Biology: Pre-Pharmacy

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Any place where medical professionals provide patient care is a place that needs access to a qualified pharmacist. 


Like the field of medicine, pharmacy has a strong foundation in the biological sciences. Many people interact with pharmacists to pick up doctor-ordered prescriptions, but pharmacists do so much more than dose medications. Like other medical professionals and practitioners, pharmacists need a strong understanding of biology, chemistry, and math. Pharmacists also need communication skills to educate patients, medical professionals, and the public on new medication usages, dosages, and the regulatory environment around new, life-saving pharmaceuticals.  

Our Pre-Pharmacy concentration makes your transition to pharmacy school a seamless one. With courses that meet pharmacy prerequisite requirements, you’ll be well on your way to becoming an industry leader ready to educate, innovate, and impact transformational change.  

You can choose to major or minor in Biology

Learn how to: 

  • Apply core biological science concepts to real world scenarios

  • Master the scientific method and scientific primary literature, experiment design and application, as well as data evaluation

  • Apply biological knowledge to individual, community, and global issues

  • Master basic laboratory skills and techniques across multiple biology disciplines

  • Think critically to formulate problems, gather and analyze data, as well as interpret results

  • Effectively communicate biological information to the scientific community through written and oral formats

  • Translate and apply skills to graduate or professional studies and/or career goals 

  • Demonstrate scientifically ethical conduct, as well as an awareness of legal and ethical implications of scientific issues in society

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750+ Course Options

The Coppin State University Academic Catalog has a wide variety of skill-building courses designed to inspire and prepare you to be in-demand professionals and transformational leaders.

The Pre-pharmacy concentration focuses on helping students apply biological science theories, principles, and techniques to careers and professional programs related to medicine, pharmacy, and physician assistantships.

Biology students can choose from 2 other concentrations to learn the foundational skills that prepare you for advanced study, or any medical career with research or analytical responsibilities:

Admission requirements

To be eligible for admission to the Biology and Life Sciences program, students must be currently enrolled and in good academic standing. It also helps if you’re excited about and interested in a career in science!  

Program Requirements

To graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Life Sciences, students must complete 120 credit hours. These credit hours split among: 

  • General Education Requirements, or GERs  

  • Core major courses

  • Supporting major courses

  • Electives 


General Education Requirements (GERs)

All students must complete 40 GER credits. In addition, all science majors must also take these courses to satisfy GERs:

  • MATH 131 (College Algebra for science majors)  

  • BIOL 106 (Fundamentals of cell biology)

  • CHEM 101 - General Chemistry (Prerequisite MATH 131) 

Learn more about the program courses you may take as part of the Pre-pharmacy track within the Applied Sciences concentration of the Biology major.

Core Courses (30 credits)

Course credits Name
BIOL 103 4 Botany
BIO 104 4 Zoology
BIOL 201 4 Anatomy and Physiology I
BIOL 203 4 Anatomy and Physiology II
BIOL 308 4 Microbiology

BIOL 402

4 Principles of Genetics

BIOL 410


Molecular Biology 

BIOL 403 1 Seminar I
BIOL 404 1

Seminar II

Supporting Courses (41 credits)

Course credits Name
CHEM 102 4 General Chemistry II
CHEM 307 5 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 308 5 Organic Chemistry II
CHEM 313 4 Biochemistry

MATH 132



PHYS 301 4 Physics I
PHYS 302 4 Physics II
MATH 201 4 Calculus I
MATH 202 4 Calculus II
MATH 203 3 Statistics

Electives (9 credits)

Course credits Name
BIOL 302 4 Animal Histology
BIOL 305 4 Animal Physiology
BIOL 303 4 Neuroscience: Research & Analysis

PHSC 306


Earth and Space Science

XXX xxx 3 or 4 Advised Course
BIOL 401 3 Ecology
CHEM 405 4 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry 

Remember! You must complete all major and prerequisite courses with a grade of C or higher.

Sample Degree Plan

This plan is only for example purposes. Your academic journey may be slightly different from another student’s, so be sure to always communicate with your academic advisor before finalizing your course schedule. 

Fall Semester (16 credits)

Course credits name
ENGL 101 3 English Composition I
PSYC 201 3 General Psychology
MATH 131 3 College Algebra
HIST xxx 3 History I Course

PHIL 102


Introduction to Logic

FRESEM 101 1 Freshman Seminar

Spring Semester (18 credits)

course credits name
MATH 132 4 Pre-Calculus
BIOL 106 4 Cell Biology
CHEM 101 4 General Chemistry I
MISY 150 (or HEED 101 or GEOG 102) 3 Tech Fluency
HIST xxx 3 History II Course

Fall Semester (13 credits)

Course credits name
ENGL 102 3 English Composition II
ANTH 207 3 Anthropology
WLIT 207 3 World Literature
BIOL 103 4 General Botany

Spring Semester (15 credits)

Course credits name
CHEM 102 4 General Chemistry II
BIOL 201 4 Anatomy and Physiology I
IDIS 103 (or Foreign Lang, ART 103, Music 201, Dance 226, Theater 211, Speech 105) 3 Music and Dance
BIOL 104 4 General Zoology

Fall Semester (17 credits)

Course credits name
CHEM 307 5 Organic Chemistry (only offered in the Fall)
PHYS 301 4 General Physics (only offered in the Fall)
BIOL 308 4 Microbiology
BIOL 203 4 Anatomy and Physiology II

Spring Semester (17 credits)

course credits name
CHEM 308 5 Organic Chemistry II (only offered in the Spring)
PHYS 302 4 Physics II (only offered in the Spring)

MATH 201 


Calculus I

BIOL 410 4 Molecular Biology (only offered in the Spring)

Fall Semester (12 credits)

Course credits name
BIOL 403 1 Seminar in Biology I
BIOL xxx 4 Program elective (BIOL 303 Neuroscience Res & Anal or BIOL 302 Animal Histology)
MATH 203 3 Statistics
MATH 202 4 Calculus II

Spring Semester (13 credits)

Course credits Name
BIOL 404 1 Seminar II
BIOL 402 4 Principles of Genetics (only offered in the Spring)
CHEM 313 4 Biochemistry (only offered in the Spring)
BIOL xxx 4 Program Elective (BIOL 301/305/ BIOL 204 Embryology/Animal Physiology or Vertebrate Structure and Development – only offered in the Spring)

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Biology and Life Sciences lives in the Department of Natural Sciences in the School of Arts & Sciences within the College of Arts & Sciences, and Education