Students interested in a pharmacy career should consider the pre-pharmacy degree track at UC. Many students seeking the educational outcomes of pre-pharmacy programs begin their undergraduate studies as chemistry majors before applying to a pharmacy school after two or three years of coursework. A minimum of 60 hours of undergraduate courses is required for admission to most schools of pharmacy. With the assistance of the Chemistry Department’s pre-pharmacy major advisor, students will plan a specific program to meet the requirements of the school of pharmacy to which the student plans to seek admission.

In preparation for admission to pharmacy school, students in pre-pharmacy programs should consult bulletins from schools of their choice for specific entrance requirements. This is the best way to ensure they will be ready to move forward after completing their pre-pharmacy degree.

Minimum requirements for most professional schools are as follows:

  • BIOL 133 and 113 Population Biology and Lab
  • BIOL 134 and 114 Cell Biology and Lab
  • BIOL 244 Human Physiology
  • BIOL 340 Genetics
  • BIOL 343 Human Anatomy
  • BIOL 345 Microbiology
  • BIOL 346 Biochemistry
  • CHEM 132 and 111 Gen. Chemistry I and Lab
  • CHEM 232 and 211 Gen. Chemistry II and Lab
  • CHEM 331 Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 332 Organic Chemistry II
  • MATH 132 College Algebra or higher
  • MATH 335 Introduction to Probability and Statistics
  • PHYS 241 Physics I
  • PHYS 242 Physics II
  • PSYC 131 Basic Psychology


Pre-Professional Program Emphases

Bachelor of Science in Biology with a Pre-Professional Emphasis

Pre-Prof: Biology Curriculum

Required Core Courses (28 hours)

    Physical Science Requirements (7 hours)

    Choose from the course / course prefix list below to fufil this requirement.



      Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with a Pre-Professional Emphasis

      Pre-Prof: Chemistry Curriculum

      Required Core Courses (35 hours)