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Students are admitted to the School of Pharmacy PharmD Program only after the completion of the college-level prerequisites noted below, generally taking three years to complete. Preference may be given to applicants who have earned a BA, BS or higher degree. The courses listed below may be taken at any accredited college, university or community college in the United States. Courses must be approved by the School of Pharmacy. The Admissions Committee strongly recommends completion of science and mathematics courses within the last five years.

Students who have questions about acceptability of their coursework should contact one of our advisors, (206) 543-6100 or pharminf@uw.edu

NOTE: We also have individual prerequisite lists for All Washington State Schools and some out-of-state schools in the Western United States (AZ, AK, CA, HI, ID, MT, OR, UT) .

Students who have not completed the prerequisites may apply, provided they will complete any remaining prerequisites by the end of Spring Term.

NOTE: The Admissions Committee highly recommends that sequence courses (General Biology, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry) be completed at one institution. You may take your prerequisites at different schools; however, you need to be careful with sequence courses, e.g., biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry. If you begin a science series at one school and finish at another, it is possible that all of the required components of the course descriptions may not be met with the result of not satisfying the pre-requisite.

Prerequisite Course and course descriptions
Quarter School Semester School
Biochemistry - 6-12 qtr credits or 4-10 sem credits** (labs are not accepted) Course syllabuses may be required for review and approval. A 3-credit stand alone biochemistry course will NOT satisfy this prerequisite.

(The UW equivalent is Bioc 405, 406 or 440, 441)
Biochemistry coursework must include all of the following topics:  Cells and Chemistry: Amino Acids, Protein Structure: Myoglobin and Hemoglobin, Catalysis and Enzymes, Enzymes and Enzyme Kinetics, Cooperativity and Allostery, Flow of Genetic Information, DNA Structure, DNA Replication, DNA Repair, RNA Structure and Transcription, Regulation of Transcription: Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic Cells, Protein Synthesis and Folding, Lipids and Biological Membranes, Membrane Transport and Signal Transduction, Digestion and Absorption, Regulation Pathways, Bioenergetics, Glycolysis, Electron Transport, Fatty Acid Synthesis/Ketone Body Metabolism, Cholesterol and Steroids/Lipid Transport and  Amino Acid Metabolism

Please note: minimum of 6-12 quarter credits or 4-10 semester credits of Biochemistry will be required, dependent on course description. Applicants may be requested to send syllabuses for review and approval. In most cases, more than the minimum credits noted will be required.  Laboratory coursework in biochemistry is not acceptable towards meeting this prerequisite.
6-12 credits** 4-10 credits**
General Biology - must complete full year series with labs intended for science majors

(The UW equivalent is Biology 180, 200, 220)
Three quarters (15 credits) or two semesters (8 credits) of a general biology series is required. Labs must be included. For students intending to take advanced courses in the biological sciences or enroll in preprofessional programs. Mendelian genetics, evolution, biodiversity of life forms, ecology, conservation biology. Metabolism and energetics, structure and function of biomolecules, cell structure and function, animal development. Animal physiology, plant development and physiology.

15 credits 8 credits
General Chemistry - must complete full series with labs for science majors

(The UW equivalent is Chemistry 142, 152, 162)
Three quarters (15 credits) or two semesters (8 credits) of a general chemistry series is required including labs. These courses are taught in a full-year series for students pursuing science-based degrees. Introductory or survey courses usually do not meet the requirements. For science and engineering majors. Atomic nature of matter, stoichiometry, periodic table, quantum concepts, and gas laws. Chemical bonding and structure, elementary organic and polymer chemistry, inorganic Lewis acids and bases. Introduction to chemical thermodynamics (first and second laws), equilibrium, electrochemistry, and kinetics. Includes laboratories.

15 credits 8 credits
Organic Chemistry - must complete full series with labs for science majors

(The UW equivalent is Chemistry 237, 238, 239, 241, 242)
Three quarters (15 credits) or two semesters (8 credits) of an organic chemistry series is required including labs. These courses are taught in a full-year series for students pursuing science-based degrees. Structure, nomenclature, reactions, and synthesis of the main types of organic compounds. Discussion of physical properties and transformations of organic molecules, especially aromatic and carbonyl compounds. Polyfunctional compounds and natural products, lipids, carbohydrates, amino acids, proteins, and nucleic acids, preparations and qualitative organic analysis.

