Academic Catalog 2022-2023

Slippery Rock University

Chemistry, Bachelor of Science (BS) / Pre-Pharmacy (LECOM) (3+3)

Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania (SLIPPERY ROCK) and Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) School of Pharmacy offer a 3+3 Pre-Pharmacy program that culminates with a BS Chemistry degree from SRU and a Doctor of Pharmacy from LECOM if successfully completed.  Under the joint agreement between SLIPPERY ROCK and LECOM School of Pharmacy, students must successfully complete the three-year undergraduate program in chemistry at SLIPPERY ROCK and then matriculate into LECOM School of Pharmacy to complete the professional curriculum of the Doctor of Pharmacy degree (Pharm.D.) in three years. After successfully completing the first full year at LECOM, students can earn a BS Chemistry Degree from SRU.

Selection of Studies for the Program

For admission to Phase I of the Program, students must fulfill the following requirements:

  • SAT Scores (or ACT scores) 1100 (total of 24); New SAT of 1240 or higher is preferred; ACT of 26 or better.
  • High School Grade Point Average (GPA)  3.4 out of 4.0
  • Class rank Top 25% of the class
  • Letters of recommendation are not required by LECOM to enter into EAP
  • Potential Evidence of scholarly activities and desire to become a pharmacist

LECOM School of Pharmacy will not accept advanced placement credit of science and mathematics courses into Phase I of the program.

Admission to Phase II of the Program

 The LECOM School of Pharmacy will accept Slippery Rock students into the professional pharmacy curriculum who meet the criteria listed below:

  • Complete the pre-pharmacy curriculum in Phase I of the 3 + 3 Accelerated Program in Pharmacy as described below (or as amended).
  • Earn a minimum GPA of 3.4 in Phase I of the Program. No grade lower than a “C.”
  • Earn a GPA of 3.2 or higher for science courses.
  • Must maintain full-time student status while at Slippery Rock and complete the Program in the specified time frame.

Submit two letters of recommendation. One of these letters MUST be from the Health Professions Committee at SLIPPERY ROCK. The letter will address the personal growth of the student during Phase I of the Program, as well as the student’s maturity, responsibility, and desire to become a pharmacist.

  • Demonstrate leadership potential and commitment to the pharmacy profession.
  • Submit a completed application for admission to the LECOM School of Pharmacy.

 All questions from students accepted into the 3 + 3 Accelerated Pharmacy Program should be directed to the LECOM School of Pharmacy Admissions Office.

Conferral of Degrees

The Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree will be conferred upon successful completion of Phase I and Phase II of the Program, both didactic and clinical, and recommendation by both the administration and faculty of the LECOM School of Pharmacy. Conferral of the Pharm.D. degree will be at the end of the three year professional program in pharmacy at the LECOM School of Pharmacy. The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree will be conferred on “3+3” students after completion of all SLIPPERY ROCK requirements which includes completion (with a C or better) of all courses in the first semester of year one at LECOM.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of the main disciplines of chemistry, namely Organic, Analytical, Biological, Physical, and Inorganic chemistry.
  • Students will demonstrate development of technical skills for practical applications of chemistry.
  • Students will present collected experimental data in written and oral reports.
  • Students and faculty will participate in faculty-led research projects. Students are expected to be actively working in the laboratory under the supervision and guidance of a faculty mentor.

Related Links

Chemistry - Pre-Pharmacy, BS Program Page

Chemistry Department Page

Professional Licensure/Certification Page

Curriculum Guide

GPA Requirement

Major GPA: 2.0 or higher
Overall GPA: 2.0 or higher


Rock Studies 2 Requirements45
Other Basic Requirements0-3
Computer Competency0-3
Major/Concentration Requirements47
Natural Science and Math College-Wide Requirements12

* All undergraduate degree programs require a minimum of 120 credits.  Some courses meet multiple requirements, but are only counted once toward the 120 credit total required to graduate.

Rock Studies 2 Requirements

The Rock
SUBJ 139Foundations of Academic Discovery 13
ENGL 102Critical Writing3
ENGL 104Critical Reading3
MATH 225Calculus I 24
Select one of the following:3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice
Ethics and Civil Discourse
Civil Discourse and Democracy
Integrated Inquiry
Creative and Aesthetic Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Humanities Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Social Science Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Natural Sciences Inquiry
CHEM 107
CHEM 111
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab 2
Physical Sciences Inquiry
PHYS 216University Physics 1 with Lab 24
Thematic Thread
Select 12 Credits 312
Total Hours45

Basic Math Requirement

Check with your adviser or a current degree audit report to see if you have been exempted from this course. The credit earned in this course will not be counted toward the 120 credit hour minimum needed to earn a degree.

Complete one of the following:0-3
Meet required minimum SAT or ACT math score OR
Beginning Algebra
Total Hours0-3

Computer Competency

Demonstrate "computer competency" by one of the following:0-3
Pass Computer Competency Exam OR
Select one of the following at SRU or another post-secondary institution:
Introduction to Computing for Liberal Arts
Computer Concepts
Introduction to Computing and Programming
Technology for Wellness
Total Hours0-3


Students must take and pass a course with the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) designation prior to graduation.  Students can meet this requirement by taking any DEI - designated course in any program at any time during their undergraduate career. 

