Pharmacy, Natural & Health Sciences


Program Opportunities

  • Major in biology-chemistry
  • Two-year pre-pharmacy track


The biology-chemistry major prepares students who are interested in a variety of health care careers, pure science research and bachelor’s degree level employment directly after graduating. While most students enter the program with intentions to pursue medicine and pharmacy, the major prepares students for admission to an array of health care professional schools, including: medicine, pharmacy, optometry, dentistry, veterinary sciences, chiropractic, physician assistant and physical therapy. Additionally, with this major students can gain admission to master’s and doctoral programs in chemistry and biology.

Careers for a Biology-Chemistry Major

Program Highlights

  • MU applicants to Doctor of Pharmacy programs have been accepted at a rate of 99 percent over the last 10 years.
  • Over the last 10 years, 90 percent of MU applicants to medical school have been accepted, compared to a national average of 40-45 percent.
  • MU applicants to Physician Assistant programs have been accepted at a rate of 100 percent over the last 10 years.
  • Manchester students applying to professional schools to pursue all health-care careers have been accepted at a rate of 97 percent over the last five years.
  • The January session Medical Practicum is an excursion to Nicaragua or Guatemala where quality health care is in short supply. MU students get real-world experience working alongside health care professionals, serving hundreds of patients with medical, dental and veterinary needs.
  • Manchester University Adding Global Health Major

Why Manchester?

Manchester’s program is rigorous academically, but faculty mentoring and small class sizes help students acquire a deeper understanding of subject matter. Academic and career path advising come from faculty who genuinely care about your success. And Manchester’s strong liberal arts core will help you become a well-rounded scholar.

Our biology-chemistry curriculum is structured for flexibility with key science classes front-loaded in your first two years. If you should decide to change to a related career path, you can build upon all your earned science credits without losing pace.

Some Examples of Student Success

Alexis Figueroa '18 is in the Doctoral Diversity Program at Johns Hopkins University.

17 Manchester University undergrads moved on to MU's Doctor of Pharmacy program.
Six of these had completed the two year pre-pharmacy program. Ten had graduated with the Biology-Chemistry major. One had graduated with the Biology major.

Taylor Spangle ’17
is in optometry school at Indiana University.

Lauren Hedges ’17 has been accepted to dental school at Indiana University

Stephanie Wheeler ’17 is in the pharmacogenomics master’s program at MU.

Hailey Ash ’17 is in veterinary medical school at Ross University.

Luke Scheel ’16 is in medical school at Indiana University.

Salwa Nubani ’16 is in medical school at Marian University

Jessica Noll ’16 is pursuring a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences at University of California-Riverside.

Rissa Loc ’16 is in occupational therapy school at Grand Valley State University.

Emily Willmann ’15 has been accepted to osteopathic medical school at Des Moines University.

Morgan Korte ’15 is in dental school at Midwestern University.

Since 2015 more than 30 biology-chemistry graduates entered pharmacy school.

Caitlin Kessler '14 is in medical school at Marian University.

Sarah Leininger '14 is pursuing a Ph.D. in Chemistry at Pennsylvania State University.

Mallory Sims '14 is in pharmacy school at Manchester University.

Katelynn Carothers ’14 is pursuing a Ph.D. in Biology at Notre Dame.

Kristin Barker '13 completed dental school at Indiana University.

Matt Frieden '13 completed optometry school at Indiana University

Nick Salupo '13 completed medical school at Marian College of Osteopathic Medicine

Michael Chaykowski '12 completed dental school at Case Western Reserve University.

Nadia Nubani '12 completed medical school at Indiana University.

Josh Bowling '11 completed medical school at Indiana University.

Kyle Carlson '11 completed medical school at Kansas City College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Michael Carpenter '11 completed pharmacy school at the University of Colorado.

Stephen Hendricks '11 completed dental school at Indiana University.

Corey Martinez '11 completed dental school at Indiana University.