pre Pharmacy program


The pre pharmacy program at Parkside is designed to help you gain the necessary academic and professional requirements that will help you become competitive a candidates for professional pharmacy schools. We offer exceptional learning opportunities in a small class setting which helps with your success. 

If you are interested in the science of health and chemistry a pharmacy career path is for you. As a pharmacist, you would spend time preparing, compounding and dispensing medical drugs, prevent negative drug interaction, instruct patients on how and when to take medicine as well as communicate potential side effects. There are several types of pharmacists:

Community pharmacists work in retail stores
Clinical pharmacists work in hospitals and other healthcare settings
Consultant pharmacists advise healthcare facilities and insurance providers
Pharmaceutical industry pharmacists work in marketing, research and development.


Articulation Agreement between Parkside's Department of Biological Sciences and Rosalind-Franklin School of Pharmacy

Students majoring in Biological Sciences at Parkside can participate in this articulation agreement. 

  • Students complete a highly prescribed 3 year curriculum.
  • After year 2, students apply early to the Pharm.D. program at Rosalind Franklin University and receive special consideration regarding their admission requirements.
  • If accepted, these students enter into the Pharm.D. program at Rosalind Franklin University after completing their 3rd year at Parkside, and after successful completion of their 1st year of Pharmacy School, the credits they have taken at Rosalind Franklin transfer back to Parkside.
  • These students are then awarded their Bachelors of Science degree in Biological Sciences.

Follow link for more information about the Center of Health Sciences and other Pre Health programs





Medical Schools Parkside Students Attended

Doctor of Pharmacy
Notre Dame
University of Minnesota
Midwestern University

Source: Dr. Bryan Lewis, Associate Dean, College of Natural and Health Sciences; Director, Center for Health Sciences and Pre-Health Programs 2001-2023 acceptance rates information, University of Wisconsin-Parkside.


Students hoping to gain acceptance into professional health programs can pursue a major in any department/discipline throughout the university.

As a student in the pre-pharmacy program you will receive: 

  • Assistance in obtaining shadowing/internship experiences with local pharmacists
  • Help to ensure you are choosing the correct career pathway 
  • Experience required to gain acceptance into pharmacy school


Common science and math pre-requisite classes that are required by most pharmacy programs

General Biology | BIOS 101 and 102 | 8 credits | 1 year

General Chemistry | CHEM 101 and 102 | 10 credits | 1 year

Organic Chemistry | CHEM 321, 322, and 323 |11 credits | 1 year

Physics | PHYS 105 and 106 |10 credits | 1 year

Biochemistry   | BIOS 307  |  3 credits  |  1 semester 

Anatomy  | BIOS  300  |  4 credits  |  1 semester 

Physiology  | BIOS 341 | 3 credits  |  1 semester 

Microbiology  |  BIOS 303  | 4 credits   |  1 semester 

Statistics  | BIOS 210  |  4 credits  |  1 semester 

Calculus  | MATH 221  |  1 semester 

Most professional Pharmacy programs also require a specific set of non-science course work.  The most common are listed below.

Economics | ECON 120 |  3 credits   |  1 semester  

Psychology  |  PSYC 101 | 3 credits   |  1 semester 

Sociology  | SOCA 101  |  3 credits   |  1 semester 

Public Speaking  |  SPCH 105  |  3 credits   |  1 semester 

Advanced Composition  | ENGL 167 or ENGL 201 | 3 credits   |  1 semester 


Accredited pharmacy school programs can be found at the American  Association of Colleges of Pharmacy website.

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