Bachelor of Science in Biology with an Emphasis in Pre-Pharmacy

For anyone aspiring to become a pharmacist, the Bachelor of Science in Biology with an Emphasis in Pre-Pharmacy degree program provides the educational foundation for students to naturally segue into a Pharm.D. program. This pre-pharmacy program is designed to prepare graduates for the pharmacy college admissions test (PCAT).

Students in the pre-pharmacy degree program will gain the scientific building blocks for a graduate degree in pharmacy by studying subjects such as biology, human anatomy, physiology, genetics, chemistry and organic chemistry. You will also participate in all corresponding labs in order to gain hands-on experience in each of these areas.

The microbiology lecture and lab courses will introduce you to the principles and applications of microbiology, including the understanding of microbial cell structure and function, microbial genetics, related pathologies, immunity and other selected applied areas. This BS in biology program ensures you will have a firm foundation in chemistry concepts, such as the scientific method, dimensional analysis, atomic structure and more. Expect to further engage in general physics to study basic concepts such as motion; forces; energy; the properties of solids, liquids and gases; heat and thermodynamics. You will also examine the structure and function of the human body and mechanisms for maintaining homeostasis within it.

Other course topics in this pre-pharmacy program feature genetics, principles of biochemistry and pathophysiology. Upon completion of pathophysiology, you should be able to accurately discuss a variety of disease states with health care professionals and patients. Legal and ethical principles in health care, an introduction to economics, spirituality and Christian values in health care and wellness will be addressed throughout the program.

As a pre-pharmacy degree program major, you will examine current theories and practices of pharmacology and epidemiology of drug use. Real-world topics are investigated and discussed, including the effects of drugs on representative organ systems and disease processes, as well as issues with drug abuse. Learn basic mechanisms of drug action, cardiovascular drugs, chemotherapeutic drugs, endocrine drugs and drugs of abuse.

Aspiring pharmacists must also master interpersonal and intercultural communication skills since they will be working with both customers and other pharmacists regularly.

This program is offered in the following formats or locations:

Main Campus

Enjoy Grand Canyon University\'s traditional campus experience. As of fall 2014, our 179-acre campus serves a growing student population of approximately 11,000. New modern classrooms, suite-style residence halls, popular dining options, resort-style swimming pools and a focus on creating a rich student life make GCU a top choice for high school graduates and transfer students.

On-campus program disclosures      

* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.