Pharmacy Studies/Pre-Pharmacy

Major

The Pharmacy Studies program offers a core curriculum in the sciences, mathematics, social sciences, and humanities to prepare for entrance into a professional curriculum at institutions that offer a Doctor of Pharmacy degree program.

Program Locations

Pre-Pharmacy

The pre-pharmacy program coordinator will work with you to take the courses needed to apply for admission to a Pharm.D program, including the School of Pharmacy at Notre Dame.

Pathway Options

  • Undergraduate Prerequisite Only, Pre-Pharmacy Studies Track 
  • Undergraduate BA, Configured for Pre-Pharmacy Studies
  • Accelerated BA-Pharm.D. Track (3 + 4 Undergraduate/Professional Curriculum)

Earning a BA in Preparation for a Pharm.D. Degree

Choose to complete a degree in chemistry or biology while also taking necessary prerequisites and then apply to pharmacy school to pursue a Pharm.D. degree.

Advantages
  • Earn a Second Degree
  • Strengthen Pharmacy School Application
  • Additional Career Options

The majority of students (>85%, nationally) accepted to Schools of Pharmacy have earned a bachelors degree prior to starting work on their PharmD program.

Accelerated 3+4 Year BA-Pharm.D. Program

Choose to earn both a BA (in biology or chemistry) and a Pharm.D. degree in an accelerated undergraduate/professional program.

This program consists of three years of coursework in the Women's College, followed by a four-year professional curriculum of pharmacy in the School of Pharmacy.

See Course Catalog for Requirements

Applying to Pharmacy School

You are responsible for understanding the admission requirements for the Pharm.D. program of your choice.

All applicants must complete:

  • Required Course Work
  • Application through the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS.org)
  • School of Pharmacy Supplemental Application
  • Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT)
  • Individual Letters of Recommendation
  • Interview

Experiential learning (shadowing) in pharmacy-related activities is an important part of the path to pharmacy school.

School of Pharmacy at Notre Dame

We will guarantee interviews to up to 15 students each year from the Women's College traditional pre-pharmacy program.

Courses

  • Fundamentals of Biology: BIO-111 (4 credits)

    Focuses on the structure and function of the fundamental unit of life, the cell. Examines basic biological molecules, membrane structure and function, basic metabolism, photosynthesis, cellular reproduction, evolution, genetics and introductory systematics. In weekly laboratory exercises, students design and conduct experiments to answer scenario-based questions. Includes independent small-group laboratory research project that culminates in a student research symposium. Three hours lecture and four hours laboratory. Designed for students with a strong high school background in biology, chemistry and mathematics. Prerequisite: MSAT greater than department-designated value or BIO-110 with minimum grade of C+, or permission of chair. Fulfills general education requirement in natural sciences. [4 credits]
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I: BIO-201 (4 credits)

    Integrates the study of structure with function of the human body. As a suite of courses, BIO-201 and 202 are intended for students interested in satisfying requirements for pharmacy and various allied health programs. The content and level of delivery of both BIO-201 and 202 are structured so that they are compatible with similar courses offered by cooperating institutions. BIO-201 includes discussion of cellular, tissue, integumentary, skeletal, muscular and neural systems. Includes laboratory study of anatomical models of humans and skeletal components, and dissection of a cat. BIO-202 includes discussion of endocrine, circulatory, immunological, digestive, urinary and reproductive systems. Strongly emphasizes study of physiological functions that includes monitoring of body systems with analog and digital hardware. Each course includes three hours lecture and three hours laboratory. A competency exam covering basic chemistry and biology may be administered at the first class meeting and weighed in the final grade. To begin the course sequence, the student must complete BIO-111 or the equivalent with a minimum grade of C or obtain permission of the instructor. BIO-201 with minimum grade of C is a prerequisite for BIO-202. [ 4 credits each term ]
  • Human Anatomies and Physiology II: BIO-202 (4 credits)

