Do more than healthcare. Impact patients, have a versatile career, and enjoy a high quality of life.

Pharmacists play a role in helping us all live well and get healthy. The pre-pharmacy program at Southeast puts you on track for your Doctor of Pharmacy, or Pharm.D., and making that difference in lives. 

The college work for this degree is divided into two parts: the pre-pharmacy curriculum and the professional curriculum. The pre-pharmacy curriculum can be taken at the pharmacy school or at another college or university, whereas the professional curriculum must be taken at a school of pharmacy.

Starting at Southeast is a smart investment because of our affordable tuition and high-quality pre-professional program.

You’ll fulfill two or three years at Southeast of the total six-year curriculum, then complete the training at a professional school.

What You'll Do

  • Be completely prepared for the professional pharmacy program.
  • Gain a foundation in chemistry, science, and math.
  • Study in modern laboratories.
  • Conduct undergraduate research.

Outcomes & Careers

  • 100%

    Successful Outcomes Rate

    Students graduating with degrees from the Department of Chemistry and Physics report being employed or furthering their education six months after graduation.

  • $125k

    Pharmacist

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for a pharmacist is $125,460.

  • $36k

    Pharmacy Technician

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for a pharmacy technician is $36,450.

  • $32k

    Pharmacy Aide

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for a pharmacy aide is $32,250.

What You'll Study

As a pre-pharmacy student, you’ll be well prepared to transfer to your professional program. Curricula is based on the school of pharmacy you’ll transfer to. Although the first-year requirements at most pharmacy schools are similar, there are significant differences with some schools. Second-year requirements vary even more from school to school. Therefore, you’ll want to be sure of your preferred school’s requirements and use them to plan a course of study.

University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy

  • BI173 Cell and Organismal Biology (4)
  • BI283 Genetics (4)
  • BI310 Microbiology (4)
  • BI404 Cell Biology (3)
  • BS113/013 Anatomy and Physiology I (4)
  • BS114/014 Anatomy and Physiology II (4)
  • CH184 General Chemistry I Lab (1)
  • CH185 General Chemistry I (3)
  • CH186 General Chemistry II (3)
  • CH187 General Chemistry II Lab (1)
  • CH341 Foundations of Organic Chemistry (4)
  • CH342 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (1)
  • CH343 Advanced Organic Chemistry (3)
  • CH344 Organic Chemistry Lab II (2)
  • EN100 English Composition (3)
  • EN140 Rhetoric and Critical Thinking (3)
  • HL113 Medical Terminology (3)
  • MA140 Analytical Geometry and Calculus I (5)
  • PH120/020 Introductory Physics I (5)
  • SC105 Fundamentals of Oral Communication (3)
    or
    SC155 Interpersonal Communication (3)
    or
    SC215 Intercultural Communication (3)
    or
    SC320 Group Communication and Decision Making (3)
  • US105 American History I (3)
    or
    US107 American History II (3)
    or
    PS103 U.S. Political Systems (3)

Not a prerequisite, but can transfer into Pharm. D. curriculum:

  • CH531 Foundations of Biochemistry (3)
  • CH532 Advanced Biochemistry (2)

Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville School of Pharmacy 

  • BI163 Evolution and Ecology (4)
  • BI173 Cell and Organismal Biology (4)
  • BI283 Genetics (4)
  • BI310 General Microbiology (4)
  • BS113 Anatomy and Physiology I (4)
  • BS114 Anatomy and Physiology II (4)
  • CH184 General Chemistry I Lab (1)
  • CH185 General Chemistry I (3)
  • CH186 General Chemistry II (3)
  • CH187 General Chemistry II Lab (1)
  • CH341 Foundations of Organic Chemistry (4)
  • CH342 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (1)
  • CH343 Advanced Organic Chemistry (3)
  • CH344 Organic Chemistry Lab II (2)
  • EC101 Economics Problems and Policies (3)
    or
    EC215 Principles of Microeconomics (3)
    or
    EC225 Principles of Macroeconomics (3)
  • EN100 English Composition (3)
  • EN140 Rhetoric and Critical Thinking (3)
  • MA140 Analytical Geometry and Calculus I (5)
  • MA223 Elementary probability and Statistics (3)
  • PH120/020 Introductory Physics I (5)
  • Any Philosophy (PL) Course (3)
  • PY101 Introduction to Psychology (3)
    or
    SO102 Society, Culture and Social Behavior (3)
  • SC105 Fundamentals of Oral Communication (3)
    or
    SC155 Interpersonal Communication (3)
    or
    SC314 Augmentation and Problem Solving (3)

