Pharmacy is the science and technique of preparing and dispensing drugs. It is a health profession that links health sciences with chemical sciences and aims to ensure the safe and effective use of pharmaceutical drugs.

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See for more information on the pharmacy 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)  


  • Fundamental Physics I (PHY 103)

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) 
  • Fundamental Biochemistry (CHM 325) or Biochemistry I & II (CHM 417 & CHM 418) highly recommended 

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.

  • Testing: Most pharmacy schools require the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT).
  • 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 requires a grade point average of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale. Note that some programs participate in "early decision" applications
  • 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-Twin Cities, 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.