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Pre-Pharmacy Coursework

Applicants to the College of Pharmacy must, by the end of the spring semester before they would begin the professional program, have completed the required pre-pharmacy coursework, with a minimum of 60 semester hours.  Courses may be taken at the UIC College of Liberal Arts and Sciences or at any regionally accredited college or university and must include at least the following .  See Pre-Pharmacy Coursework Guides.

Written Communication - minimum of 6 semester hours

This requirement is typically fulfilled with a first-year composition sequence.  If an applicant passes out of a composition class and is placed into a higher composition class, and does not receive credit for the one passed out of, then the applicant must take an additional writing course to ensure that the 6 credit minimum is met.  If a school gives an applicant credit for one or both composition courses because of AP exams, then these AP credits may be used toward the fulfillment of this requirement.

Speech Communication - minimum of 2 semester hours

To fulfill this requirement, an applicant may complete a public speaking course or an interpersonal communication course.  Freshman courses which combine composition and speech may be eligible to be used to fulfill this requirement, but approval from the UIC Office of Student Affairs must be given.

General Biology minimum of 8 semester hours

To fulfill this requirements, an applicant must complete a two-semester sequence in general biology.  Each semester must include a laboratory.  Microbiology is not acceptable to fulfill this requirement.

General Chemistry - minimum of 8 semester hours

A two-semester sequence in general chemistry is required to meet this requirement.  Each semester must include a laboratory.

Organic Chemistryminimum of 8 semester hours

A two-semester sequence in organic chemistry is required to meet this requirement.  Some schools offer a laboratory each semester; other schools offer an intensive one-semester laboratory.  Please see the Pre-Pharmacy Coursework Guides for each school's acceptable organic chemistry courses/labs.

General Physics - minimum of 8 semester hours

A two-semester sequence in general physics is required to meet this requirement.  The sequence can be calculus-based (often taken by engineering students) or non-calculus based..  Each semester must include a laboratory.

Human Anatomy - minimum 4 semester hours

To fulfill this requirement, a course covering all organ systems must be taken.  If a school offers a human anatomy sequence, then the sequence must be taken to fulfill this requirement regardless of how many credits are involved.

Calculus - minimum of 3 semester hours

Derivatives and integrals must be covered to fulfill this requirement.

Humanities - minimum of 3 semester hours

This requirement can be fulfilled by courses in areas such philosophy, religious studies, English literature, history, and art history.

Social and Behavioral Sciences - minimum of 3 semester hours

This requirement can be fulfilled by courses in areas such as psychology, sociology, anthropology, political science, and geography.

Economics - minimum of 3 semester hours

Any economics course may be used to fulfill this requirement.

If these courses do not add up to a minimum of 60 semester hours, then additional elective credits must be taken to meet the minimum credit requirement.

If science coursework was taken more than five years prior to admission application, students must have their transcripts evaluated by a College of Pharmacy admissions counselor.