Pitt-Johnstown Pre-Pharmacy

In preparation for completion of a degree in pharmacy at the University of Pittsburgh, students at Pitt-Johnstown must complete 65-66 credits of coursework,with a minimum QPA of 3.0 in mathematics and and science courses, with no course repeats and no grade below a C. Students must also maintain a 3.0 QPA overall.


The minimum QPA at other schools will vary from 2.5 to 3.10.

Required Pre-Pharmacy courses:

The following courses at Pitt-Johnstown meet the pre-pharmacy prerequisites for many schools.

Biology: General Biology I (Bio 0110) and lab (Bio 0111)
General Biology II (0120) and lab (Bio 0121)


General Chemistry I (Chem 0111) and lab (Chem 0113)
General Chemistry II (Chem0112) and lab (0114)
Organic Chemistry I (0231) and lab (0233)
Organic Chemistry II (0232) and lab (Chem 0234)
English Composition: English Composition 0005 and 0006


Analytical Geometry & Calculus I (Math 0121)

A course in statistics:

Social Statistics (Stat 1020) or Statistics for business/Economics (Stat 1040), 
Intro to Probability & Statistics (Math 1153) or Psycological Data Evaluation (psy 0270)
Psychology: Introduction to Psycology (Psy 0200)
General Education Electives: In addition, students must take 18 credits of General Education Electives in the Social Sciences and Humanities


When choosing electives in the humanities and social sciences, select courses that also meet the general education requirements at Pitt-Johnstown.

  • The General Education Guidelines at Pitt-Johnstown match the selection of courses required by most pharmacy schools. 
  • While not required, many schools recommend that you take a course in public speaking.
  • Selecting a course related to writing enhancement may be extremely helpful if you decide pursue a four-year degree at Pitt-Johnstown.

Other Requirements

The required pre-pharmacy courses will vary from one school to another.

Most schools require general biology, general chemistry and organic chemistry, calculus, economics, psychology, English composition and 12 to 18 credits of electives in the humanities and social sciences.

Some schools require statistics while others do not. Other schools may require anatomy and physiology, microbiology or biochemistry. Public speaking is highly recommended and required by many schools.

Courses frequently required include: anatomy, physiology, microbiology, a full year of calculus and physics. 
The physics requirements will vary from school to school. Some require only one semester while others require a full year with lab work, and some schools require calculus-based physics.

Once you have identified the schools to which you wish to apply, it is your responsibility to make sure that you will complete the required courses in time.