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Pharmacy 4 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.
  • Renee Rosier, Ph.D.

The pharmacy cooperative degree program at Seton Hill University with LECOM offers a combined undergraduate and graduate program leading to two degrees: the Bachelor of Science in biology and the Doctor of Pharmacy.

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 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.

  Transfer Students applying to the combined Seton Hill/LECOM program must:

  • Be accepted to Seton Hill University as a full-time student
  • Have a cumulative overall GPA of 3.4 or higher
  • Major only in the 4+4 program
  • Have at least two years remaining as a full-time student at the undergraduate institution
  • Not hold a bachelor’s degree or higher
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident

To be eligible for Phase II students must:

  1. Be enrolled in Phase I before starting the third year of study at Seton Hill University;
  2. Be United States citizens or permanent U.S. residents;
  3. 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.
  4. 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;
  5. Complete all degree requirements for the Seton Hill degree;
  6. Demonstrate a commitment to practice pharmacy and possess the personal and professional character needed as a practicing pharmacist;
  7. Have earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.4 or better; and
  8. 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 October 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 Pharmacy Advisor).

All candidates for the cooperative 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 120 credits at SHU for the 4 + 4 program. The capstone assessment for the biology major includes successful completion of a comprehensive examination. Students must contact the Seton Hill-LECOM academic advisor for details.

Pharmacy 4 plus 4 Biology Major Curriculum

Additional Courses

Note: Courses chosen below to count in one category must differ from courses chosen to count for another category.

6 credits from Biology Group 2:

Choose any two courses above BL200.

Or an additional 300-level course not taken to fulfill the Group 3 elective.

Total credits: 80