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Pre-Pharmacy Requirements

I. Chemical and Physical Sciences
General Chemistry w/Lab(Minimum) 8 Semester Hours
Organic Chemistry w/Lab(Minimum) 8 Semester Hours
Physics w/Lab(Minimum) 4 Semester Hours
Quantitative Chemical Analysis OR Physics IIMinimum 4 Semester Hours
II. Biological Science
Biological/Life Sciences w/Lab(Minimum) 4 Semester Hours
Anatomy *4
Physiology *4
III. Oral and Written Communication
English Composition I3
English Composition II3
IV. Analytical Sciences
Calculus I 4
Statistics /or Biostatistics3
V. General Education
May include additional courses from the areas listed in Section I-IV or from any area listed below: Accounting, Business Administration/Management, Critical Thinking, Economics, Education, Ethics, Fine Arts (Art, Music), Foreign Languages, Gerontology, History, Humanities, Literature, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology.9
Total Credit Hours36

Note: Approval of prerequisite courses is determined by the Associate Dean for Student Affairs and the Admissions Committee on an individual basis after all necessary information is submitted. Credits must be earned at a fully accredited institution of higher learning. Credits not considered applicable include:

  1. those graded less than “C”, “I” (incomplete), “W” (withdrawal), or audit;
  2. those completed but not given for credit;
  3. activity courses in physical education.

Advanced Placement

AP credit will be accepted toward prerequisite requirements if listed on a transcript from a fully accredited undergraduate institution.


A maximum of 24 pre-pharmacy credit hours may be accepted by the College of Pharmacy through CLEP subject or general examinations. Minimum scale scores are available upon request from the UNMC Office of Academic Records. In the required course areas of the pre-pharmacy program, the College of Pharmacy will not accept CLEP hours in the following subject examination areas: Organic Chemistry,  4 of the Required Biological/Life Science Hours or General Chemistry Hours; 3 of the Required English Composition Hours