Program IN Pre-Pharmacy

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Personal Academic Advising to Prepare You for a Career in Pharmaceuticals

To be successful in a career in pharmaceuticals, you need to care about people and connect with them on a personal level. Strong classes in STEM--science, technology, engineering, and math--combined with a liberal arts education best prepare our students for a successful career in a health care profession, such as pharmaceuticals. We invite you to explore how we can share your journey and prepare you for a successful career in health care.

How do I know the Pre-Pharmacy Program at Queens is the best for me? 

At Queens, you will get a personal academic advisor who will guide you throughout your time at Queens. They will ensure you take all the classes you need to in order to fulfill your pre-pharmacy requirements, regardless of what major you take. That matters because you can take any major at Queens along with your concentration in pre-pharmacy.

You study what you want, whether it’s because you find it the most interesting or if it’s because you think it will best prepare you for your career. The liberal arts education Queens offers guarantees you will be well-rounded enough to succeed in your profession. International travel and internship opportunities that Queens provides completes an experience that can't be replicated elsewhere. 

Required Courses

Standardized Exam required for admission: PCAT (Be sure to check schools of interest for the standardized test requirement) 
Resource for national standards: American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy  

BIO 201 Cellular and Molecular Foundations
BIO 202 Biodiversity and Ecology Foundations or BIO 303 Genetics
Note that one elective semester of biology may be required and Genetics is strongly recommended
BIO 213 Anatomy & Physiology I
BIO 214 Anatomy & Physiology II
Note that only one semester of anatomy and physiology may be required for some programs
BIO 330 Microbiology
CHM 111, 111L Chemistry Principles I & Lab
CHM 112, 112L Chemistry Principles II & Lab
CHM 303, 303L Organic Chemistry I & Lab
CHM 304, 304L Organic Chemistry II & Lab
MAT 210 Single Variable Calculus I
MAT 130 Introductory Statistics for Social Sciences  or ENV 225 Data Analysis for Natural Sciences
Note that math requirements vary among programs.
PHY 201 College Physics I and PHY 202 College Physics II
PHY 211 University Physics I and PHY 212 University Physics II
Be sure to check if one or two semesters of Physics is required for program.  PHY 211 and PHY 212 are calculus-based and require MAT 210 as a pre-req or co-req course.  Your physics sequence may be dependent on the requirements for your major.
COM 200 Public Speaking
Note that some but not all pharmacy schools require a public speaking course.

Total: 52-56 Hrs

Recommended Courses

Natural Science Courses:

BIO 331 Cell Biology
CHM 401 Biochemistry (with or without CHM 401L lab) or CHM 403, 403L and CHM 404, 404L Advanced Biochemistry I and II sequence with lab


Many pharmacy programs recommend courses in business, accounting, or economics.
ACC 207 Financial Accounting
BUS 218 Communications in Business
ECO 203 Macroeconomics

Other Courses:

Many pharmacy programs require a public speaking course and various combinations of other courses which can be covered in the general education courses (history, philosophy, ethics, social sciences)
PHL 310 Biomedical Ethics
PSY 101 General Psychology
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology


Consider starting Spanish or continuing it from high school to increase your ability to work with Spanish-speaking patients as this skill will be valuable with demographic trends in the United States. 

Contact us:

Dr. Patricia Koplas, PhD, PT 
Pre-Health and Pre-Vet Advisor


Note: Prerequisites for entry to graduate pharmacy programs vary widely. Students should explore the prerequisites to pharmacy programs to which they may apply as early as possible during their undergraduate studies.  The information for this list was compiled from the 2015-2016 American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy website and the pharmacy programs in North Carolina.

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