Pre-Pharmacy

Pre-Pharmacy Advisement Track

Dual-advising is available to assist students with timely completion of both the primary major coursework and the pre-health advisement track coursework as of the date of their matriculation at SUNY Oneonta. Students must declare a primary major and are encouraged to declare their intended Pre-Health Concentration for effective advisement. Students should confer with advisors for their primary major and specific Pre-Health Concentration, beginning at the time of admission to SUNY Oneonta. 

Students can review their individual degree progress via DegreeWorks.

  • The Primary Major Faculty Advisor assists with selection of courses for the Primary Major Requirements.
  • The Pre-Health Advisor guides the student through the Pre-Pharmacy Concentration, listed below.

Pre-Pharmacy Concentration

  • Satisfies the course requirements for admission at most pharmacy schools.
  • Additional elective courses are recommended but not required, and can vary depending on school.
  • Students must consult SUNY Oneonta's current undergraduate catalog for descriptions of courses, course prerequisites, and time of year when courses are offered in order to plan properly in advance
  • Students have the responsibility to check entrance requirements for schools to which they intend to apply. 

Required Coursework

TOTAL: 62-66 sh

BIOL 180, 181, 201, 362 16 sh
CHEM 111-112, 221-322 16 sh
PHYS 103-104 or 203-204 (Calc I & II are pre-/co-requisites for PHYS 203-204) 8 sh
MATH 223 (also MATH 224 if taking PHYS 204) 4-8 sh
STAT 101 3 sh
PSYC 100 3 sh
COMP 100 3 sh
COMM 100 3 sh
LITR 100 3 sh
ECON 111 3 sh

*NOTE: Some pharmacy schools now require biochemistry (including University of Buffalo, Touro and PCOM, among others.) Students are expected to check the individual pharmacy school requirements to confirm prerequisite courses.

Suggested Course Sequencing

The recommended course sequence is based on a student taking the PCAT and applying to pharmacy school the summer BEFORE their final year at SUNY Oneonta, and that the student will graduate in four years. If a student wishes to take a "growth year," or take a different undergraduate path, coursework plans can change accordingly.

Individual student plans may vary depending on when the student hopes to enter pharmacy school and what major is chosen, therefore each student should work with their primary major advisor and their pre-health concentration advisor to establish their own personalized schedule.

NOTE: Many pre-pharmacy students are choosing to take at least one year off after they graduate. Having a “growth year” between undergraduate studies and beginning pharmacy school is often beneficial for applicants and does not hurt your chances of admission as long as you continue to strengthen your application. It allows time to gain additional life experiences, continue volunteering or pursue non-academic interests.

YEAR 1

FALL

SPRING

BIOL 180 (Biology I) 4 sh BIOL 181 (Biology II) 4 sh
CHEM 111 (General Chemistry I) 4 sh CHEM 112 (General Chemistry II) 4 sh
COMP 100 (Composition) 3 sh COMM 100 3 sh
STAT 101 (Intro to Statistics) 3 sh *MATH 105 (as advised) or other course 3 sh

YEAR 2

FALL

SPRING

CHEM 221 (Organic Chemistry I) 4 sh CHEM 322 (Organic Chemistry II) 4 sh
MATH 223 (Calculus I) 4 sh MATH 224 (Calculus II) if necessary 4 sh
BIOL 201 (Cell & Molec. Biology) 4 sh LITR 100 3 sh
upper division courses or research or immersion experience or elective or Gen Ed 1-4 sh upper division courses or research or immersion experience or elective or Gen Ed 1-4 sh

YEAR 3

FALL

SPRING

PHYS 103 or 203 (Gen. Physics I) 4 sh PHYS 104 or 204 (Gen. Physics II) 4 sh
BIOL 362 (Microbiology) 4 sh upper division courses or research or immersion experience or elective 3-8 sh
upper division courses or research or immersion experience or elective 6-9 sh upper division courses or research or immersion experience or elective 1-6 sh

YEAR 4 * additional experiences to enhance undergraduate experience*

FALL

SPRING

upper division courses or research or immersion experience or elective 12-16 sh upper division courses or research or immersion experience or elective 12-16 sh

Applying to Pharmacy School

Centralized Application Service

  • Application to pharmacy school is made through the centralized application PharmCAS

Entrance Exams

  • The PCAT is required for admission to PharmD programs.

Requirements for Pharmacy School

  • For more information about becoming a pharmacist, check out the AACP webpage.
  • Transfer to four-year Doctor of Pharmacy programs can be done as early as after the sophomore year, but is becoming more common to complete the B.S. degree before entering pharmacy school.

Pre-Health-related questions should be directed to the Pre-Health Professions Program Coordinator.