Preprofessional Requirements for Pharmacy
Pharmacy is a career requiring a professional degree (Pharm.D.) Students wishing to apply to pharmacy school are encouraged to choose an undergraduate major that aligns with their interests and strengths. Because course requirements may change from year to year, students should research the admissions requirements for their schools of interest. These requirements can be found at www.pharmcas.org. Additional information about preparation for pharmacy school can be found at www.aacp.org . Admission to pharmacy school is highly competitive, requiring solid academic performance, demonstrated interpersonal skills, exposure to the profession, and completion of the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT). In addition to academic advising provided by the colleges and academic departments, students pursuing pharmacy are encouraged to take advantage of Health Professions Advising services at The Career Center early in their academic career at Illinois.
The Career Center provides health professions advising for students interested in pursuing pharmacy as a career, including discussion of required and recommended coursework, preparation outside the classroom, details of the application process, and characteristics of competitive applicants. In addition to one-on-one appointments, health professions advisors present workshops, host events, and coordinate campus visits for deans and admissions officers. More information for both current and prospective students is available on the Career Center's website at http://www.careercenter.illinois.edu.
Current students can make an appointment with a Health Professions Advisor at The Career Center by calling (217) 333-0820 or online via our website. Students may stop by during weekly drop-in hours, or email the health professions advising team at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions. Information about upcoming programs and services is available via the Health Careers Chronicle weekly e-newsletter.
State University Affiliate Program
UIC College of Pharmacy has partnered with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to guarantee a limited number of students admission to their program. For more information about requirements and application process please visit the program's website.
The following chart represents common course requirements to prepare for pharmacy school. Individual programs may require additional coursework and/or expect students to go beyond minimum preparation. Students are strongly encouraged to research their specific schools of interest.
|Composition I requirement||3|
|Advanced Composition requirement||3|
or CMN 230
|Intro to Interpersonal Comm|
or MATH 221
or MATH 234
|Calculus for Business I|
|General Biology with laboratory||8-10|
|Molec & Cellular Basis of Life|
|Molec & Cellular Laboratory 1|
|Organismal & Evolutionary Biol|
|Organismal & Evol Biol Lab 1|
or IB 104
|Physiology & Anatomy with laboratory||10|
|Human Anatomy & Physiology I|
|Human Anat & Physiol Lab I|
|Human Anatomy & Physiology II|
|Human Anat & Physiol Lab II|
|Microbiology with laboratory||4-6|
|Introductory Microbiology (and lab)|
and Experimental Microbiology
|MCB 250||Molecular Genetics||3|
|or IB 204||Genetics|
|General Chemistry with laboratory||8|
|General Chemistry I|
|General Chemistry Lab I|
|General Chemistry II|
|General Chemistry Lab II|
|Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry with laboratory||8-12|
|Elementary Organic Chemistry I|
and Elementary Organic Chem Lab I
and Elementary Organic Chem II
|Biochem & Phys Basis of Life|
|Physics with laboratory||10|
|College Physics: Mech & Heat|
|College Physics: E&M & Modern|
|Social & Behavioral Sciences (See General Education Course Lists for options)||3|
|Humanities & the Arts (See General Education Course Lists for options)||3|
|STAT 100||Statistics (Statistics)||3|
|or CHLH 244||Health Statistics|
|or PSYC 235||Intro to Statistics|
MCB and IB majors do NOT take MCB 151 or IB 151. Pre-pharmacy students in any major who choose to take upper level labs do not need to take MCB 151 and/or IB 151. Pharmacy schools require a minimum of two biology labs.