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Pre-Pharmacy Coursework

Pre-Pharmacy Course List


On a case-by-case basis, other relevant coursework may be considered for any prerequisite course requirement. If you are unsure whether your coursework fulfills a prerequisite, please contact the school at sop.ossapps@ucdenver.edu to request a review of your transcripts.

*Prerequisites and labs marked with an asterisk must be taken in-person.

 General Chemistry (8 semester credits or 12 quarter credits)

General Chem​istry I (3 semester credits or 4.5 quarter credits)

  • *General Chemistry I Lab (1 semester credit or 1.5 quarter credits)

General Chemistry II (3 semester credits or 4.5 quarter credits)

  • *General Chemistry II Lab (1 semester credit, 1.5 quarter credits)

Coursework Re​​quirement:

General or inorganic chemistry including chemical structure, atomic and molecular properties and thermodynamics along with laboratories.
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 Organic Chemistry (8 semester credits or 12 quarter credits)

Organic Chemistry I (3 sem​​ester credits or 4.5 quarter credits)

  • *Organic Chemistry I Lab (1 semester credit or 1.5 quarter credits)

Organic Chemistry II (3 semester credits or 4.5 quarter credits)

  • *Organic Chemistry II Lab (1 semester credit or 1.5 quarter credits)

Coursework ​Requirement:

Organic chemistry for science majors including the study of structure, reactions, properties and mechanisms of organic molecules along with laboratories.
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 Biology (8 semester credits or 12 quarter credits)

Biology I (3 semester credits ​​or 4.5 quarter credits)

  • *Biology I Lab (1 semester credit or 1.5 quarter credits)

Biology II (3 semester credits or 4.5 quarter credits)

  • *Biology II Lab (1 semester credit or 1.5 quarter credits)

Coursework Requirement:

Biology courses including general biology, botany/zoology, genetics/molecular biology, or cell biology along with laboratories. Anatomy and physiology, microbiology, and biochemistry specific courses will not be accepted as general biology.
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 Microbiology (2 semester credits or 3 quarter credits)

Cours​​ework Requirement:

Microbiology including 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 along with a laboratory. Molecular or cellular biology courses will not be accepted as a substitute for microbiology.
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 Biochemistry (3 semester credits or 4.5 quarter credits)

Coursework R​​equirement:

Biochemistry including a systematic study of carbohydrates, lipids, amino acids, proteins, nucleic acids and their components including 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.
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 Human Anatomy (3 semester credits or 4.5 quarter credits)

Coursework Req​uirement:

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, along with laboratories. Mammalian anatomy or physiology or other relevant courses may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
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 Human Physiology (4 semester credits or 6 quarter credits)

Human Physiology (3 semest​er credits or 4.5 quarter credits)

  • ​Human Physiology Lab (1 semester credit or 1.5 quarter credits)

Coursework Requiremen​t:

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, along with laboratories. Mammalian anatomy or physiology or other relevant courses may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
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 General Physics (3 semester credits or 4 quarter credits)

Coursework Requir​ement:

Algebra or calculus based physics, including study of mechanics, heat, electricity and magnetism, light and modern physics.
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 English Composition (6 semester credits or 9 quarter credits)

​Eng​lish Composition I (3 semester credits or 4.5 quarter credits)

English Composition II (3 semester credits or 4.5 quarter credits)

Coursework R​equirement:

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 courses are not eligible to meet this requirement. Literature courses will be accepted if English composition instruction is included in the course syllabus.

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 *Public Speaking (3 semester credits or 4 quarter credits)

Coursework Req​uirement:

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.
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 Economics (3 semester credits or 4 quarter credits)

Coursework Requirem​ent:

The study of fundamental economic principles, either micro- or macro- economics courses are acceptable.
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 Humanities/Social Sciences (9 semester credits or 12 quarter credits)

Coursework Req​uirement:

Some examples are: psychology, sociology, cultural anthropology, history, humanities, literature, comparative literature, ethnic studies, philosophy, a foreign language, or art history.
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 General Education (27 semester credits or 40.5 quarter credits)

Coursew​ork Requirement:

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