Prospective Program in pre-Pharmacy

A Pharmacy program is established in affiliation with the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy in Boston and the University of Coimbra in Portugal. Candidates will cover the Pre-Pharmacy two years program at AUST and may transfer to Massachusetts College to complete the three years Pharmacy School program including the last clinical year.

The following Pre-Pharmacy curriculum will prepare students for entry into the pharmacy school to become a pharmacist by pursuing a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree then taking the required examinations to earn a pharmacist license.


CSI 200 Computer Literacy ENG 200
ENG 201 Composition & Rhetoric I ENG 200
ENG 202 Composition & Rhetoric II ENG 201
ENG 205 English Communication Skills ENG 202
BIO 210 Cells & Molecules ENG 001
BIO 213 Introduction To Physiology ENG 001
BIO 310 Introduction To Microbiology BIO 210
BIO 320 Biostatistics & Epidemiology MATT 200 & ENG 001 & CSI 200
CHE 205 Chemical Principles & Analysis NONE
CHE 210 Organic Chemistry I CHE 205
CHE 230 Organic Chemistry II CHE 210
BIO210L Cells & Molecules Laboratory Co. BIO 210
BIO213L Introduction To Physiology Laboratory Co. BIO 213
CHE205L Chemical Analysis Laboratory Co. CHE 205
CHE210L Organic Chemistry Lab Co. CHE 210
CLS 212 Fundamentals Of Lab Analysis ENG 001
SOS 225 Survey Of Political Theory ENG 001
SOS 233 Basic Psychology I ENG 001
SOS 241 Sociology I ENG 001
MAT 201 Calculus I ENG 001
PHY 201 Physics I MAT 201 & ENG 001
ECO 201 Introduction To Microeconomics ENG 200
Any 3 credits (4 quarter hour) course that covers one of the following: Philosophy, Ethics, Humanities, Music, Art, Dance, Theater, Foreign Language, Religious Studies, Creative Writing, Communication, Speech, or an additional upper level English/Literature course.
Course Descriptions
CSI 200
Computer Literacy
This course is an introductory Non-Technical survey of Computer Systems and a study of the social impact of computers. Topics include introduction to the Hardware components of a computer system, input and output devices, storage devices, communications and connectivity, Internet, security, information systems and deep exposition to software applications such as text editors, spreadsheet, and presentation software.
Prerequisite: ENG 200
ENG 201
Composition & Rhetoric I
This is the students' first major encounter with critical thinking, reading, and writing. Students are exposed to themes from different disciplines and are expected to discuss them, read and write about them. The essay of all its types is the writing format dealt with in the first half. A research paper, 5-10 pages in length, follows in the second half.
Prerequisite: ENG 200
ENG 202
Composition & Rhetoric II
In this course, students are expected to engage in deep critical thinking and to construct written arguments in which they decide on a controversial issue. They are helped to think of argument in terms of having an opinion, voicing it persuasively, and supporting it adequately. Hence, they will be analyzing debatable issues appearing in writing and will be introduced to the elements and structure of argument, including the Toulmin model, the rhetorical situation, the traditional categories of claims, the types of proof, logical fallacies and the Rogerian argument. Reading, critical thinking, and writing are taught as integrated processes. There will be essays for analysis, as well as essay topics for development.
Prerequisite: ENG 201
ENG 205
English Communication Skills
Students' communication competence is enhanced by learning the techniques and strategies of public speaking. No other skills are so closely tied to a student's professional success as communication skills. Using what they have learned in other English language courses, students practice and communicate, guided by the fundamental principles of public speaking, and provided with a forum for applying these principles, through a variety of instructional strategies - discussion, class workshops.
Prerequisite: ENG 202
BIO 210
Cells & Molecules
This course deals with cells and their molecules. Its main goal is to provide knowledge on the basics of the cell structure and function, with emphasis on the evolution and chemistry of the cell, membranes, organelles and cytoskeleton, cell signaling and regulation, and the flow of genetic information.
Prerequisite: ENG 001
BIO 213
Introduction To Physiology
This is an introductory course to Medical Physiology. Its objective is to offer to the student a general introduction into the basic aspects of physiology. The material covered in the course can be used as stand-alone, or to lead on to more detailed studies of physiology. The course will take a largely systemic approach to the study of the human body. Emphasis is on the function, regulation and integration of organs and organ systems of higher animals emphasizing human physiology.
Prerequisite: ENG 001
BIO 310
Introduction To Microbiology
This course presents the basic principles of medical microbiology. It includes bacterial, viral, fungal and parasitic classifications, structure, metabolism, genetics, regulatory mechanisms, growth and replication. General principles of pathogenicity, epidemiology, mechanisms of antimicrobial therapy, sterilization, disinfections and antisepsis, and laboratory diagnosis are also emphasized.
Prerequisite: BIO 210
BIO 320
