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University of Colorado Denver


Pre-Pharmacy Coursework

Pre-Pharmacy Course List

Science and Math Requirements (Seven-Year Policy applies):

General Chemistry I & II with laboratories (8 semester credits)

One beginning course and a continuation course for science majors. Topics should include chemical structure, atomic and molecular properties and thermodynamics. Laboratories will include experiments associated with the lecture and provide experience in observing, recording and interpreting physical and chemical phenomena.

Organic Chemistry I & II with laboratories (8 semester credits)

Lecture courses for science majors designed as an introduction and continuation to the study of structure, reactions, properties and mechanisms of organic molecules. Laboratories that are taken concurrently will illustrate the practical aspects of organic chemistry.

General Biology I & II with laboratories (8 semester credits)

The two semesters should cover the following: the chemistry of biological systems, the structure and function of the cell, cellular energy transformation, genetics, evolution, animal structure and function, plant structure and function and ecology. The laboratories should introduce the basic scientific approach and report preparation through exercises and experiments in cell biology, molecular genetics, evolution, plant and animal anatomy and microanatomy. Courses in botany and zoology with laboratories may be considered as a substitute for a general biology course. Anatomy and physiology, microbiology and biochemistry specific courses will not be accepted as general biology.

Microbiology with laboratory (4 semester credits)

A survey of distinguishing characteristics of microorganisms based on structural-functional relationships, taxonomy, growth and physical chemical metabolism and genetics. This should include an emphasis on infectious diseases, basic immunology and microbial ecology. Molecular or cellular biology courses will not be allowed as a substitute for microbiology.

Biochemistry I (3 semester credits)
A systematic study of carbohydrates, lipids, amino acids, proteins, nucleic acids and their components should be included. Course should cover the metabolism of biological compounds and the interrelations among the carbon, nitrogen and energy cycles. This must be an upper-division course with organic chemistry as a prerequisite.

Human Anatomy w/laboratory (4 semester credits) and Human Physiology with laboratory (4 semester credits) or Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II with laboratories (8 semester credits)

An introduction to basic human anatomy and physiology, including the structures of the human anatomical system and the physiology of the nervous, muscular, cardiovascular, respiratory, urinary, immune, endocrine and reproductive systems.

General Physics (3 semester credits)

Algebra or calculus based physics, including study of mechanics, heat, electricity and magnetism, light and modern physics.

Calculus (3 semester credits)

A course in differential and integral calculus, including applications of the derivative and the definite integral. Analytic geometry and calculus is preferred. 

Additional Course Requirements

English Composition or Expository Writing (6 semester credits)

Courses focusing on the abilities and skills needed to write effective expository prose. Emphasis is on planning, writing and revising short and long essays and research papers. Writing intensive courses (designated as such by the institution) will be reviewed on an individual basis; course descriptions and/or syllabi will be required. ESL and Literature courses will not be accepted.

Public Speaking (3 semester credits)

The theory and practice of developing ideas, supporting materials, organization, style, delivery and audience adaptation. Waivers will not be granted based on life or work experience.

Microeconomics (3 semester credits)

The study of fundamental microeconomic principles. (Macroeconomics or principles of economics courses are also accepted).

Humanities/Social Science (9 semester credits)

Some examples are: psychology, sociology, cultural anthropology, history, humanities, literature, comparative literature, ethnic studies, philosophy and art history.

General Education (22 semester credits)

Other college level courses in science, humanities, social sciences, mathematics, language, business, etc. are considered in fulfilling general education credit. Vocational and developmental courses will not be accepted.

Suggested Courses
Students and faculty have suggested the following courses as great preparations for students entering the PharmD program.

Cell Biology