Pre-Pharmacy

Program Description

The Pre-Pharmacy program provides the first two years of core classes for students planning a career in pharmacy. BSC’s curriculum has been developed based on the suggested pre-professional curriculum of North Dakota State University’s School of Pharmacy. Coursework focuses on general biology and chemistry, organic chemistry, college physics, anatomy and physiology, microbiology and applied calculus.

Preparation

High school students planning careers in pharmacy should study algebra, geometry, trigonometry, biology, physics and chemistry. Important personal attributes are integrity, accuracy, orderliness, and a business sense for those interested in self-employment.

Program Requirements

Students completing the suggested curriculum receive an Associate in Science degree and are eligible for transfer to a four-year institution. This curriculum has been developed based on the suggested pre-professional curriculum of North Dakota State University’s School of Pharmacy. Students planning to transfer to NDSU should regularly check the School of Pharmacy’s most current curriculum. Students planning to transfer to a pharmacy school other than NDSU should refer to that institution’s catalog and modify this curriculum accordingly. Contact your BSC advisor for assistance with transfer planning.

Career Opportunities

Careers in pharmacy vary because of specialties such as pharmaceutics and pharmaceutical chemistry, pharmacology, hospital pharmacy, and pharmacy administration. Others teach in colleges of pharmacy, supervise the manufacture of pharmaceuticals, research and develop new medicines, or write and edit articles for pharmaceutical journals.

Career Possibilities: Pharmacist, Research Pharmacist.

Contact

Scott Tschaekofske • Jack Science Center 301F
701-224-5628
Scott.Tschaekofske@bismarckstate.edu

Associate in Science

College degree requirements

Note: Courses listed on degree plan are suggested. Students should consult with their advisor concerning their unique transfer decisions.

Total Degree Credits69
Plan of Study Grid
1st YearCredits
Communications I  
ENGL 110 College Composition I 3
Communications II  
Select one fo the following: 3
College Composition II  
Introduction to Professional Writing  
Electives (Required)  
BIOL 150 General Biology I 3
BIOL 150L General Biology I Lab 1
MICR 202 Introductory Microbiology 3
MICR 202L Introductory Microbiology Lab 1
Enrichment  
Enrichment Course Matrix 2
Math, Science & Technology  
CHEM 121 General Chemistry I 4
CHEM 121L General Chemistry I Lab 1
CHEM 122 General Chemistry II 4
CHEM 122L General Chemistry II Lab 1
MATH 146 Applied Calculus I 3
MATH 210 Elementary Statistics 3
Social & Behavioral Sciences  
ECON 201 Principles of Microeconomics 3
 Credits35
2nd Year
Arts & Humanities  
General Education Matrix (Arts & Humanities) 3
General Education Matrix (Arts & Humanities) 3
Communications III  
COMM 110 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
Electives (Required)  
BIOL 220 Anatomy and Physiology I 1 3
BIOL 220L Anatomy and Physiology I Lab 1 1
BIOL 221 Anatomy and Physiology II 1 3
BIOL 221L Anatomy and Physiology II Lab 1 1
CHEM 241 Organic Chemistry I 4
CHEM 241L Organic Chemistry I Lab 1
CHEM 242 Organic Chemistry II 4
CHEM 242L Organic Chemistry II Lab 1
PHYS 211 College Physics I 3
PHYS 211L College Physics I Lab 1
Social & Behavioral Sciences  
General Education Matrix (Social & Behavioral Science courses) 3
 Credits34
 Total Credits69

This curriculum has been developed based on the suggested pre-professional curriculum of North Dakota State University's School of Pharmacy. Students planning to transfer to NDSU should regularly check the School of Pharmacy's most current curriculum. Students planning to transfer to a pharmacy school other than NDSU should refer to that institution's catalog and modify this curriculum accordingly.