The Pre-pharmacy program at UW-Platteville involves two years of study in a selected group of courses covering a wide variety of subject matter. The courses provide the necessary science background as well as an understanding of people and institutions to ensure that students completing the program succeed in pharmacy school and in their practice of pharmacy. Since Pre-pharmacy is a preprofessional program at UW-Platteville and not a major, students should declare a major, typically chemistry, to facilitate advising, special events, and administrative matters.

Upon completing the two-year pre-pharmacy program, taking the PCAT (Pharmacy College Admissions Test), and being accepted by a school of pharmacy, the student enters a three-year program of study. Following graduation, completion of a one year internship, and passage of the state board examination, the pharmacist is licensed to practice.

Another option involves a two year program which parallels pre-pharmacy and an additional two years at another institution leading to either a degree in pharmacology and toxicology or a degree in pharmaceutical sciences. This non-licensed option is selected by students planning to do research and development in new drugs and therapies.


  • Biology 1650, Unity of Life
  • Biology 1750, Diversity of Life
  • Biology 3240, Microbiology
  • Chemistry 1140, Chemistry I
  • Chemistry 1240, Chemistry II
  • Chemistry 3540, Organic Chemistry Lecture
  • Chemistry 3510, Organic Chemistry Laboratory
  • Chemistry 3610, Organic Chemistry Laboratory
  • Chemistry 3630, Organic Chemistry Lecture
  • Mathematics 2640, Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
  • Math 1830, Elementary Statistics
  • Physics 1350, Introductory Physics I and Physics 1450, Introductory Physics II or Physics 2240, General Physics I and Physics 2340, General Physics II
  • English 1130, Freshman Composition
  • English 1230, Freshman Composition or English 3240, Advanced Writing
  • Economics 2230, Principles of Microeconomics
  • Sociology 1030, Principles of Sociology or Sociology 1130, Introductory Anthropology or Sociology 2130, Cultural Anthropology (Sociology 2130 also counts as ethnic studies)
  • Psychology 1130, General Psychology or Psychology 3530, Social Psychology
  • Ethnic Studies, 3 credits (may also count as a social science, or history, or humanities, depending on the course selected)
  • Electives, 2-3 credits of history, 3 credits of humanities, plus other free electives to make 70 credits.

* This curriculum is designed to meet the requirements of the University of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy.

The pre-pharmacy curriculum can be modified for students desiring to enter pharmacy schools in other states:

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