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Pre-Pharmacy Track at Hope College

What is Pharmacy and is it for me?

Pharmacy is more than just Walgreens or CVS. Pharmacy is a dynamic and amazing profession. The best way to learn about pharmacy is: Pharmacy is Right for Me.

What classes do I need to take? Courses Required or Recommended

Pharmacy School admission requirements are determined by each pharmacy school. Since a pharmacy school can add additional courses to its requirements at anytime, it is essential that a student looks up the most up-to-date information directly from the pharmacy schools directory. Use the PHARMCAS URL.

Courses Required at the 3 State of Michigan Pharmacy Schools:

    • General Biology I + lab (Biol 105 + 107) [formerly Biol 260]
    • General Biology II + lab (Biol 106 + 108) [formerly Biol 240]
    • Human Anatomy + lab (Biol 222)
    • Human Physiology + lab (Biol 221)
    • Microbiology + lab (Biol 231 or 301)
    • Genetics (Biol 356) [lab course is optional]
    • General Chemistry I (Chem 125) + Gen Chem Lab I (Chem 127)
    • General Chemistry II (Chem 126) + Gen Chem Lab II (Chem 128)
    • [or another option for General Chemistry is:]
    • Accelerated General Chemistry (Chem 131) + Accel Gen Chem Lab (Chem 132)
    • Organic Chemistry I (Chem 221) + Org Chem Lab I (Chem 255)
    • Organic Chemistry II (Chem 231) + Org Chem Lab IIA+B (Chem 256)
    • Biochemistry I (Chem 311)
    • Biochemistry II (Chem 314) + Biochem II lab (Chem 315)
    • General Physics I (Phys 121) + Physics Lab I (Phys 141)
    • General Physics II (Phys 122) + Physics Lab I (Phys 142)
  • MATH
    • Calculus (Math 131)
    • Statistics (Math 210)
    • Psychology (Psy 100) or Sociology (Soc 101)
    • Economics (Econ 211)
    • English (Engl 113 & 1 upper level English: Engl 213 or Engl 214)
    • Communication (Comm 140)
    • Other humanities or language

Courses for other Pharmacy Schools may be looked at Pharmacy School directory via PHARMCAS.

You want to complete the above required courses so you are prepared for the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT), which is typically taken in the fall of the senior year. The PCAT is required by about half of the pharmacy schools. To learn more about the PCAT, click here.

What do I major in? Choice of Academic Major

Pharmacy schools seek students with diverse and broad academic backgrounds. Students should select a major area of study that is of interest and that will provide a foundation of knowledge necessary for the pursuit of several career alternatives. Pharmacy schools are most concerned with the overall quality and scope of undergraduate work and level of rigor; not with the specific academic major. While many students who are pursuing a career in pharmacy are interested in the sciences and major in one of the sciences, others with interests in the social sciences, humanities, or the arts, may major in one of those areas.

Do I need to shadow or know the pharmacy profession?

The short is YES!

Students should also be aware that pharmacy school admission committees want to see that a student has learned about the pharmacy profession through first-hand experience. This experience should include a job or volunteer work in a pharmacy. It should also include job shadowing one or more pharmacists in different job environments. Pharmacy school admission committees also look at a student's experiences for evidence that the student is committed to serving others and that the student is able to work effectively with people from diverse backgrounds.

Useful Web Links to Pharmacy School Information

State of Michigan Pharmacy Programs

Links to General Information


For current Hope students, advising & questions related to the pre-pharmacy track at Hope College, please contact HPA Professor T Prokopow.

For all others, please contact, Hope College Admissions Office.