Pre-professional Requirements

The School of Pharmacy offers a four-year, full-time professional pharmacy program leading to the Doctor of Pharmacy degree. Students are required to complete a minimum of two years of pre-professional courses (~62 credits of Academic Prerequisites) before entering the professional program. Students may apply while these courses are in progress. However, prerequisite math and science courses must be completed by the end of the spring term and all other completed courses by the end of the summer term before students begin the first fall semester of the program.

All pre-professional courses must be taken for a letter grade.  Some prerequisites may be met through Advanced Placement (AP) Tests offered through The College Board and Educational Testing Service (ETS) or through online courses (limited to 6 credits; accepted only if a similar course(s) is/are offered at the University of Pittsburgh). The following are NOT accepted to meet prerequisites:

  • Pass/fail courses
  • College Level Examination Program (CLEP) credits
  • Courses taken at non-US based (foreign) institutions
  • Letter grades lower than a C are non-transferable or accepted from other institutions

Overview of Academic Prerequisites:
(The links are course descriptions at the University of Pittsburgh and are provided as a guide.)

  • 8 credits Biology – must include: 1 year of lecture and lab
  • 8 credits General Chemistry – must include: 1 year of lecture and lab
  • 8 credits Organic Chemistry – must include: 1 year of lecture and lab
  • 3-4 credits Calculus – must be: 1 course in calculus covering the derivative and integral of functions of a single variable
  • 3-4 credits Statistics – must be: 1 course in descriptive and inferential statistics
  • 6 credits English Composition – must be: 2 courses in college composition, i.e. technical, professional, or creative writing (ESL not accepted)
  • 24 credits of Electives in the Humanities and the Social Sciences (Technical, professional, math, and science related courses are NOT eligible to meet electives in the Humanities and Social Sciences requirements.)
    •  Humanities: (12 credits)
      • Africana Studies
      • Classics
      • Communication
      • English
      • Film Studies
      • Foreign Language Departments
      • History of Art & Architecture
      • History and Philosophy of Science
      • Linguistics
      • Music
      • Philosophy
      • Public Service
      • Religious Studies
      • Studio Arts
      • Theatre Arts
    • Social Sciences: (12 credits)
      • Anthropology
      • Economics
      • Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies
      • Geography
      • History
      • Jewish Studies
      • Legal Studies
      • Political Science
      • Psychology
      • Sociology
Courses NOT listed under these specific departments cannot be used as electives.