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Pre-Pharmacy

About the Profession

Pharmacist are healthcare professionals focused on safe and effective use of medication.  Pharmacists work collaboratively with physicians and other healthcare providers; additionally, pharmacists communicate with patients when providing advisement and specialized knowledge related to the use of medicines.

Preparation Starts Now

From the time you begin college, you are assembling a complete dossier with which to apply to pharmacy schools.  Applicants are expected to have:

  • Completed pharmacy school requirements; some programs require a bachelor's degree in any major

  • Achieve excellent grades; overall and science GPAs should, at a minimum, be at a 3.5
  • Earn a good score on the PCAT; some schools will accept the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT)
  • Letters of Recommendation: academic and clinical
  • Involve yourself in sincere, sustained health-related shadowing, volunteer, and research experience

Course Requirements

Start planning as a first year student to meet the following course requirements for pharmacy schools.  Below are the courses at SUNY Geneseo that are recommended you complete based on the requirements for University at Buffalo PharmD program:

Course Requirements

SUNY Geneseo

Notes

One year of Biology BIOL 117, 119, and 116 (lab)

Pay attention to course offering schedule (i.e. Fall/Spring)

One lecture with the lab can count as an N/ General Education requirement

One year of General Chemistry CHEM 116, 118, and 119 (lab)

Pay attention to course offering schedule (i.e. Fall/Spring)

One lecture with the lab can count as an N/ General Education requirement

One year of Organic Chemistry CHEM 211, 213, and 216 (lab) Pay attention to course offering schedule (i.e. Fall/Spring)
One semester of Physics

General Physics:

PHYS 113 and 114 (lab)

 

Analytical Physics:

PHYS 123 and 124 (lab)

Pay attention to course offering schedule (i.e. Fall/Spring)

One lecture with the lab can count as an N/ General Education requirement

One semester of Biochemistry BIOL 335 or CHEM 300

If not a BIOL major, you will need special permission.

Offered in the fall.

Pre-req: BIOL 300, which also has a prereq of BIOL 222, so plan accordingly.

One semester of Microbiology BIOL 349 (previously BIOL 230) Pre-req: BIOL 222 or BIOL 271
One year of Anatomy and Physiology BIOL 365 and 366 Pay attention to course offering schedule (i.e. Fall/Spring)
One year of English INTD 105 and one ENGL course INTD 105 is the Basic Communication General Education requirement
One year of Calculus MATH 221 and 222 This could count toward the R/ General Education course requirement
One semester of Statistics MATH 262

This could count toward the R/ General Education course requirement

One course in social behavioral science   This could count toward one of the S/ General Education course requirements

*Check with schools for specific requirements. 

It is recommended that course requirements are completed at SUNY Geneseo, but there are instances where a student would need to complete one or two courses elsewhere.  If that is the case, it is suggested that coursework be completed at a four-year higher education institution.  All course requirements must be taken for a grade and demonstrate mastery, no lower than a C, for most professional schools.

For more information on admission requirements to pharmacy programs, visit American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP).  Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS), the central application for schools of pharmacy, is also a great resource.