The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Cooperative Pharmacy Program College of Health Affairs

Pre-Pharmacy Course Requirements

Pre-Pharmacy Course Requirements (Pharmacy Pre-Requisites)

The following is an overview of the pharmacy pre-requisites for students enrolled in the CPP. The course titles listed are specific to UTRGV. Individual degree plans will be developed for admitted students.

Natural Sciences - 36 hours
  • BIOL 1406 General Biology or BIOL 1487 Honors Biology
  • BIOL 1407 General Biology or BIOL 1488 Honors Biology
  • BIOL 3401 Microbiology
  • BIOL 3413 Genetics
  • CHEM 1311 General Chemistry I and CHEM 1111 General Chemistry Lab I
  • CHEM 1312 General Chemistry II and CHEM 1112 General Chemistry Lab II
  • CHEM 2323 Organic I and CHEM 2123 Lab
  • CHEM 2325 Organic II and CHEM 2125 Lab
  • PHYS 1401 General Physics I
Mathematics - 7 hours
  • MATH 2413 Calculus I or MATH 2487 Honors Calculus I
  • MATH 1342 Elementary Statistical Methods or MATH 1387(H) Honors Elementary Statistical Methods or MATH 3331 Applied Statistics I
English - 9 hours
  • ENG 1301 Rhetoric and Composition or ENG 1387 Honors Rhetoric and Composition
  • ENG 1302 Rhetoric and Composition or ENG 1388 Honors Rhetoric and Composition
  • ENG 2341 Introduction to Literature or
  • ENG 2326 Introduction to American Literature or
  • ENG 2321 Introduction to British Literature or
  • ENG 2331 Introduction to World Literature or
  • ENG 2387 Honors Readings in World Literature I or ENG 2388 Honors Readings in World Literature II
Political Sciences - 6 hours
  • POLS 2301 United States and Texas Government and Politics or POLS 2387 Honors United States and Texas Government and Politics
  • POLS 2302 United States and Texas Government and Politics or POLS 2388 Honors United States and Texas Government and Politics
History - 6 hours
  • HIST 1301 U.S. History I or HIST 1387 Honors U.S. History I
  • HIST 1302 U.S. History II or HIST 1388 Honors U.S. History II
Other Requirements
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences 3 hours
  • Creative Arts 3 hours
  • Philosophy 3 hours
  • Language, Philosophy, & Culture/Humanities or Applied Communication  - 3 hours
  • Global Cultures 3 hours (UT Austin Global Cultures website)
Additional Coursework
  • UNIV 1301 Learning Frameworks (if required)

More information about The University of Texas at Austin's Required Core Curriculum

Participation in the CPP requires the completion of a minimum of fifteen (15) credit hours per semester. For some students (e.g. those with dual or AP credit) this may necessitate the completion of coursework beyond the pharmacy pre-requisites. 

The PharmD degree will be bestowed by UT Austin.  All students who will be earning the PharmD as their first degree must complete the UT Austin core curriculum requirements. All students are encouraged to review the UT Austin policies and procedures for transferring core curriculum credit.  
Since admissions to the UT Austin COP is conditional on the attainment of all MOA requirements, and the UT COP interview, all students are encouraged to consider pharmacy pre-requisites required by the other Texas pharmacy programs. The Texas State Board of Pharmacy provides information about all the Colleges and Schools of Pharmacy in Texas.
All pre-pharmacy students are encouraged to complete a sufficient amount of coursework so that they feel academically prepared to successfully matriculate into any pharmacy program. For some students completion of only the pharmacy pre-requisites will be sufficient. Other students may feel more comfortable completing additional courses or a Bachelor of Science degree prior to matriculating into a pharmacy program.