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Pre-Pharmacy Advising



Students who are interested in pursuing Pre-Pharmacy should indicate their interest by completing the Declaration of Major form. Those students who have already declared an academic major should first plan to see their major advisor to discuss both major and general requirements. Following that meeting, students can meet with any advisor in the Office for Academic & Pre-Professional Advising to discuss their path to Pharmacy school.

Common Pre-Requisites

We have provided a list of common pre-requisites necessary for admission to pharmacy schools. It is important to note that this list is not inclusive of all pharmacy schools. It is the responsibility of the student to communicate with schools you are interested in attending and determine what/if any additional requirements are needed.  A printable copy of these courses can be found below.

Requirement Credits UMBC Course UMBC Title
ENGLISH 6 ENGL 100 (3) Composition
ENGL *** (3) Any Literature Course
MATHEMATICS & STATISTICS 8 MATH 151 (4) Calculus and Analytical Geometry I
STAT 350 (4) Statistics with Applications in the Biological Sciences
BIOLOGY 29 BIOL 141 (4) Foundations of Biology: Cells, Energy and Organisms
BIOL 142 (4) Foundations of Biology: Ecology and Evolution
BIOL 251 (3) Human Anatomy and Physiology I
BIOL 252 (3) Human Anatomy and Physiology II
BIOL 275 (3) Microbiology
BIOL 275L (2) Microbiology Laboratory
BIOL 300L (2) Experimental Biology Laboratory
BIOL 302 (4) Molecular and General Genetics
BIOL 430/CHEM 437 (4) Biological Chemistry or Comprehensive Biochemistry I
CHEMISTRY 20 CHEM 101 (4) Principles of Chemistry I
CHEM 102 (4) Principles of Chemistry II
CHEM 102L (2) Introductory Chemistry Lab I
CHEM 351 (3) Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 351L (2) Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
CHEM 352 (3) Organic Chemistry II
CHEM 352L (2) Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
PHYSICS 8 PHYS 111 (4) Basic Physics I
PHYS 112 (4) Basic Physics II
ARTS & HUMANITIES (AH) OR SOCIAL SCIENCES (SS) 18 AH *** or SS *** (12) Electives – no studio classes
SPCH 100 (3) Public Communication
ECON 101 (3) Principles of Microeconomics

Printable Pre-Pharmacy Pre-Requisites

Additional Electives to Consider

The following courses are not required for entrance to pharmacy school, but are great options to consider for your Social Science and Arts & Humanities electives as well as to expand your overall knowledge of health care.