A Dual-Degree (3:4) Program
Martin Connaughton, Program Advisor
For students with a strong interest in a liberal arts education and a career in pharmacy, Washington College and the University of Maryland offer the 3:4 Pharmacy Program. Through this program, students may earn a bachelor of science degree from Washington College and a doctor of pharmacy degree (Pharm. D.) from the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. A Pharm. D. is the current standard for today’s pharmacists. This dual degree program requires a minimum of seven years of study: The first three years are spent at Washington College, completing the Washington College general education requirements and the prerequisites for entrance into the School of Pharmacy. After the third year at Washington College, four years of additional study are required at the School of Pharmacy.
Consideration of the prerequisite courses for entrance into the School of Pharmacy leads to the recommendation that students major in biology. Students in this program will receive their B.S. degree from Washington College after successful completion of the first year of courses in the Pharm. D. program. To be eligible for graduation from Washington College, grades from the School of Pharmacy must be submitted to the Washington College registrar by the appropriate deadline. Because the academic calendar at the University of Maryland generally runs behind that of Washington College, students in the 3:4 program might not be able to participate in graduation exercises after their first year in the Pharm. D. program.
Prerequisites To Enter The School Of Pharmacy
Biology (w/lab) 5 semesters: BIO 111, 112, 203, 301, 424
Chemistry (w/lab) 4 semesters: CHE 111, 112, 201, 202
Physics (w/lab) 2 semesters: PHY 111, 112
Mathematics 2 semesters: MAT 109, 201
Humanities and Social Sciences
English Composition 1 semester
Other humanities and social sciences 4-6 semesters
DRA 105. Public speaking
ECN 112. Microeconomics
Additional requirements of the 3:4 pharmacy program for completion of the bs at Washington College
Required of All Students:
Completion of 96 credit hours before leaving Washington College
Completion of all distribution courses before leaving Washington College
Completion of the required GRW seminar courses
Required for the Major in Biology:
BIO 203. Microbiology
BIO 301. Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
BIO 424. Comparative Animal Physiology
Any additional upper-level biology course.
A Senior Capstone Experience is not required unless a student wishes to be eligible to graduate with departmental honors.
Advising and Application
The numerous requirements of this program make it imperative that interested students and their advisors lay out an appropriate schedule of courses as soon as possible! Prospective students should contact the 3:4 Pharmacy Advisor during the freshman orientation period and take required courses beginning with the first semester at Washington College. Each semester, students should consult with both their regular advisors and the 3:4 Pharmacy Advisor to make sure that they are meeting all requirements of the program.
Students can obtain an internship at a local pharmacy to get experience before applying to the School of Pharmacy.
Admission to the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy is a separate process, and it is highly competitive. Washington College students are not guaranteed positions in the School of Pharmacy. Students participating in the 3:4 Pharmacy Program should submit applications to the School of Pharmacy by February 1 of the third year at Washington College. Applicants must have an overall GPA of 2.5; the average GPA for entering students has been 3.5 in recent years. Applicants must also submit results of the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT), which should be taken in October prior to application to the School of Pharmacy. An admissions interview and writing assessment are required as well.