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

  • The Primary Major Faculty Advisor assists with selection of courses for the Primary Major Requirements.
  • The PreHealth Advisor guides the student through the PrePharmacy 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.
  • Students are dual advised to ensure timely completion of both major and prehealth professions concentration coursework as of the date of their matriculation.
  • 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*

*Please note: The following 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.

First Year Second Year Third Year
BIOL 180-181
CHEM 111-112
STAT 101
COMP 100
COMM 100
BIOL 201
CHEM 221-322
MATH 173
ECON 111
LITR 100
PHYS 103-104 (algebra-based)
or 203-204 (calc-based)
BIOL 362

*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:

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

Albany College of Pharmacy (ACPHS) PharmD prerequisites

General Chemistry I & II General Biology I & II
Organic Chemistry I & II Biology (200 level or higher)
Physics I & II (a) (d) Microbiology (a)
Statistics Calculus I
General Psychology Humanities (b) (9 semester hours)
Public Speaking Electives (c) (9 semester hours)

No credit will be accepted for grades lower than "C" (C- is not acceptable) or for physical education courses. ACPHS reserves the right to refuse the transfer of any previously earned college credits.
(a) Science courses must be those required by science majors and include labs.
(b) Humanities credits can be taken from English literature, composition, U.S. history, Western Civilization, or cross-disciplinary humanities courses.
(c) At least 6 of the 9 semester hours must be liberal arts credits.
Liberal arts electives include art, music, sociology, history, psychology, anthropology, foreign language, political science, economics and English.
(d) Physics can be calc- or algrbra-based.


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