All students in the PrePharmacy Program must declare a primary major.

  • Students are dual advised to ensure timely completion of both major and prehealth professions concentration coursework as of the date of their matriculation.
  • The Primary Major Faculty Advisor assists with selection of courses for the Primary Major Requirements.
  • The PreHealth Advisor guides the student through the PreMedicine Concentration.
  • Students must consult SUNY Oneonta's current undergraduate catalog descriptions of courses regarding course prerequisites and time of year when offered in order to plan properly in advance.
  • The PrePharmacy Concentration coursework will satisfy the course requirements for admission at most American Pharmacy schools, but not necessarily all schools.
  • Students have the responsibility to check entrance requirements for schools to which they intend to apply.

Pre-Pharmacy Concentration*

Required Coursework
TOTAL: 62-66 sh
BIOL 180, 181, 201, 362 16 sh
CHEM 111, 112, 221-322 16 sh
PHYS 103-104 or 203-204 (MATH 173, 174 are pre-/co-requisites for PHYS 203-204) 8 sh
MATH 173 (also MATH 174 if taking PHYS 204) 4-8 sh
STAT 101 3 sh
PSYC 100 3 sh
COMP 100 3 sh
COMM 100 3 sh
LITR 100 3 sh
ECON 111 3 sh

*Electives & Pharmacy School Selection: The courses listed above satisfy the courses required for admission by the great majority of Pharmacy schools and will provide a strong foundation for entrance exam preparation. Additional courses are recommended but not required, and depend on specific Pharmacy program prerequisites. Students should review information regarding the Pharmacy schools to which they intend to apply for further information regarded recommended electives.

*NOTE: For more information about becoming a pharmacist check out the AACP webpage.

*PrePharmacy Student Advising: Students in the PreHealth Professional Program should confer with advisors for their Primary Major and specific PreHealth Concentration, beginning at the time of admission to SUNY Oneonta. PreHealth related questions should be directed to Ms. Tami LaPilusa, PreHealth Professions Program Coordinator at SUNY Oneonta. email:

Suggested Course Sequencing:

BIOL 180 (Biology I) 4 sh BIOL 181 (Biology II) 4 sh
CHEM 111 (General Chemistry I) 4 sh CHEM 112 (General Chemistry II) 4 sh
COMP 100 (Composition) 3 sh COMM 100 3 sh
STAT 101 (Intro to Statistics) 3 sh *MATH 105 3 sh
CHEM 221 (Organic Chemistry I) 4 sh CHEM 322 (Organic Chemistry II) 4 sh
MATH 173 (Calculus I) 4 sh MATH 174 (Calculus II) if necessary 4 sh
BIOL 201 (Cell & Molec. Biology) 4 sh LITR 100 3 sh
PHYS 103 or 203 4 sh PHYS 104 or 204 4 sh
BIOL 362 (Microbiology) 4 sh    

*Please note: The recommended sequence is based on a student taking the PCAT and applying to Pharmacy School the summer BEFORE their final year at SUNY Oneonta, and that the student will graduate in four years. If a student wishes to take a bridge year, or take a different undergraduate path, coursework plans can change accordingly. Individual student plans may vary depending on when the student hopes to enter pharmacy school and what primary major is chosen. As a result, each student should work with their primary major advisor and their prehealth advisor to establish their own personalized schedule.

Entrance Exams & Requirements for Pharmacy School

  • Transfer to four year PharmD programs can be done as early as after the sophomore year; but is becoming more common to complete the B.S. degree before entering Pharmacy School.
  • The PCAT is required for admission to PharmD programs.
  • Application to pharmacy school is made through the centralized application PharmCAS

last update 23 December 2016 (TLL Webmaster)