Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Pre-Pharmacy 2013-2014

Doctor of Pharmacy

American Pharmacists Association

Transfer Equivalency website

The pre-pharmacy program allows students to work toward a Bachelor of Science (BS) in general science with a pre-pharmacy option.

Required Courses

University Requirement PCC Equivalent Credits
General Chemistry w/lab for science majors CH 221, 222, & 223 General Chemistry 15
Organic Chemistry w/lab for science majors

CH 241, 242, & 243 Organic Chemistry

see organic chemistry information below

General Biology w/lab for science majors

BI 211, 212, & 213 Principles of Biology

Note: All three courses must be completed for the sequence to transfer as BI 211, 212, 213 to OSU.

Physics w/lab for science majors PHY 201, 202, & 203 General Physics 12
ST 201 Principles of Statistics MTH 243 Statistics 5

MTH 241 or 251 Calculus


Economics EC 201 Microeconomics or 202 Macroeconomics 4
Microbiology w/lab

BI 234 Microbiology

Note: Upper division is strongly preferred
Human Anatomy & Human Physiology

BI 231, 232, 233 Human Anatomy and Physiology

Note: Upper division is strongly preferred
Writing I

WR 121 English Composition

Additional WR is preferred (WR 122, 123, 222, 227)

Interpersonal Speech Communication COMM 214 Interpersonal Communication 4
Behavioral or Social Science Any PSY or SOC 4
Cell and Molecular Biology Take at 4-year -
Biochemistry for Science Majors Biochemistry courses are taken in the first year of the Pharm D. program. If students have previously taken biochemistry, they can petition to be exempt from the Pharm. D courses. The Pharm. D. biochemistry course tuition is higher than a general biochemistry course. -


Admitted students start the Pharm.D. program each fall. Students are not admitted for winter, spring or summer terms. Applications for fall will be available in the beginning of June. The fall application deadline is in early September for Early Decision and early November for the Regular Decision process. Late applications will not be considered. All courses should be taken for a letter grade.

The average pre-pharmacy science GPA of applicants who have been admitted to the Doctor of Pharmacy program in recent years is 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale).


Organic Chemistry- These courses (only as a complete sequence and with C or better in all courses) may be used to fulfill the organic chemistry requirement at OSU.The CC organic chemistry courses are transferred as lower division (LD) credit because the courses are officially 200-level at the community college.If a student takes a complete year of organic chemistry with laboratory each term at an Oregon Community College (CH 241, 242, 243) and transfers to OSU, the student normally receives lower credit. The course work may appear on the transcript as various combinations of CH 331, CH 332, CH 337, and unspecified LDT credit (lower division transfer). In accordance with an OUS (formally OSSHE) memo (August 1, 1995), a student can receive upper division credit (300 level) if they pass the ACS organic exam.


Additional Requirements

If you intend to earn a bachelor's degree at OSU, you must meet OSU's Baccalaureate Core Requirements. For PCC courses that transfer to OSU, refer to the Transfer Equivalencies above. If you plan to get an AAOT degree, all OSU Baccalaureate Core Requirements will be met by AAOT degree requirements. Be sure to take all other required courses.

PCC endeavors to create accurate transfer guides for students; however, requirements may change without notice. Students are responsible for working with PCC advisors and their transfer institution to ensure that their academic plan will meet requirements and timelines.

Last updated: August 2013