Pre-pharmacy Course Requirements

All learners must complete the pre-pharmacy course requirements, earning a grade of “C” or above, at an accredited college or university prior to matriculation into the professional program at the College of Pharmacy. 


Credit Hours (semester)

Science requirements¹      
General biology with lab                        8   
Human anatomy and physiology with lab                      8
General chemistry with lab                           8
Organic chemistry with lab                          8
Microbiology with lab                             4
Physics with lab                         4
Math requirements
Calculus                       3
Statistics                      3
Social science requirements
English composition                       6
Economics                            3
Psychology                         3
Public speaking                        3
Ethics²                      3
Social science elective3 OR public/population-based health                        3   
Total                     67

¹ Science Courses must be designated for science majors
² Coursework in ethics preferred; coursework in philosophy or religion acceptable
³ May be satisfied with a course in history, sociology, political science, or law and society

Organic chemistry, human anatomy/physiology, and microbiology courses earned more than five years prior to applying to the College of Pharmacy cannot be used to satisfy pre-pharmacy course requirements unless approved by the Admissions Committee on an individual applicant basis.

The courses offered by Western New England University to satisfy the pre-pharmacy course requirements can be found here.

Course equivalency sheets have been established for all two-year and four-year colleges in the greater Springfield area, as well as throughout Massachusetts.  Course equivalency sheets are also available for select colleges in Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont, and New York.