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Course Requirements for Pharmacy School Admissions

The courses listed below need to be completed before students begin the PharmD program. They can be planned or in progress at the time students apply. For Fall 2016 admission, all prerequisites must be completed by August 15, 2016. For Fall 2017 admission, all prerequisites must be completed by August 14, 2017. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that they are on track to fulfill prerequisites by using the guides of pre-approved courses below, or consulting with admissions staff.

Although a bachelor's degree is not required to start the PharmD program, applicants with a bachelor's degree are given preference, and a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution in the U.S. will fulfill some prerequisites. About 90% of our students have a bachelor's degree. Choose a major you like - any major! Students from over 60 different majors are in the program.

Prerequisite Courses

  • Must be taken at a regionally-accredited university, college, or community college
  • Must be at least 3 semester credits, taken A-F, and completed with a grade of C- or better
  • May be satisfied by IB, PSEO, or College in the Schools credit if it appears on a college transcript
  • May be satisfied by AP exam if you score a 3 or higher, or appears as credit on a college transcript

Course List

Prerequisite Required Recommended
General biology (1) 1 course with lab  
Microbiology 1 course with lab  
Human Anatomy (2) 1 course With lab
Human Physiology (2) 1 course With lab
Advanced Biology (3) 1 course Biochemistry
Calculus I 1 course  
Statistics 1 course  
General Chemistry 2 courses, 1 lab 2 courses, 2 labs
Organic Chemistry 2 courses, 1 lab 2 courses, 2 labs
General Physics (calculus-based) 1 course (or 2 if algebra-based)  
Social & Behavioral Sciences (4) 2 courses or U.S. bachelor's degree U.S. bachelor's degree
English Composition, advanced (4) 1 course or U.S. bachelor's degree U.S. bachelor's degree
Public Speaking or Interpersonal Communication (4) 1 course or U.S. bachelor's degree U.S. bachelor's degree
  1. If an applicant does not have a general biology lab, a more advanced biology lab may be substituted.
  2. If combined A&P sequence is 2 semesters, both must be completed (A&P I&II). If A&P is combined into one course, it must be a minimum of 5 semester credits. Labs are recommended but not required for Anatomy or Physiology.
  3. Biochemistry is recommended as the advanced biology course. However, cell biology, genetics or molecular biology also fulfill this requirement. Any other course must focus on the human body.
  4. The social and behavioral science, advanced composition, and public speaking or interpersonal communication requirements will be considered fulfilled for applicants who will have completed a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution prior to beginning the PharmD program. Applicants without a bachelor's degree must fulfill the social and behavioral science, advanced composition, and public speaking or interpersonal communication requirements as listed. A final official transcript will be required. For applicants with a degree, we reserve the right to verify that their non-math and non-science coursework is sufficient.

Guides of Approved Prerequisites

Click on the state in which your school is located and use the tabs to find a Guide of Approved Prerequisites for that school. We are unable to provide a guide for every institution, so your school may not be listed. If you cannot find your school and would like to verify courses to meet prerequisites, please email us with a copy of your unofficial transcript: pharmacy@umn.edu.

Advanced Placement Exams

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Indiana

International

Iowa

Michigan

Minnesota (A-K)

Minnesota (L-Z)

North Dakota

Ohio

South Dakota

Utah

Washington

Wisconsin

International Coursework

International coursework can fulfill the prerequisites. If you took international courses that do not appear on a US transcript, a course-by-course transcript evaluation by one of the evaluators listed on the PharmCAS website must be submitted as part of your PharmCAS application.

The Next Step

You've completed most of the prerequisites - what's next?