2021-2022 University Catalog 
    Apr 01, 2023  
2021-2022 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Pharmacy - 3 plus 3 or 3 plus 4 Biology Major, B.S.



  • Ashley Bartelson, Ph.D.
  • Steven G. Bassett, Ph.D.
  • Abigail Bogdan, Ph.D.
  • Jessica Brzyski, Ph.D.
  • Amalene Cooper-Morgan, Ph.D.
  • John Cramer, Ph.D.
  • Demetra Czegan, Ph.D.
  • Jamie Fornsaglio, Ph.D.
  • Diana Hoover, Ph.D.
  • Bobbie Leeper, Ph.D.         
  • Diane Miller, Ph.D.
  • Jonathan Moerdyk, Ph.D. 
  • Ja’Nean Reay Ph.D.
  • Renee Rosier, Ph.D.

The pharmacy affiliated degree program at Seton Hill University with LECOM offers a combined undergraduate and graduate program leading to the Bachelor of Science in biology and the Doctor of Pharmacy degrees. The 3 +3 program (Phase I: three years of study at the undergraduate level at Seton Hill. Phase II: three years of graduate pharmacy school instruction with LECOM) and the 3 + 4 program (Phase I: three years of study at the undergraduate level at Seton Hill. Phase II: four years of graduate pharmacy school instruction with LECOM) allow the students to receive the Bachelor of Science degree after the successful completion of one year of study at LECOM. The Doctor of Pharmacy degree is awarded after the successful completion of study with LECOM and all requirements for the degree.

Admission criteria for the BS/Pharm. D. degrees

Phase I prospective students must:

  • Be accepted at Seton Hill University as a full-time student;
  • Have a minimum SAT score (critical reading + math) greater than or equal to 1170 on a single exam taken before March 1, 2016; SAT score of 1240 on a single exam if taken after March 1, 2016 or later; or ACT Composite score of 26 or better;
  • Have an unweighted high school GPA of 3.5 or better;
  • Fill out an application through the EAP inquiry link on the LECOM website;
  • Complete an interview;
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident; and
  • Agree not to apply to another medical school’s program while enrolled in the cooperative degree program with LECOM.

To be eligible for Phase II students must:

  • Maintain full-time status throughout participation in Phase I;
  • Be enrolled in Phase I before starting the third year of study at Seton Hill University;
  • Be United States citizens or permanent U.S. residents;
  • Complete the major course requirements listed below (no CLEP, IB, repeated, summer study, or Pass/Fail courses will be accepted) with a grade of “C” or better in each and with no “W”, “WP”, or “WF” grades on the transcript. AP credits may be used to satisfy the requirements in calculus and statistics if a score of 4 or 5 was achieved; AP credits may be used to satisfy the requirements in English and behavioral science if a score of 3 or higher was achieved; AP credits will not be accepted for the required science courses.
  • Complete a replacement course applicable to the field of pharmacy or a course of similar academic rigor in the event that Seton Hill accepts AP credits for science;
  • Complete all degree requirements for the Seton Hill degree;
  • Demonstrate a commitment to practice pharmacy and possess the personal and professional character needed as a practicing pharmacist;
  • Have earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or better;
  • Have earned a cumulative Science grade point average of 3.2 or better.

To gain final acceptance, students must:

  1. Meet all requirements listed above,
  2. Apply to LECOM through the PharmCAS and submit the online LECOM secondary application by November 15 of the year prior to anticipated matriculation into Phase II, and
  3. Arrange for two letters of recommendation to be sent to PharmCAS (one from the Pharmacy Advisor).

All candidates for the affiliated degree program’s Bachelor of Science/Doctor of Pharmacy degrees must complete the Liberal Arts Curriculum, the capstone assessment, and all required graduate and undergraduate courses for the major, earning a minimum of 96 credits at SHU for the 3 + 3 program or the 3 + 4 program. The capstone assessment includes successful completion of a comprehensive examination. Student must contact the Seton Hill-LECOM academic advisor for details.

Pharmacy 3 plus 3 or 3 plus 4 Biology Major Curriculum

6 credits from Biology Group 2:

Total credits: 74

Liberal Arts Curriculum

For the Liberal Arts Curriculum, these courses are required:

  • Artistic Expression course 3 Credit(s)
  • Composition and Culture 3-6 Credit(s)
  • Global Perspectives course 3 Credit(s)
  • Western Cultures courses (2 courses) 6 Credit(s)

Total credits: 108-111