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Graduate Course

Beginning with the session of 1928-1929, a graduate course of two years was
inaugurated. This course, leading to the degree of Doctor of Pharmacy, is
open to graduates with the Baccalaureate Degree, conferred by this College or
by other schools of pharmacy maintaining equivalent courses of study. The
course consists of two full years of study in residence. Thirty hours weekly
are occupied in research work in the department representing the major sub-
jects, and three hours weekly in each of the other two departments. For this
session, not more than two students will be matriculated in each of the three

Fourth Year, University Course

Due to lack of accommodations it will be possible for the year 1929- 1930 to
accept but a limited number in this class.


The one-hundredth annual session of the College of Pharmacy, open to both
men and women, will begin on Monday, September 23, 1929.

In May, 1930, our first graduates of the reorganized and extended three-year
College Course will receive their diplomas. Up to the present time, our two-
year College Course, while giving thorough instruction in pharmacy, has not
been considered as of sufficient scope to be entitled to University standing, and
its diplomas have been issued by the College, independently. With the extension
of the work to three years, based on entrance qualifications equivalent to those
for admission to Columbia College, this deficiency is eliminated, and the diplomas
of this course will hereafter bear the University name, this change being inaugu-
rated with the graduating class of 1930.


The location of the College is at one of the most readily accessible points in
the city. Within two blocks are stations of the elevated and underground rail-
roads, and the Broadway, Columbus and Amsterdam Avenue lines connect with
nearly all surface lines in the city. The central buildings of the University are
reached within fifteen minutes from the door of the College.

The College building was erected in 1894, after a study of the principal buildings
of the kind in this country and abroad. So great has been the increase in the
applications for admission that it was found necessary in 1923 to provide greater
accommodations in the form of an additional connecting building.

In its planning, two principal objects were kept in view: first, provision for a
large increase in the membership of the first and second-year classes; second,
greatly increased and improved facilities for the work of the higher classes.



In connection with the latter, extensive provision has been made for research
work, by both faculty and special students. Our library has also been greatly
improved, the entire lower floor of the new building having been reserved for
its accommodation.


The library is in charge, during College hours, of a trained librarian, who is
ready to offer any assistance desired by readers. It contains the important
works of reference required in the different departments of instruction, and for
the various branches of science taught in the College of Pharmacy. It covers,
indeed, a very broad field in all departments of chemistry, botany, and pharmacy.

Should the resources of the College be insufficient for some special purpose, the
student has recourse to such great library storehouses as the General Library of
Columbia University, on Morningside Heights, the Library of the College of
Physicians and Surgeons, School of Dental and Oral Surgery, the New York
Academy of Medicine, the New York Botanical Garden, and others, and he will
also be able, by special arrangement, to borrow from the great library of the
Surgeon-General's office at Washington.

The library contains an extensive series of periodicals on chemistry, pharmacy,
and botany, with their allied brances. All important journals relating to the
work of the College are regularly received.

During regular College hours the library is accessible not only to officers and
students of the College, but also to the pharmacists of the city. Under certain
regulations, books may be borrowed for outside use, but for obvious reasons
important works of reference and unbound periodicals are not loaned. Library
copies of the textbooks in use by the College may not be removed from the


The Information Bureau conducted by the library staff is designed to furnish
pharmacists with data required in emergencies and not available in the library
of the average drug store. During the past years of operation the Bureau has
met with gratifying success, and it is steadily growing in popularity.

The following paragraphs explain the methods employed in conducting the

1. Telephone inquiries will be answered without charge. Residents of Greater
New Tork or vicinity wishing to inquire about some pharmaceutical problem
will call up the Information Bureau, Trafalgar 1733, and will receive information
immediately if it is accessible.

2. Non-residents will have their problems answered by mail if they enclose a
self-addressed stamped envelope.

3. Problems requiring extended research will be handled for a fee as moderate
as consistent with high-grade service.

4. Translations of articles from foreign languages, either in full or in abstract,
as well as transcripts of papers appearing in English or American pharmaceutical,
chemical or botanical periodicals will be prepared for those desiring to pay for
such service.

5. As in the past, all visitors to the library, desiring to do their own research
work, will be given courteous attention.



The Registrar, so far as possible, assists students to secure such positions, in
and about the city, as will not prevent them from regularly attending the College

The general plan adopted may be briefly stated as follows: Each pharmacist
engages both a first- and second-year student, who shall work alternately three
days during the week and half a day on Sunday. This allows the students half
their time for College work and necessary rest. The College Course lectures are
arranged so as to harmonize with this plan.

Any student wishing to secure employment should upon entering College
communicate with the Registrar.

