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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biology and Pharmacy 3 + 1 Program

Program Information

The 3+1 Biology and Pharmacy Program allows students to complete a BS in Biology while also starting study toward the Doctor of Pharmacy. Those admitted into the program will take general education, biology, and other science courses during their first three years at ETSU that will prepare them for admission into the Gatton College of Pharmacy. Upon successful completion of the required first year pharmacy courses, the student will receive a BS in Biology through the Interdisciplinary Biology Track. 

Admission Requirements

Students in the 3 + 1 degree program must meet admission requirements and apply to the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program following the normal application process as detailed on the College of Pharmacy webpage (https://www.etsu.edu/pharmacy/prospective_students/default.php). Students may be in the process of completing pharmacy pre-requisite courses at the time of application, but must do so by the end of the spring semester preceding matriculation in the fall semester. Students will be encouraged to apply as Early Decision applicants, the deadline for which is the first Monday of September for the admission cycle (July 1-March 1). This assures students will receive an admission offer by mid-October, which will facilitate their ability to implement an alternate plan should the decision be negative.


Students pursuing the 3 + 1 degree option will be advised through the normal advising process for Biological Science Majors. The GCOP Assistant Director for Enrollment will provide secondary advisement relative to preparation for pharmacy school. The GCOP advisor will meet with students each semester; the intent is to provide students with on-going assessment of their likelihood for admission to GCOP.  In addition, students will be encouraged to participate in the ETSU Pre Pharmacy Student Organization, advised by a GCOP faculty member. Students deemed non-competitive for admission to GCOP will be referred to Biological Sciences major advisors to develop an alternate plan to earn the BS in Biology degree.

3+1 Biology and Pharmacy Program Requirements: 120 credits

General Education 42 credits
Biology Major Core 17 credits
Biology Interdisciplinary Track 18 credits
Non-biology Course Requirements 21-23 credits
Free Electives 2-4 credits
Pharmacy Year 1 Requirements 18 credits
TOTAL 120 credits

Suggested Four-Year Program of Study: 3 + 1 Biology  

College of Arts and Sciences : Visit link to view the complete list of B.S. degree requirements.

General Education Requirements  

These requirements include earning 41-42 credits in Communication, Humanities and Fine Arts, Social and Behavior Sciences, History, Natural Sciences and Mathematics categories.

Major Specific courses listed in General Education Requirements:

Biology Interdisciplinary Track (Pharmacy) Requirements: 18 credits

Free Electives: 2-4 credits

Pharmacy Year 1 Requirements: 18 credits

  • PMUG 3116 - Human Physiology (5 credits)
  • PMUG 3122 - Pharmacy Calculations (2 credits)
  • PMUG 3133 - Pharmaceutics of Drug Delivery (3 credits)
  • PMUG 3202 - Immunology (2 credits)
  • PMUG 3223 - Pharmacology and Autonomics (2 credits)
  • PMUG 3224 - Medicinal Chemistry (2 credits)
  • PMUG 3233 - Biopharmaceutics and Biotechnology (2 credits)

Additional Information

Click here to view Degree and Graduation Requirements  for all ETSU students.

CSCI 1100  or Proficiency exam: Must be completed to meet Bachelor’s Degree Requirements. 

Most minors range from 18-24 credits. Those few minors with more than 24 credits may affect the number of free electives allowed.