Pre-Pharmacy Requirements

Course* Minimum Semester Credit Hours
General Chemistry 8
Organic Chemistry 8
Physics 4
Biology 8
Calculus* 3
Statistics** 3
English Composition I and II 6
Speech/Communications 3
Micro or Macro Economics 3
Electives - Humanities 6
Electives - Social Science 6
Additional Electives 8
Total semester credit hours (minimum) 66

The following course descriptions are intended to be utilized by pre-pharmacy students to evaluate whether the pre-pharmacy course content on their respective campus is consistent with the curricular expectations of the Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy. Please note, survey classes will not satisfy the Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy prerequisites. For questions about the PCAT, click here.

Biology (8): A minimum of two courses in general biology with labs that have focus on human processes and disease will fulfill this requirement (i.e., cell biology). These courses should focus on reproduction, taxonomy and classification, genetics, energy metabolism, biological chemistry, cell cycles, cell function, cell synthesis, and molecular genetics. Back to Top

Chemistry (16): A minimum of two courses must be in general chemistry and a minimum of two courses must be in organic chemistry. Each of these courses must be a complete, standard college-level course for science majors with a lab utilizing full laboratory facilities. Back to Top

  • General chemistry concepts include atomic structure, molecular structure and bonding, chemical reactions, stoichiometric relationships, periodic properties of the elements, thermochemistry, properties of gases, solid and liquid states of matter, chemistry of acids and bases, principles of chemical kinetics, precipitation reactions, elementary thermodynamics, electrochemistry, and nuclear chemistry.
  • Organic chemistry concepts include types of carbon compounds, stereochemistry, nomenclature, substitution reactions, physical properties of carbon compounds, aromatics, aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids and their derivatives and amines.

Physics (4): A minimum of one course in physics with a lab is required. The course can be either calculus or non-calculus. Survey types of courses will not satisfy this requirement. Back to Top

  • Calculus-based: topics include mechanics, heat, and thermodynamics.
  • Non-calculus based: fundamentals of motion, energy, force, thermodynamics. Application of math skills applied to these fundamentals.

Mathematics (6): A one semester calculus course is required. In addition, a course in probability and statistics is required. Back to Top

  • Calculus: topics include an emphasis on analysis of functions, derivatives, logarithmic and exponential functions, estimation of area, multidisciplinary applications of calculus, and theoretical understanding of differentiation and integration. *Calculus I or Calculus for Life Sciences **Business based Calculus will not fulfill this requirement.
  • Probability and Statistics: topics include data measurement and analysis, probability, variance, statistical inference (parametric/nonparametric), and regression analysis.

English and Communications (9): Competency in the use of both oral and written English is considered highly essential to the successful study and practice of pharmacy. College-level introductory courses in freshman composition I and II will meet the six semester credit hours of this admission requirement. Writing intensive courses are recommended. The other three required credits will be satisfied by an oral communication course, such as a general speech course, that will facilitate the student’s ability to communicate effectively. Courses that include discussions on presentation theories and strategies (i.e., computer software for slide presentations) are preferred. Back to Top

Economics (3): A one semester course is required. Either micro or macro economics is acceptable for this course of study. Back to Top

  • Microeconomics: economic concepts of consumer and firm behavior, pricing of goods and services (supply and demand), and production factors. Overviews of the American economy and global economy.
  • Macroeconomics: Understanding modern economic society, national income and its fluctuations, inflation, unemployment, fiscal policy, banking system, and international trade.

Electives (20): To fulfill this requirement, a minimum of twenty total semester credits are required. At least six (6) must be in the social sciences and six (6) must be in humanities. Examples: Social Sciences: psychology, sociology, political science, and anthropology; Humanities: literature, fine arts, foreign languages, and history. Back to Top

Computer Skills: Due to the ever-increasing presence and reliance upon computers as tools in the delivery of health care, it is expected that applicants possess and demonstrate the skills and ability to use computers in the academic setting. Back to Top

Additional Studies: Many students may benefit from additional study in the biological sciences and chemistry. Recommended courses include microbiology, anatomy and physiology, genetics, embryology, virology, immunology, molecular biology, biochemistry, analytical chemistry, inorganic chemistry, and instrumental methods of analysis. Back to Top