The HSU Department of Chemistry offers our students the opportunity to gain a broad-based foundation in the chemistry or physics disciplines. Our professors provide training in the application of chemical and physical principles to other fields and introduce liberal arts students to a basic understanding of chemistry and physics.
The Bachelor of Science degree is designed to prepare the student for teaching, industrial work, and graduate education.
We offer a Bachelor of Arts degree to prepare students for careers such as environmental protection, clinical chemistry, chemical patent law and other fields where extensive undergraduate training in chemistry is valuable.
We also offer a minor in chemistry designed for those students who wish to pursue careers such as environmental protection that require working knowledge of chemistry.
Our Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry prepares students for graduate school or a career as a professional chemist.
Our majors classes and labs maintain a student-to-professor ratio below 8:1. Students have the opportunity for hands-on research directly with a professor.
Each faculty member has a PhD in their area of teaching specialty, with over 100 years of teaching experience between the four professors.
All courses and course descriptions for each degree type can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog:
A minor is required. Recommended minors are biology, environmental science, geology, or mathematics.
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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