15 credits 8 credits
English Composition

(The UW equivalent is Eng 131 and 281 or any two Eng Comp (C) courses)
Two quarters (10 credits) or two semesters (6-8 credits) of English Composition. We will also count one English Composition course and two writing intensive courses to fulfill this requirement. If a student has also completed a B.S. or B.A. degree in the U.S., we can waive the English Composition requirement, although, we recommend that students have good writing skills. Study and practice of good writing: topics derived from a variety of personal, academic, and public subjects. Writing papers communicating information and opinion to develop accurate, competent, and effective expression. Please note that ESL (English as a Second Language) courses are not generally accepted as meeting the English Composition prerequisite.

10 credits 6-8 credits

(The UW equivalent is Math 124 or 112)
One quarter (5 credits) or one semester (3-4 credits) of the first calculus course in a calculus series. First quarter or semester in calculus of functions of a single variable. Emphasizes differential calculus, differentiation, applications of derivatives, integration. Emphasizes applications and problem solving using the tools of calculus.

4-5 credits 3-4 credits

(The UW equivalent is Stat 220 or 311, Q Sci 381 can also been accepted)
One quarter (5 credits) or one semester (3-4 credits) of a Statistics course. Objectives and pitfalls of statistical studies. Structure of data sets, histograms, means, and standard deviations. Correlation and regression. Probability, binomial and normal. Interpretation of estimates, confidence intervals, and significance tests. Elementary concepts of probability and sampling; binomial and normal distributions. Basic concepts of hypothesis testing, estimation, and confidence intervals; t-tests and chi-square tests. Linear regression theory and the analysis of variance.

4-5 credits 3-4 credits
Microbiology with lab

(The UW equivalent is Microbiology 301, 302. Microbiology 442 can also be accepted)
One quarter (5 credits) or one semester (4 credits) of a general microbiology course including lab. Acquaints students with microorganisms and their activities. Topics include microbial cell structure and function, metabolism, microbial genetics, and the role of microorganisms in disease, immunity, and other selected applied areas. Laboratory course covers a variety of microbiological techniques, with experiments designed to illustrate major concepts of bacteriology, virology, and immunology.

5 credits 4 credits
Interpersonal Communications/Public Speaking

(The UW equivalent is Comm 220, 270, or 320)
One quarter (5 credits) or one semester (3-4 credits) interpersonal communication or public speaking. Designed to increase competence in public speaking and the critique of public speaking or Emphasizes choice and organization of material, sound reasoning, audience analysis, and delivery or Practice in preparation and presentation of a variety of types of public speeches based on study of their structure and form; emphasis on organization and delivery.

5 credits 3 credits

(The UW equivalent is Econ 200)
One quarter (5 credits or 3-4 semester credits). Analysis of markets: consumer demand, production, exchange, the price system, resource allocation, government intervention. The course must be MICRO. Macroeconomics is not accepted.

5 credits 3 credits
Humanities Electives

(The UW equivalent is VLPA courses)
5 quarter credits or 3-4 semester credits required for humanities electives. Examples are: Art & Art History, Speech Communications, Dance, Theatre, Music, Literature, Classics. Foreign languages may count towards humanities electives if they are 200 level and above. If foreign language courses are below 200 level, a full academic year is required or if student has an AA degree, we honor the previous school's distribution.

5 credits 3 credit
Social Science Electives

(The UW equivalent is I&S courses)
5 quarter credits or 3-4 semester credits required for social science electives. Examples are: Anthropology, History, macroeconomics (not microeconomics), Psychology, most Women studies, Philosophy, Law, Sociology.

5 credits 3 credits


  • All science courses must include labs with the exception of biochemistry.
  • Survey courses are not accepted.
  • Students who have not completed prerequisites may apply, provided they complete any remaining prerequisites by the end of Spring Term prior to program entry
  • English Composition requirements may be met in ONEof the following ways:
    1. Completion of two English Composition courses OR
    2. Completion of one English Composition course and two Writing – Intensive courses OR
    3. Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree from a college or university in the United States
  • ** Biochemistry credits are dependent on information in course description and syllabus. Evaluations of course syllabus will be required.
  • Please note that we will accept courses worth different numbers of credits if the course descriptions are equivalent to those listed on our website.
  • Additional recommended courses include Cell and Molecular Biology, and ethics.

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