The pre-pharmacy program is an intense two-year undergraduate education that includes courses in life sciences, mathematics, social sciences and liberal arts. The program is an adept foundation for the rigorous Pharm.D. professional degree or the optional Pharmaceutical Sciences bachelor's degree program.
Students within the College of Pharmacy 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 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 and the College of Pharmacy. After you begin taking classes, our advisers will meet with you prior to each semester to review your progress, discuss your options and help you plan your next steps into the Pharm.D. program. For more information, including how to prepare for advisement, visit USC pre-pharmacy program advisement.
Enhance Your Student Experience
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 organizations — Carolina 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.