B.A. in Biochemistry/Pharm.D. (joint degree) - College of Mount Saint Vincent

Division of Natural Sciences

Division of Natural Sciences

B.A. in Biochemistry/Pharm.D. (joint degree)

6-Year Dual Degree – College of Mount Saint Vincent (B.A. in Biochemistry) – University of Saint Joseph (Doctor of Pharmacy Degree)

The College of Mount Saint Vincent and the University of Saint Joseph in Connecticut offer a dual degree program through which students are able to earn both a Bachelor’s degree and the Doctor of Pharmacy degree in six years of full-time study.

During the first three years, students study full-time at the College of Mount Saint Vincent, completing a prescribed course of study that will lead to the Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry. During the fourth through sixth year, students enroll full-time at the School of Pharmacy, University of Saint Joseph.

B.A. Degree

The Bachelor of Arts degree is awarded by the College of Mount Saint Vincent upon the successful completion of four years of study in the dual degree program.  The Pharm.D. degree is awarded by the University of Saint Joseph upon the successful completion of the fourth through sixth years of study at the School of Pharmacy, New Hartford, Connecticut.

Doctor of Pharmacy Degree

To be eligible to transfer into the University of Saint Joseph’s School of Pharmacy after three years of study at the College of Mount Saint Vincent, students must complete a tightly defined set of courses during the first three years. Students in the dual degree program must also maintain a high GPA and must perform satisfactorily on the PCAT exam before transferring to the School of Pharmacy.

For additional information, please visit the University of Saint Joseph School of Pharmacy.

Degree Requirements

College Core Requirements 31 credits*
Biochemistry Major 50 credits
    Chemistry Core Courses 28 credits
    CHEM 120-121 General Chemistry I and II (8 credits)
    CHEM 219-220 Organic Chemistry I and II (6 credits)
    CHEM 223-224 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I and II (2 credits)
    CHEM 3xx Chemistry Electives (4 credits)
    CHEM 314 Physical Chemistry for the Life Sciences (3 credits)
    CHEM 403-404 Chemistry Colloquium (3 credits)
    Cognate Requirements 24 credits
    BIOL 111 General Biology I (4 credits)
    BIOL 217 Genetics (4 credits)
    MATH 131-132 Calculus (8 credits)
    PHYS 207-208 General Physics I and II (8 credits)
Pharm.D. Requirements 22 credits
    MATH 212 Biomedical Statistics (4 credits)
    BIOL 109-110 Anatomy and Physiology (8 credits)
    BIOL 225 Microbiology (4 credits)
    ECON 120 Principles of Microeconomics (3 credits)
    COMM 210 Public Speaking (3 credits)
Open Elective 3 credits
Remaining credits will be transferred upon
successful completion of the first academic
year at University of St. Joseph.
13 credits
TOTAL 120 credits

*Nine core credits in Natural Science and Mathematics satisfied with major requirements. Three core credits are taken from ECON 120. Three core credits are taken from Pharmacy Law taken during the first year at University of St. Joseph.

Sample Program

B.A. in Biochemistry with Pharm.D. (120 credits)

Year 1

FYE 101 First-Year Experience 1 credit
ENGL 110 Writing in Context I 3 credits
ENGL 120 Writing in Context II 3 credits
Humanities Core 3 credits
MATH 131-132 Calculus I and II 8 credits
BIOL 111 General Biology I 4 credits
BIOL 225 Microbiology 4 credits
CHEM 120–121 General Chemistry I and II 8 credits
TOTAL 34 credits

Year 2

BIOL 109–110 Anatomy and Physiology I and II 8 credits
Humanities Core 3 credits
Introduction to Ethics – Philosophy Core 3 credits
MATH 212 Biomedical Statistics 4 credits
PHYS 207–208 General Physics I and II 8 credits
CHEM 219-220 Organic Chemistry I and II 6 credits
CHEM 223-224 Organic Chemistry Lab I and II 2 credits
TOTAL 34 credits

Year 3

Humanities Core 3 credits
Religious Studies Core and Topics 6 credits
Modern Language and Literature Core 6 credits
ECON 120 Principles of Microeconomics 3 credits
BIOL 217 Genetics 4 credits
CHEM 3xx Chemistry Electives 6 credits
CHEM 314 Physical Chemistry for the Life Sciences 3 credits
CHEM 403-404 Chemistry Colloquium 3 credits
Open Elective 1 credit
TOTAL 36 credits

Total Credits for Graduation – 120