Pre-Pharmacy Curriculum

Students interested in a career in community, hospital or industrial pharmacy can earn at UNO the 90-plus semester hours of pre-pharmacy education required to support application to an accredited college of pharmacy, where they would complete undergraduate and professional education. The minimum requirements for admission to the first professional year at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) College of Pharmacy are below. Prerequisites vary among colleges of pharmacy, and admission is highly competitive. Students should seek to progress toward a UNO degree while working on pre-pharmacy requirements to avoid unnecessary delay in graduation. For more information about the UNMC College of Pharmacy, visit the Web at

The PCAT is required.

No grade below C will be accepted.

Adviser: Dr. Douglas Stack.


 Biological Sciences                                                                              (18 credit hours minimum)

BIOL 1450                                  Biology I                                                       5 credits

BIOL 2140                                  Genetics                                                           4 credits

BIOL 3020                                  Molecular Biology of the Cell (strongly rec.)         3 credits

BIOL 2740** & 2840**                Human Physiology & Anatomy I & II     4 credits each

** UNMC’s College of Pharmacy does not accept Anatomy & Physiology from a community college.

(For Creighton, BIOL 1450, 1750, 2740 & 2840 are required)


Chemical and Physical Sciences                                                             (31 credit hours minimum)

CHEM 1180* & 1184                    General Chemistry I & Lab         4 credits

CHEM 1190 & 1194                      General Chemistry II & Lab                   4 credits

CHEM 2250**                             Organic Chemistry I                                     3 credits

CHEM 2260 & 2274**                  Organic Chemistry II & Lab                                    5 credits

CHEM 2400 & 2404                      Quantitative Analysis & Lab                                   4 credits


CHEM 4650 & 4654                      Biochemistry I & Lab                                            4 credits

CHEM 4660 & 4664                      Biochemistry II & Lab(strongly rec.)                        4 credits


CHEM 4610                                Biochemistry of the Metabolism                              4 credits

*Requires Math 1310 or placement beyond, plus CHEM 1140 & 1144 or placement beyond as pre-requisites.

** UNMC’s College of Pharmacy would prefer these courses not be taken at a community college.

(For Creighton, CHEM 1180-1184, 1190-1194, 2250, 2260 & 2274 are required)


Physics                                                                                                (8 credit hours minimum)

PHYS 2110* & 1154                     General Physics I – Calculus Level & Lab                  5 credits

PHYS 2120* & 1164                     General Physics II – Calculus Level & Lab                 5 credits


PHYS 1110 & 1154                       General Physics I & Lab                                        5 credits

PHYS 1120 & 1164                       General Physics II & Lab                                       5 credits

*Calc-based level of physics is preferred, but not required, for admission into UNMC’s College of Pharmacy.


Mathematics                                                                                         (4 credit hours minimum)

MATH 1950                                 Calculus I                                                           5 credits

Or MATH 1940                             Calculus for Biomedicine                                       5 credits

(Also required for Creighton)

Statistics                                                                                             (3 credit hours minimum)

Choose one:

PSYC 3130                                 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences                       3 credits

SOC 2130                                   Basic Statistics                                                     3 credits

STAT 3000                                  Statistical Methods I                                             3 credits


 Oral and Written Communication                                                          (9 credit hours minimum)

ENGL 1150                                 English Composition I                                           3 credits

ENGL 1160 or 1164                      English Composition II                                          3 credits

(Advanced writing composition courses can be substituted, if proficiency is established by examination.)

SPCH 1110                                 Public Speaking Fundamentals                               3 credits

(6 credits of English and 3 credits of Public Speaking are also required for Creighton)

Administrative Sciences                                                                            (6 credit hours minimum)

ECON 2200                                 Principles of Economics—Micro                               3 credits

ACCT 2010                                 Principles of Accounting I                                       3 credits

(Microeconomics is also required for Creighton)

Behavioral and Social Sciences                                                             (6 credit hours minimum)

PSYC 1010                                 Introduction to Psychology                   3 credits

PSYC 2500                                 Life Span Psychology                                            3 credits

(PSYC 1010 is also required for Creighton)

General Education                                                                                 (13 credit hours minimum)

At least 6 credits must be taken from the list below, with the remaining 7 credits coming from the list below and additional nonrequired courses in the areas above.  Students will likely take many of these courses while completing their undergraduate degree requirements. 

-Any gerontology                                                 -Any fine arts

-Any political science courses                                 -Any foreign languages

-Any history                                                        -Any literature

-Any business administration/management              -Any philosophy, including ethics, critical reasoning &    logic     

(18 credits of humanities and behavioral or social sciences are required for Creighton)