Pre-Pharmacy Program

Pre-pharmacy study may be completed at Kent State University by taking basic academic courses through the College of Arts and Sciences. Students are required to complete a primary major. Students often choose to complete the primary major in Chemistry or Biological Sciences. The following courses are recommended for students interested in admission to Pharmacy schools:

  • BSCI 10120 Biological Foundations
  • BSCI 20140 Cell Biology
  • BSCI 30030 Human Physiology
  • BSCI 30171 General Microbiology
  • BSCI 30518 Vertebrate Anatomy
  • CHEM 30475, 30476 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I and II
  • CHEM 30481, 30482 Organic Chemistry I and II
  • PHY 13001, 13002 General College Physics I and II
  • PHY 13021, 13022 General College Physics Laboratory I and II
    • Or Choose: PHY 23101, 23102 General University Physics I and II
  • CHEM 10060, 10061 General Chemistry I and II
  • CHEM 10062, 10063 General Chemistry I and II Laboratory
    • Or Choose: CHEM 10960, 10961 Honors General Chemistry
  • MATH 12001 Algebra and Trigonometry
  • MATH 12002 Analytic Geometry & Calculus I
  • MATH 12003 Analytic Geometry & Calculus II

Remaining course work should be selected from the social sciences (see LER listings in anthropology, economics, geography, political science, psychology and sociology; most pharmacy schools also consider history to fall into this category) and from the humanities (see LER lists for English, philosophy and fine arts). Note, there are different requirements for students interested in admission to the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Pharmacy (NEOUCOP) (see below).

Pre-Pharmacy Program for NEOMED

The Northeast Ohio Medical University in Rootstown is home to the College of Pharmacy, in addition to the College of Medicine. The College offers a four-year Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm. D.) degree. It has a consortial relationship with four Northeastern Ohio public universities: Kent State, Cleveland State, Youngstown State, and Akron Universities. Admissions criteria include completion of a two- or three-year pre-pharmacy program at an accredited university as well as satisfactory scores on the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT). Each of the consortial universities has up to 15 admissions slots for students with acceptable GPAs, PCAT scores, interview scores, etc. For further information, go to the NEOUCOP website or contact Dr. Diane Stroup (

NEOMED Pre-Pharmacy Student Organization

For further information on NEOMED's pre-pharmacy student organization, including registration for their meetings, please visit:

Kent State Pre-Pharmacy Program For NEOMED

Subject Area
Course Title(s)
Sem. Hrs.

Principles of Biology with Lab

BSCI 10121 Biological Foundations, BSCI 20140 Cell Biology


Principles of Chemistry with Lab

CHEM 10060, 10061, 10062, 10063 General Chemistry I, II
CHEM 10960, 10961 Honors General Chemistry


Organic Chemistry with Lab

CHEM 20481, 20482, 30475, 30476 Basic Organic Chemistry
CHEM 30481, 30482, 30475, 30476 Organic Chemistry I, II


General Physics

PHY 13001, 13002 General College Physics I, II
PHY 23101, 23102 General University Physics I, II



CHEM 30284, 40248 Introductory/Advanced Biological Chem.
CHEM 40245, 40248 Biochem. Found. Med./Adv. Biol. Chem.



MATH 12021 Calculus for Life Sciences
MATH 12002 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I

4 or 5


MATH 12021 Calculus for Life Sciences
MATH 30011 Basic Probability and Statistics


English Composition/Literature

ENG 11011, 21011 College Writing I, II
HONR 10197, 10297 Freshman Colloquium I, II



ECON 22060 Principles of Microeconomics


Computer Literacy

CS 10001 Computer Literacy



COMM 15000 Introduction to Human Communication



PSYC 11762 General Psychology


Social Science Electives

Recommended: ECON 22061 (3) Principles of Macroeconomics


Humanities Electives

An ethics course is strongly recommended.




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