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Overview

As a child, you enjoyed reading science magazines. You might have even asked for a chemistry kit or microscope for your birthday. In high school, you probably spent time looking up your friendsí symptoms online, diagnosing them with every possible health problem, and even advising them on the best possible treatment options. And today, you know you have a special, passionate desire to help those in need of care. 

If this sounds like you, then the biology and pharmacy dual degree program at North Greenville University may be the best option for you. Here, NGUís Biology Department faculty members are prepared and willing to help you begin a successful career that will lead you to becoming a practicing registered pharmacist who deeply impacts the lives of others.

 

Major Description

 

As a biology and pharmacy major at NGU, you will spend much of your time taking broadly applicable coursework that spans the disciplines of human health, the diversity of organisms, human biology and physiology, pathophysiology, chemistry, organic chemistry, and biochemistry. You will participate in faculty-led research with a student team; assist in teaching labs (with an instructor present); and practice lab and field activities to learn techniques and data analysis.

You will also learn about fundamental biological organization and structure, ranging from molecular and cellular to organism and ecosystems. You will concentrate your efforts on basic and advanced human anatomy, physiology, and pathology; the cell and molecular basis of metabolism, developmental biology, and immunology; biological interactions within the human body; and the practical application of biology, behavior, and management, as well as how to apply this knowledge in your own future pharmacy profession.

The biology and pharmacy program, specifically, offers multiple opportunities for research, presentations, writing, volunteering, shadowing, and clinical teaching according to your individual interests. And like all biology majors, youíll even participate in a series of seminar courses, which culminate in projects that demonstrate, through written and oral communication, your scientific knowledge and skills.

After you have completed your third year at NGU and met the Palm Beach Atlantic (PBA) University admissions criteria under the guidance of the program coordinator, you will transfer to PBAís Gregory School of Pharmacy (GSOP), located in Palm Beach, FL. Similarly to NGU, PBA is a Christian-based university with small classes that enhance individual learning and interaction with faculty and other students.

Your fourth year of education will serve as a substitute for your biology electives at NGU, which means once you have completed that fourth year at PBA, you will earn your biology degree from NGU. As you continue through the dual degree program at PBA, you will also receive your doctorate in pharmacy (Pharm.D.). In only seven years, you will earn both the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Biology from NGU and the Pharm.D. from PBA, reducing your college tuition by one year.

Ultimately, the biology and pharmacy dual degree program at NGU will provide you with a strong education based on a biblical worldview. This Christian perspective will assist you and prepare you for your pursuit of being a servant to those in need as you are further trained in the field of pharmacy at GSOP and beyond.

 

Curriculum

 

Biology can be intimidating to some students, depending on your high school experience with lab sciences. But the Biology Department at NGU excels at taking students from any level of scientific knowledge and moving them quickly towards mastery of general concepts, as well as preparing them for more specialized science courses as they progress through the curriculum.

Currently, NGU has approximately a 90 percent success rate in getting graduates into graduate programs of their choice, including Doctor of Medicine (MD), physician assistant (PA), physical therapy (PT), and registered nurse (RN) degrees. NGUís biology and pharmacy curriculum, specifically, is designed to prepare the pre-pharmacy student to be a successful, knowledgeable, caring, and highly competitive pharmacist.

Faculty Strengths

 

The Biology Department faculty members at NGU offer a wide range of perspectives on how students trained in a Christian environment can serve the community through future occupations in pharmacy, medicine, natural resource management, animal care, or tech-based industries.

Investigating the natural world through a biblical perspective gives our students insight into the rich variety of Godís creation. Our professors reveal the Architect of Lifeís masterful design and prepare students for their careers through a solid understanding of biological principles. Our faculty members are committed to revealing Godís creation through a biblical perspective to help students understand the world was designed by a caring God.

Tracks/Concentration

 

No tracks or concentrations are available for this degree at this time.

 

Minors

 

At NGU, we offer minors to complement your major. Each minor requires a minimum of 18 semester hours, which in some cases may even be used to meet the elective requirements for your major. View the full list of minors.

 

 


Electives

 

You will not need to take any electives during your time at NGU. Instead, your biological elective credits will be earned during your first year at PBA. The basic science courses that are required at PBA for the pharmacy degree will be used as your electives for the biology degree at NGU. This will allow you to shorten your college career at NGU to only three years, while not decreasing your biological education.

 

 

Future

Career Opportunities

 

Regardless of the clinical path you choose, with a dual degree you should never be in need of a job. Your clinical experience will be second to none, and your knowledge of biological, scientific principles will help you understand the world in which you are practicing. These career paths would be available to you after earning this dual degree:

