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Prerequisite Courses for RFUMS Dual-Degree Program

Students admitted to the pharmacy program will spend three years at Lake Forest College and will obtain their biology degree at Lake Forest College after completing their first year in pharmacy school.  Thus, students must complete their required coursework in three years.  This demanding schedule requires you to know early in your academic career that pharmacy is your desire.  However, it will cut your tuition costs!

The following is one possible schedule for your courses.  You should consult with Pre-Health Advising for details!

Courses in bold are required for admission to Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, College of Pharmacy.  A GPA of 2.5 is required in these prerequisite courses.  Other courses required for the Lake Forest College Biology major are listed with an asterisk.  

Students should take the PCAT entrance exam in early Fall of their junior year (Year 3).

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Year 1 at Lake Forest College


CHEM 116 Chemistry II

CHEM 115: Chemistry I

MATH 110 Calculus I

BIOL 120: Organismal Biology

BIOL 13X* Biological Inquiry

ENGL 110

GEC course or elective


Year 2 at Lake Forest College

CHEM 220 Organic Chemistry I

CHEM 221 Organic Chemistry II

BIOL 220* Ecology and Evolution

BIOL 221: Cellular and Molecular Biology

PHYS 110 Introductory Physics I

PHYS 111 Introductory Physics II

GEC course or elective

GEC course or elective


Year 3 at Lake Forest College

ECON 110 Principles of Economics I

BIOL 208: Human Anatomy


BIOL 48X* Senior Seminar Capstone

BIOL 3XX* in organisms or ecology


GEC course or elective

GEC course or elective


Year 4 at Rosalind Franklin University 

Fall Quarter

Winter Quarter

Spring Quarter

Introduction to Pharmacy Practice

Biochemical Principles for Pharmacy

Pharmacy Skills Laboratory II

Pharmaceutics I

Microbiology & Immunology

Microbiology & Immunology

Body Systems I

Pharmacy Skills Laboratory I

Pharmaceutics III

Body Systems I

Health Care Systems

Molecular Biology

Interprofessional Healthcare Teams

Pharmaceutics II

Medical Ethics

Culture in Health Care

Intro. Pharmacy Practice Exp. II

Medical Literature Evaluation

Intro. Pharmacy Practice Exp. I


Intro.  Pharmacy Practice Exp. III