Calvin's pre-professional programs will prepare you not only for acceptance into some of the best schools in the country, but also to be a compassionate and well-rounded healthcare provider. Whether you're interested in red blood cells, retinas or retainers, a liberal arts education at Calvin can help you achieve your goals.


A pharmacist plays a vital role in the health care deployment team. Their responsibilities range from dispensing medications to monitoring a patient's health and progress. Calvin's pre-pharmacy program will prepare you for graduate school by giving you a background in science and mathematics within the context of a strong liberal arts core. As a pre-pharmacy student, you will typically complete two or three years at Calvin before transferring to a college of pharmacy. Some pharmacy schools prefer that students complete a four-year bachelor's degree before enrolling in a PharmD program. If that is the case, you are strongly encouraged to consider a major in biology or biochemistry. Your pre-pharmacy advisor, Mike Barbachyn, will assist you in planning a pre-pharmacy curriculum and preparing for the Pharmacy College Admission Test.

Careers in Pre-Pharmacy

  • Clinical Pharmacist
  • Nuclear Pharmacist
  • Geriatric Pharmacist
  • Public Health Official
  • More

See job placement rates for Calvin grads.

Student involvement

Volunteer at local hospitals and senior centers; attend lectures sponsored by the biology and chemistry departments; spend the summer assisting a professor with research; intern at Van Andel Institute; work in the West Michigan Regional Lab on campus; study abroad in Amsterdam, Honduras, or Belize.


New students are automatically considered for general academic scholarships ranging from $1,000-15,000 based on a careful review of their application materials.

For a complete listing of departmental scholarships available to first-year students, use the Scholarship Search ».


Michael Barbachyn

Michael Barbachyn
Brummel Chair in Organic Chemistry
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
DH 333
(616) 526-8588

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Michael Barbachyn Michael Barbachyn
Program Director
Brummel Chair in Organic Chemistry
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
DH 333
(616) 526-8588


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