What does it mean to be a Pre-Pharmacy Student?

  • You have the desire to become a pharmacist.
  • You are exploring the field through employment or observation at a pharmacy, and also by investigating alternative career options.
  • You are excelling in pre-requisite course required by the pharmacy schools to which you hope to apply.
  • You are active in campus and community life. 
  • You are investigating admissions expectations of various colleges of pharmacy.
  • You are working with the PPAC by attending workshops and advising sessions.


Pre-Pharmacy Curriculum

  • Pre-Pharmacy is a major within McMicken College of Arts & Sciences, however it is not a degree-granting program. 
  • The curriculum for the pre-pharmacy major at UC consists of 78 semester hours and may take approximately three (3) years to complete. These are the specfic prerequisite courses for the UC James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy. Visit the UC James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy website for additional details.


Pre-Pharmacy Pathways

Everyone's path to pharmacy school is unique. Explore the options for achieving your goal. 


Pre-Pharmacy Major (3 years undergraduate coursework)


BIS-Pharmacy (Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies-Pharmacy)

  • The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies-Pharmcay degree path is designed for students who will complete an interdisciplinary liberal arts bachelor's degree in addition to the Pharm-D degree. 
  • Students will complete all the pre-pharmacy and degree requirements in three years so that they will be on track to complete a BA degree at the end of the fourth year (which coincides with the first professional year in the UC College of Pharmacy).


Bachelor's Degree

  • Students who select a major other than pre-pharmacy but still intend to apply to the UC James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy will complete the same required pre-pharmacy curriculum/prerequisites – along with their specific major & college requirements.  
  • Talk to your academic or PPAC advisors about undergraduate degree options while on the pre-pharmacy track.


Connections to Pharmacy: Early Assurance Program

  • The Connections to Pharmacy: Early Assurance Program at the UC James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy is a guaranteed pathway to the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree for academically strong high school students who are planning to pursue a career as a pharmacist.
  • High school seniors who have a minimum weighted GPA of 3.5 and a minimum ACT of 26 can apply for admission into this prestigious program.
  • The Connections to Pharmacy: Early Assurance Program begins with admission and completion of Pre-Pharmacy requirements in the UC McMicken College of Arts & Sciences.