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Pre-Health

Prerequisite Courses for RFUMS Dual-Degree Program

  • RFUMS Dual-Degree Program for Doctor of Pharmacy  

    Students admitted to the pharmacy program will spend three years at Lake Forest College and will obtain their biology or neuroscience degree at Lake Forest College after completing their first year in pharmacy school.  Thus, students must complete their required coursework in three years.  This demanding schedule requires you to know early in your academic career that pharmacy is your desire.  However, it will cut your tuition costs!

    Pre-Pharmacy Core Courses

    Please note: At Lake Forest College, credit is earned and recorded by courses rather than by semester credit hours. Students receive one credit for each course, regardless of the number of meeting times per week or whether the course has an accompanying lab. Thus, a Statistics course may meet for 3 hours per week and a Chemistry course may meet 3 hours for classroom and 4 hours for lab each week, but students receive one Lake Forest credit for each course. For the purposes of definition of credit, a Lake Forest course is valued at four semester credit hours. However, for the purposes of this agreement, semester hour equivalents are calculated on the basis of actual class meeting time and lab hours.

    Lake Forest College Courses  Lake Forest Credits / RFUMS Semester Hour Equivalents
    FIYS: First Year Seminar 1 / 3
    Two ENGL Courses: (Written Communication) 2 / 6
    BIOL 120: Organismal Biology with lab 1 / 7
    BIOL 221: Molecules, Genes, and Cells with lab 1 / 7
    BIOL 208: Human Anatomy with lab 1 / 7
    BIOL 320: Microbiology with lab 1 / 7
    CHEM 115: Chemistry I with lab 1 / 7
    CHEM 116: Chemistry II with lab 1 / 7
    CHEM 220: Organic Chemistry I with lab 1 / 7
    CHEM 221: Organic Chemistry II with lab 1 / 7
    PHYS 110: Introductory Physics I with lab 1 / 7
    MATH 110: Calculus I 1 / 4

    MATH 150: Intro Probability & Statistics OR PSYC 221: Research Methods and Statistics

    1 / 4

    Two Social Science Courses: For example, Psychology, Sociology and Anthropology, Politics, or Economics

    2 / 6

    One Humanities Course: Art, Language, History, Philosophy, Theatre, Religion

    1 / 3
    One Elective Course (Spanish recommended)  
    Total: 17 17 / 89
    The following is one possible schedule for your courses with a major in Biology.  You should consult with Pre-Health Advising for details!  

    Courses in bold are required for admission to Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, College of Pharmacy.  A GPA of 2.5 is required in these prerequisite courses.  Other courses required for the Lake Forest College Biology major are listed with an asterisk.  

    Students should take the PCAT entrance exam in early Fall of their junior year (Year 3).

    Fall Semester

    Spring Semester

    Year 1 at Lake Forest College

    FIYS

    CHEM 116 Chemistry II

    CHEM 115: Chemistry I

    MATH 110 Calculus I

    BIOL 120: Organismal Biology

    BIOL 13X* Biological Inquiry

    ENGL 110 (Humanities GEC)

    GEC course or elective

     

    Year 2 at Lake Forest College

    CHEM 220 Organic Chemistry I

    CHEM 221 Organic Chemistry II

    BIOL 220* Ecology and Evolution

    BIOL 221: Cellular and Molecular Biology

    PHYS 110 Introductory Physics I

    PHYS 111 Introductory Physics II

    GEC course or elective

    GEC course or elective

     

    Year 3 at Lake Forest College

    ECON 110 Principles of Economics I

    BIOL 208: Human Anatomy

    PSYC

    BIOL 48X* Senior Seminar Capstone

    BIOL 3XX* in organisms or ecology

    ENGL 2XX

    GEC course or elective

    GEC course or elective

     

    Year 4 at Rosalind Franklin University  

    Fall Quarter

    Winter Quarter

    Spring Quarter

    Introduction to Pharmacy Practice

    Biochemical Principles for Pharmacy

    Pharmacy Skills Laboratory II

    Pharmaceutics I

    Microbiology & Immunology

    Microbiology & Immunology

    Body Systems I

    Pharmacy Skills Laboratory I

    Pharmaceutics III

    Body Systems II

    Health Care Systems

    Molecular Biology

    Interprofessional Healthcare Teams

    Pharmaceutics II

    Medical Ethics

    Culture in Health Care

    Intro. Pharmacy Practice Exp. II

    Medical Literature Evaluation

    Intro. Pharmacy Practice Exp. I

     

    Intro.  Pharmacy Practice Exp. III

    The following is one possible schedule for your courses with a major in Neuroscience.  You should consult with Pre-Health Advising for details!  

    Courses in bold are required for admission to Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, College of Pharmacy.  A GPA of 2.5 is required in these prerequisite courses.  Other courses required for the Lake Forest College Neuroscience major are listed with an asterisk.  

    Students should take the PCAT entrance exam in early Fall of their junior year (Year 3).

    Fall Semester

    Spring Semester

    Year 1 at Lake Forest College

    FIYS

    CHEM 116 Chemistry II

    CHEM 115: Chemistry I

    MATH 110 Calculus I

    BIOL 120: Organismal Biology

    PSYC 110: Introduction to Psychology*

    ENGL 110 (Humanities GEC)

    NEUR elective #1* (NEUR 130 or Humanities GEC)

     

    Year 2 at Lake Forest College

    CHEM 220 Organic Chemistry I

    CHEM 221 Organic Chemistry II

    PSYC 221: Research Methods and Statistics I

    PSYC 222*: Research Methods and Statistics II

    Social Science GEC

    NEUR 346 or 370*

    BIOL 221: Molecules, Genes, and Cells

    NEUR elective #2* (Humanities GEC)

     

    Year 3 at Lake Forest College

    NEUR 4XX*: Capstone

    BIOL 208: Human Anatomy

    PHYS 110: Introductory Physics I

    GEC (cultural diversity)

    NEUR elective #3 (must be PSYC)*

    ENGL (cultural diversity)

    BIOL 320: Microbiology

    NEUR 346 or 370*

    Note: NEUR 372: Pharmacology: Drug, Brain, and Behavior is not allowed

    Year 4 at Rosalind Franklin University  

    Fall Quarter

    Winter Quarter

    Spring Quarter

    Introduction to Pharmacy Practice

    Biochemical Principles for Pharmacy

    Microbiology & Immunology

    Pharmaceutics I

    Microbiology & Immunology

    Pharmaceutics III

    Body Systems I

    Health Care Systems

    Medicinal Chemistry

    Body Systems II

    Pharmaceutics II

    Medical Ethics

    Interprofessional Healthcare Teams

    Pharmacy Skills Laboratory II

    Medical Literature Evaluation

    Culture in Health Care

    Intro. Pharmacy Practice Exp. II

    Pharmacy Skills Laboratory III

    Intro. Pharmacy Practice Exp. I

     

    Intro.  Pharmacy Practice Exp. III

    Pharmacy Skills Lab I