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PharmD Prerequisite Coursework

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The pre-pharmacy curriculum is designed to prepare students for advanced study in a complex and dynamic health professions field. A minimum of 57 semester credit hours or 85.5 quarter hours must be completed by all College of Pharmacy applicants. 

If you are beginning your pre-pharmacy coursework, you are encouraged to meet with an academic advisor to map out an appropriate program of study. Balancing your coursework, including the number and rigor of courses completed each term will help prepare you for entrance into a professional program such as pharmacy. It is recommended that you start out with a smaller number of credit hours (12-14) while adjusting to the pace and intensity of collegiate-level courses, and then increase the course load in subsequent terms after your academic ability has been confirmed.

Grades from all pre-pharmacy courses must be earned from an accredited college or university. Advanced Placement credits with scores of 4 or higher on the exams will be accepted as long as your undergraduate institution accepted the credits and they appear on your official undergraduate transcript. For information about course and grade point average requirements, please refer to the admission requirements.

Pre-Pharmacy Coursework Semester/Quarter Hours
Natural Science – 27 semester/40.5 quarter hours minimum
General Biology with Laboratory 6/9
Anatomy and Physiology with Laboratory 6/9
General Chemistry with Laboratory 6/9
Organic Chemistry with Laboratory 6/9
Physics 3/4.5
Math and Economics – 9 semester/13.5 quarter hours minimum
Calculus 3/4.5
Economics (micro or macro) 3/4.5
Statistics (general or biostatistics) 3/4.5
Written and Oral Communication – 9 semester/13.5 quarter hours minimum
English Composition I 3/4.5
English Composition II 3/4.5
Speech Communication 3/4.5
General Education Electives – 12 semester/18 quarter hours minimum
Humanities Courses (no studio or performance) 6/9
Social and Behavioral Science Courses 6/9
Minimum Total 57/85.5

Course Guides by School

Colleges and universities change their course titles and content regularly. It is always a good idea to verify the courses with an academic advisor just to make sure you have the most accurate course listings.

If your college or university is not listed, contact us at and we will work with the institution to create the course equivalency table.

Four-Year Institutions


California State University-Fresno
California State University-Fullerton
California State University-Long Beach
California State University-Sacramento


Augustana College
Aurora University
Benedictine University
Blackburn College
Bradley University
Chicago State University
Concordia University Chicago
DePaul University
Dominican University
Eastern Illinois University
Elmhurst College
Eureka College
Governor's State University
Greenville College
Illinois College
Illinois Institute of Technology
Illinois State University
Illinois Wesleyan University
Judson University
Knox College
Lake Forest College
Lewis University
Loyola University Chicago
MacMurray College
McKendree University
Millikin University
Monmouth College
National-Louis University
North Central College
Northeastern Illinois University
Northern Illinois University
Northwestern University
Olivet Nazarene University
Quincy University
Robert Morris University
Rockford College
Roosevelt University
Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville
St. Xavier University
Trinity Christian College
University of Illinois-Chicago
University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign
University of St. Francis
Western Illinois University
Wheaton College


Indiana State University
Purdue University-Calumet
Valparaiso University


Drake University
University of Iowa


Ferris State University
Michigan State University
University of Detroit Mercy
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
University of Michigan-Dearborn
Wayne State University


Creighton University


St. Louis University
University of Missouri-Columbia


Ohio University
The Ohio State University


Marquette University
Ripon College
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
University of Wisconsin-Madison
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

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