Pharmacy School Academic Preparation

Pharmacy School Academic Preparation  (PDF)

These courses meet the requirements for most pharmacy schools and for preparation for the PCAT. Pharmacy schools generally do not accept AP credit or on-line courses for these required courses. Be sure to check each pharmacy school’s requirements.

 

 No pharmacy school requires a science major, nor are science majors given extra consideration in the admission process. Becoming a competitive pharmacy school applicant also requires more than a solid GPA and PCAT score. Be sure you are meeting regularly with your HPAO advisor.

 

One year General Chemistry with Labs

CHEM 200                  General Chemistry
Prerequisites: Knowledge of introductory chemistry as demonstrated by completion of CHEM 100 with a grade of C or better, or satisfaction of the Entry-Level Mathematics requirement and qualification on the Chemistry Department Placement Examination.

CHEM 201                  General Chemistry
Prerequisite: CHEM 200 or 202 with grade of C or better

 

One year of Organic Chemistry with Labs

CHEM 232/232L         Organic Chemistry
Prerequisite: CHEM 201 with grade of C or better and credit or concurrent enrollment in CHEM 232L

CHEM 432/432L         Organic Chemistry
Prerequisite:  CHEM 232 with a grade of C or better and credit or concurrent enrollment in CHEM 432L

 

One year of Biology with Labs

BIOL 203/203L            Principles of Cell & Molecular Biology
Prerequisite: CHEM 200 and satisfaction of the English placement test requirement

BIOL 204/204L            Principles of Organismal Biology
Prerequisite: Satisfaction of the English placement test requirement. Recommended completion of BIOL 203/203L

 

One year of Physics with Labs

PHYS 180A/182A       Fundamentals of Physics I/Lab
Prerequisite: Satisfaction of the Entry-level Mathematics requirement. Recommended concurrent registration in PHYS 182A

PHYS 180B/182B       Fundamentals of Physics II/Lab
Prerequisite: Satisfaction of the Entry-level Mathematics requirement, PHYS 180A.  Recommended concurrent registration in PHYS 182B

                        OR

PHYS 195/195L          Principles of Physics/Lab
Prerequisites: High school physics or PHYS 180A. MATH 150 with a minimum grade of C

PHYS 196/196L          Principles of Physics/Lab
Prerequisites: PHYS 195. MATH 151

 

One semester of Mathematics (One year required by some schools)

MATH 124                   Calculus for Life Sciences

Prerequisite: Satisfaction of the Entry-level requirement

                        OR

MATH 150                   Calculus I

Prerequisite: Knowledge of algebra, geometry, and trigonometry as demonstrated by either (1) satisfactory completions of MATH 141 with a grade of C (2.0) or above; or (2) satisfaction of the Entry-Level Mathematics requirement and qualification on the Mathematics Departmental Precalculus Proficiency Examination. Proof of completion of prerequisites required

 

One semester of Statistics

STAT 250                    Statistical Principles and Practices*

Prerequisite: Satisfaction of the Entry-level Mathematics requirement

                        OR

BIOL 215                     Biostatistics*

Prerequisites: Credit or concurrent registration in BIOL 203, 203L, or 204, 204L and MATH 124

 

*Other statistics courses may also meet this requirement.  Check with HPAO.

 

One year of English

RWS 100                     College Composition
Prerequisite: Satisfaction of the SDSU writing competency requirement

RWS 200                     Intermediate Composition

Prerequisite: Satisfaction of the SDSU writing competency requirement, RWS 100

 

One semester of Public Speaking

COMM 103                  Oral Communication

                        OR

COMM 160                  Argumentation

 

One semester of Anatomy

BIOL 212                     Human Anatomy

Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in Biology 100, 203, or 211.

 

One semester of Physiology

BIOL 336                     Principles of Human Physiology

Prerequisite: Completion of the General Education requirement in Foundations of Learning II.A.2. Life Sciences. If a biological sciences course is not taken to satisfy General Education II.A.2. Life Sciences, a college course in biological sciences is required.

 

One semester of Economics

ECON 101                   Principles of Economics (Macroeconomics)*

Prerequisite: Satisfaction of the Entry-level Mathematics requirement

                        OR

ECON 102                   Principles of Economics (Microeconomics)*

Prerequisite: Satisfaction of the Entry-level Mathematics requirement

 

*The requirement of Macroeconomics or Microeconomics varies by school

 

Courses required by some schools (Be sure to check pre-requisites)

PSY 101                      Introductory Psychology

CHEM 365                  Biochemistry, Cell & Molecular Biology

Prerequisites: BIOL 203, 203L and CHEM 232, 232L

 

Individual pharmacy schools (Pharm.D. granting programs) vary in each of their course requirements and their PCAT (Pharmacy College Admission Test) expectations. You can view specific school requirements through their websites through the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy here.