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Pre-Pharmacy Pathway

Georgia Southwestern's pre-pharmacy pathway is a series of courses that satisfy the prerequisites for admission to a pharmacy school and typically include a strong background in the sciences and mathematics as well as varied courses in the arts and humanities. Upon completion, students may apply to a pharmacy school to complete the Doctor of Pharmacy Degree. 

Pharmacy schools typically only enroll one class each year generally limited to 140-150 students. Competition for those seats is strong so preparation is mandatory.  In most cases, a pre-pharmacy student applies to their choices of pharmacy schools in the summer or early fall of their second year. It is important to note that the first indicator evaluated by the admissions personnel is your academic GPA. 

Required Courses

Required Courses
Principles of Chemistry I & II (8 hrs) Human Anatomy and Physiology I & II (8 hrs)
Organic Chemistry I & II (8 hrs) Foundations in Microbiology (4 hrs)
Biochemistry (3 hrs) Calculus I (4 hrs)
Principles of Biology I & II (8 hrs) Elementary Statistics (3 hs)


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Undergraduate Major

Pre-Pharmacy Studies

Michele Smith, Ph.D.
Pre-Pharmacy Pathway Advisor


Faculty & Staff


Students that complete the prerequisite courses accepted to pharmacy school


Years to complete pre-requisite courses on average


Recommended GPA for admission to pharmacy school

Local Pre-Pharmacy Programs

A typical pre-pharmacy curriculum is given as an example for students looking at the four pharmacy schools in the area. The following schools offer medical programs that our students frequent:

Pre-Pharmacy Advising

Students interested in applying to pharmacy schools outside of Georgia are encouraged to contact their advisor when planning their coursework to determine if any additional coursework is required. The specific courses required may vary for each school so you must carefully consider this fact as you plan your course of study. Your pre-pharmacy advisor is your greatest source of help in this endeavor. 

Georgia Southwestern seemed to be the right fit for me in terms of curriculum and community. I have many memories during my years at GSW and was able to complete a pre-pharmacy program.

Gabriela Marcheva Pre-Pharmacy Pathway
Associate Director, Global Scientific Communications