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2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Preprofessional Studies: Prepharmacy, Non-degree

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Program Description


The Prepharmacy program requires 90 credits of general education requirements and typical prerequisites for PharmD programs. Upon completion of the necessary prerequisites, students will be eligible to apply to a school of pharmacy, typically at the conclusion of their second year at Clemson. Students who complete the 90-credit program at Clemson and a full year of coursework at an accredited school of pharmacy are eligible to apply for the Bachelor of Science in Preprofessional Studies for an August graduation at the earliest (see the Preprofessional Health Studies section under Graduation Requirements ). The degree in Pharmacy is not awarded by Clemson. It is important for students to work closely with their advisor, as there are variations in courses required by pharmacy schools. For financial aid purposes, students in the Prepharmacy program are considered to be enrolled in a degree-seeking program.

Alternatively, students may also choose to enroll in a content-specific major while accommodating the prerequisite coursework of their particular pharmacy schools of interest. In this case, students would apply to a school of pharmacy at the conclusion of their third year at Clemson. Pharmacy schools typically specify only a few required courses to allow latitude for developing individualized undergraduate programs of study. Interested students are encouraged to consult with Health Professions advising, as well as the individual schools to which they hope to apply in order to identify the appropriate coursework. These schools are not as concerned about a student’s major as they are about academic performance in whichever curriculum the students chooses. Performance becomes critical as competition increases for the limited number of places available in pharmacy schools.

First Year

Second Year

Third Year

See note 5

First Semester

  • 4 Credits
  • Arts and Humanities (Literature) Requirement 3 Credits 4
  • Science and Technology in Society Requirement 3 Credits 4
  • Elective 6 Credits

Credit Hours: 16

Second Semester

  • Elective 12 Credits

Credit Hours: 12

Total Semester Hours: 90

1 Pharmacy programs require BIOL 1030 /BIOL 1050  and BIOL 1040 /BIOL 1060  However BIOL 1100  and BIOL 1110  may be substituted. The additional 1-2 credits will be subtracted from elective credits.

2 Select ECON 2000 , ECON 2110  or ECON 2120 .

3 BIOL 3150  and BIOL 3160  may be substituted for BIOL 2220  and BIOL 2230 .

4 See General Education Requirements . Six of these credits must also satisfy the Cross-Cultural Awareness Requirement and the Science and Technology in Society Requirement.

5 Students planning to receive the Bachelor of Science in Preprofessional Studies degree are required to complete a year at an accredited pharmacy school.

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