Pre-professional Requirements

The School of Pharmacy offers a four-year (three academic years, one calendar year), full-time professional pharmacy program leading to the doctor of pharmacy degree (PharmD). Students are required to complete a minimum of two years of pre-professional study (62 credits of defined academic prerequisites) before entering the professional program. Students may apply while these courses are in progress. However, prerequisite math and science courses must be completed by the end of the spring term and all other courses must be completed by the end of the summer term before students begin the first fall semester of the PharmD program.

All pre-professional courses must be taken at an accredited institution in the US for a letter grade.  Some prerequisites may also be met through Advanced Placement (AP) Tests offered through The College Board and Educational Testing Service (ETS)  The following DO NOT  meet prerequisite requirements unless otherwise specified:

  • Courses graded as Pass/fail
  • College Level Examination Program (CLEP) credits
  • Courses completed at international institutions
  • Courses in which a letter grade lower than a C was earned
  • Up to 6 credits are allowed from online courses if similar courses are offered at the University of Pittsburgh

Overview of Academic Prerequisites:
The linked descriptions are from courses at the University of Pittsburgh and are provided as a guide.

  • 8 credits General Biology – must include 1 year of lecture and lab
  • 8 credits General Chemistry– must include 1 year of lecture and lab
  • 8 credits Organic Chemistry – must include 1 year of lecture and lab
  • 3-4 credits Calculus – must be 1 course in calculus covering the derivative and integral of functions of a single variable. Acceptable courses: MATH 0220, 0230, and 0240. Business calculus will NOT be accepted.
  • 3-4 credits Statistics – must be 1 course in descriptive and inferential statistics. Acceptable courses: STAT 1000 or STAT 0200.
  • 6 credits English Composition – must be 2 courses in college composition (technical or ESL not accepted)
  • 24 credits of Electives in the Humanities and the Social Sciences.  Technical, professional, math, and science courses are NOT eligible to meet the requirements for electives in the Humanities and Social Sciences.
    • 3 Courses (at least 9 credits) Humanities from departments below:
      • Africana Studies
      • Classics
      • Communication
      • English
      • Film Studies
      • Foreign Language Departments
      • History and Philosophy of Science
      • History of Art & Architecture
      • Linguistics
      • Music
      • Philosophy
      • Public Service
      • Religious Studies
      • Studio Arts
      • Theatre Arts
    • 3 Courses (at least 9 credits) Social Sciences from departments below:
      • Anthropology
      • Economics
      • Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies
      • Geography
      • History
      • Jewish Studies
      • Legal Studies
      • Political Science
      • Psychology
      • Sociology
      • Neuroscience courses:  Brains and Behavior, Drugs and Behavior
    • 2 Courses (at least 6 credits) Additional Elective Courses may include:
      • Social Sciences
      • Humanities
      • Natural Sciences
        • Astronomy
        • Biological Sciences
        • Chemistry
        • Computer Science
        • Geology and Planetary Science
        • Physics
      • Calculus 2 or 3 (would be in addition to the Calculus requirement listed above
      • Statistics (STAT 1000, 1151, 1152, or any 1200 course would be in addition the Statistic requirement listed above.)
NOTE:  Anatomy & Physiology and Biochemistry are part of the PharmD core Curriculum; therefore, they are NOT eligible to be use as prerequisites.