This page is only applicable to students applying to PharmD schools after graduating from UW-Madison.  For information on UW School of Pharmacy’s prerequisites, visit their website.


Prerequisite coursework varies among programs; therefore, it is crucial to be aware of individual schools’ requirements.  For a comprehensive list, click here.


For a pre-pharmacy course planning guide, click here. Also consider using our four-year planner to map out your coursework and extracurricular activities.



Most pharmacy schools require at least one semester of calculus. This requirement can be met by taking:

  • Math 211 OR Math 221 OR Math 171-217


Most programs also require at least one semester of statistics. This course can be taken in your major department.


General Chemistry

Choose one of the following sequences:

  • Chemistry 103-104
  • Chemistry 109


Organic Chemistry

  • Chem 343: Introductory Organic Chemistry
  • Chem 345: Intermediate Organic Chemistry
  • Chem 344: Organic Chemistry Lab


Choose one of these two sequences:

  • Zoology 101-102 + Additional bioscience course (Options include: Genetics, Microbiology, Cell Biology, Immunology)
  • Biology 151-152
  • Biocore: students must apply to enroll in Biocore. For more information, visit their website.
    • Biocore 381-382 Evolution, Ecology and Genetics lecture/lab
    • Biocore 383-384 Cellular Biology lecture/lab
    • Biocore 485-486 Organismal Biology lecture/lab
    • Biocore 587 Biological Interactions


Choose one of the following sequences:

  • Physics 103-104 (algebra-based)
  • Physics 201-202 (calculus-based; recommended for Engineering majors)
  • Physics 207-208 (calculus-based; recommended for Life Science majors)
English/Public Speaking

Most pharmacy schools require 6 credits of English, Literature, or Public Speaking.