Pharmacy degrees were previously awarded as an undergraduate degree, but academic and professional standards have changed to require a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree. Marshall currently provides a four-year PharmD degree with classes in session from August to May each academic year.
The Marshall PharmD program can be a 2+4, 3+4, or 4+4 program, meaning students can complete the necessary prerequisite coursework for pharmacy school in as few as two or as many as four years before applying to the program.
Pre-Pharmacy Prerequisite Coursework
Admission to the Marshall School of Pharmacy Pharm. D. program is competitive. In order to be successfully considered for admission, applicants should meet the following requirements:
- A recommended minimum 2.5 overall GPA on a 4.0 scale,
- A recommended minimum 2.75 pre-pharmacy coursework GPA on a 4.0 scale, and
- Completion of the PCAT, a PCAT score of 50 composite percentile or above, is recommended to be competitive
- Successful completion of the following pre-pharmacy prerequisite coursework.
(Successful completion is defined as receiving a “C” or better in the indicated course.)
|English Composition||6 credit hours OR 2 semesters|
|Calculus||5 credit hours OR 1 semester|
|Statistics||3 credit hours OR 1 semester|
|Biology w/ Lab||8 credit hours OR 2 semesters|
|Chemistry w/ Lab||10 credit hours OR 2 semesters|
|Human Anatomy w/ Lab||4 credit hours OR 1 semester|
|Human Physiology w/ Lab||4 credit hours OR 1 semester|
|Microbiology w/ Lab||4 credit hours OR 1 semester|
|Organic Chemistry w/ Lab||9 credit hours OR 2 semesters|
|Physics w/ Lab||8 credit hours OR 2 semesters|
- CLICK HERE to download a helpful Pre-Requisite Digital Worksheet to help keep track of your coursework.
Pre-Pharmacy Prerequisite Sample Coursework for Marshall Students
Are you a Marshall University undergraduate student? Below is a sample plan for two-year completion of the pre-pharmacy prerequisites. We may accept more courses for certain pre-requisites, so please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
PRE-PHARMACY: Two Year Option*
FALL Year 1 SPRING Year 1
|ENG 101 English Composition||3 HRS||BSC 227 Human Anatomy||4 HRS|
|MTH 229 Calculus**||5 HRS||MTH 225 Intro to Statistics||3 HRS|
|BSC 120 General Biology||4 HRS||BSC 121 General Biology II||4 HRS|
|CHM 211 General Chemistry||3 HRS||CHM 212 General Chemistry II||3 HRS|
|CHM 217 (lab)||2 HRS||CHM 218 (lab)||2 HRS|
|TOTAL||17 HRS||TOTAL||17 HRS|
|** Any algebra or preparatory MTH courses required prior to MTH 229 should be taken in summer prior to the fall semester.|
|FALL Year 2||SPRING Year 2|
|ENG 201 English Composition II||3 HRS||BSC 250 Micro & Human Disease||4 HRS|
|BSC 228 Human Physiology||4 HRS||Free Elective||3 HRS†|
|CHM 355 Organic Chemistry||3 HRS||CHM 356 Organic Chemistry II||3 HRS|
|PHY 201 Physics||3 HRS||CHM 361 (lab)||3 HRS|
|PHY 202 (lab)||1 HR||PHY 203 Physics II||3 HRS|
|Social Science elective||3 HRS‡||PHY 204 (lab)||1 HR|
|TOTAL||17 HRS||TOTAL||17 HRS|
*Students who choose to spread the pre-requisites over more than two years should work with their pre-health professions advisor to develop a plan that will meet the student’s needs.
† Free elective course should be 100 level or higher
‡ Any course listed on the MU General Education page (Core II course list) as a Social Science elective
TOTAL PREREQUISITE COURSEWORK – 67 HOURS (Addt’l if MTH coursework required prior to fall enrollment)