Pre-professional Requirements

The School of Pharmacy offers a four-year (three academic years, one calendar year), full-time professional pharmacy program leading to the doctor of pharmacy degree (PharmD). Students are required to complete a minimum of two years of pre-professional study (62 credits of defined 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 courses must be completed by the end of the summer term before students begin the first fall semester of the PharmD program.

All pre-professional courses must be taken at an accredited institution in the US for a letter grade.  Some prerequisites may also be met through Advanced Placement (AP) Tests offered through The College Board and Educational Testing Service (ETS)  The following DO NOT  meet prerequisite requirements unless otherwise specified:

  • Courses graded as Pass/fail
  • College Level Examination Program (CLEP) credits
  • Courses completed at international institutions
  • Courses in which a letter grade lower than a C was earned
  • Up to 6 credits are allowed from online courses if similar courses are offered at the University of Pittsburgh

Overview of Academic Prerequisites:
The linked descriptions are from courses at the University of Pittsburgh and are provided as a guide.

  • 8 credits General Biology – must include 1 year of lecture and lab
  • 8 credits General Chemistry– must include1 year of lecture and lab
  • 8 credits Organic Chemistry – must include 1 year of lecture and lab
  • 3-4 credits Calculus – must be1 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 (technical or ESL not accepted)
  • 24 credits of Electives in the Humanities and the Social Sciences.  Technical, professional, math, and science courses are NOT eligible to meet the requirements for electives in the Humanities and Social Sciences.
    • 4 Courses (at least 12 credits) Humanities.  Must include 2 courses from two different departments from the list below:
      • Africana Studies
      • Classics
      • Communication
      • English
      • Film Studies
      • Foreign Language Departments
      • History and Philosophy of Science
      • History of Art & Architecture
      • Linguistics
      • Music
      • Philosophy
      • Public Service
      • Religious Studies
      • Studio Arts
      • Theatre Arts
    • 4 Courses (at least 12 credits) Social Sciences. Must include 2 courses from two different departments from the list below:
      • 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.