Undergraduate course of study providing preparation for application to Doctor of Pharmacy program or transfer into Bachelor of Science degree programs.
College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)


Stine Brown


In addition to offering majors in Medical Biology (Pre-Physician Assistant Track - MPA), Medical Biology (Medical Sciences), Biological Sciences, and Aquaculture and Aquarium Sciences,  as well as a minors, the Department of Biology administers the university’s pre-pharmacy program. This two-year program of courses provides the necessary coursework to prepare a student to meet the requirements for admission to the four-year professional program leading to the Pharm. D. degree. Completion of the two-year pre-pharmacy curriculum also will prepare students to transfer to a baccalaureate degree program in chemistry or biochemistry should they choose not to seek entry into the pharmacy program.

The Department of Biology's mission has two distinct yet interdependent aspects: to provide major programs that prepare students for careers or advanced study in the biological sciences, and to provide courses for students whose programs require a sound understanding of the fundamentals of anatomy and physiology, ecology and evolution, and cell and molecular biology as a basis for future study in pharmacy, medical, nursing or therapy disciplines, and various field and ecology disciplines.  The Department's programs, and all of its courses, stress the integration of theory and experiment, the development of critical thinking and problem solving skills, and the cultivation of oral and written communication skills. The Department is highly committed to undergraduate research, providing opportunities for students from all disciplinary fields to work closely with faculty mentors on collaborative research projects. In order to fulfill its dual mission, the Department maintains well-equipped holdings of modern instrumentation, affording students the opportunity to gain experience using state-of-the-art equipment in courses and research projects.

Major Description

The College of Arts and Sciences, through the Department of Biology, offers a two-year, undergraduate pre-pharmacy program on UNE's Biddeford Campus.  This pre-professional program will provide students with the minimum coursework required for admission to the Doctor of Pharmacy degree program.  The University's College of Pharmacy offers the Doctor of Pharmacy as the entry-level professional degree that will prepare students for careers as pharmacists and/or pharmaceutical scientists.

The Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree is awarded after successful completion of an additional four years of professional study. A minimum of two years of undergraduate pre-professional education is required for admission, followed by four years of professional studies.

The four-year, professional program (Pharm.D.) is offered by the UNE College of Pharmacy and is located on UNE’s Portland Campus.  For more information about the Pharm. D. program, including admission requirements, please refer to the College of Pharmacy Web page.

Curricular Requirements

Pre-Pharmacy Track Required Courses  
ENG 110 - English Composition 4
MAT 150 - Statistics for Life Sciences 3
MAT 190 - Calculus I (prereq: MAT 180 or test placement) 4
(Explorations) Humanities Course
Prefix must be ARB, ARH, ART, ENG, FRE, HIS, LIT, MUS, PHI, REL, SPA, or WST
PSY 105 - Intro to Psychology 3
(SGA) Social/Global Awareness Course with a SOC prefix 3
SPC 100 - Effective Public Speaking 3
Core/Liberal Arts Electives (two courses)
(ADV) Advanced Studies or (ART) Creative Arts or
(HT) Human Traditions 276 or 278 with one of the following prefixes: 

(Only one course from each category may be selected.)

BIO 105 - Biology I: Intro to Ecology/Evolution 4
BIO 106- Biology II: Intro to Cellular/Molecular Bio 4
BIO 208 - Intro Anatomy & Physiology I 4
BIO 209 - Intro Anatomy & Physiology II 4
CHE 110 - General Chemistry I 4
CHE 111 - General Chemistry II 4
CHE 210 - Organic Chemistry I 5
CHE 211 - Organic Chemistry II 5
PHY 110 - Physics I* 4
PHY 111 - Physics II** 4
PHM 100 - Introduction to Pharmacy Practice/Professional Rescuer Training 1
* PHY 210 may be substituted for PHY 110  
** PHY 211 may be substituted for PHY 111  

Note: Some of the courses listed above may be waived with prior credit that meets UNE approved criteria as outlined in the academic catalog (i.e. AP examination scores or transfer credits from regionally accredited institutions of higher education).   Please also note that the pre-pharmacy course sequence is different from the traditional biochemistry undergraduate major course sequence. Students seeking to complete the bachelor of science degree in biochemistry should review the Biochemistry Program information located in the academic catalog at the time of admission.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to describe basic scientific information and concepts.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate proficiency in safe and laboratory practices.
  • Students will be able to clearly communicate scientific information in both oral and written forms.
  • Students will be able to work collaboratively in various team settings.
  • Students will be able to compete successfully for placement in professional programs or continuation of an undergraduate degree program.

Honors Program

We offer qualified students the option of participating in our Honors Program and graduating with Honors. This includes significant research, scholarship or creative activity under the direction of a faculty member.

Transfer Credit

Transfer students are encouraged to apply to the University of New England. See University Undergraduate Admissions Requirements.


Pre-Pharmacy Admission Requirements

Preferred conditions for entry into the pre-pharmacy program are completion of at least three years of high school mathematics and three years of high school science, including biology, chemistry and physics.  See Undergraduate Admissions requirements.

Pharmacy (Pharm. D.) Program Admissions Requirements

Students interested in applying for admission to the professional pharmacy program (Pharm. D. program) in the University of New England's College of Pharmacy will need to complete successfully a minimum of 72 credit hours of specific undergraduate level courses.  Additional admission requirements for the professional pharmacy program are required and prospective students should contact the College of Pharmacy for additional information.

Financial Information

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees for subsequent years may vary. Other expenses include books and housing. For more information regarding tuition and fees, please consult the Financial Information section of this catalog.

Notice and Responsibilities Regarding this Catalog

This Catalog documents the academic programs, policies, and activities of the University of New England for the 2015-2016 academic year. The information contained herein is accurate as of date of publication April 30, 2015.  *Addendum published January 29, 2016.

The University of New England reserves the right in its sole judgment to make changes of any nature in its programs, calendar, or academic schedule whenever it is deemed necessary or desirable, including changes in course content, the rescheduling of classes with or without extending the academic term, canceling of scheduled classes or other academic activities, in any such case giving such notice thereof as is reasonably practicable under the circumstances.

While each student may work closely with an academic advisor, he or she must retain individual responsibility for meeting requirements in this catalog and for being aware of any changes in provisions or requirements.