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Academic Programs

Pre-Pharmacy Curriculum

What major should I choose?

To prepare for a pharmacy program, you'll need a science-based major such as Biology or Chemistry. Other majors such as Economics and Mathematics would also be a good fit, but keep in mind that biology, chemistry, and physics courses would be necessary additions to your plan of study if you choose a non-science major. 

Be sure to discuss your post-graduate plans with your SAU advisor so that you construct a plan of study that satisfies both whatever major you choose plus prepares you for graduate school.

What courses should I take?

The requirements for pharmacy school provide a background in the numerous facets of the pharmacy career, including courses in biology, chemistry, economics, and communication. Development of these skills prepares you to dispense medication to patients and provide counsel to patients about proper drug use.

Although the exact course requirements differ for each program, many pharmacy programs require the following courses for admission:

• One year General Biology + lab (BIOL 199, 200)
• One year General Chemistry + lab (CHEM 105, 106)
• One year Organic Chemistry + lab (CHEM 207, 208, 209, 210)
• One year Human Anatomy & Physiology (BIOL 230, 232)
• Physics + lab (PHYS 203)
• Calculus (MATH 191)
• Microbiology (BIOL 251)
• Statistics (STAT 213)
• English Composition (ENGL 101)
• Public Speaking (COMM 129)

Individual pharmacy programs may have additional requirements, including Social Sciences, Humanities, and/or Economics.

Pharmacy School Entrance Exam

The entrance exam for pharmacy school is the PCAT (Pharmacy College Admission Test). A minimum of two years of college study are required before entry to a pharmacy program, although it typically take students three years to complete the necessary pre-requisite courses for admission.

You should plan to take the PCAT during the summer before your last year of pre-requisite coursework. Additional courses that are beneficial to complete prior to taking the PCAT are:

• Biochemistry + lab (CHEM 319)
• Genetics (BIOL 303)