Pre Pharmacy lab.

Program Overview

Quick Facts

  • Delivery: On Campus
  • Program Type: Non-Degree
  • Brand New State-of-the-Art Labs
  • Two guaranteed spots for Ball State students at Manchester University School of Pharmacy

Pharmacists are a vital part of the U.S. healthcare system. Equipped with extensive knowledge of medications and how these substances interact with each other and with our bodies, pharmacists are responsible for providing necessary medications to thousands of people every day. According to the National Community Pharmacists Association, the majority of community pharmacies have been experiencing pharmacy shortages, so there is a high demand for pharmacists!

The Ball State pre-pharmacy program has been carefully constructed so you can complete your courses in an efficient sequence and complete your requirements in two to three years. With the guidance of our departmental advisors, you will be prepared to meet the curricular requirements to apply for multiple pharmacy schools in the state once you complete the program.

We have a dedicated support team in Biology including academic advisors with educational backgrounds in biological sciences and a faculty advisor with a PhD. They will assist you with the application timeline, setting benchmarks, and finding shadowing and volunteer opportunities. Feel free to contact one of the advisors to see what a course schedule would like look!

Ball State University does not grant a degree in pharmacy. Instead, our program prepares you to apply to pharmacy school at Butler University, Purdue University and Manchester University.

Please be aware that admission to a four-year pharmacy school is competitive. The minimum overall GPA for consideration is a 3.0 although the mean GPA for admission of transfer students is closer to a 3.75. Important attributes assessed in students include verbal and written communication skills, understanding of the profession, commitment to patient care and professionalism. While the requirements are high, your Ball State advisor will help guide you along the way, and help you prepare to change your path if you decide not to pursue pharmacy school.

Some of the common courses you will take to complete the pre-pharmacy program include:

  • BIO 111 – Principles of Biology 1
  • BIO 215 – Cell Biology
  • BIO 313 – Microbiology 
  • CHEM 111 and CHEM 112 – General Chemistry 1 and 2
  • PHYS 215 – Human Physiology
  • MATH 161 or MATH 165 – Calculus

For a complete list of all the classes you will take as part of this program and their descriptions, please see our Course Catalog.

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Do you want to learn more about our program or have questions about the application process or financial aid? We’re here to help! One of the best ways to understand why Ball State is right for you is to schedule a visit through our Office of Undergraduate Admissions to see it for yourself. Or if you’d like to speak directly to someone in our department, please feel free to call or email us.


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