    Integrates the study of structure with function of the human body. As a suite of courses, BIO-201 and 202 are intended for students interested in satisfying requirements for pharmacy and various allied health programs. The content and level of delivery of both BIO-201 and 202 are structured so that they are compatible with similar courses offered by cooperating institutions. BIO-201 includes discussion of cellular, tissue, integumentary, skeletal, muscular and neural systems. Includes laboratory study of anatomical models of humans and skeletal components, and dissection of a cat. BIO-202 includes discussion of endocrine, circulatory, immunological, digestive, urinary and reproductive systems. Strongly emphasizes study of physiological functions that includes monitoring of body systems with analog and digital hardware. Each course includes three hours lecture and three hours laboratory. A competency exam covering basic chemistry and biology may be administered at the first class meeting and weighed in the final grade. To begin the course sequence, the student must complete BIO-111 or the equivalent with a minimum grade of C or obtain permission of the instructor. BIO-201 with minimum grade of C is a prerequisite for BIO-202. [ 4 credits each term ]
  • Genetics: BIO-239 (4 credits)

    Considers the mechanisms by which biological information is stored, accessed, and passed on from one generation to the next from both Mendelian and molecular genetic perspectives. Introduces basic techniques of molecular biology such as bacterial transformations, gel electrophoresis, DNA sequencing and sequencing analysis. Includes the use of online databases such as Pub Med and sequence analysis tools such as BLAST. Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory. Prerequisites: BIO-111 and CHM-110, each with a minimum grade of C or permission of instructor. [ 4 credits ] Honors section meets concurrently with and considers the same subject matter as BIO-239 (non-Honors). Honors students meet for an extra hour per week to concentrate on the historical and social aspects of genetics. Four hours lecture and three hours laboratory.
  • Microbiology: BIO-340 (4 credits)

    Examines the world of microorganisms and their occurrence and roles in nature. Focuses on the study of structure, growth, pathogenicity and genetics of bacteria and viruses. An independently designed and executed, small-group research project is completed in the laboratory and culminates in a student research symposium. Three hours lecture and four hours laboratory. Prerequisite: BIO-239 and CHM-111, each with a minimum grade of C or permission of the instructor. [ 4 credits ]

  • General Chemistry I: CHM-110 (4 credits)

    Focuses on fundamental chemical concepts and principles with emphasis on inorganic compounds. Guided inquiry methods are used to explore descriptive and quantitative aspects of chemistry, including atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonding, states of matter, solutions, basic thermodynamics, electrochemistry, equilibrium, acids and bases, and kinetics. Laboratory is coordinated with lecture and emphasizes basic techniques such as titration, spectroscopy, and quantitative and qualitative analysis, along with inorganic synthesis and calculator-based experiments. Three lectures, one discussion period and one laboratory each week. High school algebra strongly recommended. Satisfies the general education requirement in natural science. [4 credits]
  • General Chemistry II: CHM-111 (4 credits)

    Focuses on fundamental chemical concepts and principles with emphasis on inorganic compounds. Guided inquiry methods are used to explore descriptive and quantitative aspects of chemistry, including atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonding, states of matter, solutions, basic thermodynamics, electrochemistry, equilibrium, acids and bases, and kinetics. Laboratory is coordinated with lecture and emphasizes basic techniques such as titration, spectroscopy, and quantitative and qualitative analysis, along with inorganic synthesis and calculator-based experiments. Three lectures, one discussion period and one laboratory each week. High school algebra strongly recommended. Prerequisites: CHM-110 with a minimum grade of C or permission of chair. Permission of the instructor is required to enroll in CHM-111 if the prerequisite CHM-110 was not fulfilled at Notre Dame. [ 4 credits ]
  • Organic Chemistry I: CHM-210 (4 credits)

    Focuses on functional group classification, nomenclature, synthesis, reactions, and spectroscopic analysis with a strong emphasis on reaction mechanisms of organic compounds. Laboratory is coordinated with lecture material and stresses basic techniques such as distillation, recrystallization, extraction, and chromatography, along with organic synthesis using both macroscale and microscale applications. Laboratory also includes an introduction to organic structure determination using a variety of spectral methods, including nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, infrared spectroscopy and mass spectrometry. Three lectures, one discussion and one laboratory period per week. Prerequisites: CHM-110, 111. [4 credits]
  • Organic Chemistry II: CHM-211 (4 credits)

