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Pre-Pharmacy Curriculum

The pre-pharmacy course requirements have been established to ensure that applicants who enter the professional program will have the knowledge necessary to succeed. The pre-pharmacy coursework must be successfully completed, grade C or higher, prior to the beginning of the professional coursework. Additionally, all pre-pharmacy coursework must have been completed within the past seven years. Appeals to this course work timeline must be submitted in writing to the Assistant Dean for Professional and Student Affairs.

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Course Description Credit Hours
Human Anatomy A 200-level or higher course (3 hours of lecture; 1 hour of lab) covering gross human anatomy and the physiological function of various organ systems of the human body. 4
Human Physiology A 200-level or higher (3 hours of lecture; 1 hour of lab) covering human physiological processes and functions of the major organ systems of the human body. 4
General Biology A 100- and 200-level biology course with accompanying labs.  This course sequence provides an understanding of the chemical basis of living organisms, the structure of cells, and the processes of life that constitute the functions of cells. 8
Microbiology A 200-level or higher course (3 hours of lecture; 1 hour of lab) including the identification and classification of bacteria, isolation and pure culture methods, bacterial counts, infection and immunity. 4
General Chemistry A 100-level or higher chemistry course with accompanying labs.  This course sequence should convey an understanding of the chemistry of liquids, solids, intermolecular forces, solutions, rates of chemical reactions, chemical equilibrium, acids and bases, and aqueous equilibrium. 8
Organic Chemistry A 200-level requirement with accompanying labs.  This course sequence is directed towards an understanding of principles of organic chemistry focusing on structure and fundamentals of carbon-based compounds, hydrocarbons and their derivatives. 8
Physics A 100 or 200-level course (3 hours of lecture; 1 hour of lab) on foundational physics.  Topics should include the description and causes of motion; work and energy; the properties of liquids and gases; and finally, heat, temperature, and the effects of heat. 4
Statistics A 100-level, 2-credit requirement directed towards an understanding of foundational statistics.  Topics should include measures of central tendency, normal distribution, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, and statistical analysis of data. 2
Algebra/Introductory Calculus A 100-level, 3-credit requirement covering the foundations of Algebra and an introduction to Calculus. 3
Calculus A 200-level, 3-credit requirement covering analytic geometry and calculus dealing with sets, ordered pairs, slopes, equations of a line, distance formula, circles and other conics, limits, derivatives, differentials, and applications. 3
Economics A 200-level, 3-credit requirement that can be satisfied with either a macroeconomics or microeconomics course. 3
History or Political Science A 100-level or higher course in History that covers a broad selection of in-depth topics, a special period in history or a general Political Science course that covers a broad selection of in-depth topics in political science. 3
English A 100-level or higher course directed towards an understanding of English composition and an introduction to literature with a composition focus. 6
Psychology or Sociology A 100-level or higher course in psychology or sociology. 3

*This course may be completed as part of a two-semester combined course in Human Anatomy and Physiology. A 300- or 400-level biology course may be eligible for substitution for anatomy and physiology laboratory only if applicant’s home institution does not offer anatomy laboratory and/or physiology laboratory courses. Request for this consideration must be submitted to the Office of Professional and Student Affairs.

Pre-Pharmacy Advisors or future students with questions should contact the Office of Professional and Student Affairs at 304-357-4889 or pharmacy@ucwv.edu.