Pre-Pharmacy

Pre-Professional Advising: Pharmacy

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Please refer to this curriculum guide every semester when you register for courses.

The following curriculum meets the application and admissions requirements for the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy as well as many other pharmacy schools.  Please refer to the websites of individual pharmacy schools to which you wish to apply for further required courses.

Most students accepted to pharmacy school receive a B.S. degree in chemistry or biology, but students majoring in other disciplines (e.g., psychology, sociology, business, etc.) are considered if they have completed the requirements of the pharmacy school.

Application to pharmacy school is made through PHARMCAS (http://www.pharmcas.org).

All pharmacy schools require students to take the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT), and students should take the PCAT by November of the year prior to their anticipated entrance into pharmacy school (typically, the fall semester of a student's Senior year).

Pre-pharmacy students must demonstrate a strong desire to learn, exhibited by adding a minor to your major, being a member of the Honor's College, and/or pursuing and completing a double major.

Prior to applying to pharmacy school, pre-pharmacy students must have 20+ documented hours of shadowing a pharmacist, as well as evidence of meaningful participation in both campus activities and volunteer opportunities.

Students applying to pharmacy school are required to solicit letters of recommendation from a mix of people, including professors, a pharmacist they have shadowed, faculty sponsors of campus activities, and supervisors of volunteer opportunities.  A small number of meaningful experiences are better than a long list of one-time contacts.

The following course sequence is a guideline meeting only the minimal requirements for admission to the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy.  Courses to fulfill the major must be worked into the student's schedule. Please be aware that some courses are offered "only in the Fall" or "every other year."  It is the student's responsibility to work with their academic advisor to plan their individual multi-year curriculum to insure that all required courses are taken in time for them to take the PCAT in the fall of the Senior year.

 

Year 1
Be sure to participate in activities offered by the Pre-Professional Advising Program

Fall

Spring

BSB 101 General Biology

BSB 102 General Biology

BSB 101L General Biology Lab

BSB 102L General Biology Lab

PSC 111 General Chemistry

PSC 112 General Chemistry

PSC 111L General Chemistry Lab

PSC 112L General Chemistry Lab

EN 101 English Composition I

EN 102 English Composition II

COM 101 Oral Communication

MA 181 Calculus I

*Elective (see footnote)

*Elective (see footnote)

 

Year 2
Be sure to participate in activities offered by the Pre-Professional Advising Program

Fall

 

Spring

PSC 211 Organic Chemistry

 

PSC 212 Organic Chemistry

PSC 211L Organic Chemistry Lab

 

PSC 212L Organic Chemistry Lab

PSP 211 or PSP 213 Physics

 

PSP 212 or PSP 214 Physics

PSP 211L or PSP 213L Physics Lab

 

PSP 212L or PSP 214L Physics Lab

BSB 230 General Genetics

 

BSB 332 Cellular & Molecular Biology

MA 123 Statistics

 

BSM 340 Microbiology for Majors

*Elective (see footnote)

 

*Elective (see footnote)

  

Year 3
Be sure to participate in activities offered by the Pre-Professional Advising Program

Fall

Spring

BSB 303 Comparative Anatomy

BSB 322 Animal Physiology

BSM 452 Immunology

BSM 452 Pathogenic Microbiology

*Electives (see footnote)

BSB 467 Biochemistry

 

*Electives (see footnote)

  

Year 3 Summer (or anytime during year 3)

Shadow pharmacy professionals (10-20 hours)

  

Year 4
Be sure to participate in activities offered by the Pre-Professional Advising Program

Fall

Take PCAT
Complete pharmacy school applications via PHARMCAS
*Electives (see footnote)

 

*Electives must include the following 21 hours of courses

  • SOC 201 Principles of Sociology
  • PSY 101 General Psychology
  • BU 201 Principles of Economics I (consider taking BU 201 Principles of Economics II as well)
  • PHL 204 Ethics (consider taking PHL 307 Medical Ethics as well)
  • 9 hours of humanities and fine arts (taking one 3-hour art appreciation or music appreciation course, BU 202, and PHL 307 will fulfill this, but there are lots of other courses you can take as well)