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Pre-Professional Degrees

Pre-Medicine (Pre-Med)

The following requirements and recommendations are for the University of Kansas School of Medicine. In addition to the required courses, an applicant must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. The bachelor's degree can be in any discipline (for example, biochemistry). Other medical schools have similar requirements, but inquiry should be made by the junior year to ensure compliance.

Requirements 

Washburn Courses

General Chemistry (2 semesters with labs)  CH 151 Fundamentals of Chemistry I (5)
CH 152 Fundamentals of Chemistry II (5)
Organic Chemistry (2 semesters with labs)  CH 340 / 342 Organic Chemistry I / Lab (5)
CH 341 / 343 Organic Chemistry II / Lab (5)
Biology (2 semesters with labs)  BI 102 General Cellular Biology (5)

BI 103 General Organismal Biology (5)

Physics (2 semesters with labs)  PS 261 College Physics I (5)
PS 262 College Physics II (5)
or
PS 281 General Physics I (5)
PS 282 General Physics II (5)

Mathematics (1 semester)

[college-level algebra or above]

MA 151 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I (5)

or MA 140 Statistics (3)

English (2 semesters)  EN 101 Freshman Composition (3)
EN 300 Advanced Composition (3)

The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is required of all applicants. To be better prepared for the MCAT, premedical students should also take Biochemistry I (CH 350), Basic Concepts in Psychology (PY 100), and Introduction to Sociology (SO 100), in addition to the courses listed above.

A general understanding of health care and medicine, based upon employment, volunteer and shadowing experiences, is also expected.

Premedical students are encouraged to take some of the following highly recommended courses:

  • AL 101 Introduction to Healthcare (3)
  • PH 224 Medical Ethics (3)
  • CH 350 Biochemistry I (3)
  • CH 352 Biochemistry II (3)
  • BI 110 General Zoology (4)
  • BI 275 Human Anatomy (4)
  • BI 301 Microbiology (4)
  • BI 333 General Genetics (4)
  • BI 355 Developmental Biology (5)
  • BI 357 Histology (4)
  • BI 362 Immunology (3)

Pre-Pharmacy

[Students interested in the Pre-Pharmacy program should also consider pursuing the A.A. degree in Laboratory Science.]

The following requirements and recommendations are for the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy admission requirements. Other pharmacy schools have similar requirements, but inquiry should be made to ensure compliance.

First Year

Fall Semester

Course Number  Course  Credit Hours
CH 151  Fundamentals of Chemistry I  5
BI 102  General Cellular Biology  5
EN 101  Freshman Composition  3
WU 101 Washburn Experience 3
     16

Spring Semester

Course Number  Course  Credit Hours
CH 152  Fundamentals of Chemistry II  5
BI 255 Human Physiology 4
MA 151 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I 5
SO 100 Introduction to Sociology 3
      17

Second Year

Fall Semester

Course Number  Course  Credit Hours
CH 340  Organic Chemistry I  3
CH 342  Organic Chemistry Lab I  2
BI 301  General Microbiology  4
EN ---  Course in Literature 3
PS 261 College Physics I 5
Elective 1
      18

Spring Semester

Course Number  Course  Credit Hours
CH 341  Organic Chemistry II  3
CH 343  Organic Chemistry Lab II  2
BI 250 Introduction to Human Anatomy 3
MA 140 Statistics 3
AN 112 Cultural Anthropology 3
CN 150 Public Speaking 3
      17

Other Requirements

The plan provided assumes a student enters Washburn University with a Math ACT score of 28 or higher to satisfy the prerequisite requirements for MA151.  A lower score will most likely require additional coursework.  It is strongly advised that you visit with the Pre-Pharmacy (AA in LS) advisor to work through your individual situation.

Associate of Arts in Laboratory Science (AA in LS)

Students will complete all requirements for the AA in LS which will automatically satisfy the KU General Education Core Goals 1-3.  The courses SO 100 and AN 112 are needed to satisfy the KU General Education Core Goal 4.

All goals and learning outcomes of the KU Core must be satisfied as a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree requirement.

General Studies

A minimum of 68 credit hours of eligible Pre-Pharmacy coursework must be completed prior to matriculation into the professional curriculum of the KU School of Pharmacy.  Activity courses in physical education or the arts (music, theater, etc.) may not be counted as part of the 68 hour minimum.

GET IN TOUCH WITH Department of Chemistry

Department of Chemistry
Stoffer Science Hall, Room 312
1700 SW College Ave
Topeka, KS 66621

Phone & Email
Phone: 785-670-2270
shaun.schmidt@washburn.edu

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