Prerequisite Coursework

In addition to meeting the admission requirements, all applicants must complete the following prerequisite coursework for consideration of his/her application for acceptance into the program. A bachelor’s degree is not required for admission into the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) 4-year program.

Prerequisite courses do not have an expiration date.

All prerequisite coursework must be:

  • completed with a “C” or better
  • completed with an overall GPA of 2.5
  • designated for science majors, except Anatomy or Anatomy & Physiology I
  • completed by the end of the spring semester (May 31, 2017) prior to entry into the PharmD program No Exceptions
  • completed at an accredited U.S. college or university prior to entrance

** If two-thirds (2/3) of your Math and Science prerequisite courses are not completed by Fall 2016, the Faculty Admissions Committee may not review your application.

Courses for non-science majors are not accepted towards the prerequisites.

Important Note: CLAIMING THE EXEMPTION IS OPTIONAL.  If an applicant elects the exemption for General Education coursework requirements; based on a completed bachelor’s (or higher) degree from an accredited U.S. college or university, then only his/her Math and Science prerequisite coursework will be included in the GPA calculation.  An applicant must have a 2.5 GPA in Math and Science prerequisite coursework to be considered for an interview.

If a course is repeated, all attempts are used in the calculation of the GPA.

Carefully read the UNT course descriptions to compare with your completed coursework. No course substitutions are permitted. If your coursework differs, it will not be accepted as fulfilling our requirements. If after reviewing all prerequisites requirements, you have questions, please work with your academic advisor and/or send an email to

Review the following PDF document below for complete prerequisite course descriptions. Compare our descriptions with your completed coursework.

Download PDF: Complete Prerequisite Course Descriptions


Math and Science Requirements
Course Name UNT Course Number TCCNS Minimum SCH
General Biology I with lab (for science majors) BIOL 1710 & 1760 (lab for both) BIOL 1406 4
General Biology II with lab (for science majors) BIOL 1720 & 1760 (lab for both) BIOL 1407 4
Microbiology with lab (for science majors) BIOL 2041 & 2042 BIOL 2421 4

Anatomy & Physiology I with lab


Anatomy with lab (a 3 credit hour, stand-alone Anatomy course will be accepted) A stand-alone Physiology course will NOT satisfy this requirement.  A&P II will NOT be accepted.

BIOL 2301 & 2311 BIOL 2401 3 or 4
Genetics (for science majors) BIOL 3451 BIOL 2316 3
General Chemistry I with lab (for science majors) CHEM 1410 & 1430 CHEM 1411 4
General Chemistry II with lab (for science majors) CHEM 1420 & 1440 CHEM 1412 4
Organic Chemistry I with lab (for science majors) CHEM 2370 & 3210 CHEM 2423 4
Organic Chemistry II with lab (for science majors) CHEM 2380 & 3220 CHEM 2425 4
Physics with lab (Math based-Algebra/Calculus for science majors) PHYS 1410 & 1430 PHYS 1401 4
Calculus (any 3 credit hour Calculus course will be accepted) Pre-Calculus will NOT be accepted     3 or 4
Statistics (any discipline will be accepted)     3
General Education Requirements
Course Name UNT Course Number TCCNS Minimum SCH
English I ENGL 1310 ENGL 1301 3
English II ENGL 1320 ENGL 1302 3
Literature (any sophomore level) ENGL 2210 thru 2328 ENGL 2322-2333 3
U.S. History I HIST 2610 HIST 1301 3
U.S. History II HIST 2620 HIST 1302 3
Political Science (U.S. Government) PSCI 1040 GOVT 2301 (formerly) or GOVT 2305 3
Fine Arts & Humanities elective  (see academic advisor at your institution)   3
Social & Behavioral Science elective  (see academic advisor at your institution)   3

Public Speaking (SPCH 1311 will NOT satisfy this requirement)

COMM 2040

SPCH 1315


SCH= Semester Credit Hours
TCCNS = Texas Common Course Numbering System
Exempt if the applicant has a bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited U.S. college or university prior to entrance

If you have a question about whether a particular course satisfies one of our College of Pharmacy requirements, you must complete this request form to have a staff member from the Office of Admissions review the course in question. The Office of Admissions cannot provide transcript evaluations.

This page was last modified on October 13, 2016