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UWM Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2015

College of Letters & Science


Laura Stark, Academic Advisor, Student Academic Services, Pre-pharmacy Advisor, (414) 229-5442, starkl@uwm.edu

UWM offers all of the prerequisite coursework necessary for students to apply to professional pharmacy schools/colleges throughout the country. The University also offers a unique course for pre-pharmacy students entitled "Introduction to the Practice of Pharmacy." This course combines lectures with clinical rotations through a variety of actual pharmacy settings.

There are only two pharmacy programs in the state of Wisconsin, one at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and one at Concordia University of Wisconsin (Mequon, WI). The Concordia program will be reviewed for final accreditation status in 2014-15.

Entrance to pharmacy school is very competitive and requires strong grades and satisfactory scores on the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT). Although specific admission requirements may vary among schools, the following minimum science requirements are universal:

• One year (two semesters) general biology with lab (Bio Sci 150 and 152);

• One year (two semesters) general chemistry with lab (Chem 102 and 104);

• One year (two semesters) organic chemistry with lab (Chem 343, 344, and 345);

• One year (two semesters) physics with lab (Physics 120/121 and 122/123 or Physics 209/214 and 210/215); and

• One semester of calculus (Math 231 or Math 221 or Math 225/226).

Other common course requirements include (but are not limited to) the following:

• English 101 and 102 (see advisor for additional information relating to UW-Madison's pharmacy program);

• Anatomy and physiology (Bio Sci 202 and 203);

• Microbiology (Bio Sci 101 and/or 383);

• Biochemistry (Chem 501);

• Statistics (MthStat 215);

• Coursework in social sciences (Econ 103, Anthro 102 or Sociol 101, Psych 101);

• Coursework in humanities (e.g., history, philosophy);

• Coursework in communication (Commun 101, 103, 105, 350); and

• Coursework designated as satisfying the cultural diversity requirement.

Due to the variance in admission requirements, it is very important that students consult with the pre-pharmacy advisor every semester.

Other Pre-Professional Health Study

Students interested in chiropractic medicine, optometry, physician assistant, and podiatry can fulfill the admission requirements of these professional programs in the College of Letters & Science. Information concerning these requirements and the admission tests for the professional schools is available in the Student Academic Services office. The advisor for these areas is Patricia Cobb.

See also the Colleges of Health Sciences and Nursing elsewhere in this catalog for information on health studies programs that students can complete at UWM.

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