The two pre-pharmacy or pre-professional years are at the entry-level of the curriculum. After successful completion of pre-pharmacy courses, students may apply for admission to the professional program leading to the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Pharmacy and Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degrees.

Admission to Pre-Pharmacy

Applicants to pre-pharmacy studies should contact the LAU Admissions Office and follow the University regular undergraduate application process. Eligible applicants include students who have been admitted to LAU, or others who hold an academic degree (e.g., B.A., B.S.) of different majors or course of study. Applicants who hold an academic degree from an American institution are exempted from taking the Liberal Arts Core (LAC) courses.

Pre-Pharmacy Curriculum

Pre-Professional Year 1

Fall Semester (17 credits)

Number Course Name Cr.
ARA___ Appreciation of Arabic Literature 3
BIO201 General Biology I 4
CHM201 Chemical Principles 3
PED___ Physical Education 1
______ LAC-Arts 3
______ LAC-Social Sciences 3

Spring Semester (16 credits)

Number Course Name Cr.
CHM311 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHM313 Organic Chemistry I, Lab 1
ENG202 Sophomore Rhetoric 3
PHA202 Medical Anatomy & Physiology 4
PHA204 Computer Application to Pharmacy 2
______ LAC-Literature 3

Pre-Professional Year 2

Fall Semester (14 credits)

Number Course Name Cr.
CHM312 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHM314 Organic Chemistry II, Lab 1
ENG203 Fundamental of Oral Communication 3
PHA209 Principles of Pathophysiology and Immunology 4
PHA211 Microbiological Basis of Disease 3

Spring Semester (17 credits)

Number Course Name Cr.
ECO20_ LAC-Micro/Macroeconomics 3
PHA205 Statistics for Health Profession Majors 3
PHA208 Medical Biochemistry 4
PHA210 Systems Pathophysiology 4
______ LAC-Cultural Studies, History, Philosophy or Religion 3

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Academic Rules and Procedures

Pre-pharmacy students follow LAU’s undergraduate academic rules and procedures that govern passing grades, academic standing, probation, recognition, student classification, academic load, and student conduct.

To be eligible for applying to the professional pharmacy program, LAU students must fulfill all of the following conditions during their pre-pharmacy years:

  • Completed all pre-pharmacy courses with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.
  • Passed all major courses with a minimum letter grade C on any course. Major courses include all PHA courses and BIO201, CHM201, CHM311, CHM312 , CHM313 and CHM314. For the non-major courses, D is considered as a passing letter grade.
  • Did not exceed three course repeats, whether these repeats were of the same course or different courses. Note that a course withdrawal that is noted as “WF” is counted as a repeat.
  • Did not receive more than one official academic warning.

For transfer students, only the courses that are listed in the pre-pharmacy curriculum, either transferred from their previous University or done at LAU, will be taken into consideration in the calculation of the GPA and number of repeats.

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