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College of Pharmacy

Pharmacy Prerequisites

The Pharm.D. program does not require a prior degree upon entrance nor is admission limited to certain majors. The University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy admits a variety of students with different academic backgrounds, including but not limited to: those completing required pharmacy prerequisite courses, undergraduate or graduate degrees, as well as those seeking a career change.

The following 66 credit hours of pharmacy prerequisite courses must be completed prior to Fall 2018 Pharm.D. program entry. However, the pharmacy prerequisites DO NOT need to be completed before submitting your application. The majority of applicants will submit their applications and accompanying materials while completing these courses.

General Chemistry I and II (must include labs) - 8 credit hours

Science courses must be designated for science majors.

General Biology
I and II (must include labs) - 8 credit hours

With prior approval from the College of Pharmacy, the General Biology I & II sequence may be substituted with one of the following sequences:
   1) botany (4 credit hours) and zoology (4 credit hours) or
   2) cell biology (4 credit hours) and genetics (4 credit hours) .

Science courses must be designated for science majors.

Organic Chemistry I and II (must include labs) - 8 credit hours

Science courses must be designated for science majors.

Physics - 3 credit hours

Algebra or calculus based physics will be accepted. A physics lab is not required.

Science courses must be designated for science majors.

Anatomy & Physiology I & II -  6 credit hours

The Anatomy and Physiology requirement may be fulfilled with one of the following sequences:

1) Human Anatomy & Physiology I (3 credit hours)

    Human Anatomy & Physiology II (3 credit hours)

2) Human Anatomy (3 credit hours)


    Human Physiology (3 credit hours)

* Labs are not required

 Science courses must be designated for science majors.

Microbiology - 3 credit hours 

A microbiology lab is not required.

Science courses must be designated for science majors. 

Calculus - 3 credit hours

General calculus or calculus for business or life sciences majors will be accepted.

Statistics - 3 credit hours

Introductory statistics or statistics for life sciences, business, mathematics, etc. majors will be accepted.

English Composition - 3 credit hours

Should include strategies for critically reading and analyzing literature and non-literary texts; structured, sustained practice in composing expository and analytical essays.

English Literature / Composition - 3 credit hours

Should include instruction and intensive practice in researching, analyzing and composing written arguments about academic and public issues.

Public Speaking / Verbal Skills - 3 credit hours

Public speaking or speech will be accepted.

Economics - 3 credit hours

Introductory economics, microeconomics or macroeconomics will be accepted.

General Psychology - 3 credit hours
Liberal Art Electives - 9 credit hours

Courses in humanities and social sciences are accepted.

Examples of humanities include: art, business, ethics, creative writing, fine arts, languages, music, religion and theater.

Examples of social sciences include: anthropology, additional economic courses, child development, geography, history, management, political science, social work, sociology and women’s studies.

* The USC College of Pharmacy has a 10-year limit for math and science courses.
**Public Speaking and courses containing a lab component must be taken live in a classroom; online classes will not be accepted.