Take the First Step Toward Your Potential Career as a Pharmacist
A Bachelor of Science (BS) in Biology with an Emphasis in Pre-Pharmacy can provide the foundation for those looking to pursue future pharmacist roles. In this degree program at Grand Canyon University, you will take the core coursework needed to prepare yourself to sit for the Pharmacy College Admission test (PCAT: if needed) and potentially step into a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program in the future.
If you enjoy examining the fundamentals of scientific principles that can help establish a framework for more advanced curriculum within pharmacology, this degree may be right for you.
Prepare for Your Future With Pre-Pharmacy Courses
Many pharmacists work with customers, other pharmacists and pharmacy techs on a regular basis. This means that you can benefit from developing skills in interpersonal communications.1 In this BS in Biology degree with an emphasis in pre-pharmacy, you will be taught skills that can help you prepare to discuss pharmacology and human physiology with people at a general and professional level. In addition, you will study current theories and practices in pharmacology and consider timely topics that may impact customers. Some of these theories, practices and topics include:
- Complex biological networks
- Communication of case studies and clinical research
- Human anatomy
- Lab methods
- Molecular biology
- Practical pharmacology skills
- Scientific inquiry
Prepare for Graduate-Level Pharmacy Studies by Earning a Bachelor’s in Biology: Pre- Pharmacy Emphasis
Graduates from this degree at GCU have the opportunity to prepare themselves to move on to graduate-level studies. The core coursework in biology, anatomy, physiology, chemistry and genetics may count as prerequisites for other allied health graduate programs.
Depending on certain state requirements, you may qualify to become a pharmacy technician right away or by completing an additional training program and passing a certification exam.2 Alternatively, you may choose to complete graduate-level education in pursuit of a career as a potential pharmacist.
Study Biology at an Institutionally Accredited University
Not all bachelor’s in biology degrees offer the same quality of instruction. It’s important to choose a program from a university or college that has been institutionally accredited — an indicator of the quality of the school. GCU is proud to be an institutionally accredited university that emphasizes quality education.
BS in Biology With an Emphasis in Pre-Pharmacy FAQs
Before getting started on your career path, you may wish to do some additional research to ensure you are making an informed decision that’s right for your future. The following frequently asked questions and answers can provide a starting point for your career-related research.
If you are interested in pursuing a career as a pharmacist, a Bachelor of Science in Biology with an Emphasis in Pre-Pharmacy may be the right choice for you. Contact a university counselor at GCU by filling out the form on this page and take the first step toward your future.
General Education Requirements
General Education coursework prepares Grand Canyon University graduates to think critically, communicate clearly, live responsibly in a diverse world, and thoughtfully integrate their faith and ethical convictions into all dimensions of life. These competencies, essential to an effective and satisfying life, are outlined in the General Education Learner Outcomes. General Education courses embody the breadth of human understanding and creativity contained in the liberal arts and sciences tradition. Students take an array of foundational knowledge courses that promote expanded knowledge, insight, and the outcomes identified in the University's General Education Competencies. The knowledge and skills students acquire through these courses serve as a foundation for successful careers and lifelong journeys of growing understanding and wisdom.
Upon completion of the Grand Canyon University's University Foundation experience, students will be able to demonstrate competency in the areas of academic skills and self-leadership. They will be able to articulate the range of resources available to assist them, explore career options related to their area of study, and have knowledge of Grand Canyon's community. Students will be able to demonstrate foundational academic success skills, explore GCU resources (CLA, Library, Career Center, ADA office, etc), articulate strategies of self-leadership and management and recognize opportunities to engage in the GCU community.
- UNV-112, Success in Science, Engineering and Technology & Lab: 4
- UNV-103, University Success: 4
- UNV-303, University Success: 4
- UNV-108, University Success in the College of Education: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to construct rhetorically effective communications appropriate to diverse audiences, purposes, and occasions (English composition, communication, critical reading, foreign language, sign language, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of English grammar or composition.
- UNV-104, 21st Century Skills: Communication and Information Literacy: 4
- ENG-105, English Composition I: 4
- ENG-106, English Composition II: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to express aspects of Christian heritage and worldview. Students are required to take CWV-101/CWV-301.
- CWV-101, Christian Worldview: 4
- CWV-301, Christian Worldview: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to use various analytic and problem-solving skills to examine, evaluate, and/or challenge ideas and arguments (mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, geology, astronomy, physical geography, ecology, economics, theology, logic, philosophy, technology, statistics, accounting, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of intermediate algebra or higher.
- MAT-154, Applications of College Algebra: 4
- MAT-144, College Mathematics: 4
- PHI-105, 21st Century Skills: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: 4
- BIO-220, Environmental Science: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to demonstrate awareness and appreciation of and empathy for differences in arts and culture, values, experiences, historical perspectives, and other aspects of life (psychology, sociology, government, Christian studies, Bible, geography, anthropology, economics, political science, child and family studies, law, ethics, cross-cultural studies, history, art, music, dance, theater, applied arts, literature, health, etc.). If the predefined course is a part of the major, students need to take an additional course.
- HIS-144, U.S. History Themes: 4
- PSY-102, General Psychology: 4
- SOC-100, Everyday Sociology: 4
Required General Education Courses
* Please note that this list may contain programs and courses not presently offered, as availability may vary depending on class size, enrollment and other contributing factors. If you are interested in a program or course listed herein please first contact your University Counselor for the most current information regarding availability.
* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Programs or courses subject to change.