The Texas State Core Curriculum
Ben and Maytee Fisch College of Pharmacy
The Texas Core Curriculum describes the general education requirements required of all students receiving a Bachelor’s Degree at a public university in Texas. The Texas Core Curriculum includes courses such as history, government, fine arts, the sciences, communication, and mathematics. Many of the pharmacy prerequisite courses will also satisfy the math and science requirements.
Applicants who have/will have a Bachelor’s Degree before entering the program are exempt from this requirement. The Texas Core Curriculum is required for both in-state and out-of-state residents.
Bachelor's Degree Prior to the Pharm.D. Program:
Requirement to take the Texas Core Curriculum
Texas Core is not required to be completed.
The Texas Core Curriculum is required even if courses were taken outside of Texas.
Completing the Texas Core Curriculum at UT Tyler
The Texas Core Curriculum is recommended to be completed prior to starting the program. However, students may take up to 12 semester credit hours during the first two years of the program. These courses are restricted to the following categories: (40) Language, Philosophy, and Culture, (50) Creative Arts, (60) American History, and (70) Government/Political Science. If the Texas Core Curriculum is completed at another institution, UT Tyler will only consider this complete if documented on the official transcript.
It is recommended that these classes, if taken, be completed during the first and/or second summer semester. This will allow students to concentrate on the Pharm.D. curriculum during the fall and spring semesters.
Students are responsible for tuition and fees associated with the Texas Core Curriculum courses. All other prerequisite and Texas Core Curriculum courses must be completed prior to entry into the Pharm.D. program.
If an applicant is required to complete the Texas Core Curriculum, the applicant must either (1) complete the Texas Core Curriculum prior to entering the program or (2) complete the Texas Core Curriculum at another college (e.g. during the summer) and submit those transcripts to UT Tyler. Once a student has started the program, they must meet the UT Tyler-specific Texas Core Curriculum. All pharmacy students must be core complete by the start of the third professional year.
Types of Courses included in the Texas Core Curriculum
The Texas Core Curriculum includes courses such as history, government, fine arts, the sciences, communication, and mathematics. A list of courses that fulfill the Texas Core Curriculum is provided on the 2014-16 General Education Core Curriculum webpage. Several pre-pharmacy courses will also satisfy the Texas Core Curriculum.
- 6 SCH: 10 Communication (examples: ENGL 1301, 1302, SPCH 1315
- 3 SCH: 20 Mathematics (examples: math, calculus)
- 6 SCH: 30 Life & Physical Sciences (examples: BIOL 1406, 1407 (Biology I & II))
- 3 SCH: 40 Language, Philosophy, Culture
- 3 SCH: 50 Creative Arts
- 6 SCH: 60 American History
- 6 SCH: 70 Government/Political Science
- 3 SCH: 80 Social/Behavioral Sciences (examples: ECON 1301 or 1302)
- 3 SCH: Component Area Option – STEM (examples:CHEM 1411, 1412 (Chem I or II))
3 SCH: Component Area Option – Human Expression (examples: ENGL 1301, 1302, SPCH 1311)
SCH: Semester credit hours. Students entering UT Tyler before 2014 may complete the 2012-2014 or 2014-2016 curriculum. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board requires the listed courses to be accepted by the student’s home institution. One course cannot be used to satisfy multiple requirements.