Prerequisites

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
  • May be satisfied with online courses if taken for credit at a regionally-accredited university, college, or community college

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 2018 admission, all prerequisites must be completed by August 20, 2018; the prerequisite deadline for Fall 2019 admission is August 19, 2019. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that they are on track to fulfill prerequisites by using the guides of preapproved 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.

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 submit our Request for Prerequisite Evaluation form and send all unofficial transcripts and/or foreign transcript evaluations by email to pharmacy@umn.edu.  

If you are an advisor and notice incorrect or out of date information in the prerequisite guide for your institution, please contact our Admissions Coordinator, Olivia Buncher, at obuncher@d.umn.edu.

 

The Next Step

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

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.

Prerequisites for Fall 2019 and beyond

Guides of approved prerequisites for 100+ colleges and universities coming soon!

Prerequisite

Minimum Requirement

Recommended

General Biology 1 course with lab  
Microbiology 1 course Lab is recommended but not required

Advanced Biology
1 course  
Anatomy (human or comparative) 1 course*

Human recommended
Lab is recommended but not required

Physiology (human or comparative) 1 course*

Human recommended
Lab is recommended but not required

Calculus I 1 course  
Statistics 1 course  
General Chemistry General Chemistry I and II with at least 1 lab  
Organic Chemistry Organic Chemistry I and II with at least 1 lab  
Physics 1 course (algebra or calculus based)  
Social & Behavioral Sciences 2 courses or U.S. bachelor's degree U.S. bachelor's degree recommended
Advanced English Composition 1 course or U.S. bachelor's degree U.S. bachelor's degree recommended
Communication 1 introductory communication course U.S. bachelor's degree recommended

*If taking a combined A&P sequence, both semesters are required. If the combined A&P sequence is offered in a single course, it must be a minimum of 4 credits to fulfill the prerequisite.

This guide applies to those entering the PharmD program in the Fall 2019 semester or later