Choosing a Major

  • Pre-pharmacy students must choose a major (pre-pharmacy is not a major).
  • Commonly chosen majors include biology, biochemistry, and chemistry.
  • Any major is acceptable, so long as the student completes all pre-pharmacy requirements.
  • Consult the pre-professional health advisor – Francie Renschler,

Recommended Attributes of Pharmacy School Applicants

  1. Competitive GPA of 3.0 or higher (average usually is 3.5), especially in science courses
  2. High score on PCAT exam (if required)
  3. Strong letters of recommendation from professors
  4. Active in volunteer or work experience and leadership in extracurricular activities
  5. Recommend showing firsthand knowledge about various pharmacy practice environments

Common Pre-requisites for Admission to Pharmacy School


  • BIOL 107 or BIOL 118, 119 (General Biology or Introduction to Biology - Molecular Perspectives)
  • BIOL 120 (Introduction to Organismal Diversity)
  • BIOL 110 (Clinical Microbiology)
  • BIOL 442 (Immunology)
  • BIOL/EXSS 112 (Human Anatomy and Physiology I)
  • BIOL/EXSS 113 (Human Anatomy and Physiology II)


  • CHEM 118 (Principles of Chemistry)
  • CHEM 240 (Organic Chemistry I)
  • CHEM 280 (Inorganic Chemistry I)
  • CHEM 341 (Organic Chemistry II)
  • CHEM 370/371 (Biochemistry & lab)


  • PHYS 121 (Algebra Physics I)


  • MATH 221 (Calculus I)
  • MATH 222 (Calculus II)


  • COMM 210 (Professional Speaking)
  • QM 227 (Introduction to Statistics)
  • FYS 112 (First-Year Seminar)
  • ECON 102 (Principles of Microeconomics)
  • One Social Science course

Course requirements for pharmacy schools may vary, please check the website for your school of interest.

AP/Dual Credit

Most pharmacy schools will accept AP or Dual Credit, but may limit the number of AP credit hours accepted. Check with individual schools for their policy.

Admissions Timeline

  • Register for the PCAT exam in March of junior year for summer testing dates.
  • Complete application through PharmCAS starting mid July.
  • Interviews conducted each fall through winter months.

Academic Advising

All pre-pharmacy students must meet with an academic advisor in their major department in addition to meeting with the pre-professional health advisor during time of registration each semester!