PharmD Admissions


Pre-Pharmacy Course Requirements

The Pre-Pharmacy curriculum consists of a total of 78 semester hours, including at least 15 semester hours of elective courses. The curriculum prepares students for entry into the Doctor of Pharmacy program. Pre-Pharmacy coursework must be completed before beginning the PharmD program and all coursework must be completed within the last seven years.

Pre-Pharmacy courses cannot be taken on a pass/fail basis, and must have a grade of "C" or better. Survey courses, courses listed for non-science majors, and courses in which a grade of "C-" or below was earned are not acceptable. All or part of the Pre-Pharmacy curriculum can be completed at the University of Cincinnati or at another accredited college or university. The College recommends that you complete the Pre-Pharmacy curriculum at a 4-year college or university.

Students who are not completing the Pre-Pharmacy curriculum at the University of Cincinnati are encouraged to consult the James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy ( for guidance on what courses to take. Students completing the Pre-Pharmacy curriculum at select colleges or universities in Ohio or Kentucky can use the Web site to determine which courses are equivalent to UC's Pre-Pharmacy curriculum.

Required Courses

UC Course Number Course Credits
ENGL 1001 English Composition 3 credits
ENGL 2089 Intermediate Composition 3 credits
MATH 1044, 1045 Applied Calculus I & II 4-6 credits
CHEM 1040, 1041 General Chemistry I & II 8 credits
CHEM 1040L, 1041L General Chemistry I & II Lab 2 credits
BIOL 1081 Biology I 3 credits
BIOL 1081L Biology I Lab 1 credit
CHEM 2040, 2041 Organic Chemistry I & II 8 credits
CHEM 2040L, 2041L Organic Chemistry I & II Lab 2 credits
PHYS 1051, 1052 General Physics I & II 8 credits
PHYS 1051L, 1052L General Physics I & II lab 2 credits
STAT 1034 Statistics 3 credits
BIOL 2031C Microbiology 4 credits
BIOL 2001C, 2002C Anatomy & Physiology I & II 8 credits
CHEM 3040Biochemistry 3 credits
 General Education Electives
(See descriptions for required courses below)
 15 credits

Elective Courses

A minimum of 15 semester hours of general education elective courses are required as part of the Pre-Pharmacy curriculum. These courses prepare graduates to contribute and thrive in a global, diverse and technological society.

Arts & Humanities
At least 6 semester hours must be completed in the Arts & Humanities. At least one general education course must focus on diversity and culture and one course on social and ethical issues. Humanities & Arts Examples include but are not limited to classics, literature, foreign languages, philosophy, linguistics, rhetoric, dance, drama, music, visual arts, and history.

Behavioral & Social Science
At least 6 semester hours must be completed in the Behavioral & Social Sciences. At least one general education course must focus on diversity and culture and one course on social and ethical issues. Examples include but are not limited to communication, cultural anthropology, economics, human geography, planning, political science, psychology, and sociology.

To graduate from the College of Pharmacy, students must have completed at least 15 semester hours of general education electives. Credit hours earned during the Pre-Pharmacy curriculum will count towards this requirement.

Advanced Placement (AP) Credit

Students who have earned an acceptable score on an AP exam may receive credit for Pre-Pharmacy requirements. View UC's AP exam score requirements and the course equivalencies.

Students should contact the College to be advised on which pre-pharmacy courses may be exempt by AP exam scores, and which courses should be repeated even if an acceptable score is achieved.

International Applicants Information

International applicants must have foreign transcripts evaluated by World Education Services (WES) (WES). Students are advised to e-mail (, mail, or fax (513-558-4372) a copy of the WES evaluation to the College to determine if the foreign coursework is acceptable, or if additional courses must be completed. International students who are non-native English speakers must demonstrate English proficiency by submitting a TOEFL. To be considered for admission, international students must achieve a TOEFL score of 100 or higher (internet-based).

In accordance with rules 4729-30-02, 4729-3-03, 4729-5-31, 4729-5-32 and 4729-5-34 of the Ohio Administrative Code: International applicants must establish spoken English proficiency by completing the TOEFL IBT with the following minimum scores or higher:

  1. Writing: twenty-four;
  2. Speaking: twenty-six;
  3. Listening: eighteen; and
  4. Reading: twenty-one. International students who are admitted to the University will be contacted after admission with instructions on obtaining an I-20. Contact UC's International Student Services Office only after you are admitted. Do not contact them before you receive an admission letter.

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