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Pre-Pharmacy Requirements and Pharm.D. Curriculum

Pre-pharmacy coursework has been developed to provide students with the necessary background and knowledge to be successful in the professional program.  

Below is a list of the coursework that must be completed in order to be eligible for the pharmacy program.  Please note that although the total number of course hours listed as required for pharmacy eligibility is 67, there are additional courses that may be required due to their status as prerequisites for the courses listed here.  Only pre-pharmacy coursework completed in the 10 years prior to application to the professional school will be accepted.

Students who are attending ULM may declare pre-pharmacy as their major or choose to pursue a toxicology degree on a pre-pharmacy track.  If the latter method is chosen, students may apply to pharmacy school in the third year of their toxicology coursework or choose to complete a Bachelor's degree in toxicology and apply to pharmacy school after that point.  If you are pursuing your pre-pharmacy courses at ULM, we recommend the sequencing you will find below.  You can choose from a three year or two year option.

 

Pre-Pharmacy Requirements
Biology 
     Microbiology with lab 4
     Human or comparative anatomy with lab AND 7
     Human or mammalian physiology
     Cell biology or cell physiology 3
     Genetics 3
Business (Social Science) 
     Economics 3
Chemistry 
     Inorganic chemistry with lab 8
     Organic chemistry with lab 8
     Biochemistry 3
English 
     English Composition 6
Humanities 
     Public Speaking 3
Mathematics 
     Calculus 3
     Statistics 3
Physics 
     General physics with lab 4
Core 
     Humanities* 3
     Social Sciences* 3
     Fine Arts 3
Total 67

*To meet the LA Board of Regent's core requirements, the following courses will comprise 6 of the 9 hours of Humanities: Public Speaking, Introduction to Pharmacy and Pharmacy Practice Law and Ethics I (both taken during first professional year of pharmacy school). Students enrolled at ULM must take an English literature course for one Humanities to satisfy the University's core curriculum requirements. Economics will satisfy 3 of the 6 hours of Social Sciences.

 

ULM Pre-Pharmacy 3 Year Option

FIRST YEAR

First Semester Hours Second Semester Hours
English 1001 (Composition) 3 English 1002 (Composition II) 
 **pre-req:  'C' or better in ENGL 1001
3
Chemistry 1007 (General Chem I)
**pre-req:  'C' or better in MATH 1011 or 1013 or 23+ on Math ACT
3  Chemistry 1008 (General Chem II)
**pre-req:  'C' or better in CHEM 1007
3
Chemistry 1009 (General Chem Lab I)  
**pre-req:  credit or registration in CHEM 1007
1 Chemistry 1010 (General Chem Lab II)
**pre-req: 'C' or better in CHEM 1009 or credit or registration in CHEM 1008
1
*Mathematics (Pre-Calc or Algebra + Trig)  3 Mathematics 1031 (Calculus I)
**pre-req: 'C' or better in MATH 1013 or 1012 or permission of instructor 
4
Core Fine Arts Biology 1020 (Principles of Biology)  3
UNIV 1001  Biology 1021 (Principles of Bio Lab)
**pre-req: credit or registration in BIOL 1020 
1
Total  14 Total  15 

SECOND YEAR    

First Semester  Hours  Second Semester  Hours 
Chemistry 2030 (Organic Chemistry I)
**pre-req:  CHEM 1008 
Chemistry 2032 (Organic Chemistry II)
**pre-req:  CHEM 2030, Spring only 
3
Chemistry 2031 (Organic Chem I Lab)
**pre-req:  credit or registration in CHEM 2030 & 'C' or better in CHEM 1010 
Chemistry 2033 (Organic Chem II Lab)
**pre-req:  credit or registration in CHEM 2032 & 'C' or better in CHEM 2031, Spring only 
1
Biology 2040 (Human Anatomy)
**pre-req:  BIOL 1020 & 1021, Fall only 
3  Economics 2001 (Core Social Science)  3
Biology 2041 (Human Anatomy Lab)
**pre-req:  BIOL 1020 & credit or registration in BIOL 2040, Fall only 
Biology 3010 (Human Physiology)
**pre-req:  BIOL 2020 and CHEM 1007/1009, Spring only 
3
Biology 2020 (Cell Biology)
**pre-req:  credit in CHEM 1008/BIOL 1020/1021
3 Communication 2001 (Public Speaking)
(Core Humanities)
3
Elective (Minor? TOXI? Interest? Requirements for another school?) 3  
Total  14  Total  13

