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 Additional information about preparation for pharmacy school can be found at . 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  

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 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 requirement3
Advanced Composition requirement3
Speech Communication3
Public Speaking
Intro to Interpersonal Comm
Calculus I
Calculus for Business I
General Biology with laboratory8-10
Molec & Cellular Basis of Life
Molec & Cellular Laboratory 1
Organismal & Evolutionary Biol
Organismal & Evol Biol Lab 1
Animal Biology
Physiology & Anatomy with laboratory10
Human Anatomy & Physiology I
Human Anat & Physiol Lab I
Human Anatomy & Physiology II
Human Anat & Physiol Lab II
Microbiology with laboratory4-6
Introductory Microbiology (and lab)
and Experimental Microbiology
MCB 250Molecular Genetics3
or IB 204 Genetics
General Chemistry with laboratory8
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry Lab I
General Chemistry II
General Chemistry Lab II
Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry with laboratory8-12
Elementary Organic Chemistry I
and Elementary Organic Chem Lab I
and Elementary Organic Chem II
Introductory Biochemistry
Biochem & Phys Basis of Life
Physics with laboratory10
College Physics: Mech & Heat
College Physics: E&M & Modern
Microeconomic Principles
Social & Behavioral Sciences (See General Education Course Lists for options)3
Humanities & the Arts (See General Education Course Lists for options)3
STAT 100Statistics (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.