Our Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology degree prepares students who wish to pursue advanced degrees in biotechnology, molecular biology, or medicine. The major consists of 24 semester hours of chemistry and 23 semester hours of biology coursework.
Our Bachelor of Arts degree prepares students who wish to pursue careers in the biotechnology industry. The major consists of 21 semester hours of chemistry and 21 semester hours of biology coursework.
We also offer a minor in biochemistry designed for those students who wish to pursue careers such as medicine, biotechnology, or graduate studies in biology. The minor consists of 24 semester hours of chemistry course work.
Our major classes and labs maintain a student-to-professor ratio below 8:1. Students have the opportunity for hands-on research and experiments directly with a professor.
Each faculty member has a Ph.D. in their area of teaching specialty, with over 100 years of teaching experience between the four professors.
Our Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology prepares students for graduate school or a career as a professional biochemist or biologist.
"The first time I visited the HSU campus and met science faculty members, I could tell they really care about students and want us to succeed."
All courses and course descriptions for each degree type can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog:
All HSU students are eligible for this program.
Hardin-Simmons University students perform admirably in our nation’s medical and dental schools. Many pre-medical and pre-dental students major in chemistry, biology, or biochemistry although it is possible to major in other areas.
The Pre-Pharmacy track at HSU will prepare you to matriculate into a pharmacy school to earn a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree. Careers in pharmacy cover a variety of different options and specialties. Some career options are listed below:
You can learn more about different pharmacy careers at Pharmacy Is Right For Me.
Pre-Pharmacy is considered a track in Biology, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, or Chemistry; it is not a major. Pre-Pharmacy students are required to take specific courses to prepare for the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) and to apply to pharmacy school. You can choose to major in any field and you can apply to pharmacy school as long as you have completed the prerequisites. Pre-pharmacy track students at HSU generally follow one of the following plans:
Following one of the plans listed above ensures that the prerequisite courses required by most pharmacy schools can be taken as part of the B.S. degree plan. You can learn more about pharmacy program prerequisite courses at Pharmacy Is Right For Me.
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy (TTUHSC-SOP) 3+4 Dual Degree Information
To matriculate into pharmacy school you must score competitively on the Pharmacy College Admission Test. The test has five major sections:
Your performance on the PCAT is reported as your percentile rank which indicates your performance relative to the current PCAT norm group. Most Texas pharmacy schools prefer a PCAT score >50, but a competitive score for Texas pharmacy schools is >70. You can find more information about the PCAT, including a yearly PCAT guide, on the PCAT webpage.
In addition to the prerequisite courses and competitive PCAT score, successful applicants should gain experience by shadowing pharmacists or volunteering at a health center or hospital. Additionally, it is recommended that pre-pharmacy students work in a pharmacy as clerks or pharmacy technicians.
Approximately 90% of all pharmacy degree programs in the U.S. participate in the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS) for admission. You should visit the PharmCAS website to learn more about the admissions process and requirements.
Dr. Andrea Jensen advises Biology majors who are planning to apply to pharmacy school.
Dr. Michelle Dose advises Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Chemistry majors who are planning to apply to pharmacy school.
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