Academic Catalog 2021-2022

Slippery Rock University

Biology, Pre-Pharmacy (LECOM) (2+3)

The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) School of Pharmacy and Slippery Rock University (SRU) are committed to the training of future pharmacy practitioners. Slippery Rock University and LECOM School of Pharmacy offer an accelerated, five-year Doctor of Pharmacy program.  Under this joint agreement students will successfully complete the two-year undergraduate program in pre-pharmacy at SRU and then matriculate into LECOM School of Pharmacy to complete the professional curriculum of the Doctor of Pharmacy degree (Pharm.D) in three years.  The accelerated professional pharmacy curriculum at LECOM School of Pharmacy is offered in a 12-month program per academic year. Students participating in this program will not be awarded a Slippery Rock University degree.

For more information on admission requirements:

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Critical Thinking/Problem Solving: Respective program graduates should demonstrate synthetic, analytical, and interpretive skills.  
  • Knowledge/Content: Graduates should demonstrate that they are founded in the discipline at the molecular, cellular, organismal, population, community, and ecosystem levels and that they have a fundamental understanding of chemistry, physics, and mathematics. 
  • Practical Skills: Graduates will demonstrate proficiency in laboratory related skills.
  • Communication Skills: Respective program graduates should demonstrate strong oral, digital, and written communication skills.
  • Professional Attitude: Graduates demonstrate professional attitude, behavior, and ability to interact with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
  • Degree Program Writing Competency: Graduates will demonstrate proficiency in writing based on longitudinal data as opposed to point in time data.

Related Links

Biology - LECOM Pre-Pharmacy, BS Program Page

Biology Department Page

Professional Licensure/Certification Page

Curriculum Guide

GPA Requirement

Overall GPA: 3.4 or higher
Science GPA: 3.4 or higher
Math GPA: 3.4 or higher


Other Basic Requirements0-3
Computer Competency0-3
Major Requirements/Concentration65
Natural Science and Math College-Wide Requirements12

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

Biology Program Requirements

  • Students desiring a Biology Major must maintain at least a 2.000 average in Biology.
  • Before progressing to a 200-level course, students must achieve a 2.000 average in Principles of Biology - BIOL 104
  • Students may register in 200-level courses in any order, but must maintain a Biology average of 2.000 or better and must complete the 200 core sequence before progressing to 300 and 400-level courses in the major.
  • A student must repeat any 200-level course that brings the Biology average below a 2.000.
  • Students should complete all 200-level Biology requirements by the end of their sophomore year.
  • If you have questions about Financial Aid, visit their website.
  • To view the SRU policy on senior undergraduate students earning graduate credit, click here.

LECOM - Pre-Pharmacy Requirements

Required Courses
BIOL 104Principles of Biology with Lab4
BIOL 250Genetics with Lab4
BIOL 325Biometry with Lab3
CHEM 107General Chemistry I3
CHEM 111General Chemistry I Lab1
CHEM 108General Chemistry II3
CHEM 112General Chemistry II Lab1
CHEM 201Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 211Organic Chemistry Laboratory I1
CHEM 202Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM 212Organic Chemistry Laboratory II1
COMM 200Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice3
CPSC 110Computer Concepts3
ENGL 102Critical Writing3
ENGL 205Introduction to Professional Writing3
MATH 225Calculus I4
PHYS 211General Physics I with Lab4
Economics Course
ECON elective3
Psychology Course
PSYC elective3
Psychology or Sociology Course
Select one of the following:3
PSYC elective
Principles of Sociology
General Electives
Select nine credits9
Total Hours65

Natural Science and Math College-Wide Requirements

Students must take the following four courses:
CHEM 107General Chemistry I3
CHEM 111General Chemistry I Lab1
MATH 225Calculus I4
PHYS 211General Physics I with Lab4
Total Hours12

This program is effective as of Fall 2003.
Revised 8-2018 

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


Plan of Study Grid
First Year
BIOL 104 Principles of Biology with Lab 4
CHEM 107
CHEM 111
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
ENGL 102 Critical Writing 3
INDS 101 FYRST Seminar * 1
MATH 225 Calculus I 4
BIOL 250 Genetics with Lab 4
CHEM 108
CHEM 112
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
ENGL 205 Introduction to Professional Writing 3
CPSC 110 Computer Concepts 3
Elective 3
Second Year
Select one of the following: 3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice  
Ethics and Civil Discourse  
Civil Discourse and Democracy  
CHEM 201
CHEM 211
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
PHYS 201 Elements of Physics I with Lab 4
Electives 6
Economics Elective 3
CHEM 202
CHEM 212
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
Psychology Elective 3
Behavioral Science Elective 3
BIOL 325 Biometry with Lab 3
 Total Hours**66

Major Code: 61LP
Revised date: 07.14.2021

** 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.