    Focuses on functional group classification, nomenclature, synthesis, reactions, and spectroscopic analysis with a strong emphasis on reaction mechanisms of organic compounds. Laboratory is coordinated with lecture material and stresses basic techniques such as distillation, recrystallization, extraction, and chromatography, along with organic synthesis using both macroscale and microscale applications. Laboratory also includes an introduction to organic structure determination using a variety of spectral methods, including nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, infrared spectroscopy and mass spectrometry. Three lectures, one discussion and one laboratory period per week. Prerequisites for: CHM-210 with a minimum grade of C or permission of chair. Permission of the instructor is required to enroll in CHM-211 if the prerequisite CHM-210 was not fulfilled at Notre Dame. [4 credits]
  • Physical Chemistry I: CHM-301 (4 credits)

    Provides a detailed view and in-depth analysis of the following topics: physicochemical properties of matter in the gaseous, liquid, and solid states; kinetics and thermodynamics of chemical reactions; behavior of solutions; phase equilibria; electrochemistry; introductory-level quantum mechanics; computational chemistry; atomic and molecular structure; and spectroscopy. The relationship between microscopic structure and macroscopic behavior of matter is explored in laboratory activities and characterized in mathematical terms. Three lectures, one four-hour laboratory each week. Prerequisites: CHM-211, MAT-211 and 212 with minimum grade of C. Permission of instructor if prerequisites are not satisfied. [4 credits]
  • Physical Chemistry II: CHM-302 (4 credits)

    Provides a detailed view and in-depth analysis of the following topics: physicochemical properties of matter in the gaseous, liquid, and solid states; kinetics and thermodynamics of chemical reactions; behavior of solutions; phase equilibria; electrochemistry; introductory-level quantum mechanics; computational chemistry; atomic and molecular structure; and spectroscopy. The relationship between microscopic structure and macroscopic behavior of matter is explored in laboratory activities and characterized in mathematical terms. Three lectures, one four-hour laboratory each week. Prerequisites: CHM-301 with minimum grade of C. Permission of instructor if prerequisites are not satisfied. [4 credits]
  • Instrumental Analysis: CHM-305 (4 credits)

    Examines principles and practices of analytical chemistry using instrumentation. Includes spectroscopic, chromatographic and electrometric techniques. Topics covered include visible, ultraviolet, infrared and atomic spectroscopies; gas and liquid chromatographies; potentiometric, voltammetric and polarographic methods; nuclear magnetic and mass spectrometries; and computer simulations. Analysis of data and presentation of results in journal article format are important features of the course. (Analysis graphics and spreadsheet software are used for this activity.) Three lectures and one four-hour laboratory each week. Prerequisites: CHM-210 and CHM-303 with a minimum grade of C or permission of instructor. [4 credits]
  • Chemical Literature: CHM-350 (1 credits)

    Designed to familiarize the student with technical writings, peer-review of publications, the major reference works and journals of chemistry, and to develop skills in effective use of the literature. The course covers effective use of chemistry reference works, databases, abstracts and journals; strategies for online searches; construction and use of bibliographies; proficient use of computer technology and software; analysis and evaluation of chemistry literature. Students use online searching of Chemical Abstracts and other electronic databases via computer and engage in information retrieval using a variety of sources and the Internet. One meeting per week; significant number of out-of-class task-oriented assignments. Co-requisite: 300- or 400-level CHM course or permission of instructor. [1 credit]
  • Chemistry Seminar: CHM-450 (1 credits)

    Includes presentations about internship experiences, laboratory research and literature findings of current topics in chemistry. In this capstone course, students learn to construct and deliver effective technical presentations. Students attend chemistry seminars or professional meetings given at area institutions as part of this course. Evaluations and summaries of talks are required. Students give a formal presentation to faculty, guests and students during the department's Spring Seminar Series. One meeting per week. Prerequisite: chemistry major; CHM-350. [1 credit]
  • Fundamentals of Oral Communication: COM-106 (3 credits)

    Cultivates oral communication skill for non-majors, with emphasis on improving speaking and listening skills. Analyzes factors affecting oral communication with self, in dyads, small groups, the public arena, organizations, mass media, and among members of differing cultural backgrounds. Practical experience in delivering speeches and briefings. Fulfills the general education requirement in oral communication. [3 credits]
  • Introduction to Macroeconomics: ECO-211 (3 credits)

