The Bachelor of Science degree program in Pharmaceutical Science (Pre-Pharmacy) is designed to prepare students who have the goal of seeking admission into the South College School of Pharmacy (SCSOP). The Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Science curriculum consists of courses that fulfill the pre-requisites for application to the SCSOP. The first two years of course work include a broad scope of courses with a heavy emphasis on the sciences. The third year of the Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences is actually the first year of the SCSOP Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program. Following successful completion of the first year of the PharmD program, the Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences (Pre-Pharmacy) will be awarded.
The curriculum and sequence of course offerings leading to the Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Science (Pre-Pharmacy) have been planned to support the goals described above. The focus of the first two years of the curriculum is on establishing a firm foundation in the general education disciplines, with a focus on the basic sciences. The remainder of the curriculum builds on this focus by offering courses concentrating on the pharmaceutical (e.g., medicinal chemistry, pharmacology) and biological sciences (e.g., immunology, genetics). Only courses in which a C or better is earned will count toward graduation requirements.
The program seeks to graduate successful individuals who:
- Demonstrate comprehension of key science principles relating to required courses.
- Demonstrate effective communication skills.
- Demonstrate outcomes relating to first year of pharmacy program.
General admission to South College does not guarantee admission to the Bachelor of Science degree program in Pharmaceutic Science (Pre-Pharmacy). Applicants interested in this program are required to visit the college and meet individual with an admissions representative and program faculty to ascertain if their goals can be met by the college. Prospective students declaring Pharmaceutical Science (Pre-Pharmacy) as their major must be generally admitted to South College to begin coursework. Following satisfactory completion of 60 hours of coursework at South College to be considered admitted to the Bachelor of Science program.
In order to progress to the third year of the required curriculum, students must gain admission to the South College PharmD program. Students admitted to the Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences (Pre-Pharmacy) program are granted an interview with the SCSOP, but admittance is not guaranteed. Students not admitted to the SCSOP may seek to finish a baccalaureate degree in Health Science.
Termination/Withdrawal from Program
Students must adhere to all South College policies and procedures including general requirements for Satisfactory Academic Progress. Once admission is gained to the PharmD program, all progression requirements for the SCSOP apply.
The Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Science (Pre-Pharmacy) program is offered at the Knoxville campus.