Required and Recommended Coursework

Many undergraduate pharmacy programs will admit students in the junior year if they have fulfilled pre-requisite courses with a specified GPA. As an alternative to transferring after 2 years of pre-pharmacy, students may choose to major in Chemistry or Biology and on completion of their baccalaureate degree matriculate to graduate school in pharmacy. Doctor of Pharmacy Programs (PharmD) with or without an undergraduate degree in pharmacy typically take an additional 3-4 years of study.

Most schools require the following courses as part of the undergraduate preparation. It is recommended that you select 4-5 top schools of interest and identify each of their specific prerequisite requirements. Specific program prerequisites and GPAs can vary considerably from school to school. A good source of information can be found at:


Some Schools Require

General Biology 

  BI 111/113, 112/114


  BI 230

General Chemistry 

  CH 151/153, 152/154


  CH 341/343

Organic Chemistry

  CH 221/223, 222/224

Anatomy and Physiology

BI131/133, 132/134

General Physics

  PY 111/113, 112/114

Cell Biology



  Calculus MA 151

  Statistics MA 131


English Composition &

  FY125, ENCC102

Social Sciences
PS 110 plus 3 additional credits

Undergraduate Resarch and Interships
Undergraduate research in the sciences is strongly recommended. Internships or experiences with pharmacy offices or clinics are strongly encouraged. Often a letter of recommendation from a pharmacist is needed for your application.

NB: Students should always check individual Pharmacy schools for individual course requirements. Individual schools have specific undergraduate curriculum requirements. The list above is a generic one.