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PrePharmacy Advising Program PDFDownload to print

College of Arts and Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences

105 Bowman Hall
Tel: 330-672-2062


PrePharmacy, a pre-professional advising program, provides students with an opportunity to prepare for further training in pharmacy schools or colleges. Students work closely with their prepharmacy faculty advisor to ensure they meet the admissions requirements for the pharmacy school or college of their choice. (Admissions requirements for pharmacy schools and colleges vary greatly.)  In addition to declaring this program, students must be admitted to a bachelor's degree program in the College of Arts and Sciences.

The College of Arts and Sciences offers programs for students who wish to pursue professional careers in medicine. These pre-medical programs are designed to provide a sound basis in biology and chemistry, along with coursework in physics and mathematics. The pre-medicine/pre-osteopathy, pre-veterinary medicine, pre-dentistry and pre-pharmacy programs are intended to prepare students for advanced, professional study in the medical sciences.

These programs meet the coursework requirements for admission to most medical schools. Students who wish to pursue a pre-medical program would be well advised, however, to check carefully the admissions requirements of the professional schools they wish to enter. Students also should seek advice regularly from their faculty advisors.

Students may pursue pre-medical programs under the Bachelor of Arts degree, the Bachelor of Science degree or a carefully designed Bachelor of Integrative Studies degree. The pre-medical programs serve as advising programs for students in the B.A., B.S. and B.I.S.programs.

Admission Requirements

Admissions requirements for pharmacy schools and colleges vary greatly.

General Admission for Freshman Students: Students most likely to be admitted and succeed at the Kent Campus are those who have graduated with at least 16 units of the recommended college preparatory curriculum in high school, who have achieved a cumulative high school grade point average of 2.5 or higher (on a 4.0 scale), and whose composite ACT score is 21 or better (980 combined critical reading and math SAT score). For more information on admissions, visit the admissions website for new freshmen.

General Admission for Transfer Students: Generally, a transfer applicant who has taken 12 or more semester hours with a college cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale) may be admitted. An applicant who has taken fewer than 12 semester hours will be evaluated on both collegiate and high school records. For more information on admissions, visit the admissions website for transfer students.

Graduation Requirements

It is imperative that students interested in the PrePharmacy advising program meet with the PrePharmacy faculty advisor immediately upon entering Kent State University. This allows students to most efficiently meet the requirements for admission to a number of pharmacy schools. These schools typically require coursework totaling 60-62 credit hours, which can be completed in two years. However, the coursework may vary based on the requirements of different pharmacy schools.

Study Abroad/Away Opportunities

There are many Study Abroad/Away Opportunities, for more information contact the Office of Global Education.

Type Legend: DD Diversity–Domestic; DG Diversity–Global; ELR Experiential Learning; KAD Kent Core Additional; KBS Kent Core Basic Sciences; KCM Kent Core Composition; KFA Kent Core Fine Arts: KHU Kent Core Humanities; KMC Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning; KSS Kent Core Social Sciences; WIC Writing Intensive

Please read the sections in the University Catalog on Kent Core, diversity, writing-intensive and the experiential learning requirements.

Type Course   Credits
KBS BSCI 10120 Biological Foundations 4
    30140 Cell Biology 4
KAD COMM 15000 Introduction to Human Communication 3
KCM ENG 11011 College Writing I 3
KCM   21011 College Writing II 3
KHU PHIL 21001 Introduction to Ethics 3
KSS PSYC 11762 General Psychology 3
KSS SOC 12050 Introduction to Sociology 3
  Choose one of the following groups: 10
  Group One  
KBS CHEM 10060 General Chemistry I (4)  
KBS   10061 General Chemistry II (4)  
KBS   10062 General Chemistry Laboratory I (1)  
KBS   10063 General Chemistry Laboratory II (1)  
  Group Two  
KBS CHEM 10960 Honors General Chemistry (5)  
KBS    10961 Honors General Chemistry (5)  
  Choose one of the following groups: 6
  Group One  
  CHEM 20481 Basic Organic Chemistry I (4)  
    20482 Basic Organic Chemistry II (2)  
  Group Two  
  CHEM 30481 Organic Chemistry I (3)  
    30482 Organic Chemistry II (3)  
  Both groups take: 2
  CHEM 30475 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (1)  
    30476 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II (1)  
  Choose one of the following groups: 10
  Group One  
KBS PHY 13001 General College Physics I (4)  
KAD   13002 General College Physics II (4)  
KBS   13021 General College Physics Laboratory I (1)  
KBS   13022 General College Physics Laboratory II (1)  
  Group Two  
KBS PHY 23101 General University Physics I (5)*  
KAD   23102 General University Physics II (5)  

To better prepare for admission to Pharmacy schools additional courses are recommended: 

 Choose at least one:
CHEM 30284 Introductory Biological Chemistry (4)
  40245 Biological Foundations of Medicine (4)
Choose one or more:
BSCI 30030 Human Physiology (4)
  30171 General Microbiology (4)
  30518 Vertebrate Anatomy (4)
CHEM 40248 Advanced Biological Chemistry (3)
Choose one or more:
MATH 12002 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (5)
  30011 Basic Probability and Statistics (3)


* The pre/corequisite for PHY 23101 is MATH 12002; the pre/corequisite for PHY 23102 is MATH 12003


Note: All courses taken from the list of major program requirements are used in the calculation of the major GPA.