Prerequisite Coursework

Prospective candidates are encouraged to major in their area of greatest interest, as no specific undergraduate major is required for admission to the College of Pharmacy.  Regardless of choice of major, highly competitive applicants will have completed advanced coursework in the sciences and math.   Further, because of the relevance of a broadly based education to success in pharmacy school, the Admissions Committee is particularly impressed by students whose education has provided a range of intellectual experience, including opportunities for analytical thinking and independent study.

Admission to the College requires the completion of a minimum of 65 hours of pre-professional coursework, distributed as follows:

Science

NOTE - Not all introductory courses in the sciences, calculus, or statistics will be accepted in fulfillment of pre-pharmacy requirements. All science, calculus, or statistics courses the prospective student pharmacist takes should be courses which are suitable for science majors intending graduate study or for pre-medical/pre-dental students.

General Chemistry 2 courses 8 semester hours
Organic Chemistry 2 courses 8 semester hours
General Biology/Zoology 2 courses 8 semester hours
Microbiology 1 course 3 semester hours
Biochemistry 1 course 3 semester hours
Anatomy-Physiology 2 courses 8 semester hours

Mathematics

NOTE - The Statistics course should be a research-based course. We accept a general statistics or psychology, education, or business statistics course.

Calculus 1 course 3 semester hours
Statistics 1 course 3 semester hours

Communications Skills

English Composition 2 courses 6 semester hours
Communications/Speech 1 course 3 semester hours

Electives

Elective courses must conform to the following distribution and requirements

  • At least two (2) courses totaling 6 semester hours must be taken in the Humanities (including, but not limited to: arts, literature, history, language, philosophy).
  • At least two (2) courses totaling 6 semester hours must be taken in the Social Sciences (including, but not limited to: sociology, psychology, anthropology, political science, economics).

Students unsure whether a particular course will be accepted by the College should contact Angela Finerson at afinerso@uthsc.edu.

Suggested Schedule

The scheduling listed below is suggested. Following the table is a list of the required coursework. Although a student may be given a conditional admission, no student will be enrolled who has not finished all required courses prior to enrollment.

Year 1: Fall Hours Year 1: Spring Hours
General Chemistry I 4 General Chemistry II 4
General Biology/Zoology I 4 General Biology/Zoology II 4
English Composition I 3 English Composition II 3
Elective 3 Elective 3
Summer Hours    
Microbiology 3    
Year 2: Fall Hours Year 2: Spring Hours
Organic Chemistry I 4 Organic Chemistry II 4
Anatomy-Physiology I 4 Anatomy-Physiology II 4
Calculus 3 Statistics 3
Communications/Speech 3 Biochemistry 3
Elective 3  Elective 3
  • Human Anatomy and Human Physiology may be taken as separate courses totaling 8 hours. If your pre-pharmacy institution requires Comparative Anatomy and/or Physiology for your degree requirement, that will be accepted.
  • A 4-hour Microbiology course is preferred, however, the 3-hour course will be acceptable provided a laboratory is included.

Information About Prerequisite Courses

Chemistry (16 hours) A minimum of 16 semester credit hours of chemistry is required. A minimum of two (2) courses must be in general chemistry, which may include inorganic or analytical chemistry, and two (2) additional courses must be in organic chemistry. Each of these courses must be a complete, standard college-level course for science majors and each must be associated with a lab experience. In instances where students feel uncertain of their preparation in chemistry and wish to take additional work, such courses as advanced analytical chemistry, physical chemistry, biophysical/biological chemistry, or chemical instrumentation should be considered.

General Biological Sciences or Zoology (8 hours) Courses totaling a minimum of eight semester credit hours in the biological or zoological sciences are required. Each course must include a lab experience. Many students may benefit from additional study in the biological sciences and should consider courses in genetics, cellular biology, embryology, and molecular biology.

Anatomy and Physiology (8 hours) At least two courses that are accompanied by a lab experience. This may be a two part Anatomy and Physiology series or may be separate courses in Human Anatomy and Human Physiology. Collectively, the courses should be a review of the basic principles of human structure (anatomy) and function (physiology) and their relationship to human disease.

Microbiology (3-4 hours) The microbiology course may be three or four credit hours and must include a lab. This course should be a study of microbes important to man including human pathogens and diseases. Laboratory work should include methods of culturing, staining and identification of common microbe forms. Anatomy and Physiology courses do not satisfy requirements.

Biochemistry (3 hours) The course should survey the basic principles of biochemistry and molecular biology, emphasizing broad understanding of chemical events in living systems in terms of metabolism and structure-function relationships of biologically important molecules. 

Calculus (3 hours) A one semester calculus course with a minimum of three semester credits is required. Calculus courses offered by departments other than math are not accepted to satisfy this requirement and pre-calculus will not satisfy this requirement.

Statistics (3 hours) The Statistics course should be a research-based course. We accept a general statistics or psychology, education, or business statistics course.

Social and Behavioral Science Electives (6 hours) At least two courses totaling six semester hours must be taken in the Social Sciences: sociology, psychology, anthropology, political science, economics.

Humanities (6 hours) At least two courses totaling six semester hours must be taken in the Humanities (e.g., arts, literature, history, language, philosophy).

English Composition (6 hours) Competency in the use of written English is considered essential to the successful study and practice of pharmacy. At least two courses emphasizing writing skills are required. The usual college-level introductory courses in freshman English composition and literature will meet six semester credit hours of this admission requirement. Writing intensive courses are recommended.

Communication Skills (3 hours) Competency in the use of the English language is essential to successful study and practice of pharmacy. One course with an emphasis on verbal skill is required.

Memphis

Student Affairs & Admissions
881 Madison Ave. Suite 226
Memphis, TN 38163
Phone: (901) 448-6036
Fax: (901) 448-7053
Email: pharmadmiss@uthsc.edu

Knoxville

Student Affairs & Admissions
1924 Alcoa Highway, Box 117
Knoxville, TN 37920
Phone: (865) 974-2100
Fax: (865) 974-2022
Email: pharmadmiss@uthsc.edu

Nashville

Student Affairs & Admissions
193 Polk Ave Suite 2D
Nashville, TN 37210
Phone: (615) 253-5600
Fax: (615) 532-3399
Email: pharmadmiss@uthsc.edu