    Focuses on the United States economy and its relations with the world. Examines how interactions among consumers, businesses, government and the rest of the world impact economic growth, inflation, unemployment and business cycles. Investigates the impact of monetary and fiscal policies on the overall performance of the economy. Fulfills general education requirement in social science. [3 credits]
  • College Writing: ENG-101 (3 credits)

    Provides students with an understanding that clear thinking is fundamental to clear writing. It also demonstrates every stage of the composing process: generating and organizing ideas, prewriting and drafting, critiquing, revising, final editing and proofreading. In addition, students work to accomplish clarity, unity, coherence and emphasis in sentences, in paragraphs, and in the overall structure of an essay. They develop techniques of style and tone toward more fluent and appealing prose and strive to sharpen their analytical, critical and editing skills by interacting with other students about their own writing and about the writing of professionals. Students learn to use standard English and develop a sensitivity to sentence structure and diction and to appreciate effectively written prose and recognize characteristics that make such prose effective. To fulfill the general education requirement in composition a minimum grade of C is required. [3 credits]
  • Beginning Spanish I: LSP-101 (3 credits)

    Develops the ability to understand, speak, read and write in Spanish. Emphasizes communication in the target language. Enhances awareness and understanding of the Spanish-speaking world through study of authentic material. LSP-101 is for students with no prior experience in Spanish. Laboratory required. Prerequisite: placement test. [3 credits.] (Offered each semester.)

  • Beginning Spanish II: LSP-102 (3 credits)

    Continues to develop the ability to understand, speak, read and write in Spanish. Emphasizes communication in the target language. Enhances awareness and understanding of the Spanish-speaking world through study of authentic material. Laboratory required. Prerequisite: LSP-101 or placement test.  [3 credits.] (Offered each semester.)

  • Intermediate Spanish: LSP-103 (3 credits)

    Develops the four language skills through a review of grammar and readings based on cultural material. Emphasizes communication in the target language. Laboratory required. Fulfills the general education language requirement. Prerequisite: LSP-102 or placement test. [3 credits] (Offered each semester.)

  • Calculus I: MAT-211 (4 credits)

    Introduces functions, limits, continuity, differential calculus of polynomial, rational, exponential and logarithmic functions, as well as basic integration techniques. Applications are considered throughout the course with an emphasis on the life sciences. Weekly laboratory is an integral part of the course. Graphing calculators used to explore topics covered. Fulfills the general education requirement in mathematics Prerequisite: strong high school algebra background or successful completion of MAT-107. [4 credits]

  • Calculus II: MAT-212 (4 credits)

    Studies trigonometric functions, integration by parts and tables, improper integrals, functions of two variables, partial derivatives, double integrals, differential equations, geometric and power series, basic convergence tests, Taylor polynomials and series, and Fourier polynomials and series. Applications are considered throughout the course with an emphasis on the life sciences. Weekly laboratory is an integral part of the course. Graphing calculator is used to explore topics covered. Prerequisite: Calculus I or placement into MAT-212. [4 credits]

  • Basic Statistics: MAT-215 (3 credits)

    Introduces the basic ideas of statistics: descriptive statistics, central tendency variability, probability distributions, sampling, estimation, hypothesis testing, correlation and regression, multinomial experiments, contingency tables and analysis of variance. A statistical software package is used. Designed for students in a variety of fields that rely on regular statistical analysis in decision-making. Fulfills general education requirement in mathematics. Prerequisite: A strong algebraic background (as evidenced by placement test) or successful completion of MAT 100 or MAT 103 is recommended. [3 credits]

  • Introduction to Philosophy: PHL-201 (3 credits)

    Studies some of the major issues that have intrigued reflective people from time immemorial: How do we know? What is human nature? Is there life after death? Where did the universe originate? We will evaluate replies suggested from the time of Plato to the 20th century. Fulfills general education requirement for 200-level course. [ 3 credits ]
  • Ethics: PHL-330 (3 credits)

    Introduces contemporary moral issues in light of systems suggested by major thinkers such as Aristotle, J. S. Mill and Kant. Includes considerations of topics such as abortion, euthanasia, cloning and capital punishment. Prerequisite: 200-level philosophy course. Fulfills general education requirements for 300/400-level and values. [ 3 credits ]
  • Medical Ethics: PHL-339 (3 credits)

