Pre-Pharmacy Curriculum

Program Overview

The pre-pharmacy curriculum is a rigorous two, three, or four-year (for Bachelor's degree-seeking students) preparatory program designed to prepare students for admission to the professional Doctor of Pharmacy program. It includes a liberal arts core of social sciences and the arts, combined with specialty courses in the biological, physical, and chemical sciences. While satisfying the general college core requirements, the curriculum also equips the student with the intellectual and scientific base essential to academic success in a challenging professional program. The student-friendly atmosphere at the University of the Incarnate Word includes a variety of athletic, social, music, dramatic, and religious activities, creating a culturally rich learning environment in which to pursue pre-pharmacy studies.


Career Opportunities

The student who continues on track and successfully navigates a Doctor of Pharmacy program will be prepared for myriad career options. The licensed pharmacist has options in academia, all branches of the uniformed services, hospitals, clinics, community pharmacies, home healthcare, insurance and other benefit management arenas, industry, government agencies, and private sector entrepreneurial enterprises. The scope of careers is limited only by imagination and determination. The pre-pharmacy program does not lead to a degree. The student completing the curriculum have at least 72 hours of core education and science courses that are foundational to a variety of degree paths in the physical and social sciences.



Successful applicants to the pre-pharmacy sequence must meet all admission criteria of the institution.

Students with excellent grades in appropriate high school and/or post-secondary math and science courses will be placed in the pre-pharmacy cohort. Students who have not completed higher levels of math and science will be placed in college-level math and science and reevaluated at the end of the first semester of study. Pre-pharmacy students must maintain a 2.75 overall GPA and 2.75 math and science GPA for prerequisite coursework. Completion of the pre-pharmacy sequence satisfies the educational requirements for admission to the University of the Incarnate Word Feik School of Pharmacy and most pharmacy schools in the United States and Canada. Admission to the professional program in pharmacy is not promised or guaranteed.


0-6 Direct Admit Pharmacy Program

This is a program for students interested in a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) terminal degree offered at the UIW Feik School of Pharmacy. Students must maintain specific requirements throughout two years of undergraduate study at UIW in order to guarantee an interview to the four-year professional pharmacy program. Successful candidates are exempt from taking the PCAT (Pharmacy College Admissions Test).

Qualifications for the Direct Admit option include:

  • Cumulative high school GPA of 3.7
  • High school math and science GPA of 3.5 (minimum of three years each)
  • SAT Math of 550 or higher or ACT Math of 22
  • Successful interview with Feik faculty


Kelsey Jutila, MS
(210) 829-2703


2-Year Traditional Pre-Pharmacy Track

Link to the FSOP Pre-Pharmacy Curriculum Checklist (pdf)

2-Year Traditional Pre-Pharmacy Track course outline
UIW Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
Concentration Requirements
CHEM 1301/1101 Chemical Principles 1 and Chemical Principles I Lab 4.0
CHEM 1302/1102 Chemical Principles II and Chemical Principles II Lab 4.0
CHEM 2311/2111 Organic Chemistry I and Lab 4.0
CHEM 2312/2112 Organic Chemistry II and Lab 4.0
PHYS 1301/1101 General Physics I and Lab 4.0
MATH 2312 Calculus 3.0
MATH 2303 Introduction to Prob. and Statistics 3.0
BIOL 1402 General Biology I and Lab for Majors (pre-req. for BIOL 3471 and BIOL 3471L) 4.0
BIOL 3471/3471L General Microbiology and Lab 4.0
BIOL 2321/2121 Human Anatomy and Physiology I w/Lab 4.0
BIOL 2322/2122 Human Anatomy and Physiology II w/Lab 4.0
PHAR 1105 Pharmacy Applied Development Skills (PADS) 1.0 (UIW students only)
Speech Requirement
COMM 1311 Public Speaking 3.0
General Core Requirements
ENGL 1311 Composition I 3.0
ENGL 1312 Composition II 3.0
ENGL 2310 World Literature Studies 3.0
RELS Religious Studies 3.0 (UIW students only)
PHIL 1381 Introduction to Philosophy 3.0
ARTS, MUSI, ARTH, THAR Fine Arts 3.0
SOCI, PSYC, POLS Social Sciences 3.0
HIST History 3.0
Elective Elective 2.0

Total Requirements: 72 semester hours
All applicants to the Feik School of Pharmacy must have 72 credits hours to be eligible for financial aid at the graduate professional school level.