St. Louis College of Pharmacy*

  • BI163 Evolution and Ecology (4)
  • BI173 Cell and Organismal Biology (4)
  • BI283 Genetics (4)
  • BI310 Microbiology (4)
  • BS113/013 Anatomy and Physiology I (4)
  • BS114/014 Anatomy and Physiology II (4)
  • CH185/085/005 General Chemistry (5)
  • CH186 Foundations of Inorganic Chemistry (3)
  • CH187 Inorganic Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis Laboratory (2)
  • CH341 Foundations of Organic Chemistry (4)
  • CH342 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (1)
  • CH343 Advanced Organic Chemistry (3)
  • CH344 Organic Chemistry Lab II (2)
  • CH531 Foundations of Biochemistry (3)
  • EC215 Principles of Microeconomics (3)
  • EN100 English Composition (3)
  • EN140 Rhetoric and Critical Thinking (3)
  • MA223 Elementary Probability and Statistics (3)
  • MA139 Applied Calculus (3)
  • PH120/020 Introductory Physics I (5)
  • SC105 Fundamentals of Oral Communication (3)
  • PY101 Introduction to Psychology (3)
    or
    SO102 Society, Culture and Social Behavior (3)
  • Social Science Elective (3)
  • Humanities, e.g. Art, History, Music, Literature, Modern Languages, etc. (12)
  • Writing Intensive/Writing Emphasis/Professional Writing Electives (6) (at the 300/400 level)
*StLCoP also has a B.S./Pharm.D. program. For more information, contact the Department of Chemistry & Physics chairperson.

University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy

  • BI163 Evolution and Ecology (4)
  •  BI173 Cell and Organismal Biology (4)
  • BI283 Genetics (4)
  • BI310 Microbiology (4)
  • BI404 Cell Biology (3)
  • BI413 Molecular Genetics (3)
  • BI442 Immunology (4)
  • BI543 Pathogenic Microbiology (2)
  • BI544 Pathogenic Microbiology Laboratory (1)
  • BS113/013 Anatomy and Physiology I (4)
    and
    BS114/014 Anatomy and Physiology II (4)
    or
    BS332 Human Physiology (3)
  • CH184 General Chemistry I Lab (1)
  • CH185 General Chemistry I (3)
  • CH186 General Chemistry II (3)
  • CH187 General Chemistry II Lab (1)
  • CH341 Foundations of Organic Chemistry (4)
  • CH342 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (1)
  • CH343 Advanced Organic Chemistry (3)
  • CH344 Organic Chemistry Lab II (2)
  • CH531 Foundations of Biochemistry (3)
  • CH532 Advanced Biochemistry (2)
  • EC215 Principles of Microeconomics (3)
  • EN100 English Composition (3)
  • EN140 Rhetoric and Critical Thinking (3)
  • MA139 Applied Calculus (3)
    or
    MA140 Analytical Geometry and Calculus I (5)
  • MA223 Elementary Probability and Statistics (3)
    or
    PY271 Introduction to Behavioral Statistics (3)
  • PH120/020 Introductory Physics I (5)
  • PH121/021 Introductory Physics II (5)
  • SC105 Fundamentals of Oral Communication (3)
  • UI352 Medical Ethics (3)

Harding University College of Pharmacy

  • BI173 Cell and Organismal Biology (4)
  • BI283 Genetics (4)
  • BI310 General Microbiology (4)
  • CH184 General Chemistry I Lab (1)
  • CH185 General Chemistry I (3)
  • CH186 General Chemistry II (3)
  • CH187 General Chemistry II Lab (1)
  • CH341 Foundations of Organic Chemistry (4)
  • CH342 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (1)
  • CH343 Advanced Organic Chemistry (3)
  • CH344 Organic Chemistry Lab II (2)
  • CH531 Foundations of Biochemistry (3)
  • EC215 Principles of Microeconomics (3)
    or
    EC225 Principles of Macroeconomics (3)
    or
    AC221 Principles of Accounting I (3)
  • EN100 English Composition (3)
  • EN140 Rhetoric and Critical Thinking (3)
  • MA140 Analytical Geometry and Calculus I (5)
  • MA223 Elementary probability and Statistics (3)
  • PY101 Introduction to Psychology (3)
    or
    SO102 Society, Culture and Social Behavior (3)
  • SC105 Fundamentals of Oral Communication (3)
  • Electives (5-6)

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About Pharmacy Schools

Admission into Pharm. D. programs is competitive. Pharmacy schools take into consideration course grades, PCAT scores, previous pharmacy experience and communication skills.

Although the Pharm. D. programs at most pharmacy schools allow students to bypass the bachelor’s degree, there are some advantages to completing a bachelor’s degree program prior to entering the Pharm. D. program. Pre-pharmacy students should consult with their faculty advisors to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of pursuing the bachelor’s degree prior to entering a Pharm. D. program.

Also be aware that few, if any, pharmacy schools accept transfer students for the spring semester, so plan coursework accordingly.

Getting the Job

Your education is just one piece to launching an extraordinary career. Once you’ve mastered the material, you still have to find the job you want, make the right connections, sell your knowledge and experience—and if all this is giving you anxiety, don’t panic. SEMO’s Career Services office is here to help you with the next step. They’ll provide the expertise and support you need, so you’re landing your dream job in no time.

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