Pre-Pharmacy

What is "pre-pharm"?

"Pre-pharm" is a term used to describe students who plan to enter a college of pharmacy and obtain their Pharm.D. degree. There is rarely if ever a "pre-pharm" major available at a university, but all the courses needed to gain admission to a college of pharmacy are available at BGSU. Pre-pharm students at BGSU have three options prior to entering a college of pharmacy:

  • They may complete a four-year experience at BGSU and obtain a bachelor's degree in ANY major (so long as they complete the prerequisites to gain admission to a college of pharmacy), or
  • They may complete roughly three years of coursework at BGSU and apply to be admitted to a college of pharmacy after only three years of undergraduate classes. With this option, students will not earn a Bachelor's degree prior to entering a college of pharmacy.
  • They can enroll in BGSU's new Bachelor in Applied Health Science to Pharm.D. degree track. This program enables a student to be dual enrolled at both BGSU and University of Findlay during their training. As part of their dual enrollment, students will earn a Bachelor of Applied Health Science degree from BGSU, then a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from University of Findlay two years later.

What courses are required for admission to a college of pharmacy?

Students are responsible for verifying all pre-requisite courses with the Pharmacy school of their choice. Typically, Pharmacy school admissions committees require the following courses to be taken in college:

  • Algebra/Statistics/Calculus
  • Anatomy and Physiology (full year)
  • English composition
  • General biology (full year)
  • General chemistry (full year)
  • Microbiology (one semester)
  • Organic chemistry (full year)
  • Physics (full year)