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An undergraduate education provides students with the opportunity to grow personally and intellectually; allowing them the time and resources to discover a breadth of new ideas and topics as well as to build and to explore in depth their own interests and passions.  Therefore, students should seek a broad education during their undergraduate years.  There is no required major for entrance to Pharmacy school.  The following courses represent what can be taken at UTSA to fulfill the entrance requirements for The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy for the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm. D.) program, the majority of which should be completed for a letter grade.  Please note that all requirements are subject to approval by UT Austin College of Pharmacy and are subject to change. 

There is significant variations in the requirements for other pharmacy schools, students are advised to consult individual programs for their specific and most current information. Click on the links that follow for supplemental worksheets detailing the program prequisites at University of the Incarnate Word, Texas A&M Health Science Center and the University of Houston.


Students who enter their undergraduate studies with the intention of pursuing pharmacy studies just after graduation should plan to complete the pre-pharmacy course work by the end of their junior year. It is not unusual, though, that a student will decide later in their academic career to pursue pharmacy.  Arriving at the decision later does not necessarily place a student at a disadvantage.  It will, however, require a student to postpone the application to pharmacy school until pre-pharmacy course requirements are fulfilled.  Since the pharmacy school application process takes approximately nine months, planning is essential.


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Required Areas of Study

UTSA Courses


Prerequisites/ Corequisites

English Composition
(3 hrs lecture)

WRC 1013



(3 hrs lecture)

NOTE:  Other literature courses may be considered on an individual basis.

ENG 2013, ENG 2223, ENG 2233, ENG 2262, ENG 2423, CLA 2033, CLA 2323, CSH 1103, CSH 1113, IDS 2303, or IDS 2313


WRC 1013 and WRC 1023

American History
(6 hrs lecture)

HIS 1043, HIS 1053, or HIS 2053



HIS 1043, HIS 1053, or HIS 2053



American Government
(6 hrs lecture)

POL 1013



POL 1133 or POL 1213



Foreign Language (6 hrs lecture)

NOTE:  Two years high school coursework or placement exam for native speakers also acceptable.

Two semesters of any single foreign language



(3 hrs lecture)

NOTES:  Calculus for business is not acceptable.

MAT 1193 was formerly MAT 1194; MAT 1224 was formerly MAT 1223.

MAT 1193
or MAT 1214 and MAT 1224


MAT 1093 or satisfactory score on a placement exam

(3 hrs lecture)

¹STA 1053, ²PSY 2073, or higher


¹Satisfactory score on a placement exam; ²MAT 1073 and PSY 1013

General Chemistry
(6 hrs lecture; 2 hrs lab)






¹CHE 1103 or ²CHE 1143


¹Passing grade on Chemistry Placement Exam or C or better in CHE 1073 and completion of or concurrent enrollment in MAT 1073; ²Grade of “B” or higher in MAT 1073 and CHE 1073 or score of 60% or higher on chemistry placement exam

CHE 1121 Lab and
CHE 1120 Lab Lecture


Completion of or concurrent enrollment in CHE 1103 or CHE 1143

¹CHE 1113 or ²CHE 1153


¹CHE 1103; ²“C” or better in CHE 1143 or “B” or better in CHE 1103 with instructor consent

CHE 1131 Lab and
CHE 1130 Lab Lecture


Completion of CHE 1121 and completion of or concurrent enrollment in CHE 1113 or CHE 1153

Organic Chemistry
(6 hrs lecture; 2 hrs lab)

NOTES:  Although UTSA chemistry labs are worth two hours of credit each, the UT Austin College of Pharmacy requires that students take matching labs to both Organic Chemistry I and II.

CHE 2603 was formerly CHE 2604; CHE 3643 was formerly CHE 2623; CHE 3652 was formerly CHE 2632; CHE 3650 was formerly CHE 2630.

CHE 2603


CHE 1113 or CHE 1153

CHE 2612 Lab and
CHE 2610 Lab Lecture


Completion of CHE 1131 and completion of or concurrent enrollment in CHE 2603

CHE 3673 or CHE 3643


CHE 2603 and CHE 2612

CHE 3652 Lab and
CHE 3650 Lab Lecture


CHE 2603 and CHE 2612

(3 hrs lecture; 1 hr lab)


NOTE:  Some pharmacy schools may require that students take a calculus-based version of physics.  Students are recommended to consult their schools of interest for more information before taking algebra-based physics. 

¹PHY 1603 or ²PHY 1943


¹MAT 1023 (not recommended for pre-pharmacy students), MAT 1073 or consent of instructor; ²MAT 1193 or MAT 1214 with completion of or concurrent enrollment in MAT 1224 (if MAT 1214 taken) or STA 1404 (if MAT 1193 taken)

¹PHY 1611 Lab or ²PHY 1951 Lab


¹Completion of or concurrent enrollment in PHY 1603; ²completion of or concurrent enrollment in PHY 1943

(12 hrs lecture; 1 hr of general biology lab and 1 hr of microbiology lab)

BIO 1404


MAT 1023 (not recommended for pre-pharm students) or MAT 1073; CHE 1073 or higher also recommended by UHPO

BIO 1122 Lab


Completion of or concurrent enrollment in BIO 1404

BIO 1413


BIO 1404

BIO 2313 Genetics


BIO 1413 and completion of or concurrent enrollment in CHE 1103 and MAT 1193 or MAT 1214 or STA 1053

BIO 3713 Microbiology


BIO 1413 and BIO 1122

BIO 3722 Microbiology Lab


BIO 1413 and BIO 1122


The Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) is a standardized exam required by all schools and colleges of Pharmacy for admission.  This test is only given a few times a year.  The PCAT is comprised of six sections: Verbal Ability, Biology, Reading Comprehension, Quantitative Ability, Chemistry, and Writing.  Test takers may earn a scaled score of 200-600 as well as a percentile score for each of the five multiple choice subtests and a scaled score of 0-5 on the writing subtest.  Beginning in 2010, a PCAT Computer-Based Test will be piloted.  For further information, including on registration and practice tests, visit the PCAT website at

Application Process

There are currently six pharmacy schools in Texas:  the University of Houston College of Pharmacy, the Texas A&M Health Science Center Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy in Kingsville, the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) John and Rita Feik School of Pharmacy, the Texas Southern University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, the Texas Tech University Health Science Center School of Pharmacy in Amarillo, and the University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy.  There is no centralized service for through which one could apply to all of the schools in Texas.  Students should be aware that each school has its own deadlines and procedures for applying in order to plan accordingly. 

To apply to the UIW Feik School of Pharmacy as well as many out-of-state pharmacy schools, students should utilize the Pharmacy College Application Service(PharmCAS).  Detailed information on the application process can be found at their website:  It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that each School of Pharmacy or the PharmCAS receives all transcripts, fees, and other required documentation.  To better serve future students, we will be establishing a longitudinal database, in which to keep track of our applicants and where they have matriculated.  To facilitate this, we request that students approve access through PharmCAS for our advisors to view their application status (“Release of Information to Health Professions Advisors”).  

Community Service/Volunteering/Shadowing

An integral part of preparation for pharmacy school entails involvement in community service projects and volunteer work or other experience in hospital, clinical or commercial pharmacy settings.  These activities serve to familiarize prospective pharmacists with the realities of everyday practice as well as to underscore the role of medicine and pharmacy in relation to broader community level concerns and issues.  A list of volunteer opportunities is available on the UHPO website (  We do not, however, have a list available for shadowing or work experiences.  Students must exercise personal initiative and develop relationships that would allow them to have this direct contact with a pharmacist in everyday practice.