Pre-Pharmacy

Pre-Pharmacy Curriculum at College of DuPage 

Pre-pharmacy coursework for most schools in the nation may be completed at College of DuPage.  The current articulation table and links for some Illinois schools are listed below.  To find the most up-to-date information for in-state and out-of-state pharmacy schools, visit www.pharmcas.org, or the school’s website. 

 

Pre-requisite curriculum for College of DuPage according to pharmacy school

 

UIC

MU

SIU

CSU

English 1101, 1102

X

X

X

X

Speech 1100

X

(1)X

(1)X

X

Biology 1120 (Genetics)

X

 

 

 

Biology 1151, 1152

X

X

X

X

(2)Anatomy and Physiology 1551 or 1571

X

X

X

X

(2)Anatomy and Physiology 1552 or 1572

X

 

X

 

(3)Chemistry 1551, 1552

X

X

X

X

Chemistry 2213 (Biochemistry)

X

 

 

 

Chemistry 2551, 2552

X

X

X

X

Math 1635

X

X

X

X

Math 2231

(4)X

(4)X

(4)X

(4)X

Microbiology 1420

X

 

X

 

Physics 1201

X

X

X

X

Physics 1202

 

 

 

X

Economics 2201

 

(5)X

(5)X

(5)X

 

Notes

Most pharmacy schools in the United State require one year of introductory biology taught as a majors sequence.

  1. MU accepts Speech 1100, 1120, or 1150. SIU accepts Speech 1100 or 1160.
  2. Anatomy and Physiology 1551 and 1552 are without cadaver experience while Anatomy and Physiology 1571 and 1572 include cadaver experience. Students typically take one sequence (either 1551 and 1552 or 1571 and 1572). Biology 1151 is recommended to be taken before Anatomy and Physiology.
  3. Math 1431 or equivalent needs to have been taken prior to enrollment in Chemistry 1551.
  4. The math sequence leading to Math 2231 is as follows (with regard only to 1000-level courses): Math 1431 → Math 1432 → Math 2231. UIC, MU, CSU, and SIU will accept Math 2134 in place of Math 2231 and 2232. The math sequence leading to Math 2134 is as follows (with regard only to 1000-level course): Math 1431 → Math 2134. Although Math 2231/2232 involves a longer sequence, it may improve curriculum vitae for the application process to a pharmacy school. Pharmacy schools aside from UIC, MU, CSU, and SIU may not accept Math 2134 as a satisfactory prerequisite course.
  5. UIC, MU, and SIU will accept Economics 2200, 2201, or 2202.
    CSU will accept Economics 2201 or 2202.

 

General Education Courses 

In addition to the courses listed above, the three pharmacy schools also request the taking of general education courses.

UIC requires 10-12 semester hours of general education coursework from the following areas:

  1. Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 semester hours minimum)
  2. Economics 2201
  3. Humanities (3 semester hours minimum)
  4. Electives (0-4 semester hours)

One of these courses must fulfill UIC’s cultural diversity requirement

MW requires the taking of 6 Social and Behavior Science electives (recommended are psychology, sociology, and cultural anthropology) and 8 general education electives (any course not related to science, math, physical education, or health care. Recommended are arts and humanities, social and behavioral sciences, foreign language, business, and computer courses).

SIU requires the taking of 6 semester hours of general education coursework as follows:

  1. Any 3-semester credit philosophy course.
  2. One of the following: Psychology 1100 or Sociology 1100.

CSU requires the taking of 12 semester hours of general education coursework divided equally among the social sciences and humanities courses.

Comments about Course Selection Admission to a Pharmacy School

Entrance to a pharmacy school is very competitive. Many students apply to several pharmacy schools in hope of gaining admission to at least one of them. Note that UIC, in particular, has somewhat atypical prerequisite requirements. Applicants will likely be required to take the PCAT. Work experience at a pharmacy may be required.

Pre-Pharmacy advisors at College of DuPage

Mary Newberg
(630) 942-4066, HS 3331
newberg@cod.edu

Thomas Ruehlmann, Ph.D.
(630) 942-3064, HS 2327
ruehlman@cod.edu

 

Contact Information


Biology and Health Sciences Division
(630) 942-8331

 

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