Pre-Pharmacy Requirements

The Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree requires six years of academic study.  The two year Pre-Pharmacy course requirements can be completed at any accredited two or four-year college.

The KU Pre-Pharmacy course requirements total a minimum of 68 credit hours which includes 53 credit hours of required coursework and 15 credit hours of general studies electives.   Required courses include two semesters of English; two semesters of general chemistry; two semesters of organic chemistry; molecular and cellular biology; human anatomy; human physiology; microbiology; calculus; statistics; and, a course that will satisfy the communication requirement and KU Core degree requirement for Goal 2, Outcome 2 (see the Pre-Pharmacy curriculum).  A course in physics may also be required (a grade of B or higher in high school physics will satisfy the physics requirement).  All laboratory components of required Pre-Pharmacy chemistry and biology courses must be completed on campus and in the laboratory.  No virtual simulation or off-site laboratory courses are accepted.  Grades earned in all Pre-Pharmacy coursework must be at a ‘C’ level grade or higher.  See Pre-Pharmacy curriculum for more information.

All degree programs at KU require degree candidates to complete sufficient course work to satisfy the KU Core degree requirement which is comprised of six educational Goals and Outcomes.  The KU Core is designed to lead to development of fundamental skills and strengthen appreciation of cultural and global diversity and cultivate ethical integrity in graduates.  Detailed information about the KU Core and a complete listing of courses available for each Goal and Outcome can be found at the KU Core website.

Several of the KU Core Goals and Outcomes are satisfied by the required Pre-Pharmacy courses noted above.  The 15 credit hours of Pre-Pharmacy general studies electives can be completed by selecting courses that will also satisfy the following KU Core requirements:  KU Core Goal 1, Outcome 1 - Critical Thinking; KU Core Goal 3 – Arts & Humanities; KU Core Goal 3 – Social Science; KU Core Goal 4, Outcome 1 – Diversity in the United States; and, KU Core Goal 4, Outcome 2 – Global Awareness.

Students enrolled at an institution other than KU can determine if coursework at their institution will transfer to KU as equivalent to the KU Pre-Pharmacy course requirement by use of the KU CredTran system, CredTran will also indicate if the course satisfies a KU Core Goal and Outcome. CredTran is a comprehensive, but not all inclusive, listing of courses for all institutions.  You may also submit an email inquiry to the KU School of Pharmacy (pharmacy@ku.edu) for assessment of potential course transfer equivalency and/or KU Core compliance.

Activity courses in physical education or the arts (music, theater, etc.) may not count toward satisfying degree requirements.   Some courses in foreign language may be credited toward satisfying general studies and KU Core requirements, but are limited to six credit hours toward degree credit hour requirements.   A maximum of 6 credit hours of specific military science requirements may be counted toward degree credit hour requirements.  Courses in other professional schools such as engineering, nursing, and education, etc. may not be counted toward the degree credit hour requirement unless it can be demonstrated that such courses are directly applicable to pharmacy.  For example, a course in business law would count toward the general studies requirement.  However, while such courses as noted herein may be credited toward general studies and degree credit hour requirements the majority of examples in the aforementioned will not satisfy KU Core degree requirements.


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7 of 19 cancer drugs formulated through the National Cancer Institute were developed at the KU School of Pharmacy
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