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College of Science

Pre-Pharmacy Studies

Pre-Pharmacy Studies

NATIONAL ORGANIZATION

American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy

PRE-HEALTH ORGANIZATION

Pre-Pharmacy Association

PREREQUISITES

The prerequisites for Pharmacy Programs can vary per school. While it is highly recommended students complete their Bachelor's Degree before entering Pharmacy school, most programs do not require it. The best option for you will depend on the strength of your application and preparedness for Pharmacy School. The courses listed below are typical requirements for most programs but specifically are for UNT. The courses must be for science majors. Students should visit the specific schools admission website for complete requirements. The average GPA of accepted students is 3.4-3.7.

Math and Science Requirements

Course Name

UTA Course Number

Minimum SCH

Biology for Science Majors I w/LAB

BIOL 1441

4

An integrated approach to cell and molecular biology with an emphasis on biological chemistry, cell structure and function, Mendelian and molecular genetics, evolutionary biology. Core Category: Natural Sciences.

Biology for Science Majors II

BIOL 1442

4

An integrated approach to the anatomical, physiological and functional aspects of nutrition, gas exchange, transport, reproduction, development, regulation, response and ecology of microorganisms, plants and animals.

Microbiology (for science majors) w/LAB

BIOL 3444

4

Survey of the microbial world; classification, ecology, morphology and physiology of eukaryotic and prokaryotic microorganisms.

Laboratory techniques in general microbiology. Survey of microorganisms including bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and algae. Culture, staining and identification of bacteria.

Human Anatomy & Physiology I w/LAB

BIOL 2457 or BIOL 3446

4

Functional anatomy and physiology of the human body including biological chemistry, cell morphology, membrane and tissue physiology, musculoskeletal system and the nervous system. (a stand-alone Anatomy course will be accepted.  A stand-alone Physiology course will NOT be accepted.  A&P II will not be accepted) Laboratory studies examining the functional anatomy and physiology of the human body including cell morphology, tissue histology, musculoskeletal anatomy and nervous system anatomy.

Genetics (for science majors)

BIOL 3315

3

Genetic structure and inheritance in viruses, bacteria and higher organisms with emphasis on gene biochemistry, Mendelian genetics and population genetics. ∗Will accept Molecular Biology or Biochemistry in lieu of Genetics

General Chemistry I For Science Majors w/LAB

CHEM 1411

4

Fundamental concepts, states of matter, periodic table, structure and bonding, stoichiometry, oxidation and reduction, solutions, and compounds of representative elements.

Laboratory techniques, weighing, errors and significant figures, identification and purification of substances, and elementary quantitative analysis.

General Chemistry II For Science Majors w/LAB

CHEM 1442

3

Thermodynamics, reaction rates, equilibrium, electrochemistry, organic chemistry, polymers, radioactivity and nuclear reactions.

Quantitative, gravimetric and volumetric analyses; coordination compounds.

Organic Chemistry I

CHEM 2321
 

3

Structure, nomenclature, occurrence and uses of main classes of organic compounds; functional groups and their interconversion; character of chemical bonding; stereochemistry; structure and reactivity; acid/base reactions, resonance, inductive and steric effects; reaction mechanisms.

Organic Chemistry I Lab

CHEM 2181

1

Separations and Synthesis. Organic preparations; techniques of recrystallization, distillation, solvent extraction, separation of mixtures, chromatography and spectroscopic methods.

Organic Chemistry II

CHEM 2322
(Lecture & Lab CHEM 2425)

3

Nucleophilic and electrophilic reaction mechanisms; molecular rearrangements; radical reactions; organic synthesis; absorption spectra of organic compounds of biological interest.

Organic Chemistry II Lab

CHEM 2182

1

Synthesis and Analysis. Organic syntheses and systematic identification of unknown organic compounds utilizing classical “wet” and spectroscopic analytical methods.

General Physics I w/LAB

PHYS 1441

4

Principles and applications of mechanics, sound and heat. Non-calculus based physics sequence suitable for life sciences majors and preprofessional students. Proficiency in Algebra and trigonometry required.

Laboratory to accompany Physics I

Calculus

MATH 1426

3 or 4

Limits and continuity, derivatives and integrals; differentiation and integration of polynomial, rational, trigonometric, and algebraic functions; applications, including slope, velocity, extrema, area, volume and work. Pre-Calculus will not be accepted in lieu of Calculus.

Statistics

MATH 1308

3

Descriptive statistics, elementary probability, estimation, hypothesis testing and small samples. Elementary Probability Statistics or Elementary Statistical Methods preferred.

 

General Education Requirements ¹

Course Name

UTA Course

Minimum SCH

English I – College Writing I¹

ENGL 1301

3

Writing as a means of ordering and shaping experience, information and ideas. Emphasis on perfecting texts through several drafts

English II – College Writing II¹

ENGL 1302

3

Writing in response to reading and research. Emphasis on perfecting texts through several drafts.

Literature ¹ (Traditional)

(see academic advisor at your institution)

3

Survey courses will not be accepted.

U.S. History I – U.S. History to 1865¹

HIST 1301

3

From colonial origins through the Civil War.

U.S. History II – U.S. History since 1865¹

HIST 1302

3

From the Civil War to the present.

Political Science (U.S. Government)¹

 

POLS 2311

3

Explores the connection between the will of the people and the policies implemented by government by focusing on individual political values and attitudes, the mechanisms that connect individual beliefs to government action (parties, interest groups, the media, and elections), and the outcomes of government policy. Depending on your institution other Political Science options may include (3) credit hours in any of the following: U.S. Government, U.S. Constitution, American Government

Fine Arts & Humanities elective ¹

(see academic advisor at your institution)

3

Social & Behavioral Science elective ¹

(see academic advisor at your institution)

3

Social science is a major category of academic disciplines, concerned with society and the relationships among individuals within a society. It in turn has many branches, each of which is considered a “social science”. Social sciences include economics, sociology, psychology, and anthropology. Work with your academic advisor at your institution.

Public Speaking¹

(see academic advisor at your institution)

3

SCH= Semester Credit Hours
TCCNS = Texas Common Course Numbering System www.tccns.org
¹ Exempt if the applicant has (or will complete by May) a bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited U.S. college 

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