COVID-19 update from AACP and Pharmcas


Pharmacy is the science and technique of preparing and dispensing drugs. Linking health sciences with chemical sciences, pharmacists are medication experts who provide education and enhance patient care.

See the "Is a pharmacy career right for me" website for more about the profession. 

Make your intention to pursue a career in Pharmacy official by adding it as an "intended pre-professional track".


  • General Biology (BIO 105) 
  • Anatomy & Physiology I & II (BIO 312 & BIO 313) 
  • Fundamentals of Microbiology (MIC 230) 


  • General Chemistry I & II (CHM 103 & CHM 104) 
  • Organic Chemistry I & II with laboratory (CHM 303 & CHM 304 & CHM 305) 


  • Calculus I (MTH 207)  
  • In some cases, College Algebra (MTH 150) is sufficient - MCW is one example


  • Fundamental Physics I (PHY 103) (recommended, but not required for MCW, possibly others)

Social Sciences 

  • General Psychology (PSY 100) 
  • Introduction to Sociology (SOC 110) 
  • Choose a course in Minority Cultures or Multiracial Women's Studies General EducationECO 336, EFN 205, ENG 207, ENG 210, ENG 215, ERS 100, ERS 207, ERS 210, ERS 215, HIS 306 


  • Elementary Statistics (STAT 145) or Mathematical Models in Biology (MTH 265) 

Additional requirements  

  • Microeconomics and Public Policy (ECO 110) 
  • Additional University of Minnesota requirement: Advanced Composition (ENG 303), if not planning to complete bachelor's at UWL
  • Fundamental Biochemistry (CHM 325) or Biochemistry I & II (CHM 417 & CHM 418) highly recommended 
  • Many schools require a "communication" course, usually satisfied by taking CST 110 at UWL

Declaring a Pre-Pharmacy track will help you determine common requirements for pharmacy schools in our region. However, each program's requirements vary. When selecting coursework, it is important to consult the websites of the programs to which you plan to apply. Some schools where UWL students commonly apply:

Pre-Pharmacy is NOT a major at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. It is a statement of your intention to apply to pharmacy schools. You will still need to select a major to complete your undergraduate degree. 

Student interested in Pharmacy are encouraged to check out the Pre-Pharmacy Club.

Students are encouraged to reach out to clinics and retail locations to learn about opportunities to shadow and take part in informational interviews; test out the career by getting a pharmacy tech job; and connect with an admissions counselor from the regional schools that visit campus.  

  • Testing: Most pharmacy schools require the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT). However, that has changed since the start of the pandemic. U of Minnesota and MCW now list PCAT as optional. 
  • How to apply: Most schools participate in PharmCAS - a single online site where you can submit most or all of your applications. Admission to an accredited school of pharmacy may require a specific GPA, but this varies from program to program. Note that some programs participate in "early decision" applications; however, this option will be eliminated starting with the 2021-2022 admissions cycle.
  • Preparation: See Apply with confidence for information on personal statements, letters of recommendation, interviewing, and more.

UW-La Crosse maintains a close working relationship with the College of Pharmacy at the University of Minnesota, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Concordia, and Medical College of Wisconsin; representatives from these program visit campus each year. Contact Dr. Basu Bhattacharyya for information on these visits.