Academic Catalog 2020-2021

Slippery Rock University

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

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


Liberal Studies Requirements45-46
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. However, because this is a pre-professional program, credits taken during the 1st year of the graduate program are applied toward the undergraduate credit hours to meet the 120 credits required for your undergraduate degree.

Liberal Studies Requirements

See Liberal Studies Guide for Goal and Enrichment choices

Goal Course Requirements
Complete Goal requirements as indicated below
Basic Requirements
ENGL 102Critical Writing3
ENGL 104Critical Reading3
COMM 200Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice3
The Arts
Global Community
Human Institutions/Interpersonal Relationships
Science, Technology & Math
Select 9-10 credits of the following recommended courses:9-10
Principles of Biology with Lab 1,2
General Physics I with Lab 1
Elementary Statistics I 2
Challenges of the Modern Age
Enrichment Course Requirements
Select one course from three of the following Enrichment Areas:9
Total Hours45-46


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

Biochemistry - 3+3 Pre-Pharmacy (LECOM)

  • Students may not withdraw from any course.
  • Please meet with adviser for Liberal Studies recommended courses for Pre-Pharmacy Track
  • Recommended Liberal Studies 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
PHYS 213General Physics III/ Lab 14
STAT 152Elementary Statistics I 13
MATH 230Calculus II 14
BIOL 104Principles of Biology with Lab 14
BIOL 250Genetics with Lab 14
Total Hours47

Natural Science and Math College-Wide Requirements

CHEM 107General Chemistry I 13
CHEM 111General Chemistry I Lab 11
PHYS 211General Physics I with Lab 14
MATH 225Calculus I 14

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
Revised 9-2019