UWM Undergraduate Catalog 2017-2018

College of Letters and Science


Laura Stark, Senior Academic Advisor, Student Academic Services, Pre-Pharmacy Advisor, (414) 229-4654, 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 three pharmacy programs in the state of Wisconsin, one at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, one at Concordia University of Wisconsin (Mequon, WI), and a new three-year program opening fall 2017 at the Medical College of Wisconsin (Wauwatosa, WI).

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 semester physics with lab (Physics 120/121 or Physics 209/214); and

• One semester of calculus (Math 231 or Math 221 or Math 211).

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 or Bio Sci 465);

• Coursework in social sciences (Econ 103 or 104, 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.

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