University of Southern Indiana


USI's Biochemistry, Biology, and Chemistry majors offer excellent preparation for Pharmacy studies. Pre-requisite coursework can be taken at USI prior to application to PharmD programs across the country.

Many PharmD programs do not require a baccalaureate degree, therefore you may choose to complete the pre-pharmacy requirements at USI without attempting to complete a degree. Students typically need two to three years to complete the requirements. Or, you may wish to seek a degree (generally in biologychemistry, or biochemistry) while completing the pre-requisites.

Pre-pharmacy Course Requirements

Acceptance to pharmacy school requires extensive preparation in biology, chemistry, and math. There are currently over 90 Pharmacy programs in the US. Specific pre-requisites vary slightly for each Pharmacy School, and schools may change their requirements. Therefore, it is the student's responsibility to research programs that they may wish to apply to. The pre-pharmacy advisor will work with each student to prepare a program of study specific to individual needs. There are two Pharmacy Schools in Indiana: Purdue University and Butler University. USI students have also recently been accepted to Sullivan University.  Our proposed four year plans for Biochemistry, Biology, and Chemistry include the requirements for Purdue. For other programs, please research the specific requirements and discuss them with your advisor.


Most pharmacy programs require that students utilize the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS) to complete their application to pharmacy school.  This site is sponsored by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) and provides a centralized application service for applicants applying to colleges and schools of pharmacy. Application deadlines vary by school, you are always advised to APPLY EARLY.

Application is competitive with GPA and Letter of Recommendation requirements. Most programs also require that students complete the Pharmacy College Admission Test or PCAT exam prior to application.

For questions about Pre-Pharmacy preparation in the Biochemistry or Chemistry majors, please contact:

Edmir Wade
Dr. Edmir Wade
Associate Professor of Chemistry
Contact: 812-464-1791
Science Center 2267


For questions about Pre-Pharmacy preparation in the Biology major, please contact: 

Kimberly Delaney
Dr. Kimberly Delaney
Associate Professor of Biology
Contact: 812-461-5350
Science Center 1281


Contact Dr. Becky Sparks-Thissen


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