Undergraduate Pre-Pharmacy Coursework

University of Connecticut pre-pharmacy students typically complete three semesters of prerequisite course work prior to applying to the School of Pharmacy, however, the time in which it takes to complete the pre-pharmacy phase is flexible. The prerequisites for the Doctor of Pharmacy Professional Program also fulfill requirements for additional schools and programs at UConn, as well as meeting the University General Education Requirements that are necessary for earning a bachelor’s degree.  Please note that fulfillment of the prerequisite course work does not guarantee admission into the School of Pharmacy.  Refer to the Undergraduate/Pharm.D. Admissions page for details regarding the application and admissions process.

The following is a proposed schedule for required pre-pharmacy courses.

First Pre-Professional Year – Fall Semester

Course NumberCreditsCourse Name
BIOL 11074Principles of Biology
CHEM 1127Q4General Chemistry
MATH 1131Q4Calculus
ECON 120113Principles of Microeconomics

First Pre-Professional Year – Spring Semester

Course NumberCreditsCourse Name
ENGL 1011 or 10104Academic Writing
CHEM 1128Q4General Chemistry II
PHYS 1201Q4General Physics
Arts & Humanities13General Education Requirement
Diversity Course13General Education Requirement

Second Pre-Professional Year – Fall Semester

Course NumberCreditsCourse Name
SOCI 10011,33Introduction to Sociology
PNB 2264 or 22744Human Physiology & Anatomy
CHEM 24433Organic Chemistry
MCB 26104Fundamentals of Microbiology
Diversity Course13General Education Requirement


Second Pre-Professional Year – Spring Semester

Course NumberCreditsCourse Name
MCB 2000 or MCB 30104 or 5Introduction to Biochemistry / Biochemistry
PNB 2265 or 22754Human Physiology & Anatomy II
CHEM 24443Organic Chemistry II
W Course1,23General Education Requirement
Arts & Humanities13General Education Requirement
  1. These courses need not be taken in the semester indicated. The high-lighted math and science prerequisite courses must be completed by the end of the spring semester of the year seeking enrollment.
  2. It is possible for the W requirement to be fulfilled by courses in content areas 1, 2, or 4.
  3. May be filled by any 1000-level sociology, psychology or anthropology course from content area 2.


CHEM 1124Q, 1125Q, and 1126Q will be averaged and substituted for CHEM 1127Q and 1128Q.

The same applies for other approved substitutions.


Physics  1401Q, 1501Q, etc., may be substituted for Physics 1201Q. Taking another physics course, however, (e.g. PHYS 1401Q, 1501Q, etc.) in addition to PHYS 1201Q may be considered repetition of a prerequisite.

AP Work

When AP work is applied toward prerequisites, the number of total prerequisite credits is reduced by the number of credits earned by that AP work.

Rounding for GPA

The School of Pharmacy does not round when calculating grade point averages.  For example, a 2.999 will not be rounded to a 3.000.


It is essential that our students work closely with an adviser when selecting course work, as there are variations in courses required by pharmacy schools. Clemson has a prepharmacy adviser who is available to help you navigate through the process of selecting course work and preparing for the next step. Requirements typically include biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics as well as general education classes.

If you choose to graduate with a Clemson undergraduate degree before applying to pharmacy school, your course requirements will depend on the major you choose. While there are many majors that meet the requirements with ease, others may require additional course work. You’ll need to communicate with your major adviser as well as our prepharmacy adviser to ensure all requirements are obtained.

While at Clemson, you can build a résumé full of diverse experiences based on your personal interests and career goals. We offer vast opportunities to become immersed in scientific research and encourage our students to gain work experience or even travel abroad while on campus. Our undergraduate research program — called Creative Inquiry — allows you to conduct research with a team of fellow undergraduate students and a faculty mentor. Plus, our faculty are great about opening up their laboratories to welcome volunteers, student workers or independent projects.


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