General Pre-Pharmacy School Course Requirements

It is most important that you research the pre-pharmacy requirements of the schools that interest you. The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy maintains the Pharmacy School Admissions Requirement (PSAR) which provides the admission requirements by individual schools and detailed information of each school.

Pharmacy programs generally require the following undergraduate coursework. Some schools may have additional requirements. Again it is important to check the requirements of each school you are considering to make sure you complete required courses.


Course Subject # Semesters UC Berkeley course sequence most students use to fulfill requirements
General Chemistry  Most schools require 2 semesters of general chemistry with lab. Chem 1A/1AL and Chem 1B
or Chem 4A and 4B (chemistry majors)
Organic Chemistry Most schools require 2 semesters of organic chemistry with lab. Chem 3A/AL and 3B/BL
or Chem 112A and 112B (chemistry majors)
Biology Most schools require 2 semesters with lab. Bio 1B, 1A/1AL
Physiology (mammalian) Most schools require 1 semester. MCB 32/32L
IB 132/132L 
Physics Most schools require 1-2 semesters w/lab (thermodynamics & electromagnetism). Physics 8A, 8B
Physics 7A, 7B
Microbiology Most schools require 1 semester with lab. Some schools require 2.  Public Health 162A/162L
MCB C112/112L
Biochemistry Some schools require 1 semester MCB 102 OR MCB C100A/Chem C130 OR Chem 135
Mathematics/Statistics Requirements vary but most schools require 1-2 semesters and some require 1 semester of stats

Math 1A/1B, Math 10A/B, Math 16A/B

Stats: 2, 20, Public Health 142A

English 2 semesters R&C courses will fulfill English coursework requirements for most pharmacy schools. 
Economics Most schools require 1 semester. Econ 1
Econ 2
Speech/Public Speaking Most schools require 1 semester. College Writing 10A
Humanities, Social & Behavioral Science Most schools require 1 semester of an introductory course. Some schools require 2.  Psych 1 (for majors)
Psych 2 (for non majors)
Sociol 1

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