Ever wonder how to become a pharmacist? The University of Wisconsin-Platteville can set you on the right path.

The two-year Pre-Pharmacy program at UW-Platteville serves students from any science major interested in pursuing a career as a pharmacist. Through coursework and mentoring, Pre-Pharmacy students will also build a competitive application for pharmacy programs.

The Pre-Pharmacy program involves studying 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 you succeed in pharmacy school and in your pharmacy practice. Since Pre-Pharmacy is a pre-professional program and not a major, you’ll still need a major, typically chemistry.

Once you complete the program, taking the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT), and being accepted by a school of pharmacy, you’ll enter a three-year program of study. Following graduation, completion of a one-year internship, and passage of the state board examination, you’ll be licensed to practice as a pharmacist.

Review the check sheet for the pre-pharmacy program.

Required Courses

  • BIOLOGY 1650 Unity of Life
  • BIOLOGY 3330 Genetics (preferable) OR BIOLOGY 1750 Diversity of Life
  • CHEMSTRY 1140 Chemistry I
  • CHEMSTRY 1240 Chemistry II
  • CHEMSTRY 3540 Organic Chemistry Lecture
  • CHEMSTRY 3510 Organic Chemistry Laboratory
  • CHEMSTRY 3610 Organic Chemistry Laboratory
  • CHEMSTRY 3630 Organic Chemistry Lecture
  • MATH 2640 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
  • PHYSICS 1350 Introductory Physics AND PHYSICS 1450 Introductory Physics II


  • PHYSICS 2240 General Physics I AND PHYSICS 2340 General Physics II
  • ENGLISH 1230 Freshman Composition
  • ENGLISH 3240 Advanced Writing
  • ECONOMICS 2230 Principles of Microeconomics
  • SOCIOLOGY 1030 Principles of Sociology, SOCIOLOGY 1130 Introductory Anthropology, OR SOCIOLOGY 2130 Cultural Anthropology (SOCIOLOGY 2130 also counts as ethnic studies)
  • PHYCHLGY 1130 General Psychology OR PSYCHLGY 3530 Social Psychology

Ethnic studies
Three credits are needed in ethnic studies. They may also count as a social science, history, or humanities, depending on the course selected.

Six credits should be taken in humanities, two to three credits in history, and the remaining credits can be used as 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: