy career options, visit www.pfizercareerguides.com.
Pre-Pharmacy Curriculum at Muskingum University
Our program is designed according to the pre-requisites of the OSU PharmD program, which is a 4-year program after the completion of a bachelor’s degree (www.pharmacy.ohio-state.edu). However, other PharmD programs have very similar undergraduate course pre-requisites for admission. Below is the Muskingum University curriculum for Pre-Pharmacy Program students within the chemistry major (Courses required for admission to the OSU PharmD program are shown in bold).
Chemistry (37 credit hours):
- Chem 111 - General Chem I (4 hrs)
- Chem 112 - General Chem II (4 hrs)
- Chem 213 - Organic Chemistry I (4 hrs)
- Chem 214 - Organic Chemistry II (4 hrs)
- Chem 315 - Physical Chemistry I (4 hrs)
- Chem 335 - Analytical Chemistry (4 hrs)
- Chem 355 - Advanced Lab (3 hrs)
- Chem 418 - Biochemistry (4 hrs)*
- Chem 454 - Seminar & Library Research (2 hrs)
- Chem 455 - Seminar & Lab Research (4 hrs)
*(Chem 445 –Topics in Modern Chemistry) may be suggested to students in place of or in addition to Biochemistry, if the topic is appropriate, e.g., Medicinal Chemistry).
Math (8 credit hours):
- Math 190 – Beginning Calc ( 4 hrs)
- Math 200 – Intermediate Calc (4 hrs)
Physics (8 credit hours):
- Phys 121 – Classical Physics I ( 4 hrs)
- Phys 122 – Classical Physics II ( 4hrs)
Biology (11 credit hours):
- Biol 112 – Organismal Bio II ( 3 hrs)
- Biol 107 – Issues Lab –Cell Bio, Human Bio, Genetics) (1 hr)
- Biol 228 – Human Anatomy (3 hrs)
- Biol 312 – Microbiology ( 4 hrs)
Total credit hours for Chemistry major, Pre-Pharmacy Track = 64
In addition, students have to complete Muskingum University’s Liberal Arts Essentials (LAE) requirements. Courses in statistics, business, economics, philosophy and ethics are also recommended.
Pre-pharmacy students are strongly encouraged to participate in related internships to gain shadowing experience and/or research experience. Muskingum provides some internship opportunities through the Institution’s Muskie Fellows Program; additionally, the University maintains a database of internship activities of current and past students, which can serve as a guide for students searching for such activities. Such activities demonstrate scholarly, in-depth, and lifelong learning skills, which are valued by admission committees of PharmD schools. PharmD schools also place great emphasis on leadership and "people skills", given that much of a pharmacist’s time is spent in interacting with patients.
At Muskingum University, faculty advisors will assist pre-pharmacy students by:
- Suggesting guidelines and timetables for students to successfully complete prerequisite coursework and other requirements.
- Advising students about extracurricular activities desirable for admission to PharmD schools such as community service, shadowing experience, research internships and leadership roles.
- Sponsoring guest speakers such as medical alumni, research scientists and faculty and administrators from the PharmD program at The Ohio State University.
- Assisting students with preparation of their application materials, and advising them about personal essays and interviews.
Dr. Deepa Perera,
Department of Chemistry
163 Stormont St.
New Concord, OH 43762