Lander University offers curricular programs in pre-allied health. Because of the nature of the courses required to fulfill the requirements of these programs, most students in these programs major in Chemistry or Biology.

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These programs, designed to prepare you to go on to health-related professional schools, are: 

All pharmacy degree programs in the State of South Carolina are now 6-year Pharm. D. programs. As such, they require students to have a minimum of 66 semester hours before applying to pharmacy school.

Although most professional schools have common core curriculum requirements, there are variances. In addition, some schools have regular admission programs, early decision programs, and early admission programs. In the early admission program, the student can be accepted as early as the third semester of undergraduate study. There are variations in the number of hours and courses required by similar programs offered at different institutions. To better serve Lander’s students, each program has a designated faculty advisor. As soon as the decision to enter one of the health-related programs is made, the student and his/her advisement records will be turned over to the appropriate health program advisor in the Department of Physical Sciences.

Successful completion of the following Lander courses will allow a student to apply to pharmacy programs at the Medical University of South Carolina, the University of South Carolina, and Presbyterian College:



Note: The information below provides convenient links to some of the courses required for this degree; however, it should not be used as a course registration guide. Please refer to the official Lander University Academic Catalog for the most accurate and up-to-date program requirements.

A. Core Skills


  ENGL 101 Writing and Inquiry I 3
  ENGL 102 Writing and Inquiry II 3
  MATH 121

Mathematics for Business, Life Science, and the Social Sciences
OR MATH 123 Calculus and its Applications
OR MATH 141 Single Variable Calculus I


B. Humanities and Fine Arts
     (6 hours selected from 2 different disciplines)

C. Behavioral and Social Perspectives
     (6 hours selected from 2 different disciplines)
D. Scientific and Mathematical Reasoning  
  MATH 211 Statistical Methods I 3
  CHEM 111 General Chemistry 4
E. Founding Documents of the United States  
  HIST 111

United States History to 1877
OR POLS 101 American National Government

F. World Cultures 3
G. LINK 101 1
University Requirement  
  FALS 101 15 FALS-approved events


Total General Education Requirements 35

For approved courses see the General Education section

BIOL 111  Principles of Biology I 4
BIOL 112 Principles of Biology II 4
BIOL 202 Human Anatomy 4
BIOL 203  Human Physiology
OR BIOL 311 Animal Physiology
BIOL 204  Microbiology
OR BIOL 421 General Microbiology
CHEM 112 General Chemistry 4
CHEM 221 Organic Chemistry 4
CHEM 222 Organic Chemistry 4
ECON 201  Macro Principles
OR ECON 202 Micro Principles

PHYS 201 

AND PHYS 202 Introductory Physics
PHYS 211 AND PHYS 212 General Physics

SPCH 101

Speech Fundamentals 3