Within easy reach of the College are some three thousand pharmacies, where
students who have had some experience in pharmacy may obtain employment
with salary sufficient to pay the whole or a large part of their expenses while
attending College.


Every candidate for admission to the College of Pharmacy is required to file
with the Registrar of the College a personal application and a transcript of his
high-school record, blank forms for which can be had upon application. He
is also required to file an approval of his application for a pharmacy student
qualifying certificate before he can be accepted, and he must secure the apprentice
license before his matriculation can be considered complete.


To be entitled to a pharmacy student qualifying certificate, the applicant
must be at least seventeen years of age, and must have been graduated from an
accredited four-year high-school course, or have covered courses acceptable to
the Department of Education as a full equivalent thereof. A high-school or
other secondary school course of study will not be considered acceptable unless
the applicant has received the school diploma, and unless his or her record includes

English, four years

Science, two years. •

Mathematics, two years.
Foreign language, two years.
History, one year.

Physiology, one-half year (unless the two years of science include biology or general
science) .

Civics, one-half year.

Sufficient electives to make up a full four-year course aggregating 15 unit?.

The fulfillment of these requirements must be officially guaranteed by a quali-
fying certificate issued by the New York State Department of Education. If
the applicant is entitled to receive the certificate, he will be so notified by letter;
which letter should be presented to the Registrar of the College of Pharmacy.
Blank forms for making application for the certificate may be secured either
from the Registrar's office or from the Department of Education at Albany.



The apprentice license should be applied for when the candidate commences
his experience in a pharmacy or drug store. Those who have had no experience
before entering the pharmacy school, or whose experience has been in a drug store
or pharmacy outside of New York State, will make application for their licenses
through the school during the first week of the course, the Registrar acting as
"preceptor." Blank forms for making application for the apprentice license may
be secured either from the Registrar's office or from the Board of Pharmacy at
Albany, N. Y.


All applicants for admission to any of the courses given must present an accept-
able certificate of health from the candidate's family physician or from the Uni-
versity Medical Officer. In case of doubt an examination by the University
Medical Officer will be required. Appropriate blanks are furnished by the
Registrar of the College.


Two regular courses of study are offered, known respectively as the College
Course and the University Course, and three evening courses in the Departments
of Materia Medica, Pharmacy and Chemistry.


This course now comprises three full years of professional work, and is designed
to fit the graduate for meeting the educational requirements of the Boards of
Pharmacy of most of the states. The fundamental idea of this increase in time is
general!}' accepted as being that of improving the quality of the work done, rather
than of providing a large amount of additional work, this improvement applying
particularly to the practical features of the course. The precise object of a course
leading to the degree of Graduate in Pharmacy being to prepare such graduates
for meeting the conditions of service in a retail pharmacy; the greater portion of
the increased time has been assigned to the department of pharmacy, and to those
features of the work of the other departments which are directly contributory
thereto. After a careful study of the requirements, we have concluded that the
time official^ assigned for this course is insufficient, and we have added 128 hours
for laboratory work in commercial and dispensing pharmacy,
f The accomplishment of the better training that is sought necessarily calls for
the introduction of new topics in the existing sjdlabi, and we call special atten-
tion to the following items.

We have always regarded a course in materia medica as being incomplete that
did not include instruction in the apparatus, equipment and appliances included
under the title of sick-room supplies, but no opportunity has heretofore offered
for practical instruction of this kind. In our reorganized course, 32 hours will
be devoted to explaining and illustrating the nature and use of articles of this
class. Although technically pertaining to the subject of materia medica, this
instruction forms an important part of the students' preparation in commercial


Another qualification that we deem requisite for every well-equipped pharma-
cist is a general knowledge of the nature and effects of bacteria in their relations
with pharmacal practice. While we do not regard the conduct of a bacteriological
laboratory as pertaining to the business of the ordinary pharmacist, we regard
as necessary some knowledge of the principles of bacterial decomposition, sterili-
zation and immunization, and 64 hours have been assigned for instruction in those
subjects. While this subject, relating to the activities of plants, pertains tech-
nically to botany, it also has close relations with practical pharmacy.

One of the results of this addition of a third-year class will be a reduction in
the annual matriculation, since the total capacity of the College is strictly limited.
We are therefore obliged to announce that not more than 170 new students can
be accepted for the session of 1929-1930.


The Department of Health of the City of New York has placed the Bachelor
of Science in Pharmacy, graduating from this course, in the position of being
eligible to conduct a bacteriological laboratory or to fill similar positions.

