Dec 07, 2021  
2020-2021 Academic Catalog 
2020-2021 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Chemistry, Pre-Pharmacy Concentration, (BS)

There are two routes to the completion of a pre-pharmacy degree at Tusculum University. The first is to complete the general education requirements, chemistry core and pre-pharmacy concentration requirements, and elective courses for a bachelor’s degree (120 credit hours). A student can apply for admission to the pharmacy school of his or her choice early in the senior year and graduate with a B.S. degree at the end of the senior year. The second route is for the exceptional student. Upon completion of the general education requirements, Chemistry core, and pre-pharmacy concentration requirements and acceptance into pharmacy school, students are able to enroll at the pharmacy school and begin their studies. Completion of senior year courses CHEM 480  and CHEM 495  are not required in this second route, but the courses are highly recommended. After the successful completion of one year (minimum of 36 semester hours) from an accredited pharmacy school, the student must submit an official transcript to the Tusculum University Registrar’s office documenting his or her successful completion of the first year of study. Upon review and approval, the student will then be awarded a B.S. degree in Chemistry, Pre-Pharmacy Concentration from Tusculum University at the next regularly scheduled graduation. Please see an advisor and/or registrar for more information.

Degree Requirements: 120 Credits

General Elective 42
Major 44
Concentration 18
Electives 16
Total Credits 120

Special Requirements in the General Education Curriculum

Students seeking the Pre-Pharmacy concentration must complete the following General Education Curriculum requirements:
  • Credit(s): 3 (Natural Sciences)
  • Credit(s): 1 (Natural Sciences)
  • Credit(s): 4 (Math)
  • Credit(s): 3 (Behavioral Wellness and Social Sciences)

  • Students in the Chemistry major Pre-Pharmacy Concentration may wish to complete a biology minor or complete additional upper level biology courses to optimize preparation for pharmacy school. Some pharmacy schools such as the University of Tennessee require human anatomy with lab (BIOL 304 /BIOL 304L ) and human physiology with lab (BIOL 302 /BIOL 302L ). Students should check the prerequisites of the pharmacy school to which they plan to apply to make sure they have all the required courses. Please consult a faculty advisor.

General Education Curriculum

University Success Skills

(1 credit)


Take ENGL 110 (3 credits), ENGL 111 (3 credits), and one course in COMM or SPCH (3 credits) for a total of 9 credits.


Take one MATH course for 3 or 4 credits.  Choice may be dictated by program; see Special Requirements section above.

Arts and Humanities

Take one literature course (3 credits) and one additional course from either category (3 credits) for a total of 6 credits.

Natural Science

Take one science course (3 credits) along with that course’s lab (1 credit) for a total of 4 credits.  Choice may be dictated by program; see Special Requirements section above.

Behavioral Wellness and Social Science

Behavioral, Wellness, and Social Science:  Choose 2 courses for a total of 6 credits.  No more than one course may be from the Wellness category.  Choice may be dictated by program; see Special Requirements section above.


Choose one course for 3 credits - Must be a different religion course if used above to satisfy a requirement in the Arts and Humanities general education core.

Civic Studies

Choose one course for 3 credits.  Must be a different political science course if used above to satisfy a requirement in the Social Science general education core.​

General Electives - 16 credits