THIRD YEAR    

 First Semester  Hours   Second Semester  Hours 
Core Humanities
Literature
Biology 3005 (Genetics)
**pre-req: 'C' or better in BIOL 1020, 1021; Junior standing 
3 
Chemistry 3050 (Biochemistry I)
**pre-req:  CHEM 2032, Fall only 
3  Biology 2014 (Intro Microbiology)
**pre-req:  BIOL 1001, 1014 or 1020; Sophomore standing 
3 
Core Social Science Biology 2015 (Intro Microbiology Lab)
**pre-req:  credit or registration in BIOL 2014 
1 
Physics 2003 (General Physics)
**pre-req:  MATH 1012 or 1013 
3  Math (Statistics)
Math 1016, 3003 or PSYC 4039
3 
Physics 2009 (Mech, sound & heat lab)
**pre-req:  credit or registration in PHYS 2003 or 2007 
1  Elective (Minor? TOXI? Interest? Requirements for another school?)
Kinesiology 2001 (First Aid and CPR)  1
 
Total 14 Total  13
 

*MATH ELIGIBILITY

MATH 1031 (calculus) - MATH ACT 30 or above (SAT Math score of 700+)  
MATH 1013
 (pre-calculus) - MATH ACT 23 or above (SAT Math score of 570-690) → 1031
MATH 1011 (Algebra) = MATH ACT 19 or above (SAT Math score of 500-560) → MATH 1012 → 1031
MATH 1009^ WITH MATH 1000 (2 CR) - MATH ACT 16-18 (SAT Math 470-490)→ MATH 1011 → 1012 → 1031       PLACEMENT EXAM OR DEVELOPMENTAL COURSE REQUIRED – MATH ACT 15 or below (SAT MATH 460       or below)             

BOLD FONT COURSES IN GRID ARE PART OF THE MATH/SCIENCE GPA

 

ULM Pre-Pharmacy 2 Year Option

FIRST YEAR

First Semester Hours Second Semester Hours
English 1001 (Composition I) 3 English 1002 (Composition II) 
 **pre-req:  'C' or better in ENGL 1001
3
Chemistry 1007 (General Chem I)
**pre-req:  'C' or better in MATH 1011 or 1013 or 23+ on Math ACT
3 Chemistry 1008 (General Chem II)
**pre-req:  'C' or better in CHEM 1007
3
Chemistry 1009 (General Chem Lab I)  
**pre-req:  credit or registration in CHEM 1007
1 Chemistry 1010 (General Chem Lab II)
**pre-req: 'C' or better in CHEM 1009 or credit or registration in CHEM 1008 
*Mathematics (Pre-Calc or Algebra + Trig)  3 Mathematics 1031 (Calculus I)
**pre-req: 'C' or better in MATH 1013 or 1012 or permission of instructor  
Biology 1020 (Principles of Biology)  3 Physics 2003 (General Physics)
**pre-req:  MATH 1012 or 1013  
Biology 1021 (Principles of Bio Lab)
**pre-req: credit or registration in BIOL 1020
1 Physics 2009 (Mech, sound & heat lab)
**pre-req:  credit or registration in PHYS 2003 or 2007  
UNIV 1001 1 Core Social Science  3
Total 15 Total   18
Summer Courses    
Biology 2020 (Cell Biology)
**pre-req:  credit in CHEM 1008/BIOL 1020/1021
Economics 2001 (Core Social Science)  3
***Alternate science options:  BIOL 2014/2015, CHEM 2030/2031 and/or CHEM 2032/2033 based on Summer course offerings***    

SECOND YEAR    

First Semester Hours  Second Semester  Hours 
Biology 2014 (Intro Microbiology)
**pre-req:  BIOL 1001, 1014 or 1020; Sophomore standing  
3 Chemistry 2032 (Organic Chemistry II)
**pre-req:  CHEM 2030, Spring only  
Biology 2015 (Intro Microbiology Lab)
**pre-req:  credit or registration in BIOL 2014  
1  Chemistry 2033 (Organic Chem II Lab)
**pre-req:  credit or registration in CHEM 2032 & 'C' or better in CHEM 2031, Spring only  
Biology 2040 (Human Anatomy)
**pre-req:  BIOL 1020 & 1021, Fall only 
Biology 3010 (Human Physiology)
**pre-req:  BIOL 2020 and CHEM 1007/1009, Spring only  
3
Biology 2041 (Human Anatomy Lab)
**pre-req:  BIOL 1020 & credit or registration in BIOL 2040, Fall only  
1 Math (Statistics)
Math 1016, 3003 or PSYC 4039 
3 
Core Fine Arts  Communication 2001 (Public Speaking)
(Core Humanities) 
Chemistry 2030 (Organic Chemistry I)
**pre-req:  CHEM 1008 
Kinesiology 2001 (First Aid and CPR)  1
Chemistry 2031 (Organic Chem I Lab)
**pre-req:  credit or registration in CHEM 2030 & 'C' or better in CHEM 1010 
1 Biology 3005 (Genetics)
**pre-req: 'C' or better in BIOL 1020, 1021; Junior standing 
3 
Core Humanities
Literature 
  
