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 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 with a minimum grade of C

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

 

Mathematics (some schools may require a full year)

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 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

 

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

PSY 101           Introductory Psychology

COMM 103    Oral Communication

ECON 101       Principles of Economics

BIOL 212         Human Anatomy
BIOL 336         Principles of Human Physiology

CHEM 365      Biochemistry, Cell & Molecular Biology

 

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.