Pre-Pharmacy

The practice of pharmacy requires detailed knowledge of the physical and chemical properties of drugs as well as their particular biologic effects. Pharmacists practice in a variety of settings, including community pharmacies, hospitals, drug industries, and government agencies. Pharmacists may provide patient care, teach at colleges and universities, or may perform pharmaceutical research.

The preprofessional course work listed below prepares the student to apply to the Doctor of Pharmacy program in the College of Pharmacy. The course work generally requires a minimum of two full-time academic years of study. Most students require at least three years to complete prerequisite course work.

Required Courses a,b
ENGL 160Academic Writing I: Writing in Academic and Public Contexts3
ENGL 161Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research3
Select one of the following: 3
Fundamentals of Human Communication c
Introduction to Interpersonal Communication c
BIOS 100Biology of Cells and Organisms d5
BIOS 101Biology of Populations and Communities d5
BIOS 220Mendelian and Molecular Genetics3
BIOS 350General Microbiology3
BIOS 351Microbiology Laboratory2
Select one of the following anatomy and physiology sequences8-10
Human Physiological Anatomy I
and Human Physiological Anatomy II e
OR
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
and Human Anatomy and Physiology II
Select one of the following general chemistry sequences:10
General Chemistry I Lecture
and General Chemistry Laboratory I d,f
General Chemistry II Lecture
and General Chemistry Laboratory II d,f
OR
Honors and Majors General and Analytical Chemistry I d
Honors and Majors General and Analytical Chemistry II d
CHEM 232Organic Chemistry I4
CHEM 233Organic Chemistry Laboratory I2
CHEM 234Organic Chemistry II4
BIOS/CHEM 352Introductory Biochemistry3
or BIOS 452 Biochemistry I
or CHEM 452 Biochemistry I
Select one of the following mathematics courses:4-5
Calculus for Business
Calculus for the Life Sciences
Calculus I
Select one of the following statistics courses:4
Introduction to Statistics
Introduction to Statistics for the Life Sciences
PHYS 105
PHYS 106
Introductory Physics I - Lecture
and Introductory Physics I - Laboratory d,f
4
or PHYS 141 General Physics I (Mechanics)
Social or behavioral sciences g3
Humanities g3
Total Hours76-79
a

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

b

Students completing a bachelor’s degree at UIC must fulfill all the requirements of an undergraduate degree program, including General Education requirements. Students should consult their college and department sections of the catalog for information on completing their degree programs, including General Education requirements, as well as the General Education section of the catalog for a list of approved General Education courses in each category. 

c

These courses are approved for the Understanding the Individual and Society General Education category. 

d

These courses are approved for the Analyzing the Natural World General Education category.

e

KN 251/KN 252 sequence begins in the fall term only. 

f

Each of the following pairs of courses will be considered one course in meeting the LAS General Education requirements; CHEM 122/CHEM 123; CHEM 124/CHEM 125; PHYS 105/PHYS 106.

g

Students completing an undergraduate degree at UIC should meet with their academic advisor to select courses in the social or behavioral sciences and humanities that are approved for Exploring World Cultures, Understanding the Creative Arts, Understanding the Past, and Understanding U.S. Society General Education categories. 

Students apply for admission to the College of Pharmacy through the centralized application service (PharmCAS) sponsored by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, http://www.PharmCAS.org. Students should apply for admission approximately one year before enrollment. Pre-pharmacy students must take the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) prior to the PharmCAS application deadline. PCAT information is available online http://www.pcatweb.info.

The minimum GPAs (cumulative, science/math, pre-pharmacy requirement/prerequisite) for application to the program in pharmacy are 2.50/4.00. A minimum grade of C must be earned in each pre-pharmacy course. Please note that C minus (C-) grades received at other academic institutions will not meet the minimum grade requirement regardless of the way UIC converts transfer grades into the UIC grade point system.

The College of Pharmacy accepts applications for the fall semester admission only. PharmCAS applications are available starting in June. The College of Pharmacy reviews applications on an ongoing basis beginning shortly after PharmCAS applications are made available in June. A UIC College of Pharmacy supplemental application is also required.

Additional information regarding the admission/application process can be found on the College of Pharmacy Office of Student Affairs website http://pharmacy.uic.edu/programs/pharmd-professional-program/admission-requirements-new.