Total 18 Total 17
Summer Courses
Chemistry 3050 (Biochemistry I)
**pre-req:  CHEM 2032, Fall/Summer only  
 

*MATH ELIGIBILITY

MATH 1031 (calculus) - MATH ACT 30 or above (SAT Math score of 700+)  
MATH 1013
 (pre-calculus) - MATH ACT 23 or above (SAT Math score of 570-690) → 1031
MATH 1011 (Algebra) = MATH ACT 19 or above (SAT Math score of 500-560) → MATH 1012 → 1031
MATH 1009^ WITH MATH 1000 (2 CR) - MATH ACT 16-18 (SAT Math 470-490)→ MATH 1011 → 1012 → 1031          PLACEMENT EXAM OR DEVELOPMENTAL COURSE REQUIRED – MATH ACT 15 or below (SAT MATH 460          or below)             

BOLD FONT COURSES IN GRID ARE PART OF THE MATH/SCIENCE GPA

 
Toxicology BS

(Courses in gray meet both Toxicology and Pre-Pharmacy requirements)

First Year

Fall Semester Spring Semester
English 1001  3 English 1001  3
Mathematics 1011 OR
Mathematics 1013 (Tox+Pharmacy)
3 Mathematics 1012 OR
Mathematics 1031 (Tox+Pharmacy)
3
Toxicology 1000  3 Biology 1020  3
Electives (Core Social Science) 3 Biology 1021 1
Electives (Core Fine Arts) 3 Electives (Core Humanities) 3
UNIV 1001 (1) Electives (Core Social Science) 3
Total 16  Total   16

Second Year

Fall Semester Spring Semester
Chemistry 1007  3 Chemistry 1008  3
Chemistry 1009  1 Chemistry 1010  1
Toxicology 1001  3 Toxicology 2001  3
Biology 2040  3 Biology 2014  3
Math 1016, 3003 or PSYC 4093  3 Biology 2015  1
Electives (Core Humanities)  3 Toxicology Elective 
Total 16 Total  14 

Third Year 

Fall Semester Spring Semester
Chemistry 2030 3 Chemistry 2032  3
Chemistry 2031 1 Chemistry 2033  1
Biology 2020 3 Biology 3010  3
Physics 2003 3 Biology 3013  1
English 3024 3 Electives (Core Humanities)  3
Comm Studies 2001 3 Toxicology Elective  3
Total 16 Total  14

Fourth Year

Fall Semester Spring Semester
Chemistry 3050 3 Toxicology 3001  3
Toxicology 4012 3 Toxicology 4011  3
Toxicology 4014 1 Toxicology 4013  1
Toxicology 4024 2 Toxicology 4042  3
Toxicology 4041 3 Toxicology 4043  1
Toxicology Elective 3 Computer Science 1070  3
Total 15 Total 14
 
Total Hours for Degree 121
Updated 4/17/18

*Students should see the University Core Curriculum requirements.

The PharmD curriculum is designed to provide a broad spectrum of study in the administrative, biological, clinical, pharmaceutical and social sciences to prepare the graduate for careers in academic, ambulatory, community, industrial and institutional settings. The method of content delivery we use at ULM is called “integrated modular.” Students spend the first year developing their knowledge base in some of the basic pharmaceutical sciences in courses like Pathophysiology, Principles of Drug Action, and Pharmaceutics. In the second year and beyond, many courses are presented with a focus on an organ system—in these courses, we integrate content such as pharmacology, medicinal chemistry, and therapeutics related to particular diseases.

These courses are complemented by the Integrated Lab Sequence, which is a series of six three-credit hour courses offered each semester throughout the P1-P3 years. These labs are designed to reinforce the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for current and future pharmacy practice. Throughout the lab sequence, students participate in a broad range of activities that focus on terminology, drug action, therapeutics, calculations, pharmaceutics, and pathophysiology.

