2016-2017 Admission Instructions

Pharmacy Prerequisites

The Pharm.D. program does not require a prior degree upon entrance nor is admissions limited to certain majors. The College of Pharmacy at the University of South Carolina admits a variety of students with differentacademic backgrounds, including but not limited to: those completing required pharmacy prerequisite courses, undergraduate or graduate degrees, as well as those seeking a career change.

The following 66 credit hours of pharmacy prerequisites must be completed prior to Fall 2017 Pharm.D. program entry; many applicants will submit all applications and accompanying materials while in the midst of course completion

General Chemistry (must include labs)                      

   8 credit hours
General Biology (must include labs)        8 credit hours

Organic Chemistry (must include labs)

   8 credit hours
Physics   3 credit hours
Anatomy & Physiology I & II    6 credit hours


  3 credit hours
Calculus   3 credit hours
Statistics   3 credit hours
English Composition     3 credit hours

English Literature/Composition

  3 credit hours
Public Speaking/Verbal Skills    3 credit hours
Economics    3 credit hours
Psychology   3 credit hours
Liberal Art Electives    9 credit hours


  • Calculus: General Calculus and Calculus for business or life sciences majors will be accepted.
  • Science Courses: must be designated for science majors.
  • Biology: Two General Biology courses may be substituted with a combination of Botany, Zoology, Cell Biology, or Genetics upon approval of the College of Pharmacy
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology: A combination of a separate Human Anatomy (3 hours) and Human Physiology (3 hours) courses will fulfill this requirement. 6 hours must come from two lecture courses.
  • Microbiology: Microbiology lab is not required.
  • Physics: Algebra or calculus based physics will be accepted. A physics lab is not required.
  • Statistics: Introductory Statistics or Statistics for life sciences, business, mathematics, etc. majors will be accepted.
  • Public Speaking: Public Speaking or Speech will be accepted.
  • Economics: Introductory economics, microeconomics, or macroeconomics will be accepted.
  • Liberal Arts electives: Courses in humanities and social sciences are accepted. Examples of humanities include: Art, Business, Ethics, Creative Writing, fine arts, languages, Music, Religion, and Theater. Examples of social sciences include: Anthropology, additional Economic courses, Child Development, Geography, History, Management, Political Science, Social Work, Sociology, and Women’s Studies.
  • All courses must be completed with a grade of “C” (2.0) or above.
  • Credit hours listed above are based on semester hours.  Quarter hours will need to be converted (1.5 quarter hour = 1 semester hour) 

Transfer Credit Guide for SC Technical College Courses

Transfer Credit Guide for SC Public Four Year Colleges

For questions regarding transcript evaluations please contact Ms. Nikki Mellen.