Pre-Pharmacy Program/ Undergraduate Preparation

Academic Coursework

Prerequisites Table
Sample Course Sequences
Pursuing Pre-Pharmacy Courses vs. Pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree

Prerequisites Table

The table below indicates the courses required by NEOMED. The left-hand column lists the requirement as stated by NEOMED, and the right-hand column lists the CSU courses that will meet the stated requirement. Please note that completion of the prerequisites is not equivalent to the completion of a degree (see Pursuing Pre-Pharmacy Courses vs. Pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree below)

Please see the printable prerequisites table for the most up to date information.

NEOMED Required
Pre-Professional Courses (Minimum Semester Hours Required)

CSU Course Equivalent
(Credit Hours in Parenthesis)

Biology and Other Life Science Sequence with Lab (8)

  • BIO 200 Introductory Biology I (3)
  • BIO 201 Introductory Biology Laboratory I (1)
  • BIO 202 Introductory Biology II (3)
  • BIO 203 Introductory Biology Laboratory II (1)

Inorganic Chemistry Sequence with Lab (8)

  • CHM 261 General Chemistry I (4)
  • CHM 266 General Chemistry Laboratory I (1)
  • CHM 262 General Chemistry II (4)
  • CHM 267 General Chemistry Laboratory II (1)

Organic Chemistry
Sequence with Lab (8)

  • CHM 331 Organic Chemistry I (4)
  • CHM 336 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (2)
  • CHM 332 Organic Chemistry II (4)
  • CHM 337 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II (2)

General Physics
Sequence (6)

  • PHY 231 College Physics I – Biomedical Applications (4)* OR PHY 221 College Physics I (5) OR PHY 241 University Physics I (5) OR PHY 243 University Physics I (5) OR PHY 243H University Physics I – Honors (5)
  • PHY 232 College Physics II – Biomedical Applications (4)* OR PHY 222 College Physics II (5) OR PHY 242 University Physics II (5) OR PHY 244 University Physics II (5) OR PHY 244H University Physics II – Honors (5)

Biochemistry Sequence (6)

  • CHM 402 Biochemistry I (3)
  • CHM 403 Biochemistry II (3)

Calculus (3)

  • MTH 181 Calculus I (4) OR MTH 181H Honors Calculus I (4)

Statistics (3)

  • MTH 147 Statistical Concepts with Applications (4)* OR PSY 311 Behavioral Science Statistics (4) OR SOC 354 Quantitative Sociological Research (4)

Economics (3)

Required by NEOMED

Recommended by CSU*

ANY Economics Course

  • ECN 202 Principles of Microeconomics (3)

Literature or
Composition (6)

ANY English Composition and/or Literature Courses

  • ENG 100 Intensive College Writing (3) OR ENG 101 College Writing I (3)
  • ENG 102 College Writing II (3) OR ENG 102H College Writing II – Honors (3)

Speech or
Communication (3)

ANY Speech or
Communication Course

  • COM 101 Principles of Communication (4)

Psychology (3)

ANY Psychology Course

  • PSY 101 Introduction to
    Psychology (4)

General Education Electives and/or Additional Science (15)

ANY courses (other than courses used to fulfill the above requirements) in the areas of humanities, social science, business, computer literacy, and additional coursework in other prerequisite categories

Students should choose electives which also satisfy CSU General Education Requirements.

*Following the Cleveland State course recommendations provides the student with the best means to fulfill the requirements set by NEOMED, the opportunity to follow the sample course sequence for pre-pharmacy, and provides a more efficient path toward a baccalaureate degree. 

Sample Course Sequences

There are two sample course sequences below; one that maps out the completion of the pre-pharmacy coursework across three years (fall and spring semesters only), and another that maps out the completion of coursework across two years (summer, fall, and spring semesters).  The sequences are intended to serve as guides and may not be applicable to all students based on previous coursework completed, placement scores, etc.

3-Year Track

First Year Fall
MTH 147 Statistical Concepts with Applications OR
PSY 311 Behavioral Science Statistics OR
SOC 354 Quantitative Sociological Research 
4
ENG 100 Intensive College Writing (3) OR
ENG 101 College Writing I (3)
3
BIO 200/201 Introductory Biology I and Lab
4
CHM 261/266 General Chemistry I and Lab
5
Total
16

First Year Spring
MTH 181 (or 181H) Calculus I 
4
ENG 102 (or 102H) College Writing II
3
BIO 202/203 Introductory Biology II and Lab
4
CHM 262/267 General Chemistry II and Lab 
5
Total
16

Second Year Fall
CHM 331/336 Organic Chemistry I and Lab
6
PHY 231 College Physics I – Biomedical Applications**
5
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology
4
Total
15

Second Year Spring
CHM 332/337 Organic Chemistry II and Lab
6
PHY 232 College Physics II – Biomedical Applications**
5
COM 101 Principles of Communication
4
Total
15

Third Year Fall
CHM 402 Biochemistry I
4
ECN 202 Principles of Microeconomics
3
Elective***
3-4
Elective***
3-4
Total
13-15

