Pre-professional students are advised to take a broad, general education program to gain background in the arts, humanities, natural sciences and social sciences.

Most professional schools do not require a specific undergraduate major, although many students seeking admission to professional schools in the sciences elect a biology or chemistry major.

Pharmacy School Admission

Admission to most pharmacy schools is based on academic achievement as indicated by the grade point average, placement on the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT), recommendations, and personal interviews. Since pharmacy schools have more qualified applicants for admission that they can accept, it cannot be too strongly emphasized that a strong academic record is required for acceptance. Admission committees usually do not publish expected or cut-off scores for grade point average. However, competition for the limited number of positions is intense; transcripts are reviewed with regard to consistency of performance, course loads and the degree of difficulty of the curriculum.

The minimum requirements for admission vary somewhat from institution to institution, but a typical list of requirements includes English Composition (6 semester hours), Biological Sciences with lab (8 hours), Inorganic Chemistry with lab (8 hours), Organic Chemistry with lab (8 hours), Physics with lab (8 hours) and Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 hours). A quantitative background, including Calculus, is recommended.

The PCAT should be taken in the spring of the junior year, but only after completing the required courses in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Davis & Elkins College and the Marshall University School of Pharmacy (MUSOP) now have a partnership to benefit students planning to further their education in pharmacy.  Students who achieve a GPA of 3.2 or higher and have completed all pre-pharmacy prerequisites associated with the BS in Biology may apply for the program.  As part of the articulation agreement, MUSOP agrees to give priority admission during each admission cycle to one or more students who select to transfer to the Pharm.D. program and meet the minimum transfer requirements.

Students interested in pharmacy should consult the chair of the Biology and Environmental Science Department, or Chemistry Department as early as possible after their acceptance into Davis & Elkins College.

Chemistry student in lab coat


Three teaching laboratories are available for courses taught in the major and research.

Other facilities include:

  • Stock room for chemical storage.
  • Prep room
  • Two Balance rooms
  • Instrument Room which houses the following: Perkin Elmer Infra-red Spectrophotometer
  • Nicolet Infra-red Spectrophotometer
  • Beckman Ultraviolet/Visible Spectrophotometer
  • Perkin ElmerUltraviolet/Visible Spectrophotometer, Lambda 20
  • Sargent Heavy Duty Electrolytic Analyzer (Electro deposition Apparatus)
  • Kreis Polarimeter
  • Perkin Elmer Auto System Gas Chromatograph
  • Varian Gas Chromatograph

Other equipment in various laboratories for student use is as follows:

  • Spectroscopes
  • Baush and Lomb Refractometer
  • Baush and Lomb Spectronic 20 Spectrophotometers
  • Centrifuges
  • pH Meters
  • Analytical Balances

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