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UT Tyler Department of Biology

Pre-Pharmacy Program


There are six pharmacy schools in Texas:

You may search each program for specific admissions requirements and procedures. Each pharmacy school has slightly different prerequisite requirements. It is the student's responsibility to make certain they meet the particular prerequisites for the particular program to which they wish to apply. These prerequisites can change at the discretion of the program. In general, the prerequisite requirements are as follows:

  • 8 sem. hours of general chemistry (for majors)
  • 8 sem. hours of organic chemistry (for majors)
  • 4 sem. hours of general physics (trig or calculus based with lab)
  • 8 sem. hours of general biology (for majors)
  • 3 sem. hours genetics
  • 4 sem. hours of microbiology
  • 3 sem. hours of human based sciences (e.g. physiology, virology, genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry)

**Some programs require 8 semester hours of Anatomy and Physiology I&II

  • 3 sem. hours of calculus
  • 3 sem. hours of statistics
  • 3 sem. hours of speech
  • 3 sem. hours of economics
  • English composition I & II
  • English literature
  • Minimum of 15 semester hours of humanities/social sciences. Some programs specify American history, American government and fine arts.

Information for taking the PCAT exam can be found on the Web.

A panel of deans and associate deans from each pharmacy program in Texas suggest that, although a degree is not necessary for admission to their respective colleges of pharmacy, students tend to perform better when they are taking courses that satisfy degree requirements. Students are therefore encouraged to choose a program of study leading to the baccalaureate degree and to strive for a grade of "B" or better. A grade of at least "C" must be earned in each of the required courses for admission.

For more information or questions concerning courses at UT Tyler that will fulfill dental school prerequisites, please contact:

Dr. James Koukl
Chief Health Professions Advisor
Department of Biology
The University of Texas at Tyler
3900 University Blvd
Tyler, Texas 75799
Office: BEP 114