PharmD Admissions Information | CU School of Pharmacy

Course Semester Credits Quarter Credits Information General Biology 8 semester credits (2 lab) 12 quarter credits (3 lab)
  • Semester: General Biology I and II with labs for 8 total semester credits.
  • Quarter: General Biology I, II, and II with labs for 12 total quarter credits.
  • Biology is the study of life and living organisms; acceptable courses (must include laboratories (2)): General Biology, Life Sciences, Ecology, Botany, Zoology, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, and Evolution. (Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, and Biochemistry specific courses will not be accepted for these prerequisites).
General Chemistry 8 semester credits (2 lab) 12 quarter credits (3 lab)
  • Semester: General Chemistry I and II with labs for 8 total semester credits.
  • Quarter: General Chemistry I, II, and II with labs for 12 total quarter credits.
  • General or inorganic chemistry including chemical structure, atomic and molecular properties, and thermodynamics (must include laboratories).
Organic Chemistry 8 semester credits (2 lab) 12 quarter credits (3 lab)
  • Semester: Organic Chemistry I and II with labs for 8 total semester credits.
  • Quarter: Organic Chemistry I, II, and II with labs for 12 total quarter credits.
  • Organic chemistry for science majors including the study of structure, reactions, properties, and mechanisms of organic molecules (must include laboratories).
Biochemistry 3 semester credits 4 quarter credits
  • No lab required.
  • The Biochemistry course must be an upper-level course with Organic Chemistry as a prerequisite.
  • Biochemistry including a systematic study of carbohydrates, lipids, amino acids, proteins, nucleic acids, and their components including the metabolism of biological compounds and the interrelations among the carbon, nitrogen, and energy cycles.
Microbiology 2 semester credits 3 quarter credits
  • No lab required.
  • Microbiology including a survey of distinguishing characteristics of microorganisms based on structural-functional relationships, taxonomy, growth and physical chemical metabolism and genetics. This should include an emphasis on infectious diseases, basic immunology, and microbial ecology. Molecular or cellular biology courses will not be accepted as a substitute for microbiology
Human Anatomy 3 semester credits 4 quarter credits
  • Can be fulfilled with Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab, or Human Anatomy Lecture.
  • Human Anatomy is the study of structural aspects and the shape and form of the human body and human anatomical system. Should consist of an introduction to basic human anatomy including skeleton, bone, cartilage, fat, muscle, tissue, organs and other structures.
  • Please note, fulfilling Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab does NOT fulfill the Human Physiology requirement. See Human Physiology for details.
Human Physiology 4 semester credits (1 lab) 5 quarter credits (2 lab)
  • Can be fulfilled with Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab, or Human Physiology with Lab. If your institution is on quarter credit hours, the third sequence of Anatomy and Physiology with Lab (III) is also required.
  • Human Physiology is the study of functions and mechanisms: focusing on how organisms, organ systems, organs, cells and biomolecules carry out the chemical and physical functions within the human body.
General Physics 3 semester credits 4 quarter credits
  • No lab required.
  • Algebra or calculus-based physics, including study of mechanics, heat, electricity and magnetism, light, and modern physics.
Calculus 3 semester credits 4 quarter credits
  • Topics should cover differential and integral calculus of algebraic, logarithmic, exponential functions, limits, applications of the derivative, integration, and applications of the definite integral. (Precalculus will not be accepted.)
English Composition 6 semester credits 8 quarter credits
  • Must take English Composition I and II or a variation of English Composition and Advanced Writing for a minimum of 6 semester credit hours.
  • Courses focusing on the abilities and skills needed to write effective expository prose. Emphasis is on planning, writing, and revising short and long essays and research papers. Writing intensive courses (designated as such by the institution) will be reviewed on an individual basis; course descriptions and/or syllabi will be required. ESL courses are not eligible to meet this requirement. Literature courses will be accepted if English composition instruction is included in the course syllabus.
  • Waivers will be reviewed on a case by case basis.
Public Speaking 3 semester credits 4 quarter credits
  • The theory and practice of developing ideas, supporting materials, organization, style, delivery, and audience adaptation. Waivers will not be granted based on life or work experience.
Economics 3 semester credits 4 quarter credits
  • The study of fundamental economic principles: microeconomics, macroeconomics, and principles of economics are all acceptable.
Humanities/Social Sciences 9 semester credits 12 quarter credits
  • Humanities is the academic disciplines that studies the aspects of human society and culture.
  • Social Sciences is the branch of science devoted to the study of human societies and the relationships among individuals within those societies.
  • Acceptable courses include, but are not limited to:
    Literature, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, Archaeology, Geography, History, Law, Linguistics, Politics and Foreign Languages.
    *Coursework used for other CU Pharmacy prerequisites cannot be double counted within Humanities/Social Sciences credit.
General Education 9 semester credits 12 quarter credits
  • General Education credit will be fulfilled with all other college level courses in all subjects meeting the same standard as all prerequisite coursework (grades of “C” or better from a regionally accredited institution).
    *Coursework used for other CU Pharmacy prerequisites cannot be double counted within General Education credit.

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