Prerequisite Coursework All students applying to the Doctor of Pharmacy program must meet our prerequisite course requirements in order to be considered for admission to the program. If you are applying for the Fall 2018 term or after, please see see the information below concerning Fall 2018 prerequisite changes. Fall 2018 Admission Requirement Changes If you are planning on applying for the Fall 2018 term, please note that there will be some changes to our prerequisite requirements. For UW-Madison students, see the changes for Fall 2018 prerequisites. Non-UW-Madison students should see the Fall 2018 General Prerequisite Grid. Check to see if equivalences for your school are available on the Transfer Equivalences page. The following grids may be helpful for tracking your progress through the prerequisite coursework: Prerequisite Coursework Grid – General Prerequisite Coursework Grid for UW-Madison Students Prerequisite Coursework for Admission: Math & Science Courses Biology with labs – (8 cr. minimum) A complete two-semester integrated sequence of General Biology, to include a strong foundation in both Organismal Biology and Cellular/Molecular/Genetic Biology. If a sequence of general biology is not available, then: Semester system: Animal Biology and a course in Cell Biology (preferable) or Botany; Quarter system: Animal Biology and Cell Biology and Botany. Human anatomy, human physiology, and microbiology do not count toward the biology requirement. Chemistry with labs – (16 cr. minimum) A complete sequence of General Chemistry (at least 8 cr. minimum) and one year of Organic Chemistry ( 8 cr. minimum). Calculus for Math / Science Majors – (4-5 credits + competency in required topics) The Calculus requirement is content-based, not course-based. Physics with labs – (8 cr. minimum) A complete sequence of introductory physics Microbiology – (3 cr. minimum) A non-survey microbiology course. A lab is not required. Statistics- (3 cr. minimum) Most college-level statistics courses will satisfy this requirement. Notes: The Admissions Committee is concerned about mathematics and science course work that may have been completed more than ten years ago. Please consult with a Pre-Pharmacy Advisor regarding your specific situation: (608) 262-6234. Non-Math & Science Courses Communication “A” Course work equivalent to the UW-Madison Communication “A” requirement. OR A score of at least 4 on the AP English: Language & Composition exam OR A score of at least 4 on the AP English: Literature & Composition exam OR Acceptable UW System English placement test score(s): an ENGL score of at least 605, or an ECS score of at least 706, or a UWEPT score of at least 660 and a UWRCT score of at least 730 Microeconomics– (3-4 cr.) General economics and macroeconomics do not fulfill this requirement. Social Science– (3 cr.) General sociology or general anthropology or cultural anthropology. Cultural anthropology will count also as ethnic studies. Behavioral Science– (3 cr.) Introductory psychology or social psychology. Ethnic Studies– (3 cr.) Courses that satisfy the ethnic studies requirement must provide evidence that a majority of the course material: focuses on the increasingly multicultural aspects of life in U.S. society AND/OR provides a critical examination of discrimination against ethnic/racial minorities in the U.S. AND/OR focuses on the history, experience, or cultural traditions of ethnic/racial minorities in the U.S. Many students take a Cultural Anthropology course to satisfy this requirement, however, there are many other acceptable courses (sometimes they are cross listed in several departments including anthropology, sociology, history etc.). Students should review their course catalog to determine which courses they think will address these topics and then send us the course name and number and we can verify if it will work. A review of the course description often provides enough information for us to make a determination; however, a course syllabus may also be requested. Other College Courses To bring total degree credits to 68 credits Non-Major Curriculum Graduation Requirements There are certain liberal arts courses that are required for graduation (not for admission). These graduation requirements are: 2 credits of history and 3 credits of humanities. If you have space in your pre-PharmD program, you are encouraged to work ahead on these graduation requirements. However, do not put yourself into academic credit overloads to do so. Because of the rigorous nature of the pre-PharmD program, we recommend that pre-PharmD students take not more than 16 credits per semester. Fall 2018 Admission Requirement Changes If you are planning on applying for the Fall 2018 term, please note that there will be some changes to our prerequisite requirements. For UW-Madison students, see the changes for Fall 2018 prerequisites. Non-UW-Madison students should see the Fall 2018 General Prerequisite Grid. Recommended Pre-Pharmacy Credit Load In order to strengthen your application for admission to the School of Pharmacy and demonstrate your preparedness for the rigorous demands of School of Pharmacy academic loads, you are encouraged to enroll in 14 – 16 credits each semester, except for your first semester in college in which we recommend that you enroll in a slightly lighter credit load of 12 – 14 credits to help you to achieve a good start in college. This lighter credit load in your first semester will help you to make a good transition from high school to college both academically and socially. It is designed to give you time to make connections with new people, to get involved with activities and experiences that will allow you to address admissions criteria, and to demonstrate a strong academic record. Due to the rigorous nature of the pre-School of Pharmacy curricula, we recommend that you take no more than 16 credits per semester. UW-Madison Transfer Credit Policies Please see the UW-Madison AP & IB Test transfer link for additional information regarding Test Credits. If your AP/IB tests appear as completed courses on your pre-pharmacy transcript, we will honor your pre-pharmacy school’s Test Score requirements. In other words, if you earn credit for General Chemistry at your pre-pharmacy school through an AP Test (regardless of the score received), the PharmD program will give you credit for this course. International Coursework While many of our program prerequisites can be completed outside of the United States, two course requirements must be completed at an accredited college/university within the United States: Communication “A” (English Composition Ethnic Studies (United States Diversity Studies) Physiology Note Though not required for admission, physiology is a required course in the first year of the PharmD curriculum. Students who successfully complete a semester of human physiology or a year sequence of Anatomy & Physiology at another institution will be given the option to test out of UW-Madison’s physiology course.