Biostatistics & Epidemiology
This is an introductory course in the basics of biostatistics and epidemiology. Type sand sources of data in measuring population health, data analysis and descriptive epidemiology will be included. The course covers both theory and applications in the form of problem solving and laboratory sessions.
Prerequisite: MATT 200 & ENG 001 & CSI 200
CHE 205
Chemical Principles & Analysis
This course provides an overview of analytical techniques in chemistry including aqueous solution chemistry, activities and activity coefficients, equilibrium calculations, complex acid-base systems, voltametry, gravimetric and electrogravimetric analyses, titrimetric analyses, colorimetric methods and separation methods.
Prerequisite: NONE
CHE 210
Organic Chemistry I
This is an introductory course to organic chemistry. It offers an introduction to common classes of organic compounds including their nomenclature, structure, bonding, reactivity and spectroscopic characterization.
Prerequisite: CHE 205
CHE 230
Organic Chemistry II
This course focuses on laying the fundamental principles of Organic Chemistry. We will analyze in depth the theory of chemical bonding, molecular structure and physicochemical properties, acidity and basicity, inductive effect, stereochemistry and SN1, SN2, E1 and E2 concepts and applications in organic chemistry. These principles will be applied to the chemistry of alkanes, alkyl halides, alcohols, ethers, aldehydes, ketones and alkenes. The concept of aromaticity and the reactivity and mechanism of aromatic compounds will be studied in detail.
Prerequisite: CHE 210
Cells & Molecules Laboratory
This is a laboratory course that deals with a selection of common techniques used in cell and molecular biology. This course should provide hands-on practical applications for topics discussed in the BIO 210 course in and experimental approach.
Prerequisite: Co. BIO 210
Introduction To Physiology Laboratory
This course consists of a set of exercises accompanied by experiments, models and computer simulations designed to provide students with a better understanding of the structure and function of the human body.
Prerequisite: Co. BIO 213
Chemical Analysis Laboratory
A laboratory course to teach students several common chemistry techniques. Emphasis is placed on experimental topics related to topics discussed in CHE 205.
Prerequisite: Co. CHE 205
Organic Chemistry Lab
A laboratory course which deals with a selection of common basic organic chemistry techniques.
Prerequisite: Co. CHE 210
CLS 212
Fundamentals Of Lab Analysis
This is a "multidisciplinary course" tangling basic issues in multiple clinical and non-clinical laboratories. Students will acquire basic knowledge about scientific communication and presentation skills, scientific resources, chemical, biological and instrumental concepts, quality assurance, laboratory mathematics, safety, health care systems, regulatory issues, clinical laboratory divisions, laboratory management and health care systems.
Prerequisite: ENG 001
SOS 225
Survey Of Political Theory
This course is designed to introduce the students to the main issues in the political theory of government, authority, and citizenship, from the philosophy of the Ancient Greeks to the thought of the twentieth-century western political thinkers.
Prerequisite: ENG 001
SOS 233
Basic Psychology I
This course is designed to introduce students to the various fields of psychology and to diverse theories and psychological schools with attention to their experimental foundations. It focuses on the biological and developmental processes, consciousness and perception, motivation and emotion, personality and individuality, stress, psychopathology, therapy and social behavior.
Prerequisite: ENG 001
SOS 241
Sociology I
This course is designed to give students introductory knowledge and comprehension of sociology as a science. It focuses on human behavior and the problem of adjustment, principle of growth and development, motivation and learning, evaluation of similarities and differences.
Prerequisite: ENG 001
MAT 201
Calculus I
This is an introductory calculus course. Contents include functions and graphs, rates of change, limits and continuity, differentiation rules and their applications, Rolle's theorem, the Mean Value Theorem, L'Hopital's Rule, optimization of functions, integrals and their area calculation applications, and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus.
Prerequisite: ENG 001
PHY 201
Physics I
Introduction to mechanics. Topics covered include vectors, statics, uniform accelerated motion, energy, momentum, uniform circular motion, elasticity and simple harmonic motion.
Prerequisite: MAT 201 & ENG 001
ECO 201
Introduction To Microeconomics
This is an introductory course in economics. It provides students with general information about the functioning of market forces in determining the prices and the level of production in a free market economy. The course introduces the behavior of each firm as a part of the trade in different types of markets. The topics covered in this course include: mechanics of individual prices, demand, supply, elasticity, theory of consumer behavior, costs of production, price and output determination under different market conditions, the employment and pricing of economic resources.
Prerequisite: ENG 200

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