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College of Pharmacy


Pre-Pharmacy

The University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy’s pre-pharmacy program supports the entrance requirements of the Pharm.D. program. For many students, this foundational coursework is their first step toward launching a pharmacy career.

The pre-pharmacy program at USC is an intense two-year undergraduate education that includes courses in life sciences, mathematics, social sciences and liberal arts. The program, designed by the USC College of Pharmacy, is an adept foundation for the rigorous Pharm.D. professional degree or the optional Pharmaceutical Sciences bachelor's degree program

Students in the University of South Carolina's pre-pharmacy program have

  • year-round access to pre-pharmacy advisers for academic guidance
  • unparalleled clinical education and research opportunities led by an acclaimed faculty
  • the opportunity to join pre-pharmacy or professional organizations
  • a head start on building a personal network of pharmacists, researchers and other professionals

Pre-pharmacy students at Carolina begin to prepare for the Pharm.D. admissions process with a series of PCAT, resume, interview and professionalism workshops. USC pre-pharmacy students are the only students eligible to earn conditional acceptance into the college's Pharm.D. program. The application process begins between the freshmen and sophomore years.

Apply to the Program

The admissions process varies slightly, depending on whether you are a high school student preparing for your first year of college, a USC student interested in changing your major or a student from another college or university transferring to USC. College of Pharmacy advisers are always available to help you.

Once accepted into the pre-pharmacy program, the University of South Carolina will designate pre-pharmacy students as B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences majors.

Learn about pre-pharmacy admission requirements

Start Smart with a Pre-Pharmacy Adviser

If you are accepted into the pre-pharmacy program, you will be assigned a first-year adviser who will prepare you for your transition into the University of South Carolina and the College of Pharmacy. After you begin taking classes, our College of Pharmacy advisers will meet with you prior to each semester to review your progress, discuss your options and help you plan your next steps for pharmacy school. For more information, including how to prepare for advisement,  visit USC pre-pharmacy program advisement.

Enhance Your Student Experience

Get your feet wet and stay connected with peers and pharmacy professionals alike! We make it easy through our student organizations and pre-pharmacy Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Network with other students interested in the pharmacy profession, participate in service activities or increase your competitive edge through a variety of workshops. Three student organizationsCarolina Association of Pre-Pharmacy Students (CAPPS), Student National Pharmaceutical Association and American Pharmacists Association — are geared specifically toward pre-pharmacy students, and can enrich your overall student experience.