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College of Pharmacy

Pre-Pharmacy

Our Pre-Pharmacy program is the first step toward launching your pharmacy career, providing the foundational coursework to support the entrance requirements of the Doctor of Pharmacy program.

The pre-pharmacy program at UofSC is an intense two-year undergraduate education that includes courses in life sciences, mathematics, social sciences and liberal arts. The program, designed by the UofSC 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
  • 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.  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 UofSC student interested in changing your major or a student from another college or university transferring to UofSC. 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

Pre-Pharmacy Advising

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

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 organizations — Carolina Association of Pre-Pharmacy Students, Student National Pharmaceutical Association and American Pharmacists Association — are geared specifically toward pre-pharmacy students, and can enrich your overall student experience.


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