The pharmacy major is designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills they need to become successful pharmacists. Courses in a pharmacy major are science-heavy and include: anatomy & physiology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, biology, microbiology, calculus & statistics for health science, and psychology. Out of all of these science-heavy classes, the emphasis is on chemistry. Students put what they learn in the classroom to work in laboratories, where they break drugs down to identify their essential components. In fact, a large number of science-related classes in a pharmacy major include a lab requirement.
If you are a science-minded individual interested in pursuing a career in the rapidly-expanding pharmaceutical industry, than pharmacy is the college major for you. For those who wish to become pharmacists, this is the appropriate educational path, equipping students with the information they need to pass the NAPLEX (North American Pharmacists Licensure Examination). Pharmacy majors go on to work in community pharmacy, hospital pharmacy, industrial pharmacy, home health care, long-term care, nuclear pharmacy, public health and pharmaceutical law and education. Community pharmacists may work for your neighborhood chain or independently-owned drug store. Industrial pharmacists work closely with production and development of drugs, contributing to research and improving the quality of the drugs people take every day.