Major Requirements

  • Students may not withdraw from any course.
  • Please meet with adviser for Rock Studies 2 recommended courses for Pre-Pharmacy 
  • Recommended Rock Studies 2 Courses:
Required Courses
CHEM 108General Chemistry II 13
CHEM 112General Chemistry II Lab 11
CHEM 201Organic Chemistry I 13
CHEM 211Organic Chemistry Laboratory I 11
CHEM 202Organic Chemistry II 13
CHEM 212Organic Chemistry Laboratory II 11
CHEM 301Physical Chemistry 1 13
CHEM 321Physical Chemistry Laboratory I 11
CHEM 335Biochemistry I 13
CHEM 336Biochemistry Laboratory I 11
CHEM 337Biochemistry II3
CHEM 338Biochemistry Laboratory II1
Chemistry Electives
Select one of the following:4
Analytical Chemistry
and Analytical Chemistry Lab 1
Instrumental Analysis
and Instrumental Analysis Laboratory 1
Required Math and Science Courses
BIOL 114Biology II: Foundations of Molecules, Genes and Cells with Lab 14
BIOL 250Genetics with Lab 14
MATH 230Calculus II 14
PHYS 217University Physics 2 with Lab 14
STAT 152Elementary Statistics I 13
Total Hours47

Natural Science and Math College-Wide Requirements

CHEM 107General Chemistry I 13
CHEM 111General Chemistry I Lab 11
MATH 225Calculus I 14
PHYS 216University Physics 1 with Lab 14

Co-curricular and Experiential Learning

Students are encouraged to explore additional curricular and co-curricular opportunities. There is a strong correlation between long-term student success and participation in the following types of programs and activities:

  1. High-Impact Practice (HIP) designated classes (e.g., Organic Chemistry II Lab)
  2. Student-faculty research
  3. Student leadership development (Chemistry Club)
  4. Career education and development
  5. Internships
  6. Student teaching (serve as Lab Assistants and tutors)
  7. Volunteering

Important Curriculum Guide Notes

This Curriculum Guide is provided to help SRU students and prospective students better understand their intended major curriculum. Enrolled SRU students should note that the My Rock Audit may place already-earned and/or in progress courses in different, yet valid, curriculum categories. Enrolled SRU students should use the My Rock Audit Report and materials and information provided by their faculty advisers to ensure accurate progress towards degree completion. The information on this guide is current as of the date listed. Students are responsible for curriculum requirements at the time of enrollment at the University.

PASSHE - Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Institutions

Biochemistry w/3+3 Pre-Pharmacy (61P4)
This program is effective as of Summer 2022
Revised 07.06.2022
UCC 03.22.2022

Recommended Three-Year Plan

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
CHEM 107
CHEM 111
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
Select one of the following: 3-4
Intermediate Algebra (if necessary)  
Precalculus (if necessary)  
Calculus I (if necessary)  
Calculus II  
BIOL 104 4
ESAP 101 FYRST Seminar * 1
SUBJ 139Foundations of Academic Discovery 1 3
CHEM 108
CHEM 112
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
Select one of the following: 4
Precalculus (if necessary)  
Calculus I (if necessary)  
Calculus II  
ENGL 102 Critical Writing 3
BIOL 250 Genetics with Lab 4
Inquiry/Thread/Elective Course 3
Second Year
CHEM 201
CHEM 211
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
Select one of the following: 4
Calculus I (if necessary)  
Calculus II  
PHYS 216 University Physics 1 with Lab 4
ENGL 104 Critical Reading 3
Inquiry/Thread/Elective Course 3
CHEM 202
CHEM 212
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
MATH 230 Calculus II 4
PHYS 217 University Physics 2 with Lab 4
Select one of the following: 3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice  
Ethics and Civil Discourse  
Civil Discourse and Democracy  
STAT 152 Elementary Statistics I 3
Third Year
CHEM 301
CHEM 321
Physical Chemistry 1
and Physical Chemistry Laboratory I
CHEM 335
CHEM 336
Biochemistry I
and Biochemistry Laboratory I
CHEM 350
CHEM 351
Analytical Chemistry
and Analytical Chemistry Lab
Inquiry/Thread/Elective Course 3
Inquiry/Thread/Elective Course 3
CHEM 337
CHEM 338
Biochemistry II
and Biochemistry Laboratory II
Inquiry/Thread/Elective Course 3
Inquiry/Thread/Elective Course 3
Inquiry/Thread/Elective Course 3
Inquiry/Thread/Elective Course 3
 Total Hours**103-104

** This document is meant to serve as a guide. Some planners may show more than 120 credits because faculty have created flexibility in choosing courses.  However, only 120 credits are required to obtain a degree. Please consult with your academic adviser and refer to your curriculum guide prior to registering for courses. This plan should be reviewed, and verified, by you and your academic adviser at least once each academic year. 

Major Code: 6118
Concentration Code: 61P4
Revised date: 08.02.2021