The final (P4) year of the curriculum give students the opportunity to put all of their knowledge to use while building new skills and continuing to learn through practice. Students complete seven Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs) in a variety of settings: community, institutional, ambulatory care, specialty, adult medicine, and two electives.

Pharm.D. Curriculum

First Year - Fall Semester

Course Number Course Description Hours
PHRD 4001 Personal Growth and Development I 1
PHRD 4002 Principles of Drug Action I 4
PHRD 4004 Pharmaceutical Calculations 2
PHRD 4008 Pharmaceutics I 3
PHRD 4010 Introduction to Pharmacy 1
PHRD 4012 Pathophysiology I 3
PHRD 4020 Integrated Lab Sequence I 1
PHRD 4033 Drug Information Retrieval 3
  Total 18

First Year - Spring Semester

PHRD 4021 Personal Growth and Development II 1
PHRD 4027 Principles of Drug Action II 2
PHRD 4029 Pharmaceutics II 3
PHRD 4031 Pharmacy Practice Ethics and Law I 2
PHRD 4035 Pathophysiology II 3
PHRD 4049 Integrated Lab Sequence II 1
PHRD 4079 Self-Care/Patient Assessment I Module 4
  Total 16

First Year - Summer

PHRD 4050 Community Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience 4
  Total 4

Second Year - Fall Semester

PHRD 4101 Personal Growth and Development III 1
PHRD 4052 Research Methods and Literature Evaluation 3
PHRD 4056 Biopharmaceutics and Pharmacokinetics 3
PHRD 4064 Therapeutics I (Cardiovascular) 6
PHRD 4070 Integrated Lab Sequence III 1
PHRD 4072 Therapeutics II (Endocrine) 3
  Electives 2/3*
  Total 19/20

Second Year - Spring Semester

PHRD 4121 Personal Growth and Development IV 1
PHRD 4047 Parenterals 1
PHRD 4077 Health Care Systems 3
PHRD 4085 Therapeutics III (Infectious Disease) 6
PHRD 5008 Self-Care/Patient Assessment II Module 2
PHRD 4093 Therapeutics IV (Renal/Urology) 2
PHRD 4099 Integrated Lab Sequence IV 1
  Electives 2/3*
  Total 18/19

Second Year - Summer

PHRD 5000 Institutional Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience 4
  Total 4

Third Year - Fall Semester

PHRD 5001 Personal Growth and Development V 1
PHRD 5006 Professional Pharmacy Management 3
PHRD 5014 Therapeutics V (Neurology/Psychiatry) 5
PHRD 5020 Integrated Lab Sequence V 1
PHRD 5022 Therapeutics VI (Gastrointestinal/Nutrition/Hepatic/Respiratory) 4
PHRD 5025 Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes 2
  Electives 3
  Total 19

Third Year - Spring Semester 

PHRD 5021 Personal Growth and Development VI 1
PHRD 5002 Pharmacy Practice Ethics and Law II 2
PHRD 5012 Pharmacy Communications 2
PHRD 5026 Clinical Informatics and Medication Safety 2
PHRD 5039 Therapeutics VII (Bone & Joint/Dermatology/Eyes/Special populations) 4
PHRD 5047 Therapeutics VIII (Hematology/Oncology) 3
PHRD 5049 Integrated Lab Sequence VI 1
  Electives 2
  Total 17

Fourth Year 

PHRD 6000 Advanced Community Pharmacy Practice Experience 6
PHRD 6001 Review of Integrated Pharmacotherapy 1
PHRD 6002 Advanced Institutional Pharmacy Practice Experience 6
PHRD 6004 Advanced Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Practice Experience 6
PHRD 6006 Advanced Adult Medicine Pharmacy Practice Experience 6
PHRD 6008 Advanced Specialty Pharmacy Practice Experience 6
PHRD 6010 Advanced Pharmacy Practice Elective Experience I 6
PHRD 6012 Advanced Pharmacy Practice Elective Experience II 6
  Total 43
 
  Total Professional Hours
159
  Total for Degree (including Pre-Pharmacy curriculum) 234

 

Pharmacy Approved Electives

Elective courses are required in the curriculum to give students a chance to pursue areas of interest in addition to the required coursework. As students progress through the PharmD curriculum, they begin to determine which sub-area of the pharmacy profession on which they would like to focus their career path. The following table lists the available electives and with which general career paths they are most aligned. This will allow students to select electives that are more focused on their career choices. Many electives have application in several different paths.