    Evaluates the traditional foundations of moral theory in the West, with special emphasis on issues in medical ethics. Prerequisites: 200-level philosophy course. Fulfills general education requirements for 300/400-level course and values. [ 3 credits ]
  • Foundations for Pharmacy Practice: PHRD-300 (2 credits)

    The purpose of this course is to provide students with the foundational concepts and skills needed to practice pharmacy in the 21st Century as the role of the pharmacist expands and continues to change. In addition to one's knowledge of the scientific basis of practice, the ability to communicate and be an effective team member is critical to the pharmacist's role as an educator, clinician and member of the health care team. As such, the processes of self and groupassessment, team development and the use of effective communication strategies will be introduced in this course and reinforced throughout the curriculum. Application of these processes will occur through lecture, discussions, assignments, role-playing and case studies. Lecture two hours per week. [ 2 credits ]
  • Pharmaceutical Calculations: PHRD-301 (2 credits)

    Accurately performing pharmaceutical calculations is a critical component in providing patient care in every pharmacy practice environment. This course explores the various methods used to perform pharmaceutical calculations required for the usual dosage determinations and solution preparation. This course is an introduction to pharmaceutical prescriptions, the basic technique of calculating, weighing and measuring the ingredients involved in the formulations of various dosage forms. In addition, it provides knowledge in systems of weights and measures, Latin terms, reducing and enlarging formulas, ratio and proportions, various expressions of concentration, intravenous flow rates and dilution factors. Emphasis will also be placed on the skills involved in interpreting prescription and medication orders, and also identifying prescription errors and omissions. Lecture one hour per week with a problem-solving workshop one hour per week. [ 2 credits ]
  • Pharmacy and the U. S. Healthcare System: PHRD-302 (3 credits)

    This course provides students with a broad overview of the organization, delivery and financing of medical and pharmaceutical care in the U.S. The impact of state and federal policies on the practice and economics of pharmacy practice and the role of the pharmacist in health care legislation will be discussed. Lecture three hours per week. [ 3 credits ]
  • Pharmaceutics I: PHRD-303 (4 credits)

    This is the first of a two-semester course sequence designed to teach students the basic principles and application of physio-chemical principles necessary for the design, development and preparation of pharmaceutical dosage forms. Students will develop the basic skills and techniques necessary for the compounding of pharmaceutical delivery systems, the appropriate evaluation, documentation and labeling of prescriptions and the mathematical calculations essential to compounding. Lecture three hours per week, laboratory three hours per week. Co-requisite: PHRD 301 Pharmaceutical Calculations[ 4 credits ]
  • Pharmacist Care Lab I: PHRD-304 (2 credits)

    This is the first of a six-semester sequence designed to integrate material from the curriculum and introduce selected practice related topics. The goal is for students to develop the ability to apply information as well as practice skills that are taught throughout the curriculum. Emphasis is placed on the use of active learning strategies, case studies, role-plays and presentations in order to engage students in the learning process. Students are expected to synthesize information at increasing levels of complexity as they progress through the course sequence. Early introductory pharmacy practice experiences will also be incorporated into Pharmacist Care Lab I. Laboratory three hours per week. [ 2 credits ]
  • Biochemistry: PHRD-305 (4 credits)

    This course will provide students with a fundamental understanding of the structure, function and catabolism of biomolecules including carbohydrates, lipids, proteins and nucleic acids. Topics covered will include; bioenergetics and metabolism, genes and chromosomes, DNA and RNA metabolism, regulation of gene expression and recombinant DNA technology. Lecture four hours per week. [ 4 credits ]
  • Pharmacist Care Lab II: PHRD-306 (2 credits)

    This is the second of a six-semester sequence designed to integrate material from the curriculum and introduce selected practice related topics. The goal is for students to develop the ability to apply information as well as practice skills that are taught throughout the curriculum. Emphasis is placed on the use of active learning trategies, case studies, role-plays and presentations in order to engage students in the learning process. Students are expected to synthesize information at increasing levels of complexity as they progress through the course sequence. Early introductory pharmacy practice experiences will also be incorporated into Pharmacist Care Lab II. Laboratory three hours per week. Pre-requisite: PHRD 304 Pharmacist Care Lab I. [ 2 credits ]
  • Applied Biomedical Sciences Workshop: PHRD-307 (3 credits)

