Pre-Pharmacy

PrePharmacy Professional Program students must declare a primary major

Students are dual advised to ensure timely completion of both primary major and prehealth professions concentration coursework as of the date of their matriculation at SUNY Oneonta and should confer with advisors for their Primary Major and specific PreHealth Concentration, beginning at the time of admission to SUNY Oneonta.

  • The Primary Major Faculty Advisor assists with selection of courses for the Primary Major Requirements
    • Students can review their individual degree progress via DegreeWorks.
  • The PreHealth Advisor guides the student through the PrePharmacy Concentration, listed below.
    • Students are encouraged to declare their intended PreHealth Profession for effective prehealth advisement.

 

Pre-Pharmacy Concentration

The PrePharmacy Concentration coursework satisfies the course requirements for admission at most pharmacy schools.

  • Additional elective courses are recommended but not required.
  • Students should review information regarding the schools to which they intend to apply for further information regarding recommended electives.

Students must consult the SUNY Oneonta's current undergraduate catalog for descriptions of courses, course prerequisites, and time of year when courses are offered in order to plan properly in advance

Students have the responsibility to check entrance requirements for schools to which they intend to apply.

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 (Calc I & II are pre-/co-requisites for PHYS 203-204) 8 sh
MATH 223 (also MATH 224 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

*NOTE: Some pharmacy schools now require Biochemistry (including University of Buffalo, Touro, and PCOM, among others. Students are expected to check the individual Pharmacy School requirements to confirm prerequisite courses.

Suggested Course Sequencing

The recommended course 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 "growth 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 physical therapy school and what primary major is chosen, therefore each student should work with their primary major advisor and their prehealth advisor to establish their own personalized schedule.

NOTE: Many pre-professional students are choosing to take at least one year off after they graduate. Having a “Growth Year” between undergraduate studies and beginning professional school is often beneficial for applicants and does not hurt your chances of admission as long as you continue to strengthen your application. It allows time to gain additional life experiences, continue volunteering, or pursue non-academic interests.

YEAR 1
FALL
SPRING
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 (as advised) or other course 3 sh

 

YEAR 2
FALL
SPRING
CHEM 221 (Organic Chemistry I) 4 sh CHEM 322 (Organic Chemistry II) 4 sh
MATH 223 (Calculus I) 4 sh MATH 224 (Calculus II) if necessary 4 sh
BIOL 201 (Cell & Molec. Biology) 4 sh LITR 100 3 sh
upper division courses or research or immersion experience or elective or Gen Ed 1-4 sh upper division courses or research or immersion experience or elective or Gen Ed 1-4 sh

 

YEAR 3
FALL
SPRING
PHYS 103 or 203 4 sh PHYS 104 or 204 4 sh
BIOL 362 (Microbiology) 4 sh upper division courses or research or immersion experience or elective 3-8 sh
upper division courses or research or immersion experience or elective 6-9 sh upper division courses or research or immersion experience or elective 1-6 sh

 

YEAR 4 * additional experiences to enhance undergraduate experience*
FALL
SPRING
upper division courses or research or immersion experience or elective 12-16 sh upper division courses or research or immersion experience or elective 12-16 sh

 

Applying to Pharmacy School

Application to pharmacy school is made through the centralized application PharmCAS

 

Requirements for Pharmacy School

For more information about becoming a pharmacist, check out the AACP webpage.

Transfer to four year Doctor of Pharmacy 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.


PreHealth related questions should be directed to Ms. Tami LaPilusa, PreHealth Professions Program Coordinator.


last update 4 October 2017 (TLL Webmaster)