Overview of Pharmacy

Pharmacology degrees used to be given at undergraduate institutions, but now many students are going on to earn the Pharm.D. degree. This usually requires an additional year or two of school. Normally, students complete three years of pre-pharmacy undergraduate work at Marshall University before applying to a pharmacy program. Admission to pharmacy schools is competitative so GPAs in the range of 3.5 or higher are recommended along with excellent PCAT scores (scores at the 50th percentile and higher). Background checks are often conducted.

These are pharmacy schools in West Virginia, Marshall University School of Pharmacy, West Virginia University and the University of Charleston.

See the Occupational Outlook Handbook:  Pharmacy. Also see American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.


The courses listed below are general suggestions. Check the professional school of your choice to see specific admission requirements.

Minimum Science Coursework

  • Principles of Biology I and II (BSC 120 and 121)
  • General Bacteriology (BSC 250) or Principles of Microbiology (BSC 302) Note: BSC 250 does not count toward a Biological Science degree.
  • Human Anatomy (BSC 227) Note: BSC 227 does not count toward a Biological Science degree.
  • Human Physiology (BSC 228) Note: BSC 228 does not count toward a Biological Science degree.
  • Principles of Chemistry I and II and Labs (CHM 211, 212, 217, and 218)
  • Organic Chemistry I and II and Organic Lab (CHM 355, 356, and 361)
  • General Physics I and II and labs (PHY 201, 202, 203 and 204)
  • Calculus (MTH 229)
  • Introductory Statistics (MTH 225)

General Education Coursework

  • English Composition I and II (ENG 101 and 201)
  • Social and Behavioral Science: General Psychology (PSY 201) and Introductory Sociology (SOC 200)
  • Follow catalog for degree requirements B.S. or B.A.

Professional Exam

The Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) must be completed, preferably in the fall of the year before entry into the pharmacy program. For the most current information, review the PCAT web site.

Links to Professional Schools

College of Science • One John Marshall Drive • Science Building 270 • Huntington, WV 25755
(304) 696-2372