Pharmacy School Academic Preparation

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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: Credit/ concurrent registration in CHEM 200 or 202 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: 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

                        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 122, 124, 141, or 150

*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 and RWS 100 or equivalent

*Other composition courses may also meet this requirement for some pharmacy schools. Check with HPAO.

 

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

MATH 151*                     Calculus II

Prerequisites: Mathematics 150 with minimum grade of C (2.0). Proof of completion of prerequisite required. (*Required for UCSD School of Pharmacy.)