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Pre-Pharmacy: Because the world of medicine needs, well, medicine.

Chemistry and biology are inextricably linked. Master that link, and you can change uncountable lives for the better. By rounding out your undergraduate education with a pre-pharmacy program that offers a specialized focus in your areas of interest, you will build momentum toward a rewarding career in healthcare or other sciences. 

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Programs & Requirements

Programs & Requirements

* The credit hours listed on this page only reference the specific program requirements and is not reflective of the total hours necessary to receive your degree. Cumberlands requires all students obtain a minimum of 60 hours for an associate’s degree and a total of 120 hours for a bachelor’s degree. Transfer and prior learning credits may be counted toward those totals.

To learn more about our General Education Requirements, please visit the page referenced below or explore our Academic Catalog

General Education Requirements

Pre-Pharmacy Program - Biology Track

The rewards of a pharmacy or natural sciences career path are vast. You don’t have to work in a health clinic to help sick or injured patients feel better. By supporting patient health and wellbeing as a pharmacist or medical researcher, you are serving patients in a life-changing way! People in roles like that contribute to vital medical discovery and innovation. Critical drugs that offer symptom relief – or even cures for diseases – were developed by trained professionals in the pharmaceutical field. With a pre-pharmacy degree from Cumberlands, you’ll be on your way to becoming a professional like that.  

If you want to pursue a career in the pharmacy world, check into the pre-pharmacy degree track at University of the Cumberlands. Our chemistry program is just what the doctor ordered to fulfill the 60 hours of pre-pharmacy undergraduate work that most pharmacy schools require for admittance. 

Course Requirements

BIOL 111 Becoming a Successful Biologist  

BIOL 113 Introduction to Population Biology Laboratory  

BIOL 114 Introduction to Cellular Biology Laboratory  

BIOL 133 Introduction to Population Biology  

BIOL 134 Introduction to Cellular Biology  

BIOL 210 Introduction to Biological Literature 

BIOL 246 Biodiversity  

BIOL 340 Genetics  

BIOL 495 Senior Seminar OR BIOL 498 Senior Thesis  

MATH 132 College Algebra (or higher math course)  

CHEM 132 General College Chemistry I  

CHEM 111 General College Chemistry I Laboratory  

CHEM 232 General College Chemistry II  

CHEM 211 General College Chemistry II Laboratory 

Selected from the following:  

PHYS 241 Physics I  

PHYS 242 Physics II  

PHYS 137 Physical Science  

PHYS 117 Physical Science Laboratory  

BIOL 231 Environmental Science  

BIOL 116 Environmental Science Laboratory

Selected from the following:  

BIOL 331 Vertebrate Embryology  

BIOL 342 Parasitology  

BIOL 345 Microbiology*  

BIOL 346 Biochemistry*  

BIOL 436 Medical Biochemistry  

BIOL 441 Immunology  

BIOL 442 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy*  

BIOL 443 General Physiology*  

BIOL 445 Molecular Biology  

BIOL 446 Cell Biology in Health and Disease  

BIOL 447 Histology  

A Bachelor of Arts degree requires completing the same courses as a Bachelor of Science with the addition of completing one foreign language sequence through the intermediate level.


FREN 131     Elementary French I

FREN 132     Elementary French II

FREN 231     Intermediate French I

FREN 232     Intermediate French II


SPAN 131     Elementary Spanish I

SPAN 132     Elementary Spanish II

SPAN 231     Intermediate Spanish I

SPAN 232     Intermediate Spanish II

Pre-Pharmacy Program - Chemistry Track

This option is recommended for students entering a “blended” area such as pre-professional medically related areas (medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, physician assistant, physical therapist, etc.), chemistry/business, and chemistry/biology.  

Bachelor of Science with a Major in Chemistry - Pre-Professional Emphasis

Course Requirements

CHEM 132 General College Chemistry I  

CHEM 111 General Chemistry Laboratory I  

CHEM 232 General College Chemistry II  

CHEM 211 General Chemistry Laboratory II  

CHEM 331 Organic Chemistry I  

CHEM 321 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I  

CHEM 332 Organic Chemistry II  

CHEM 322 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II  

CHEM 336 Analytical Chemistry  

CHEM 328 Analytical Chemistry Laboratory  

CHEM 441 Physical Chemistry I lab included (4 hours) 

CHEM 434 Inorganic Chemistry  

CHEM 490 Senior Research Project, Capstone in Chemistry (2 hours required)  

CHEM 491 Selected Topics or BIOL 346 Biochemistry  

NOTE: MATH 140, MATH 240, PHYS 241, and PHYS 242 are prerequisites for some upper-level chemistry courses.  

