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Pre-Pharmacy Studies

Pre-Pharmacy Studies


A pharmacist is a medication expert that enhances patient care and promotes wellness. They can prepare and dispense medications, prevent harmful drug interactions, conduct wellness screenings, provide immunizations, and counsel patients of safe use of their medications. Physicians and other healthcare providers often rely on the Pharmacist to select the best medication for specific patients. Pharmacists work in a variety of settings and participate in rounds at the hospital. They can also conduct research and clinical trials. Visit Pharmacy is Right for Me for more information. 

PHARMACY RELATED RESEARCH FIELDS: Pharmacuetical Sciences, Pharmacology





Visit the Special Programs and FAQ page 

  • UH - College of Pharmacy PharmCAS & Supplemental Application Webinar 
  • UH - College of Pharmacy Admission Counseling Appointments
    • Whether you are applying for Fall 2020 or later, you can send questions regarding transcript evaluations, PharmCAS, UHCOP Supplemental application or other admissions related questions to To schedule an appointment, click the title link. 
  • UNT College of Pharmacy Events:

    Student Ambassador Sneak Peak

    Mike Cooley, Recruitment and Admissions Associate will present on HSC Pharmacy's admissions and other important information, with HSC Pharmacy Student Ambassadors on hand to describe the student perspective and answer student-directed questions.

    Date: Tuesday, October 13, 2020 @ 5:00 PM Registration Link

    La Familia HSC

    In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, you are invited to our Latinx student panel on October 14th, 7-8 pm CT. Learn about our students’ journey in pursuing a graduate degree at The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth.

    Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2020 @ 7:00 PM Registration Link 

    UNT Advising Sessions

    We are currently offering daily online advising. Students can also schedule a one-on-one at:   









  • Pharmacy Technician Trainee
    • In the state of Texas, you are required to be a registered with the Texas State Board of Pharmacy to work in a pharmacy. See how you can become a trainee here. Students may pursue becoming a Certified Technician after meeting certain requirements and passing the PTCB or ExCPT exam. 
  • Shadowing Pharmacists
  • Volunteering
  • Research



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. Competitive students interested in early admission should research UNT's Early Assurance Program.

Math and Science Requirements

Course Name

UTA Course Number

Minimum SCH

Biology for Science Majors I w/LAB

BIOL 1441


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


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 2444 (3444 prior to F20)


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


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


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


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


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

Quantitative, gravimetric and volumetric analyses; coordination compounds.

Organic Chemistry I

CHEM 2321


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


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)


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


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


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. Lab required. 


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.


MATH 1308


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


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


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

Literature ¹ (Traditional)

(see academic advisor at your institution)


Survey courses will not be accepted.

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

HIST 1301


From colonial origins through the Civil War.

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

HIST 1302


From the Civil War to the present.

Political Science (U.S. Government)¹


POLS 2311


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)


Social & Behavioral Science elective ¹

(see academic advisor at your institution)


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)


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





Most students apply to pharmacy school in their senior year summer/fall. This can vary per student as students may not complete their degree prior to entry. The majority of students do complete a degree. Students should become familiar with the PharmCAS Application system. 

GPA Calculators: 



  • QUESTIONS: 192 Multiple Choice & 1 Writing Prompt - 220 minutes 
  • SCORE: 200-600 for multiple choice, 1-6 for Writing (Composite Score = Average of all sections as % rank)
  • SECTIONS: Biological Processes, Chemical Processes, Critical Reading, Quantitative Reasoning, and Writing
  • COST: $210
  • IDEAL time to TAKE: July-December of application year (Verify with school's deadlines)
  • Register at: PearsonVue-PCAT