 

Course Number Course Description Offered Hours Clinical Patient Care Business Management Leadership Research & Scholarship Community Hospital Practice
PHRD 5051 Aging and Drug Use in the Elderly F 2 Applies to this category     Applies to this category
PHRD 5053 Herbal Remedies F 3 Applies to this category     Applies to this category
PHRD 5054 Hospital Pharmacy Practice F 2 Applies to this category     Applies to this category
PHRD 5056 Nuclear Medicine S 2       Applies to this category
PHRD 5058 Pharmacy Leadership S 3 Applies to this category Applies to this category   Applies to this category
PHRD 5059 Selected Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Disorder Topics S 3 Applies to this category      
PHRD 5061 Women's Health and the Pharmacist   F  3 Applies to this category     Applies to this category
PHRD 5062 Basic Strategies for Scholarly Communication F/S 2 Applies to this category   Applies to this category  
PHRD 5064 Problems F/S 1-3        
PHRD 5064* Faculty Lab Research F/S 1-3     Applies to this category  
PHRD 5065 Clinical Pharmacy Career Development S 2 Applies to this category      
PHRD 5066 Medical Outreach Experience S 2 Applies to this category     Applies to this category
PHRD 5067 Problems in Therapeutics F 3 Applies to this category     Applies to this category
PHRD 5068 Lifestyle Modifications for Disease Management and Prevention F 3 Applies to this category     Applies to this category
PHRD 5070 Current Topics in Professional Pharmacy Summer 1 Applies to this category     Applies to this category
PHRD 5072 Landmark Clinical Trials S 3 Applies to this category   Applies to this category  
PHRD 5073 History of Pharmacy F 2 Applies to this category Applies to this category   Applies to this category
PHRD 5075 Career Readiness & Professional Success S 3 Applies to this category Applies to this category   Applies to this category
         
Elective Credit Earned Off-Campus 
PHRD 5064* Introductory Compounding Lab Boot Camp F/S/Sum 1       Applies to this category
  Fundamentals of Compounding Online Course Only (10 week online) F/S/Sum 1       Applies to this category
  Fundamentals of Compounding Online Course & Advanced Compouding Lab (10 week online & 2 day onsite lab) F/S/Sum 2       Applies to this category
  Veterinary Compounding Training Program (10 week online) F/S/Sum 1       Applies to this category
  Veterinary Compounding Training Program (2 day Lab) F/S/Sum 1       Applies to this category
  APhA Institute on Substance Use Disorders Summer 1 Applies to this category     Applies to this category
  Hormone Replacement Therapy (online) Summer/Fall  1       Applies to this category
 
Transfer Elective Credit
Mercer School of Pharmacy - Community Pharmacy Ownership Summer 2       Applies to this category
University of Illinois Chicago - Introduction to Specialty Pharmacy PMPR 442 Extramural Summer 2       Applies to this category
University of Florida Health - Veterinary Pharmacy PHA6935 F/S/Sum 2       Applies to this category
 
Non-Pharmacy Electives 
BLAW 4001 Legal Environment of the Business F/S/Sum 3   Applies to this category   Applies to this category
ENTR 4035 Family and Closely Held Business Management F 3   Applies to this category    
RMIN 2005 Risk and Insurance F/S 3   Applies to this category   Applies to this category
ACCT 2030 Introductory Financial Accounting F/S/Sum 3   Applies to this category   Applies to this category
ACCT 2020 Introduction to Managerial Accounting F/S/Sum 3 Applies to this category Applies to this category   Applies to this category
ACCT 5002 Accounting for Administrators Variable 3 Applies to this category Applies to this category   Applies to this category
BUSN 5002 Business Statistics and Finance   3   Applies to this category    
MGMT 3001 Management Concepts and Practice F/S/Sum 3   Applies to this category    
MGMT 3005 Organizational Behavior F/S/Sum 3 Applies to this category Applies to this category   Applies to this category
MRKT 3001 Fundamentals of Marketing F/S/Sum 3   Applies to this category   Applies to this category
ECON 2001 Macroeconomic Principles F/S/Sum 3   Applies to this category    
ECON 2002 Microeconomic Principles F/S/Sum 3   Applies to this category    
ECON 5002 Survey and Analysis   3 Applies to this category Applies to this category    
SPAN 1004 Spanish for the Professions F/S/Sum 3 Applies to this category     Applies to this category

 PHRD 5064* - Credit given through PHRD 5064


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