The Pre-pharmacy Advising Track is for students who have aspirations of pursuing a doctor of pharmacy degree (PharmD). Pre-pharmacy studies can be fit into any major in any school. Some majors to consider include biology, biomolecular science, chemistry, psychology and environmental health science. Clarkson also offers upper level courses in medicinal chemistry and pharmacology. Having a pre-pharmacy concentration ensures that you meet all the requirements for application to a PharmD program. In addition, you will receive guidance throughout your undergraduate career that will strengthen you as a candidate for graduate admissions. The requirements for entry into a PharmD program vary a bit from school to school, but all include taking the PCAT.
Our location affords prospective pre-pharmacy students the opportunity to volunteer and gain experience. In addition, Clarkson offers a wide variety of extracurricular activities. Becoming involved in these activities and participating in community service is an integral part of the student's growth and demonstrates the student's desire to become an active member in the community. We also offer a series of Introduction to Healthcare seminar courses that introduce students interested in all areas of healthcare to issues such as professionalism, health delivery systems, medical ethics and the research basis for clinical care.
Course Requirements for Pre-pharmacy Students
- Introductory Biology with Laboratory (two semesters)
- Introductory Chemistry with Laboratory (two semesters)
- Organic Chemistry with Laboratory (two semesters, one lab)
- Microbiology with Laboratory
- Physics (two semesters)
Some Graduate Schools Might Also Require
- Anatomy & Physiology with and without laboratory
- Humanities (two semesters)
- Social Sciences (two semesters)
- Verbal Communication (i.e. public speaking)