Pre-Pharmacy

Students interested in pursuing a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree should major in Biology or Chemistry (with a Biology minor). For the best preparation, we recommend a double major in both Biology and Chemistry. Students should review the admissions requirements for the pharmacy schools of their choice. We recommend that students complete the following courses (in addition to major requirements) for preparation for admission and success in pharmacy school:

  • BIOL3120 Internship in Biological Sciences
  • BIOL3420 Human Anatomy
  • BIOL3440 Human Physiology
  • BIOL3500 Applied Pharmacology
  • BIOL4310 Biochemistry
  • BIOL4400 Immunology
  • BIOL4450 Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • MATH1380 Introduction to Statistics
  • MATH1510 Calculus I

During summers, students should consider internships or volunteer experiences at local hospitals or pharmacies to gain practical experience. Most students take the PCAT exam in June of their junior year and begin to apply to pharmacy schools during the summer following their junior year. Early application using the PharmCAS application service is strongly recommended.