The BSPS is divided into a pre-professional major (Pre-Pharmaceutical Sciences) and a professional major (Pharmaceutical Sciences).  

All students will initially join the College of Pharmacy as a PRE-Pharmaceutical Sciences major.  If you are an incoming freshman or transfer student, you can choose the Pre-Pharmaceutical Sciences major on your university application.  If you are a current UA student and are interested in switching into the pre-major (or adding it as a second major), you may do so by making an appointment with our academic advisor.  Any current UA student with a 2.0 cumulative GPA and a 2.0 average in required Pharmaceutical Sciences major courses is eligible to declare the pre-major.

Students may apply for admission to the professional major after successfully completing designated foundation courses. Major admission is required in order to access most junior and senior-level Pharmaceutical Sciences courses and in order to graduate with the BSPS.

Eligibility Requirements for Admission to the Pharmaceutical Sciences Major

  • Completion of the following foundation courses
    • Two semesters of General Chemistry with labs (CHEM 151+152 or equivalent courses)
    • Two semesters of Organic Chemistry with labs (CHEM 241A/243A + 241B/243B)
    • At least two of the following three biology courses: MCB 181R+L, ECOL 182R+L, and/or MIC 205A+L
    • Foundations of Calculus (MATH 113) or higher-level calculus course
    • English Composition requirement (ENGL 101 + 102 or ENGL 109H)
  • Grades of C or higher required in all required foundation courses listed above, and in any additional foundation/pre-major courses taken while in pre-major status (including physiology and biochemistry.)  In the case of repeated courses, only the most recent attempt is counted.
  • Grades of C or higher in any PCOL courses taken while in pre-major status  In the case of repeated courses, only the most recent attempt is counted.
  • Cumulative UA GPA and major/pre-major GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • Completion of major application, including resume and statement of objectives, explaining how admission to the major will further your professional goals