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College of Pharmacy

Core Curriculum

Your pre-pharmacy studies at the University of South Carolina will prepare you well for the professional-level course work, practice experiences and clinical rotations to come. Your core classes will build lifelong skills you’ll use throughout your pharmacy career.

Carolina's pre‑pharmacy program is tailored to the entrance requirements of the USC College of Pharmacy and completion of the Bachelor’s Degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences from USC. The intensive two-year program includes life sciences, mathematics, social sciences, and liberal arts coursework. To see if an earned AP or IB credit fulfils a requirement listed below, please click here. To see if a course you have taken at another institution fulfills a requirement listed below, please utilize the USC course equivalency table.'

Pre-Pharmacy Year One

Fall Semester

Course Credit Hours
BIOL 101 (SCI) Biological Principles I 3
BIOL 101L (SCI) Biological Principles I Lab 1
CHEM 111 (SCI) General Chemistry I 3
CHEM 111L (SCI) General Chemistry I Lab 1
ENGL 101 (CMW) Critical Reading & Composition 3
MATH 122 (ARP) Calculus 3

Spring Semester

Course Credit Hours
BIOL 102 Biological Principles II 3
BIOL 102L Biological Principles II Lab 1
CHEM 112 General Chemistry II 3
CHEM 112L General Chemistry II Lab 1
ENGL 102 (CMW + INF) Rhetoric & Composition 3
STAT 201 (ARP) Statistics 3


Pre-Pharmacy Year Two

Fall Semester

Course Credit Hours
BIOL 243†† Human Anatomy & Physiology I 3
CHEM 333 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHEM 331L Organic Chemistry I Lab 1
PHYS 201†† General Physics I 3
ECON 224 Introduction to Economics 3
PSYC 101 (GSS) Introduction to Psychology 3

Spring Semester

Course Credit Hours
BIOL 244†† Human Anatomy & Physiology II 3
CHEM 334 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHEM 332L Organic Chemistry II Lab  1
BIOL 250†† Microbiology 3
LIBERAL ARTS ELECTIVE (AIU, VSR, or GHS) †† Public Communication 3
SPCH 140 (CMS) or SAEL 200 (CMS +VSR) 3

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.


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