Third Year Spring
CHM 403 Biochemistry II
3
Elective***
3-4
Elective***
3-4
Elective***
3-4
Total
12-15

* Enrollment in CHM 261 requires a passing score on the General Chemistry Placement Examination, or suitable scores on the Math portions of the ACT/SAT.
** PHY 231/232 is the preferred Physics sequence. Students may substitute PHY 221/222 College Physics I/II, PHY 241/242 University Physics I/II, PHY 243/244 University Physics I/II, or PHY 243H/244H University Physics I/II – Honors.
*** Students are required to take 15 credits of General Education and/or Additional Science. Acceptable courses include humanities, social science, business, computer literacy, and additional coursework in other prerequisite categories. For maximum benefit, students should choose courses that satisfy NEOMED requirements as well as CSU General Education requirements.

2-Year (Accelerated) Track
NOTE: Cleveland State’s summer courses begin in mid-May. Therefore, students who intend to begin the pre-pharmacy coursework directly after high school may not be able to utilize the two-year accelerated track.

First Year Summer
CHM 261/266 General Chemistry I and Lab*
5
CHM 262/267 General Chemistry II and Lab
5
Total
10

First Year Fall
MTH 147 Statistical Concepts with Applications OR
PSY 311 Behavioral Science Statistics OR
SOC 354 Quantitative Sociological Research
4
ENG 100 Intensive College Writing (3) OR
ENG 101 College Writing I (3)
3
BIO 200/201 Introductory Biology I and Lab
4
PHY 231 College Physics I – Biomedical Applications**
5
Total
16

First Year Spring
MTH 181 (or 181H) Calculus I
4
ENG 102 (or 102H) College Writing II
3
BIO 202/203 Introductory Biology II and Lab
4
PHY 232 College Physics II – Biomedical Applications**
5
Total
16

Second Year Summer
CHM 331/336 Organic Chemistry I and Lab
6
CHM 332/337 Organic Chemistry II and Lab
6
Total
12

Second Year Fall
CHM 402 Biochemistry I
4
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology
4
Elective***
3-4
Elective***
3-4
Elective***
3-4
Total
17-20

Second Year Spring
CHM 403 Biochemistry II
3
COM 101 Principles of Communication
4
ECN 202 Principles of Microeconomics
3
Elective***
3-4
Elective***
3-4
Total
16-18

* Enrollment in CHM 261 requires a passing score on the General Chemistry Placement Examination, or suitable scores on the Math portions of the ACT/SAT.
** PHY 231/232 is the preferred Physics sequence. Students may substitute PHY 221/222 College Physics I/II, PHY 241/242 University Physics I/II, PHY 243/244 University Physics I/II, or PHY 243H/244H University Physics I/II – Honors.
*** Students are required to take 15 credits of General Education and/or Additional Science. Acceptable courses include humanities, social science, business, computer literacy, and additional coursework in other prerequisite categories. For maximum benefit, students should chose courses that satisfy NEOMED requirements as well as CSU General Education requirements. 

Pursuing Pre-Pharmacy Courses vs. Pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree

Students should be aware that pursuing the pre-pharmacy coursework does not lead to a bachelor’s degree, as students who have “Pre-Pharmacy” listed as their only major are not considered to be in a degree-granting program.   NEOMED does not require the completion of a Bachelor’s degree, and requires only that the appropriate prerequisite undergraduate courses be taken in order to be eligible to apply to the PharmD program.  Students pursuing only the prerequisite courses required by NEOMED can expect to take at least 82 semester hours at Cleveland State in order to meet eligibility requirements for the PharmD program (equivalent to approximately 2 to 3 years of full-time study).

Cleveland State students are encouraged to complete NEOMED’s prerequisite courses en route to a Bachelor’s degree (typically in Biology, Chemistry, or Pharmaceutical Sciences).  Pursuing a Bachelor’s degree is recommended as it provides alternatives to students who decide not to pursue pharmacy as a career or are unable to gain acceptance into the PharmD program.  Students who intend to pursue a degree must be aware of the additional general education requirements and major requirements outlined by Cleveland State in addition to the prerequisites required by NEOMED.  Typically, students who are pursuing both the prerequisite courses required by NEOMED as well as a degree from Cleveland State will have two majors listed on their academic record (for example: “Pre-Pharmacy” and “Chemistry”). 

Many Pre-Pharmacy students follow a “Plan A/Plan B” scenario.  “Plan A” focuses on completing the Pre-Pharmacy coursework first, and applying to NEOMED as soon as they are eligible.  In the event that they are not accepted into the PharmD program, students move to “Plan B”, which utilizes an additional year (or more) of study to complete a Bachelor’s degree.  Students are eligible to reapply to NEOMED, and/or other pharmacy schools, and reapplying with additional coursework or a completed Bachelor’s degree may make students more competitive in the application process.  For information about other pharmacy schools, see Pharmacy School Admission Requirements.

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