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Chapter V: Special Degrees and Pre-Professional Studies

Several special degree programs are offered by the joint cooperation of LS&A and some other college or school within the University. Admission to some of these programs is highly competitive. Because many of these programs require specific courses for admission, it is important for students to identify program interests early in their undergraduate careers, and often at the freshman level. Although the basic requirements are summarized in this chapter, students should consult academic advisors associated with the various programs.

Many LS&A students are interested in applying for admission to a professional school either after two years of liberal arts studies or after completing an LS&A degree. The second half of this chapter describes several pre-professional courses of study. Pre-professional advising is available at both the Academic Advising Center and the Office of Career Planning and Placement.

Liberal Arts Study for Professional Undergraduate Programs

Several schools, colleges, and programs (e.g., A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Business Administration, Dental Hygiene, Education, and Pharmacy) within the University admit only students who have completed two years of liberal arts study. The following information is for students interested in planning the freshman and sophomore years in LS&A and then applying to one of the schools below.


Students accepted to the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree program transfer to the College of Pharmacy upon completion of at least 60 credits of pre-professional work as outlined below. The College accepts students only for the Fall Term, and the Pharm.D. curriculum requires an additional four years of study. Deadline for submission of applications is February 1.

The 60 credits of pre-pharmacy study include:

  1. Anatomy 401;
  2. Biology 162 or 195;
  3. Chemistry 125 and 130 (or exemption per LS&A policy), 210/211, 215/216, and either 230 or 260, 241, and 242;
  4. Mathematics 115 or 185.
  5. Microbiology 301 and 350.
  6. Physics 125/127 and 126/128 or 140/141 and 240/241;
  7. Satisfaction of the LS&A Introductory Composition requirement;
  8. Electives, including two social science courses and two courses in foreign language or the humanities.

Honors alternatives to these courses are acceptable.

Students interested in transferring to the College of Pharmacy should discuss their plans and curriculum with a pharmacy advisor. Advisors are available in the College of Pharmacy.

Since spaces in the College of Pharmacy are limited and admission is competitive, students are encouraged to develop program alternatives in LS&A and to inform themselves of LS&A degree requirements. Application to the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy is made through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

In addition to the Pharm.D. program, the College of Pharmacy offers Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Bachelor of Science in Medicinal Chemistry programs. Neither baccalaureate program leads to a professional degree or pharmacy licensure. Students interested in these programs should consult a Pharmacy advisor.


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