A previous degree does not exempt applicants from completing the pre-requisite course work. Please see our page on Applicants with Previous Degrees for more information.
Coursework from Foreign Institutions
Courses completed at foreign institutions must be evaluated by a professional evaluation service and acceptability of course work will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. For more information, please visit our page on Foreign Transcripts.
All pre-pharmacy coursework must be completed with a grade of "C" or better ("C-" or below is not acceptable) at a college or university that is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges or one of its regional affiliates. Colorado Transfer Guides are available on our website.
Since the pre-pharmacy curriculum is essential in the preparation for pharmacy school, calculus and pre-pharmacy science courses taken more than seven years prior to the fall semester admission is desired must be retaken for a grade unless the applicant's subsequent academic or work experiences relate directly to the coursework. Requests for a waiver of this policy must be submitted in writing; all requests will be handled on an individual basis.
All transcripts must be submitted to PharmCAS regardless of the age or transferability of courses. The admissions committee considers all coursework completed and derives a cumulative GPA from all colleges and universities attended. Failure to reveal all transcripts will result in disqualification. Once admitted, official transcripts from all previous colleges and universities (including other University of Colorado campuses) attended must be submitted directly to the School of Pharmacy. All transcripts must be received in a sealed envelope from the institution. Updated official transcripts must be provided as soon as each subsequent term is completed.
Advanced Placement Credit
Advanced placement credit is based on the College Entrance Examination Board's Advanced Placement tests. AP and IB credits can be used to fulfill pre-requisite requirements. If your college transcript does not show the credit or the type of credit earned, you will need to request a copy of your test scores to be sent directly to our office.
College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
We do not accept CLEP, ACT, SAT, department exams or any other credit by examination in lieu of the pre-pharmacy course work.
We do not take online/hybrid courses for the following prerequisites: general chemistry I and II with labs, organic chemistry I and II with labs, biology I and II with labs, microbiology with lab, biochemistry, human anatomy with lab, human physiology with lab, anatomy/physiology I and II with labs, or public speaking.
Quarter Unit Credits versus Semester Credit Hours
If you attend a school on the quarter unit system, please multiply your earned hours by .667 to determine its equivalency in semester hours. Please note that for math and science courses, two semester requirements, such as General Chemistry I & II w/labs, are fulfilled by three quarters, or General Chemistry I, II and III w/labs. One semester course requirements, such as biochemistry, are fulfilled by two quarters, or biochemistry I and II.