Skip to Content

College of Pharmacy


Core Curriculum

Your pre-pharmacy studies will prepare you well for the professional-level course work, practice experiences and clinical rotations to come. Pre-pharmacy students take cores classes that build lifelong skills you’ll use throughout your career.

The pre‑pharmacy program is tailored to the entrance requirements of the College of Pharmacy or another four-year pharmacy program college. The intensive two‑year program includes life sciences, mathematics, social sciences, and liberal arts coursework.

Pre-Pharmacy Year One

Fall Semester

Course Credit Hours
BIOL 101 (SCI) 3
BIOL 101L (SCI) 1
CHEM 111 (SCI) 3
CHEM 111L (SCI) 1
ENGL 101 (CMW) 3
LIBERAL ARTS ELECTIVE† 3
MATH 122 (ARP) 3
TOTAL 17

Spring Semester

Course Credit Hours
BIOL 102 3
BIOL 102L 1
CHEM 112 3
CHEM 112L 1
ENGL 102 (CMW + INF) 3
LIBERAL ARTS ELECTIVE (AIU, VSR, or GHS) †† 3
STAT 201 (ARP) 3
TOTAL 17

 

Pre-Pharmacy Year Two

Fall Semester

Course Credit Hours
BIOL 243†† 3
CHEM 333 3
CHEM 331L 1
PHYS 201†† 3
ECON 224 3
PSYC 101 (GSS) 3
TOTAL 16

Spring Semester

Course Credit Hours
BIOL 244†† 3
CHEM 334 3
CHEM 332L 1
BIOL 250†† 3
LIBERAL ARTS ELECTIVE (AIU, VSR, or GHS) †† 3
SPCH 140 (CMS) or SAEL 200 (CMS +IMF) 3
TOTAL 16


Notes
Pre-Pharmacy majors must earn a grade of C or higher in all coursework in the pre-pharmacy curriculum. Students must be accepted into the Pharm.D. program at USC to take professional coursework in years three and four. 

† University 101 is recommended as an elective for new freshmen.

†† Liberal Arts electives such as the following that fulfill Carolina Core & Pre-Pharmacy credits are strongly recommended:

Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding (AIU)– 100-200 level fine arts courses in music, film, dance, theatre, art, or literature

Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding (GHS) – 100 history courses

Values, Ethics, and Social Responsibility (VSR) - political science or ethics courses 

  • To view AIU, GHS, and VSR courses that fulfill the Carolina Core, please refer to the listing of Foundational Courses.    
  • Pre-Pharmacy students may use equivalent AP, IB, or Dual Enrollment coursework to fulfill Carolina Core credit 

††† Labs are not required for BIOL 243, BIOL 244, PHYS 201 or BIOL 250.

To take Chemistry 111, students must place into MATH 122 or 141, have prior credit for Calculus (IB, AP, or dual enrollment) or have taken College Algebra (at an accredited college or university) prior to the start of their first semester at USC.

Students may take MATH 122 or 141 to fulfill the Calculus requirement.

A foreign language is not required for pre-pharmacy majors; it is required for the Carolina Core if a student transfers into another major. Students are required to take the foreign language placement test; a score of a 2 or higher is recommended.

All transfer students entering with credit for ENGL 102 are required to take the one-hour LIBR 101 course to fulfill the Information Literacy (INF) requirement.

STAT 201 will need to be taken in the summer if not previously completed by the end of first pre-pharmacy year. STAT 205 will also fulfill the statistics requirement.

Academic Advising

If you’re interested in learning more about this degree or others within the College of Pharmacy, contact:

Alfred Moore 
Phone: 803-777-6635
Email: moorea@sccp.sc.edu