Pharmacists play an important role in our nation’s health care delivery system. A career in pharmacy offers a broad range of opportunities, including community pharmacy, hospital pharmacy, pharmaceutical sales, and pharmaceutical research and development.

Colleges of pharmacy typically require two years of pre-pharmacy followed by a four-year professional program (2+4). The programs of different pharmacy schools may be quite different, and it is therefore essential that pre-pharmacy students familiarize themselves with the curricular requirements of the specific college of pharmacy to which they intend to transfer soon after they enroll at Northwestern College. The courses listed below represent a typical program.

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Humanities, behavioral and social science electives: 10 credits
BIO 115 - General Biology: Molecular and Cellular Biology
(4 credits) General Biology I emphasizes the unity of life, examining the processes common to living organisms, and introduce the diversity of life, examining unicellular organisms. This introduction will provide students with a basic understanding of macromolecules, cell structure and function, respiration and photosynthesis, the cell cycle, meiosis, the relationship between gene structure and function, mechanisms of evolutionary change and Christian perspectives on evolutionary biology.A fee is associated with this course.(
BIO 116 - General Biology: Ecology and Organismal Biology
(4 credits)General Biology II is an introduction to organismal biology emphasizing the diversity of life forms. Representative organisms from the plant and animal kingdoms will be emphasized. Students will also be introduced to basic ecological concepts and Christian perspectives on stewardship. A fee is associated with this course (
BIO 203 - Microbiology
(4 credits)A study of the morphology and physiology of microorganisms with special emphasis on bacteria and viruses. Those organisms that have an economic or medical importance will be highlighted, and basic laboratory techniques will be stressed.Prerequisites: BIO115, 116 and CHE101, 102 or CHE111, 112.There is a fee associated with this course (
BIO 221 - Human Anatomy
(4 credits)A study of the gross structure of the systems of the human body.Prerequisite: BIO102, 115 or permission of instructor. A fee is associate with this course (
BIO 222 - Human Physiology
(4 credits)A study of the mechanisms by which the human body functions. Emphasis will be given to nerve and muscle function, and thereafter to hormonal control and the integrated systems that allow for respiratory, digestive, excretory and reproductive activities.Prerequisites: BIO102 or 115 and CHE101, 102 or CHE111, 112 or permission of instructor. A fee is associated with this course (
CHE 111 - General Chemistry
(4 credits)An introductory course in chemistry that emphasizes physical and inorganic concepts, problems and calculations. Topics include chemical reactions, stoichiometry, properties of gases, thermochemistry, theories of atomic structure, and chemical bonding. The general chemistry sequence (Chemistry 111 and Chemistry 112) is recommended for students with good math / science preparations who intend to proceed to advanced courses in chemistry, the biological sciences or engineering.Prerequisites: high school chemistry and ACT math and natural science scores above the 74th percentile. A fee is associated with this course (
CHE 112 - General Chemistry
(4 credits)A continuation of Chemistry 111. Topics covered include kinetics, thermodynamics, chemical equilibria, acid-base chemistry and nuclear chemistry.Prerequisite: CHE111 or consent of the instructor. A fee is associted with this course (
CHE 321 - Organic Chemistry
(4 credits)The study of carbon compounds and their functional groups, including nomenclature, synthesis, reactions, structures, mechanisms and spectroscopic analysis.Prerequisites: CHE102 or 112 or permission of instructor. A fee is associated with this course (
CHE 322 - Organic Chemistry
(4 credits)A continuation of the study of carbon compounds and their functional groups, including nomenclature, synthesis, reactions, structures, mechanisms and spectroscopic analysis.Prerequisite: CHE321. A fee is associated with this course (
ECO 213 - Principles of Microeconomics
Microeconomics deals with price determination and how the price system functions. Supply and demand, output, competition, monopoly, resource pricing, international trade and finance will be studied. (4 credits)
ENG 288 - Writing in the Professions
A study of professional writing. In a writing workshop setting, students will learn to adjust style, tone and content to accomplish a definite purpose with an identified audience. They will also learn strategies for creating texts that are clear, concise and accurate. The course is especially useful for those whose career goals require facility in written communication, such as those studying marketing, public relations, advertising, management or law. All students will choose a professional to be their mentor on a writing project related to the career they are interested in. Students will also build a small portfolio of professional writing that includes letters, a memo, a resume and a research report.Prerequisites: sophomore class standing and ENG184 or ACT English score of 30 or above (SAT 680 or higher).(2 credits)
MAT 111QR - Calculus for Management, Life and Social Sciences
(3 credits)(IGE option under Quantitative Reasoning) This course is a study of functions, limits, derivatives and integrals with an emphasis on techniques and applications in business, biology, health, and social sciences.Note: Does not count toward a math major or mino.Prerequisites: C- or higher in MAT109, or an ACT math score of at least 22 (SAT 520 or above), or permission of mathematics department chair.
MAT 208 - Biostatistics
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Total credits recommended: 59

Note: Many pharmacy schools, such as the University of Iowa, require applicants to take the [ College Admission Test (PCAT). In addition, some pharmacy programs require a year of physics. The University of Iowa physics requirement may be satisfied with one year of high school physics.