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Pharmacy (PharmD)


A pharmacist is a healthcare professional who is specifically trained to store, handle, prepare, and dispense various medications. They are essential in educating patients about using or administering their medications. Pharmacy combines science, health care, direct patient contact, technology, ethics, and business. A pharmacist is a highly skilled and trusted medication expert. They know and understand everything there is to know about drugs. Pharmacists undergo extensive education in order to understand the role that drugs play in different situations. They are familiar with the biochemical makeup of drugs and how that impacts their use, side effects, interactions, and effectiveness implications. Their role revolves around dispensing prescriptions to patients, conducting health screenings, giving immunizations, and advising on the safe use of medicine.

Pharmacy Prerequisites

NOTE: Specific prerequisite courses can vary by school--always double-check the website of each pharmacy school you are applying to for specific requirements. Please review the CSUSB Catalog as a guide to completing the CSUSB prerequisites.

Required Common Prerequisites
Prerequisites CSUSB Courses


One year or two semesters of General Biology with lab.


One semester of Microbiology with lab.

A year of Anatomy & Physiology must include a lab. Courses can be separated into one semester of Anatomy, one semester of Physiology, or taken as a year-long series.



BIOL 2010 and BIOL 2020 (these courses have the lab section built-in at CSUSB)

BIOL 2200 OR BIOL 3200

BIOL 2230 and BIO 2240 OR BIOL 4630 and BIO 4640


One year or two semesters of General Chemistry with lab.


One year or two semesters of Organic Chemistry with lab.

One semester of Biochemistry, lab is recommended but not required (This course may be required at some institutions).


CHEM 2100 & 2100L and CHEM 2200 & 2200L

CHEM 2400 & 2400L and CHEM 2500 & 2500L OR CHEM 3400 & CHEM 3500

CHEM 4100 & 4100L


One semester of Calculus​​​​​​.

Students must place/test into MATH 2210 (Calculus I) OR take MATH 1401 (Pre-calculus) before MATH 2210.


MATH 1401 and MATH 2210


One year or two semesters of General Physics with lab.



PHYS 2000 & PHYS 2000L and PHYS 2010 & PHYS 2010L


PHYS 2500 & 2500L and PHYS 2510 & 2510L

Recommended Coursework

Introductory Psychology: (PSYC 1100) This course may be required at some institutions.

Sociology/Anthropology: (SOC 1000 or ANTH 1002) An Introduction to Sociology or Cultural Anthropology course.

Statistics: (MATH 1201, or MATH 1202 and MATH 1203) The course must contain descriptive and inferential statistics topics.

Pharmacy Schools

Articulation Agreements

PharmCAS Pharmacy College Application Service

The Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS) is a centralized application service to apply to multiple Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree programs offered by schools and colleges of pharmacy. PharmCAS is designed for first-year professional Pharm.D programs. High school students and current student pharmacists who wish to transfer to another pharmacy degree program should contact institutions directly for instructions.

  • Pharmacy schools utilize a centralized application system called PharmCAS
  • PharmCAS Application Instructions
  • PharmCAS Workshop: Your Passion on Paper (Video)
  • You will need a personal essay (4,500 characters), letters of recommendation, achievements - PharmCAS Supporting Information
  • What is the PCAT?
    • The Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT®) is a specialized test that helps identify qualified applicants to pharmacy colleges. It measures general academic ability and scientific knowledge necessary for the commencement of pharmaceutical education. The PCAT is constructed specifically for colleges of pharmacy.
  • Here is a link to the 2023-2024 test dates.