Northern Kentucky University

Undergraduate Catalog 2015-16


Some pharmacy schools accept students with or without their completing a bachelor’s degree, but many pharmacy schools are converting to Pharm.D. programs that require a bachelor’s degree for admission. For those schools that do not yet require a bachelor’s degree, students who enter NKU are able to start their science courses right away, or students who have AP credit hours can complete the entry requirements in just two years, but more commonly, students require three years. Even for pharmacy schools that do not require a bachelor’s degree for admission, advisors generally recommend that students fully complete their bachelor’s degrees both to better prepare students for the rigors of pharmacy school and to give them maximal flexibility in their future career directions. Both the Department of Biological Sciences and the Department of Chemistry have faculty advisors who specialize in pre-pharmacy advising.


The following coursework is generally required for admission to pharmacy school:

  • Two semesters of biology with labs.
  • One semester of microbiology with lab.
  • One semester of anatomy and physiology with lab.
  • Two semesters of inorganic/general chemistry with labs.
  • Two semesters of organic chemistry with labs.
  • One semester of calculus.
  • One semester of statistics.
  • Two semesters of physics with labs.
  • Two semesters of English/composition courses (discipline-specific 291W courses are accepted).

Two-year plan

Following is shown one example of how to complete a common core of requirements in two years. Because requirements vary slightly between pharmacy programs, students are urged to work very closely with their advisors and plan accordingly. Please see four-year plans in particular areas of interest (such as biological sciences or chemistry) to see how the pre-pharmacy requirements can be met concurrently with the requirements for a bachelor’s degree.


Fall Semester

CHE 120/120L

General Chemistry I with Laboratory


MAT 129

Calculus I



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MAT 112

Applied Calculus (biology only)


Gen Ed

Written Communication I


BIO 150/150L

Introduction to Biology I with Laboratory




Spring Semester

CHE 121/121L

General Chemistry II with Laboratory


STA 205

Introduction to Statistical Methods


Gen Ed

Oral Communication


BIO 151/151L

Introduction to Biology II with Laboratory





Fall Semester

CHE 310/310L

Organic Chemistry I with Laboratory


PHY 211

General Physics with lab I


BIO 302/302L

General Microbiology with Laboratory


ECO 201

Principles of Microeconomics




Spring Semester

CHE 311/311L

Organic Chemistry II with Laboratory


PHY 213

General Physics with Laboratory II


BIO 208/208L

Human Anatomy and Physiology I with Laboratory


Gen Ed

Written Communication II




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Undergraduate Catalog 2015-16

The Catalog

Catalog Changes

University Accreditation

Employment and Earnings of Kentucky College Graduates

About NKU

Program Offerings

Admissions and Enrollment

International Admissions and Enrollment

Tuition, Fees, and Financial Aid

Academic Program Opportunities

University Policies and Procedures

Academic Support

Student Engagement

General Education

College of Arts and Sciences

Haile/U.S. Bank College of Business

College of Education and Human Services

College of Health Professions

College of Informatics

Pre-Professional and Interdisciplinary Programs

Course Descriptions

Course Description Notes

Accounting Courses (ACC)

Anthropology Courses (ANT)

Arabic Courses (ARI)

Art Courses (ART)

Astronomy Courses (AST)

Athletic Training Program Courses (ATP)

Biological Sciences Courses (BIO)

Business Informatics Courses (BIS)

Black Studies Courses (BLS)

Business Courses (BUS)

College of Arts and Sciences Courses (CAS)

Cooperative Education Courses (CEP)

Chemistry Courses (CHE)

Chinese Courses (CHI)

Cinema Studies Courses (CIN)

Computer Information Technology Courses (CIT)

Construction Management Courses (CMGT)

Communication Studies Courses (CMST)

Communication Courses (COM)

Counseling Courses (COU)

Computer Science Courses (CSC)

Career and Technical Education Courses (CTE)

Dance Courses (DAN)

Data Science Courses (DSC)

Economics Courses (ECO)

Education – Special Education Courses (EDS)

Education Courses (EDU)

Engineering Technology Courses (EGT)

Electronic Media and Broadcasting Courses (EMB)

English Courses (ENG)

English Developmental Courses (ENGD)

Entrepreneurship Courses (ENTP)

Environmental Science Courses (ENV)

Finance Courses (FIN)

Financial Literacy Courses (FLC)

French Courses (FRE)

Geography Courses (GEO)

German Courses (GER)

Geology Courses (GLY)

Health Education Courses (HEA)

Health Informatics Courses (HIN)

History Courses (HIS)

Honors Courses (HNR)

Human Resource Management Courses (HRM)

Health Science Courses (HSC)

Human Services/Mental Health Courses (HSR)

Informatics Courses (INF)

International Programs Courses (INTL)

Integrative Studies Courses (IST)

Italian Courses (ITA)

Journalism Courses (JOU)

Japanese Courses (JPN)

Criminal Justice Courses (JUS)

Kinesiology Courses (KIN)

Korean Courses (KOR)

Learning Assistance Program Courses (LAP)

Latin Courses (LAT)

Organizational Leadership Courses (LDR)

Library Informatics Courses (LIN)

Developmental Mathematics Courses (MAHD)

Mathematics Courses (MAT)

Medieval Studies Courses (MDS)

Management Courses (MGT)

Media Informatics Courses (MIN)

Marketing Courses (MKT)

Military Science Courses (MSC)

Music Courses (MUS)

Neuroscience Courses (NEU)

Nursing Registered Professional Courses (NRP)

Nursing Baccalaureate Courses (NRS)

Public Administration Courses (PAD)

Physical Education Courses (PHE)

Philosophy Courses (PHI)

Physics Courses (PHY)

Popular Culture Courses (POP)

Public Relations Courses (PRE)

Political Science Courses (PSC)

Psychology Courses (PSY)

Radiologic Science Courses (RAD)

Reading Workshop Courses (RDG)

Religious Studies Courses (REL)

Respiratory Care Courses (RSP)

Russian Courses (RUS)

Integrated Sciences Courses (SCI)

Sociology Courses (SOC)

Sports Business Courses (SPB)

Spanish Courses (SPI)

Statistics Courses (STA)

Social Work Courses (SWK)

Theatre Courses (TAR)

University Programs Courses (UNV)

Women's and Gender Studies Courses (WGS)

World Languages Courses (WLL)

University Administration


Emeritus Faculty


Kentucky Residency