  • Adult Medicine Pharmacist
  • Ambulatory Care Pharmacist
  • Chain Community Pharmacist
  • Compounding Pharmacist
  • Contract Research Organization (CRO) Pharmacist
  • Corporate Management
  • Critical Care Pharmacist
  • Diabetes Pharmacist
  • Dialysis and Nephrology Pharmacist
  • Emergency/Trauma Pharmacist
  • Endocrinology, Infertility, Neonatal, or Pediatric Pharmacist
  • Flight or Military Pharmacist
  • Geriatric/Long-Term Care Pharmacist
  • Health Policy and Regulatory Pharmacist
  • Home Health Care
  • Informatics Pharmacist
  • Legal Pharmacist Consultant
  • Managed Care Pharmacist
  • Medical Communication/Drug Information Pharmacist
  • Medical Science Liaison Pharmacist
  • Neurology Pharmacist
  • Nuclear Pharmacy/Radiopharmacy
  • Obstetrical Pharmacist
  • Oncology/Hematology/Hospice Pharmacist
  • Orthopedic Pharmacist
  • Pain Management Pharmacist
  • Pharmaceutical Industry Sales and Marketing
  • Pharmacist Educator
  • Pharmacy Benefit Management
  • Pharmacy Law/Regulatory Affairs/Public Policy
  • Psychiatric Pharmacist
  • Public Health/Immunization Pharmacist
  • Research and Development Pharmacist
  • Transplant Pharmacist
  • Travel Pharmacist
  • Veterinary Pharmacist

POSTGRADUATE STUDIES

This dual degree program at NGU is offered in partnership with Palm Beach Atlantic (PBA) University. As you progress through the program, you will complete your postgraduate studies at PBAís Gregory School of Pharmacy (GSOP), where you'll earn your doctorate in pharmacy (Pharm.D.).  

Learning Experience



Learning Experience

 

Individual Research and Teaching Assistantship

Students can engage in mentored research with professors or gain experience as a lab teaching assistant.

 

Internships

Internships are an exciting way to explore a variety of career paths. Our clinical students have the option to earn course credit for certain shadowing and internship experiences that make them strong applicants for professional programs like pharmacy school. We also encourage our students to participate in voluntary community service projects.

 

Research and Presentations

The science faculty at NGU hosts a research symposium for students each semester. Students learn to present research through posters and presentations, and they may even get the chance to accompany faculty to regional or national meetings in their field of study.

Courses & Resources

Example Course Sequence

Year 1

Composition and Rhetoric (3 credit hours)
Calculus 1 (4 credit hours)
Principles of Biology I (4 credit hours)
General Chemistry I (4 credit hours)
General Chemistry II (4 credit hours)
First Year Experience or Introduction to Honors (1 credit hour)
Composition and Literature (3 credit hours)
Old Testament Survey (3 credit hours)
Comparative Biology (4 credit hours)
Microsoft Office Applications (3 credit hours)
Psychology course (3 credit hours)

(Note: In addition to the courses for their major, every student at NGU is required to register and earn credit for Chapel, for each semester of full-time enrollment, and Cultural Events, for only the first four semesters of full-time enrollment. Each of these courses counts as one-half credit hour per semester. These special offerings support NGUís mission of educating the whole person ó both intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually.)  

Year 2


Probability and Statistics (3 credit hours)
Organic Chemistry II (4 credit hours)
Genetics (4 credit hours)
Cell Biology (3 credit hours)
Introduction to Health Sciences (3 credit hours)
Anatomy and Physiology I (4 credit hours)
Anatomy and Physiology II (4 credit hours)
Microbiology (4 credit hours)
Oral Communication (3 credit hours)
Medical Terminology (3 credit hours)

(Note: In addition to the courses for their major, every student at NGU is required to register and earn credit for Chapel, for each semester of full-time enrollment, and Cultural Events, for only the first four semesters of full-time enrollment. Each of these courses counts as one-half credit hour per semester. These special offerings support NGUís mission of educating the whole person ó both intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually.)  

Year 3


Senior Seminar (2 credit hours)
Embryology (4 credit hours)
Fine arts appreciation course (3 credit hours)
Biochemistry (4 credit hours)
Pathophysiology (4 credit hours)
History course (3 credit hours)
English course (3 credit hours))
Human Growth and Development (3 credit hours)
Intelligent Design (3 credit hours)
American Heart Association CPR and Personal Safety (3 credit hours)
Principals of Economics (3 credit hours)
New Testament Survey (3 credit hours)

(Note: In addition to the courses for their major, every student at NGU is required to register and earn credit for Chapel, for each semester of full-time enrollment, and Cultural Events, for only the first four semesters of full-time enrollment. Each of these courses counts as one-half credit hour per semester. These special offerings support NGUís mission of educating the whole person ó both intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually.) 

 

Year 4

Upon meeting the admissions criteria at NGU under the guidance of the program coordinator, you will transfer to Palm Beach Atlantic (PBA) University after your third year at NGU to complete these courses, which transfer to NGU toward your biology degree:
Principals of Drug Action I (3 credit hours)
Pharmaceutics (4 credit hours)
Integrated Anatomy and Physiology/Pathology I (3 credit hours)
Drug Information (2 credit hours)
Critical Pharmacy Knowledge I (1 credit hour)
Principals of Drug Action II (3 credit hours)
Pharmacokinetics (3 credit hours)
Integrated Anatomy and Physiology/Pathology II (3 credit hours)
Public Health, Medical Safety, Disease Prevention (3 credit hours)

Years 5-7

Years 5-7 in this dual degree program will follow the Pharm.D. curriculum at PBA.

(Note: In addition to the courses for their major, every student at NGU is required to register and earn credit for Chapel, for each semester of full-time enrollment, and Cultural Events, for only the first four semesters of full-time enrollment. Each of these courses counts as one-half credit hour per semester. These special offerings support NGUís mission of educating the whole person ó both intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually.)  

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