The attention of prospective students is directed to the increasing call for grad-
uates of advanced courses, to fill other professional positions. The general appli-
cation of federal, state and municipal food and drug laws is creating a demand for
thoroughly trained pharmaceutical inspectors and analysts. The obligations
thus imposed upon manufacturers and merchants must result, and are doing so,
in compelling them to employ scientifically trained assistants for responsible
services which formerly were often left to incompetent and irresponsible em-
ployees. For this field of service the ordinary graduate in pharmacy is wholly

To meet these higher requirements, three-, four- and six- year courses of study,
leading respectively to the degrees of Pharmaceutical Chemist (Ph.Ch.), Bache-
lor of Science in Pharmacy (B.S. in Phar.) and Doctor of Pharmacy have been

In response to inquiries frequently received as to the advantages of the Uni-
versity Course over the College Course, the following synopsis has been prepared:

1. Members of the University Class only are recognized as students of the Uni-
versity, and certain of the University privileges are open only to them.

2. The University Class attends on five days weekly, instead of three, as does
the College Class, and the course includes regular work in academic subjects,
conducted by special instructors supplied by the Dean of the Faculty of Colum-
bia College, this work receiving full credit from the University toward the
baccalaureate degree.

The introduction of these courses to our University classes has proved highly
successful, especially as to the reception accorded them by the students them-
selves. Not only has this instruction been appreciated by the University Class,
but there have been many inquiries as to the possible future introduction of the
work to the College Course.

3. For the University Class, the College provides a thorough course of labora-
tory instruction in advanced Chemistry, Pharmacy and Physics and special
courses in Microscopy and Bacteriology, consisting of both theoretical and
laboratory instruction.


4. Not only are the degrees of Pharmaceutical Chemist and Bachelor of Science
recognized as of higher rank than that of Graduate in Pharmacy, but the three- and
four-year courses for which they are awarded qualify its recipients for many lines
of pharmaceutical work that are not open to graduates from the College Course.



The admission to this course is conditional upon the limitations of available
space. For many years past, the College has not been able to accommodate all
who have applied for admission. For the session of 1 929-1930, we shall have
accommodations for only 170 applicants for admission to the course leading to
the degree of Graduate in Pharmacy.

To be eligible for admission, the candidate must be at least seventeen years of
age, and must meet the requirements for the pharmacy student qualifying
certificate, as outlined on page 15.


These are courses of full academic years (September to June) leading to grad-
uation with the other departments of the University, and to the degree of Phar-
maceutical Chemist, conferred by the University, at the end of the third year,
and to that of Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy at the end of the fourth. It is to
be noted here that for the session of 1929-1930 a limited number of fourth-year
students can be accommodated.

The requirements for admission to this course are the same as those for Colum-
bia College. The student must be seventeen years of age, must have graduated
from a high school within or outside of the State of New York that is accredited
by the Education Department of this State, and must present a pharmacy student
qualifying certificate from the Education Department of this State, as outlined
on page 15.

Under this course, two programs are offered, one leading to the degree of Phar-
maceutical Chemist, and one to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy.

The evidence of adequate preparation for admission to the University Course
in the subjects required on the part of candidates who have not completed a year
of college work, includes both examination and school records.

The subjects which candidates may offer in fulfillment of these requirements
are outlined below. (A "unit" implies the study of a subject for a time equiva-
lent to five hours weekly for one year.)


All candidates must offer:

f I (grammar and composition) 2 units

English I^ 2 (literature) i unit

{ at (algebra to quadratics) i unit

Mathematics i '^^^ ^^"^'^'"^'^'^^ ^^^ ^^y°"^) ' "''^'

I c (plane geometry) i unit



(i) Latin 1

4 units

r Latin, Greek, French, German, Spanish or Italian .... 3
(2) \ Physics or Chemistry ^ \ S units

[ History i J

Elective Subjects, to make up 15 units 4 or 5 units


Group I

The candidate may offer any of the following subjects not included among
his prescribed subj'ects, without other restriction than that to offer an advanced
subject will involve offering, either at the same time or earlier, the corresponding
elementary subject.

Biology — See Zoology

The English Bible i unit

Elementary Greek 2 or 3 units

Elementary History i or 2 units

Drawing (Freehand or Mechanical) i unit

Music I unit

Intermediate French i unit

Intermediate German i unit

Intermediate Italian i unit

Intermediate Spanish i unit

Advanced French i unit

Advanced German i unit

Social Science i unit

Advanced Spanish i unit

Advanced Mathematics (College) K. ion K units

and in the case of candidates not offering 4 units in Latin:

Elementary Latin . . , ■ . . . . 2 or 3 units

Group II

The candidate may offer not more than 4 units in all from the four subjects

Elementary French 2 units

Elementary German 2 units

Elementary Italian 2 units

Elementary Spanish 2 units

Group III

The candidate may offer not more than 3 units in all from the six subjects

1 Greek, 3 units, may be substituted for Latin, in which case 6 elective units must be offered

I unit
I unit
I unit
I unit
I unit
I unit



Under the "new method," candidates whose school and character records
are entirely satisfactory, may meet the examination requirements by means of
a psychological test. The school course must include three units in English,
three in Mathematics (elementary and intermediate algebra and plane geom-
etry), and at least three units in a foreign language, ancient or modern. It
must have been concerned primarily with Languages, Science, Mathematics
and History.


