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To prepare for the professional pharmacy curriculum, you must complete a pre-pharmacy curriculum that emphasizes the biological and chemical sciences. You’ll also take a variety of courses in the arts, humanities and social sciences.

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What is Pre-Pharmacy at WVU like?


The PharmD program at WVU is classified as a "2+4" program — meaning students need a minimum of two years of undergraduate prerequisites prior to starting the professional curriculum.

High-achieving, first-time freshmen have the opportunity to participate in the School's Direct Admit Pathway (DAP). The DAP program offers early assurance and prepares students for the PharmD admissions process.

Students who do not qualify for DAP should complete the courses listed in the PharmD plan of study through the Healthcare Pathway with Pharmacy Interest major or other science-based majors such as biology, chemistry or biochemistry.

Students begin the PharmD admissions process in the year before entering the four-year professional curriculum including completing a PharmCAS application and interviewing if deemed a competitive applicant. The Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) is optional. Application review is holistic, and a full list of necessary materials for evaluation are found on the PharmD Admissions page.

Pre-Pharmacy program highlights:

At a Glance

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What makes Pre-Pharmacy at WVU unique?

Research and Academic Opportunities

Upon entering the PharmD program, students will have an opportunity to join several professional programs, including:

  • Kappa Psi
  • Lamda Kappa Sigma
  • Phi Lamda Sigma
  • Rho Chi
  • National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA)

Living-Learning Communities (LLCs)

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Transfer Articulation Agreements

To simplify the transfer process, we have formal agreements with certain institutions. These agreements outline the courses you should take to prepare for transferring to WVU. Review the full list of transfer articulation agreements to see if your institution is listed.

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How does this degree prepare students for a career?

Possible Careers

Wondering what you can do with a degree from WVU's Pre-Pharmacy major? Check out these ideas from WVU Career Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

This page includes information from O*NET OnLine by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license.


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What are the courses like in Pre-Pharmacy at WVU?

Plan of Study

Check out a program overview, learning goals, course descriptions and suggested plan of study for WVU's Pre-Pharmacy major.

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Popular Courses

CHEM 233:
Organic Chemistry

Basic principles of organic chemistry. Modern structural concepts, the effect of structure on physical and chemical properties, reactions and their mechanisms and application to syntheses. (3 hr. lec.) (Students may not receive credit for CHEM 233, CHEM 234, and for CHEM 231.)

CHEM 235:
Organic Chemistry Laboratory

PR or CONC: CHEM 233. Fundamental organic reactions and the preparation of organic compounds. (3 hr. lab.)

MICB 200:
Medical Microbiology

Provides basic background in medical microbiology. Emphasis is on basic structure of all microorganism groups including bacteria, fungi, viruses, protozoa and helminths; epidemiology, immunology, and infectious disease.

PSIO 241:
Elementary Physiology

(For undergraduate students in paramedical sciences and nursing students on regional campuses.) Systematic presentation of basic concepts.

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How much does Pre-Pharmacy at WVU cost? And how can you save?

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates are available on our tuition website. Anyone who is not a current West Virginia resident, including international students, will be charged non-resident rates.

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Transfer Articulation Agreements

To simplify the transfer process, we have formal agreements with certain institutions. These agreements outline the courses you should take to prepare for transferring to WVU.

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What are the requirements to apply for Pre-Pharmacy at WVU?

To be admitted to WVU's Pre-Pharmacy major, first-time freshmen must meet WVU's first-time freshman admission requirements for the 2024-25 academic year. They also must meet the following admission requirement. Interested in transferring? Review the transfer admission requirements.

Requirements for admission to the Direct Admit Pathway for Pharmacy:

  • GPA: 3.50
  • ACT Math: 26
  • SAT Math: 610
  • ALEKS: 65

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