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University Catalog 2019-2020 
University Catalog 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Pre-Pharmacy Program

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The Pre-Pharmacy curriculum offered through the College of Arts and Sciences’ Chemistry Department prepares students for pharmacy school. Students wishing to pursue a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree through Xavier’s College of Pharmacy must complete 57 credit hours of the Chemistry Pre-Pharmacy curriculum, as specified, prior to being admitted to the Pharm.D. Program. Students interested in pursuing a Doctor of Pharmacy degree at another institution are also advised to follow the Chemistry Pre-Pharmacy curriculum while at Xavier.

Students choosing to follow the Chemistry Pre-Pharmacy curriculum work closely with advisors in the Chemistry Department. The curriculum is designed specifically to conform to prerequisite course requirements for Xavier’s Doctor of Pharmacy Program, but students interested in other Doctor of Pharmacy programs may also follow this curriculum.

Basic Requirements: Most Pharmacy schools require the following as prerequisites for admission:

  • one year of General Chemistry
  • one year of Organic Chemistry
  • one year of General Biology
  • one semester of Microbiology or Anatomy and Physiology (or both)
  • one semester of Physics
  • one semester of Calculus
  • one semester of Biostatistics
  • one or two semesters of English composition
  • one semester of Economics
  • one semester of Public Speaking
  • one semester of Social Science


For those students following this course of study who may opt to not pursue an advanced degree in Pharmacy, the four-year curriculum provides preparation for other careers or advanced study requiring significant background in Chemistry. Students choosing to complete the full four-year Program should work closely with their academic advisor in choosing elective courses.

Students interested in entering Xavier’s Doctor of Pharmacy Program must complete the courses listed below. Students majoring in areas other than Chemistry who wish to apply to Xavier’s Pharm.D. Program should work closely with their academic advisor in choosing courses to satisfy the requirements of their major program while completing courses required for admission to the Xavier College of Pharmacy.

Freshman Year

*Students enrolled in Xavier’s Chemistry Pre-Pharmacy Program as freshmen must also earn credit for College Experience (XCOR 1000 ) and Xavier Experience/New Orleans Experience (XCOR 1011 /XCOR 1012 ).

Sophomore Year

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