    This course utilizes a small group, problem-based learning approach to teach students the interrelationship between and application of basic biomedical sciences principles to disease pathology, pharmacology, pharmacogenetics, and drug therapy. Students will be engaged in a workshop two hours per week and formative assessment one hour per week. [ 3 credits ]
  • Developing the Leader Within: PHRD-308 (2 credits)

    As a health care professional, the pharmacist must be able to take a leadership role within his/her own practice, profession and community at large. This course will provide students with the opportunity for self-exploration, exploration of leadership models, and discussion of the relevance of political advocacy to pharmacy practice. This course will incorporate the communication, teamwork and self and group assessment skills that are introduced in Foundations for Pharmacy Practice. Pre-requisite: PHRD 300 Foundations for Pharmacy Practice. Lecture and application two hours per week. [ 2 credits ]
  • Immunology: PHRD-309 (3 credits)

    This course is an introduction tot he organization, function and regulation of the immune system including the basic properties of humoral and cell-mediated immune responses, antigen and antibody structure and function, effector mechanisms, complement, major histocompatibility complexes, and cytotoxic responses. The role of these basic immunology principles in immuno deficiencies, auto-immune disorders, hypersensitivity reactions, immunity issues associated with transplantation, cancer and antibody based drug therapy will also be covered. Lecture three hours per week. [ 3 credits ]
  • Care of Diverse Populations: PHRD-310 (3 credits)

    This first public health course will introduce the socioeconomic, cultural, ethnic, geographic, and other variables which shape healthcare practice and perception. Students will become versed in common practices, myths, barriers, trends, resources, and care principles of diverse populations. An emphasis will be placed on the development of cultural competence such that students will be able to optimally work with diverse patient populations. Students will be required to participate in community based experiences that supports the course learning goals and objectives. Lecture three hours per week. [ 3 credits ]
  • Pharmaceutics II: PHRD-311 (4 credits)

    This is the second of a two-semester course sequence designed to teach students the basic principles and application of physio-chemical principles necessary for the design, development and preparation of pharmaceutical dosage forms. Students will develop the basic skills and techniques necessary for the compounding of pharmaceutical delivery systems, the appropriate evaluation, documentation, and labeling of prescriptions and the mathematical calculations essential to compounding. This course will build on the concepts introduced in Pharmaceutics I. Pre-requisite: PHRD 303 Pharmaceutics I. Lecture three hours per week, laboratory three hours per week. [ 4 credits ]
  • Pharmacy Practice Management: PHRD-312 (3 credits)

    This course provides students with an understanding of financial and operations management as it relates to pharmacy practices in community, hospital and other practice settings. Topics such as inventory control, pricing, marketing, business plan development for new services, and management of innovative changes in pharmacy practice will be included. Lecture three hours per week. [ 3 credits ]
  • General Physics I: PHY-101 (4 credits)

    Studies the fundamental physical laws of nature and their use in understanding natural phenomena. Course provides a knowledge base for study in all areas of science and mathematics. Topics include kinematics, dynamics of motion, Newton's laws, rotational mechanics and conservation of energy and momentum. Development of the concepts of vector algebra and calculus are provided as needed. Three lectures, one three-hour laboratory weekly. Fulfills general education requirement in natural science. [4 credits]

  • General Physics II: PHY-102 (4 credits)

    Continues studies of the fundamental physical laws of nature and their use in understanding natural phenomena. Topics include classical wave motion, acoustics, optics, electricity and magnetism. Development of the concepts of vector algebra and calculus are provided as needed. Three lectures, one three-hour laboratory weekly. [4 credits]

  • Introduction to Biblical Studies: RST-201 (3 credits)

    Introduces the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures of the Judeo-Christian tradition, exploring their historical and literary contexts, as well as interpretations of religious meaning. Presents modern methods of biblical study, including Roman Catholic, Protestant and Jewish scholarship. Fulfills general education requirement for 200-level religious studies. [3 credits]

