Program Highlights

The Pre-Professional Program at Millikin University dedicates its energy to preparing individuals for entry into and success in a post-graduate medical sciences program. Each student receives a liberal arts education with a firm foundation in science. Courses in science, social science, arts, and language balance those in biology and/or chemistry. Individual monitoring of academic and professional goals and one-on-one contact with the program director set our program apart from others. Personalized mentoring invites you to become part of a community of learners and helps you focus on your coursework. Local internships and service opportunities provide hands-on enrichment and education, while an updated health-career library informs students of growing career opportunities.

The selection of courses has been tailored to ensure training in areas of importance in medical and dental. We recommend that pre-Health students complete the minimum requirements plus University Physics and two semesters of Calculus as preparation for entrance examinations. There is no admission advantage to having additional science courses; instead, students should seek to broaden themselves by choosing challenging electives from the humanities, creative arts and social sciences. Pre-Health students are expected to take advantage of the review sessions and advising offered by the Director of Pre-Professional Programs. Suggested electives include Modern Language, Philosophy, and Psychology.

Sample Plan of Study for Pre-Medicine

This plan of study shows the types of courses you might take as a student in this major. This is presented simply to provide a realistic preview of your coursework. Once you enroll at Millikin, a faculty advisor will guide you through the process of selecting courses that will help you graduate on-time from this program. Each student’s academic path is unique and your timeline may look different than your peers in the same program of study.

Sample Plan of Study
Semester 1 Ecology and Evolution with Lab
General Chemistry
Introductory Chemistry Lab I
Calculus I
University Seminar
Critical Writing, Reading, Research I
Semester 2 Diversity of Life with Lab
General Inorganic Chemistry
Introductory Chemistry Lab II I
Public Speaking
Critical Writing, Reading, Research I
Calculus II
Semester 3 Genetics
Intermediate Chemistry Lab I
Organic Chemistry I
Analytical Chemistry and Lab
US Cultural Studies
University Physics I
Physics Lab I
Semester 4 Molecular and Cell Biology with Lab
Intermediate Chemistry Lab II
Organic Chemistry II
University Physics II
Physics Lab II
Intro to Sociology
Semester 5 Molecular Genetics
International Cultures and Structures
Global Studies
Intro Psychology
Semester 6 Statistical Analysis
General Microbiology
Research (optional)
International Cultures and Structures II
Semester 7 Physical Chemistry
Research (optional)
Senior Seminar
Semester 8 Instrumental Analysis & Lab
Senior Seminar
Advanced Biochemistry
Historical Studies OR Elective
Fine Arts


Most of the accredited U.S. pharmacy schools require at least two years of pre-pharmacy work for admission to their professional programs.  The required preparation consists of basic science background courses as well as foundational courses in other areas.  Admission requirements of various pharmacy schools are similar; therefore, careful choice of courses during two years of study at Millikin will enable the student to meet the requirements of several pharmacy schools to which he or she may apply.  A suggested course schedule is provided.

At all pharmacy schools, the initial professional degree offered is the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.), requiring four years of professional study.

Although the Pre-Pharmacy curriculum is necessarily very prescriptive, students should make careful use of the options available to them.  Courses in the professional years are heavily concentrated in pharmacy and supporting sciences; the pre-pharmacy years are the last chance to take broadening, enriching courses in other areas.  Therefore, students are well advised to take most, or all, of their electives outside the science-math area.  Recommended areas include history, foreign language, philosophy, fine arts, economics, literature, political science, sociology, and psychology. 

A few pharmacy schools require the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) and others recommend it for applicants.  The PCAT, like the MCAT and ACT, is a standardized aptitude test that is given in September, January, and July.  Students who decide to take the PCAT normally do so in the fall of their sophomore year.  The test can then be repeated in the winter, if necessary, in time for admissions use.

The prescriptive nature of the pre-pharmacy curriculum does not prevent it from offering many options to a student who decides to switch goals.  The curriculum most closely resembles the first two years of a chemistry major, and the student could readily continue in that major.  In addition, he or she would be well prepared to major in virtually any science or nonscience field in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Booklets on pharmacy and information about individual pharmacy schools are available from the Department of Chemistry faculty and from the Director of Pre-Professional Programs.  Because of the differences among pharmacy schools and the frequent changes in admissions requirements, each student is ultimately responsible for learning the requirements of particular pharmacy schools.  It is recommended that each student visit one or more pharmacy schools before the sophomore year.  After drawing up a list of two to four target schools the student should work closely with his or her academic advisor as well as the Director of Pre-Professional Programs to ensure that all requirements are completed by the sophomore year.

The majority of pharmacy schools participate in the PharmCAS common application system.  Visit for more information about the application process or about individual school requirements.

Area Pharmacy Schools that Participate in PharmCAS

  • Chicago State University, College of Pharmacy
  • Midwestern University-Chicago Campus, College of Pharmacy (Downers Grove, Illinois).
  • Roosevelt University, College of Pharmacy (Schaumberg, Illinois)
  • Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, College of Pharmacy (North Chicago, Illinois)
  • Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, School of Pharmacy
  • University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Pharmacy.
  • Butler University, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (Indianapolis, Indiana).
  • Purdue University, College of Pharmacy (West Lafayette, Indiana).
  • Drake University, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (Des Moines, Iowa).
  • University of Iowa, College of Pharmacy (Iowa City, Iowa).
  • Midway College, School of Pharmacy (Paintsville, Kentucky)
  • University of Kentucky, College of Pharmacy (Lexington, Kentucky).
  • St. Louis College of Pharmacy, College of Pharmacy (St. Louis, Missouri).
  • University of Missouri-Kansas City, School of Pharmacy
  • Concordia University Wisconsin, School of Pharmacy (Mequon, Wisconsin)
  • University of Wisconsin, School of Pharmacy (Madison, Wisconsin).

Suggested Schedule

FIRST YEAR          
First Semester     Second Semester    
BI 105 Ecology & Evolution 3 BI 108 Diversity of Life 3
BI 155 Ecology & Evolution Lab 1 BI 158 Diversity of Life Lab 1
CH 121 General Chemistry 3 CH 224 General Inorganic Chemistry 3
CH 151 Intro. Chemistry Lab I 1 CH 152 Intro. Chemistry Lab II 1
IN 140 University Seminar 3 HS 100 Introduction to the Modern World 3
IN 150 Critical Writing, Reading,
and Research I
3 IN 151 Critical Writing, Reading,
and Research II


  Mathematics or Elective 3-4
Total Credits   17-18     17-18


SECOND YEAR          
Third Semester     Fourth Semester    
BI 206 Anatomy and Physiology I 5 BI 207 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
CH 251 Intermediate Chemistry Lab I 1 CH 302 Organic Chemistry II 3
CH 301 Organic Chemistry  I 3   Economics or Other Elective 3
IN 250 U.S. Cultural Studies 3   Electives 6
PY 111 and
PY 171
Physics I with Lab 4 CH 252 Intermediate Chemistry Lab II 1
Total Credits   16 Total Credits   17

A few notes about this plan of study

  1. Mathematics Courses as advanced as placement permits are recommended in the MA 110-140-240 sequence.
  2. Electives should be well distributed and generally outside the science-math area. RECOMMENDED: Fine Arts, Foreign Language, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Communications.
  3. The student is responsible for checking the specific requirements of individual pharmacy schools.