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 UMBC Course Credits UMBC Title
ENGL 100 3 Composition
ENGL *** 3
Literature Course
Mathematics & Statistics
MATH 151/MATH 155 4
Calculus and Analytical Geometry I/Applied Calculus
STAT 350 4
Statistics with Applications in the Biological Sciences
BIOL 141 4
Foundations of Biology: Cells, Energy and Organisms
BIOL 142 4
Foundations of Biology: Ecology and Evolution
BIOL 251 3
Human Anatomy & Physiology I
BIOL 252 3
Human Anatomy & Physiology II
BIOL 273/BIOL 375 3 Microbiology
BIOL 273L 2 Microbiology Lab
BIOL 300L 2
Experimental Biology Lab
BIOL 302 4
Molecular and General Genetics
BIOL 430/CHEM 437 4
Biological Chemistry OR Comprehensive Biochemistry I
CHEM 101 4
Principles of Chemistry I
CHEM 102 4
Principles of Chemistry II
CHEM 102L 2
Principles of Chemistry II Lab
CHEM 351 3
Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 351L 2
Organic Chemistry I Lab
CHEM 352 3
Organic Chemistry II
CHEM 352L 2
Organic Chemistry II Lab
PHYS 111 4 Basic Physics I
PHYS 112 4 Basic Physics II
Arts & Humanities or Social Sciences
AH *** OR SS *** 12
Electives- No studio classes
SPCH 100 3
Public Communications
ECON 101 3
Principles of Microeconomics

Printable Pre-Pharmacy Requirements

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.