BA in Biology Accelerated Coursework

Fall Spring
First Year
CHM-110 4 CHM-111 4
BIO-111 4 BIO-239 Genetics 4
MAT-211 Calculus 4 RST-201 3
IDS-100 3 LSP-101 3
ENG-101 3 COM-106 3
[18 credits]   [17 credits]  
Second Year
CHM-210 4 CHM-211 4
BIO-201 Human Anatomy & Physiology 4 BIO-202 Human Anatomy & Physiology 4
PHY-101 4 PHY-102 4
LSP-102 3 LSP-103 3
PHL-201 3 ECO-211/212 3
[18 credits]   [18 credits]  
Third Year
BIO-340 Microbiology 4 BIO-300/400* 4
RST-Upper Level 3 MAT-215 Statistics 3
English Literature 3 PHL-330 or PHL-339 3
PED (not transferable to SOP) 1 Fine Arts 3
PSY/POL or SOC 3 PSY/POL or SOC 3
History 3 [16 credits]  
[17 credits]      

*In the third year, students must take one additional upper division (300/400) biology course in either the fall or spring semester.

BA in Chemistry Accelerated Coursework

Fall Spring
First Year
CHM-110 4 CHM-111 4
BIO-111 4 BIO-239 Genetics 4
MAT-211 Calculus 4 MAT-212 4
IDS-100 3 LSP-101 3
ENG-101 3 COM-106 3
[18 credits]   [18 credits]  
Second Year
CHM-210 4 CHM-211 4
BIO-201 Human Anatomy & Physiology 4 BIO-202 Human Anatomy & Physiology 4
PHY-101 4 PHY-102 4
LSP-102 3 LSP-103 3
PHL-201 3 ECO-211/212 3
[18 credits]   [18 credits]  
Third Year
BIO-340 Microbiology 4 MAT-215 Statistics 3
English Literature 3 PHL-330 or 339 3
PED (not transferable to SOP) 1 History 3
PSY/POL or SOC 3 PSY/POL or SOC 3
CHM-350 Chemical Literature 1 CHM-450 Chemistry Seminar 1
CHM-301 or 303 4 CHM-302 or CHM-305 4
[16 credits]   [17 credits]  
Summer
First Year
Fine Arts 3
Second Year
RST-201 3
Third Year
RST Upper Level 3

Students may need to complete coursework during the summer to fulfill program requirements.

First-Year School of Pharmacy Course of Study

Students in the B.A.-Pharm.D. program who have successfully completed 36 credits in the School of Pharmacy first-year professional curriculum will be granted their Bachelor of Arts in biology or chemistry upon completion of the following courses:

Fall Spring
PHRD-300: Foundations for Pharmacy Practice 2 PHRD-306: Pharmacist Care Lab II 2
PHRD-301: Pharmaceutical Calculations 1bc PHRD-308: Developing the Leader Within 2
PHRD-302: Pharmacy & the U.S. Health Care System 3 PHRD-309: Immunology 3bc
PHRD-303: Pharmaceutics I & Lab 4bc PHRD-310: Care of Diverse Populations 3
PHRD-304: Pharmacist Care Lab I 2 PHRD-311: Pharmaceutics II & Lab 4bc
PHRD-305: Biochemistry 4bc PHRD-312: Pharmacy Practice Management 3
PHRD-307: Applied Biomedical Sciences Workshop 3bc [17 credits]  
[19 credits]      

bCourses credited towards a B.A. in Biology
cCourses credited towards a B.A. in Chemistry

What to Expect Studying at Notre Dame of Maryland University

Small class sizes, faculty mentoring, and hands-on experiences offer an environment of individualized learning while collaborative research opportunities enhance the student experience.

Research & Internship Opportunities

One of the hallmarks of our rich educational environment is the opportunity to participate in research in your field of interest.

Independent Research Projects

Work directly with faculty in the Biology or Chemistry Department, or with the NDMU School of Pharmacy in the Department of Pharmaceutical Science to perform unique experiments.

Sister Alma Science Year Fellowship

Apply for the competitive Sister Alma Science Year fellowship for an opportunity to be matched with a laboratory doing cutting-edge science research at the world-renowned Johns Hopkins University.

The fellowship selects three students who receive a year-round stipend as well as summer on-campus housing.

Faculty Student Collaborations

Nancy Kreiter Student Research Day provides the perfect forum to showcase your hard work with a formal research presentation to the Notre Dame community.

Experiential Learning

Dedicate time to shadow various pharmacy professionals for a first-hand look at the pharmacy profession.