Pharmacy, Natural & Health Sciences


Program Opportunities

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


A major in biology-chemistry provides the essentials for a wide array of health care careers, pure science research and bachelor’s level employment directly after graduating. Although many students see the program as a launch point to pursue medicine and pharmacy, it can also take students in a variety of other directions: optometry, dentistry, veterinary sciences, chiropractic, physician assistant and physical therapy. A biology-chemistry major also enables students to gain admission to masters and doctoral programs involving biology and chemistry.

Careers for a Biology-Chemistry Major

  • Physician
  • Pharmacist
  • Dentist
  • Optometrist
  • Veterinarian
  • Physician Assistant
  • Chiropractor
  • Biochemist
  • Podiatrist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Nurse
  • Researcher
  • High School Teacher
  • 166 Careers for a Bio-Chemistry Major

Program Highlights

  • Over the last 10 years, 89 percent of MU students have been accepted to medical school, compared to a national average of 40-45 percent.
  • A Manchester Biology-Chemistry degree opens the door to a wide variety of career options beyond pre-med, with more continuing to join the list. And Manchester students applying to professional schools to pursue those careers have been accepted at a rate of 96 percent over the last several years.
  • New study-abroad and research scholarships (Miller Study Abroad Award and Donald B. Miller Student Research Award) are now available to Biology-Chemistry majors.
  • The January session Medical Practicum gives Manchester Biology-Chemistry students real-world experience working with health care professionals in areas where quality health care is in short supply. Students are afforded the opportunity to work with hundreds of patients with medical and dental needs.

Why Manchester?

At Manchester, the Biology-Chemistry Program prepares students for getting into medical schools to learn how to become family practice physicians, surgeons, pediatricians and more. Although the MU Biology-Chemistry Program is among the best for pre-med study, enabling pre-med students to meet pre-med requirements, it’s also among the best for those wishing to follow other career paths related to health care, including research.

It’s a flexible and academically rigorous program whose small class sizes and diligent faculty mentoring results in historically strong acceptance rates into professional schools, and affords students superb preparation for a wide variety of medical careers. The Biology-Chemistry curriculum is front-loaded with key science classes, so students who decide to change to a related career path can build on the first year or two of courses without having to re-visit what they’ve already done. Students will be able to use scientific knowledge for careers that address societal issues.

In addition, Manchester’s strong liberal arts curriculum – a traditional hall mark of a Manchester education – will ensure students are prepared for more than just how to become a doctor or other medical professional. They’ll be well-rounded scholars, with ability and conviction to improve the human condition, and therefore become something Manchester has always regarded as paramount: their best selves.

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.