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Pre-Pharmacy Suggested Program of Study


The following lists the required courses taken at WKU for the pre-pharmacy curriculum. This course sequence satisfies the requirements to gain entrance into most pharmacy schools. As shown, the curriculum requires the completion of  70 semester hours of course-work. The curriculum can be completed in the four semesters as outlined, however the average time spent completing these requirements is 6 semesters.

Year Biology Chemistry Math Physics

Cat. A (12 Hrs.)

Cat. B (9 Hrs.)

Cat. C (9 Hrs.)

Cat. E (3 Hrs.)

Cat. F (2 Hrs.)

Fr. 1st Sem.

*

BIOL 120

(3)

BIOL 121

(1)

CHEM 120

(3)

CHEM 121

(2)

MATH 117

(3)

 

   

 

     

Fr. 2nd Sem.

*

BIOL 131

(4)

 

 CHEM 222

(3)

CHEM 223

(2)

MATH 136

(4)

 

ENG 100

(3)

 

       

So. 1st Sem.

*

 BIOL 207

(3)

BIOL 208

(1)

CHEM 340

(3)

CHEM 341

(2)

 MATH 183

(3)

PHYS 231

(3)

PHYS 232 (1)

ENG 200

(3)

       

So. 2nd Sem.

*

 

CHEM 342

(3)

CHEM 343

(2)

 

 PHYS 332

(3)

PHYS 233

(1)

   

ECON 202

(3)

 

   

 * Check with your advisor concerning additional elective courses. 

Courses that will assist in your preparation for the PCAT and your first 2 years of pharmacy school include: BIOL/CHEM 446/447 (Biochemistry I), BIO 122/123 (Biological Concepts: Evolution, Diversity, and Ecology), BIOL 327/337 (Genetics), BIOL 411 (Cell Biology), AH 290 (Medical Terminology), and PHIL 322 (Biomedical Ethics).

Additional courses that several pharmacy schools also require include: HIST 101 (World History I) or HIST 102 (World History II), COMM145 (Fundamental Speaking/Communication), PE 101, PSYS/PSY 100 (Introduction to Psychology), ENG 300 (Writing in the Disciplines), and SOCL 100 (Introductory Sociology).

It should be pointed out that there are a number of pharmacy schools in the U.S. and that the pre-pharmacy requirements of each one may be different. Most pharmacy schools have the same requirements except that different electives are recommended. Because of the variations in requirements, the pre-pharmacy student should determine the requirements for the pharmacy school he/she would like to attend. This should be done before start of the sophomore year.


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 Last Modified 12/5/18