A Bachelor of Arts degree requires completing the same courses as a Bachelor of Science with the addition of completing one foreign language sequence through the intermediate level.

FREN 131        Elementary French I

FREN 132        Elementary French II

FREN 231        Intermediate French I

FREN 232        Intermediate French II


SPAN 131        Elementary Spanish I

SPAN 132        Elementary Spanish II

SPAN 231        Intermediate Spanish I

SPAN 232        Intermediate Spanish II

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Mission and Goals

The mission of the pre-pharmacy program at University of the Cumberlands is to provide the knowledge and skills that will prepare you for medical school and help you succeed in various fields of service in healthcare and related sciences.

Gain fundamental knowledge in modern concepts of biology, chemistry, and mathematics.
Effectively use informational resources, perform research, and interpret data.
Demonstrate critical and analytical thought within the context of the scientific method.
Sharpen your communication, problem-solving, and teamwork skills.
Begin learning the basics of medicine – the reciprocal influence between chemistry and biology.
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Pre-Pharmacy Careers & Outcomes

All stats from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Clinical Pharmacist: $128,570

Clinical Pharmacist: $128,570

Pharmacists dispense prescription medications and provide information to patients about the drugs and their use. 

Chemical Engineer: $105,550

Chemical Engineer: $105,550

Chemical engineers apply the principles of chemistry, physics, and engineering to design equipment and processes for manufacturing products such as gasoline, detergents, and paper. 

Chemist: $79,760

Chemist: $79,760

Chemists and materials scientists research and analyze the chemical properties of substances to develop new materials, products, or knowledge. 

Natural Sciences Manager: $137,900

Natural Sciences Manager: $137,900

Natural sciences managers supervise the work of scientists, including chemists, physicists, and biologists.  

Clinical Research: $95,310

Clinical Research: $95,310

Medical scientists conduct research aimed at improving overall human health. 

Medical Assistant: $37,190

Medical Assistant: $37,190

Medical assistants complete administrative and clinical tasks in hospitals, offices of physicians, and other healthcare facilities. 

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Common Questions

All programs at University of the Cumberlands are offered at some of the lowest rates in the nation – and we even include free textbooks through our One Price Promise! For more information on how affordable this program would be for you, visit our Financial Aid page.

This pre-pharmacy program equips students for more advanced study in specialized pharmacy programs. Following a biology or chemistry track, the pre-pharmacy degree offers well-rounded undergraduate studies preferred by most professional schools of pharmacy. Besides a focus on sciences, including physics, chemistry and biology, this degree program explores English, mathematics, social sciences, and the humanities, making graduates even more appealing to pharmacy schools. 

With a pre-pharmacy credential, you can continue on to a professional pharmacy program or focus on a natural science discipline in your advanced studies. As a Cumberlands pre-pharmacy graduate, you will have the option to pursue jobs in pharmacy or in a wide range of natural science careers, including working as a pharmacist, chemist, clinical researcher, or natural sciences manager.  

To the right people, a degree in pre-pharmacy is definitely worth it. Some of the biggest benefits to pursuing a pre-pharmacy degree at UC are expanded career opportunities (whether you go on to pharmacy school or begin work in the field immediately after graduation), dedicated advisors to help guide you to completing your degree, and meeting a number of requirements for entry into pharmacy school.  

Following a biology or chemistry track, the pre-pharmacy degree offers well-rounded undergraduate studies preferred by most professional schools of pharmacy. In addition to a focus on sciences, including physics, chemistry and biology, this degree program explores English, mathematics, social sciences and the humanities. 

We would say so! A pre-pharmacy degree from University of the Cumberlands could help you meet certain academic requirements for entry into pharmacy school, while also equipping you with knowledge and skills that will be vital to success as a graduate student. Our advisors understand the challenging process of applying to – and getting accepted into – top-notch pharmacy schools, so they will be great resources for you when you begin that admissions journey. While pharmacy school is challenging no matter who you are, being prepared makes a big difference. 

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Faculty Experts in Pre-Pharmacy

Learn more about the pre-pharmacy professors you'll be interacting with at Cumberlands.

Kara Stanley

Ms. Kara Stanley

Adjunct Professor

Ms. Kara Stanley

Contact Information

kara.stanley [at]
Jeffrey Schwarz

Jeffrey Schwarz

Associate Professor

Jeffrey Schwarz

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Correll Science Complex C106
Dr. Sharlene Dzugan

Dr. Sharlene Dzugan


Dr. Sharlene Dzugan

Contact Information

sharlene.dzugan [at]
Correll Science Complex C107

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