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Resources for Pre-Pharmacy Biology Students

  • Suggested curriculum for students who begin their college career at the University of North Georgia.
  • Pharmacy schools require letters of recommendation. Three letters are adequate. One of these should be from a pharmacist you have spent time with so that they can comment on your understanding of the profession. Organic chemistry is probably the single most important class you will take, so your instructor should be the second individual from whom you request a letter. Your third letter should be from an individual who can attest to your ability to master upper level course work. 
  • The most important resource for pre-pharmacy students is the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy website.  That’s where you go to find out about registering for the PCAT and applying to pharmacy school.

Prospective Biology Pre-Pharmacy Students

I want to major in pre-pharmacy!

There is no such thing as a pre-pharmacy major. Pre-pharmacy students commonly major in biology or chemistry but may choose any major they wish.

What does the phrase "Pre-Pharmacy Program" mean?

We prefer the phrase "academic advisement area." We offer focused advisement for students interested in certain career paths. Pre-pharmacy biology students get an advisor who advises mostly or only pre-pharmacy biology students.

If pre-pharmacy is not a major, then what does it mean to be a pre-pharmacy biology student?

It means you must plan your college career with three things in mind:

  1. You must meet Biology degree requirements to earn the degree and graduate. Current degree requirements are found in the UNG Undergraduate Bulletin.
  2. You must meet entrance requirements for pharmacy school. This means taking a few courses in addition to those required to earn the biology degree. For example, most pharmacy schools require Anatomy & Physiology and courses such as “speech” for admission into their programs.
  3. You must take certain courses at the right time to be prepared for the PCAT. Students take the Pharmacy College Admissions Test at the end of their junior year. There are six content areas including verbal ability, reading comprehension and a written essay in addition to biology (general biology, anatomy & physiology, microbiology), chemistry (general chemistry and elementary organic chemistry), and quantitative ability (mathematics including statistics and calculus).

What percentage of UNG applicants are accepted into pharmacy school?

Students that prepare themselves sufficiently, take the application process seriously, and are the most capable of succeeding as pharmacists are always accepted. Our strength is in helping those students reach their full potential, by providing excellent instruction through a faculty dedicated to teaching. When institutions advertise high acceptance rates, look closely at how they word their statements. They may give a percentage of students who do this or qualify for that--they are excluding weak students from their statistics.

Where can I learn more?

The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.  This is an excellent resource with extensive amounts of valuable information. Here you will find out about registering for the PCAT and applying to pharmacy school. 

Biology Pre-Pharmacy Advisors:

Dahlonega Campus:

Dr. Michael Bodri

Ms. Carrie Allen

Gainesville Campus:

Ms. Margi Flood

Dr. Jeanelle Morgan

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