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.
  • Consultation with advisors for the primary major and Pre-Health concentration should begin 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 Advisement Track Advisor guides the student through the Pre-Pharmacy Concentration, listed below.

Pre-Pharmacy Concentration

  • Satisfies the course requirements for admission at most United States 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.
Fall 2020 and Later Matriculants  
BIOL 130, 131, 133, 201, 362 15 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.

2019 and earlier Matriculants 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 and Planning for Applying to Pharmacy School

The recommended course sequence is based on a 4-year undergraduate course plan, a student graduating in 4-years, the student taking the PCAT after the 3rd year of college coursework, and applying to pharmacy school prior to starting the 4th year of undergraduate studies.

Many Pre-Pharmacy students are choosing to take at least one year after they graduate SUNY Oneonta to work in healthcare or pursue other academically or intellectually enriching experiences after they graduate.

In fact, across the United States many first-time applicants to pharmacy school apply after their senior year or later. 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.

If a student wishes to take a "growth year," or takes a different undergraduate path, students will need to adjust the course sequence plan accordingly, based on their personal planning needs. Individual student plans may vary depending on when the student hopes to enter dental 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.

Year One Courses and Study Hours

FALL

SPRING

BIOL 180 (Biology I) or BIOL 130 & 133 4 sh BIOL 181 (Biology II) or BIOL 131 3 or 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 Two Courses and Study Hours

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 Three Courses and Study Hours

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

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-Pharmacy questions should be directed to Tami LaPilusa, M.S., Pre-Health Professions Program Coordinator
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