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Pre-Pharmacy

The Pre-Pharmacy major serves the role of a preparatory major for the Doctor of Pharmacy (professional) program at the Purdue University College of Pharmacy. For admission into the professional curriculum leading to the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.), completion of the entire Pre-Pharmacy program is required, after which successful applicants to the Pharm.D. program continue their studies for an additional four years. The entire curriculum, including the Pre-Pharmacy portion, is highly structured, allowing time for only a modest amount of elective study.

Admission into and completion of the Pre-Pharmacy program does not guarantee admission into the Doctor of Pharmacy Program at Purdue.

For information about the Plan of Study for the pre-pharmacy program at other colleges or universities,please click here.

Plan of Study

Freshman Year

First SemesterSecond Semester
(4) BIOL 11000 (Fundamentals of Biology I) (3) AGEC 21700 (Economics)
(5) CHM 10901 (General Chemistry with Biological Focus) (4) BIOL 11100 (Fundamentals of Biology II)
(4) ENGL 10600 (First-Year Composition) (3) MA 23200 (Calculus for the Life Sciences II)
(3) MA 23100 (Calculus for the Life Sciences I) (4) MCMP 20400 (Organic Chemistry I)
(1) PHPR 10000 (Pharmacy Orientation I)* (0-3) Electives†
(17)   (14-17)  


Sophomore Year

Third SemesterFourth Semester
(3) BIOL 30100 (Human Design: Anatomy and Physiology) (4) BIOL 22100 (Introduction to Microbiology)
(4) MCMP 20500 (Organic Chemistry II) (3) BIOL 30200 (Human Design: Anatomy and Physiology)
(1) PHRM 20000 (Pharmacy Orientation II)* (3) MCMP 20800 (Biochemistry for Pharmaceutical Sciences)
(4) PHYS 22000 (General Physics I) (3) MCMP 42200 (Introduction to the Immune System and Applications to Immunologic and Genetic Therapies)
(3) STAT 30100 (Elementary Statistical Methods) (0-4) Electives†
(0-2) Electives†    
(15-17)   (13-17)  

* This course is optional but strongly recommended for West Lafayette campus pre-pharmacy students.

† A list of suggested electives is available at the College of Pharmacy website.

Plan of Study for the Pre-Pharmacy Program at Other Colleges or Universities

You can complete prerequisite pre-pharmacy courses at another campus. Specific pre-pharmacy courses at other partner colleges or universities with whom Purdue has an approved plan of study can be found at: www.pharmacy.purdue.edu/academics/prepharm/off-campus.

The following plan of study is specifically designed for those who expect to apply for admission to the College of Pharmacy at the Purdue University West Lafayette campus:

Pre-Pharmacy Requirements
General chemistry with laboratory (5-8 semester hours)
English composition (4-6 semester hours)
Organic chemistry with laboratory (8-10 semester hours)
General biology with laboratory (6-8 semester hours)
Differential and integral calculus (6-10 semester hours)
Physics with laboratory (4 semester hours)
Microbiology with laboratory (4 semester hours)
Anatomy and physiology with laboratory (6-10 semester hours)
General economics (3 semester hours)
Biochemistry (3-6 semester hours)
Immunology (3 semester hours)
Introductory statistics (3 semester hours)

For admission beginning in Fall 2012, the minimum number of total pre-pharmacy credits is 60 semester hours. Most students will exceed this number.