Under the "old method," the examination requirements for admission may
be satisfied by any one of the three following means, or any approved combina-
tion thereof.

1. By the examinations of the College Entrance Board, held in June of each
year at Columbia University and at about 150 other educational centers in the
United States and abroad.

2. By the examinations conducted at Columbia University in September of
each year, by the Director of University Admissions.

(The examination grades in connection with the above two methods are in-
terpreted in the light of the record which students have made in school.)

3. By the examinations given in the high schools by the Education Depart-
ment of the State of New York to students who have satisfactorily completed
certain courses in these high schools. In these examinations, seventy-five per
cent will ordinarily be regarded as the lowest passing mark.

For candidates qualifying for admission on the basis of examinations before
Columbia University or the College Entrance Board, two methods are open:

a. Examination in fifteen units. A candidate may offer examinations in fifteen
units as evidence of his preparation in secondary school subjects.

b. Four examination plan. A candidate who has completed a satisfactory
secondary school course with a high degree of proficiency may, by special per-
mission, satisfy the examination requirement by means of "comprehensive
examinations" in not less than four subjects including those prescribed for

Candidates entering by the old method are required to take the psychological
examination for purposes of record only.

Those contemplating the September, 1929 examinations, must file their applica-
tions with the Secretary of Columbia University on or before September 7, 1929.
Those who contemplate taking the June, 1930, examinations, must file their appli-
cations with the Secretary of the College Entrance Board at 431 West 117th
Street, New York, N. Y., on or before May 26, 1930, for points on or east of
Mississippi River; May 19, 1930, for points west of Mississippi River; May 5,
1930, for points outside U. S. or Canada. Blank forms of application for either
series of examinations may be secured from the respective secretaries.

Every candidate for admission to the University Course should secure a copy
of the current Bulletin on Entrance Examinations and Admission which may be
had upon application to the Secretary of the University.



Candidates may be admitted to advanced standing only upon a satisfactory
record from their school of previous residence. Provided they are eligible for the
pharmacy student qualifying certificate required by the New York State De-
partment of Education, candidates who have completed, without condition,
corresponding courses in a pharmacy school registered by the State Education
Department, are eligible for admission to the second, third or fourth years,


The fees to be paid by students are subject to change at any time in the dis-
cretion of the Trustees. The following schedule is in force for the 1929- 1930
session for students accepted in any of the regular courses leading to degrees.

College University

First, Second and Third Years: Course Course

Registration Fee $5.00 S5.00

Student Activities 10.00 10.00

Breakage Deposit 10.00 10.00

Examination Fee 10.00 10.00

Tuition 250.00 300.00

Laboratory Fees 45.00 60.00

Fourth Year:

Registration Fee 5-oo

Breakage Deposit 10.00

Examination Fee i5-oo

Tuition 300.00

Laboratory Fees 60.00

Fifth and Sixth Years, Graduate Course

Registration Fee 5-00

Breakage Deposit 25.00

Examination Fee 20.00

Tuition 350.00

Laboratory Fee 60.00

Special Courses. Students desiring to pursue individual courses as special
students will be required to pay at the rate of $7.50 per point.

Summer Courses. The fee for any laboratory course is $25. for first-, second-
and third-year work in the College Course. In the University Course, the fee is
$25. for first- and second-year work and $50. for third- and fourth-year work.

Evening Courses. The fees for the various evening courses will be found among
the descriptions of these courses, beginning on page 44.

Books and Supplies. It is estimated that an expenditure of $50. will cover the
cost of the textbooks and necessary apparatus required for the entire College
Course, and of $75. for the entire University Course for the Ph.Ch. degree. The
heaviest expenditure in all cases will be in the first year; many of the required
reference works being used also in subsequent years.



Regular Courses

One of three methods for the payment of the tuition fee for the year may be
elected by the candidate, as indicated below. In this connection, it is to be noted
that all are required to pay the registration fee, the breakage deposit, the student
activities fee and the first installment of the tuition fee at the time of registration.
The dates for registration in the various classes will be found in the academic

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