Pre-Profession Studies

Biology model in lab

Pre-Medical Studies

In the last two years, 65% of Shawnee State’s pre-med graduates ended up attending either medical, veterinarian, or some other professional school. Of the remaining graduates: 18% entered directly into the workforce, 6% went to graduate school, a further 6% pursued a second baccalaureate program.

Admission requirements for every accredited medical school in the United States can be found in Medical School Admission Requirements, published by the Association of American Medical Colleges and available in the Shawnee State library. While there is general commonality in minimum requirements, the premedical studies student should consult the professional school of interest for exact admission requirements.

The following are the minimal requirements recommended by graduate programs in clinical medical science (including optometry, dentistry, veterinary medicine, MD and DO programs) in the state of Ohio:

  • 1 year general biology
  • 1 year anatomy and physiology
  • 1 year general chemistry
  • 1 year organic chemistry
  • 1 year physics
  • Proficiency at MATH 1250 level (some schools require Calculus 1)

Students interested in pursuing professional degrees in medicine, veterinary medicine, chiropractic, dentistry, optometry, or other medically related areas are strongly encouraged to follow the bachelor of science in biology, biomedical sciences track. This track is designed to meet the minimum requirements for admission to medically oriented professional schools and to provide additional courses that will help students succeed after acceptance to a professional school.

Grade point average, performance on the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT), an interview, and undergraduate academic recommendations are some of the more important factors considered by medical school admissions committees.

If you have any questions about our pre-med program, or medical school requirements, please feel free to email Dr. Eugene Burns:, Professor of Biology.

Organic chemistry lab

Pre-Pharmacy Studies

Shawnee State has an excellent track record of sending its graduates to local pharmacy schools. During spring 2017, five of our students were admitted to pharmacy schools! Two were admitted to Ohio State, two to Marshall University, and one to the University of Cincinnati.

Pre-pharmacy is not a major. Students who plan to apply for admission to pharmacy schools may major in any area. According to the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, chemistry is the most common major for pre-pharmacy students, but pharmacy students come from a wide variety of backgrounds. Students interested in pharmacy are strongly encouraged to major in chemistry. Whatever the major, applicants for pharmacy school should include the courses listed below in their college careers.

Students who plan to apply for pharmaceutical doctorate programs are advised to check the requirements of the pharmacy schools they want to apply to early in their college careers, since the requirements vary substantially from school to school. Some doctorate programs accept students with two years of pre-pharmacy studies, while others require a minimum of three years. At some schools, a bachelor's degree is required for admission.

The minimum recommended courses for pre-pharmacy students are:

  • BIOL 1151, 1152, 3560, 3561, 3750
  • CHEM 1141, 1142, 3305, 3306, 4411
  • ENGL 1101 or 1102, and 1105
  • MATH 2110, 2120
  • PHYS 2201, 2202, or 2211, 2212

If you have any questions about our pre-pharmacy curriculum, or pharmacy school requirements, please feel free to email Dr. Derek Jones,, Associate Professor of Chemistry.

Flowchart of Suggested Pre-Pharmacy Courses

Suggested Pre-Pharmacy Courses at Shawnee State University

Click on the image above for a larger version as a PDF.

Marshall University School of Pharmacy

We have a Memorandum of Understanding (PDF) with Marshall University School of Pharmacy guaranteeing preferential consideration to students who meet certain requirements while at Shawnee State. Please read the document, and ask your adviser if you have any questions.

Natural Sciences

Contact Information

Department of Natural Sciences
940 Second Street
Portsmouth, OH 45662

Dr. Andy Napper, Chairperson
Sharon Messer, Secretary

Phone: (740) 351-3456
Fax: (740) 351-3815 or

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