The pre-pharmacy program is intended for students who wish to attend the School of Pharmacy at the University of Mississippi. Students have a choice in their approach to Pharmacy school: one option is to complete ONLY the requirements for pre-pharmacy admission and leave Mississippi State University without a bachelor's degree; the second option is to complete the admission requirements for pharmacy school while concurrently completing a bachelor's degree at MSU. The courses listed below will satisfy the requirements for the School of Pharmacy at the University of Mississippi. Most pharmacy schools have similar requirements. However, students who wish to attend other pharmacy schools should check the specific requirements for that school and consult your advisor to develop an appropriate plan.Required Courses (76 hours):
Chemistry (16 hours)
CH 1213 Chemistry I
CH 1211 Investigations in Chemistry I
CH 1223 Chemistry II
CH 1221 Investigations in Chemistry II
CH 4513 Organic Chemistry I
CH 4511 Organic Chemistry Lab I
CH 4523 Organic Chemistry II
CH 4521 Organic Chemistry Lab II
Note: CH 1213, 1223, 4513, and 4523 must be taken in that order; with the accompanying labs CH 1211, 1221, 4511, and 4521. The courses for Chemistry majors CH 1234, 1244, 4554, and 4564 can be substituted for these requirements.
Biology (27 hours)
BIO 1134 Biology I
BIO 1144 Biology II
BIO 3103 Genetics I (BIO 4133 Human Genetics can be substituted)
BIO 3304 General Microbiology
BIO 4405 Pathogenic Microbiology
BIO 4413 Immunology
BIO 4514 Animal Physiology
Note: BIO 4514 and BIO 4413 are currently offered Spring Semester only.
Biochemistry (6 hours)
BCH 4603 General Biochemistry I
BCH 4713 Molecular Biology
Note: BCH 4713 currently requires BCH 4613 (General Biochemistry II) as a co-requisite and is taught in the Fall semester only. Talk to your advisor or the Biochemistry department to discuss options.
English Composition (6 hours)
EN 1103 English Composition I
EN 1113 English Composition II
Philosophy (3 hours)
PHI 2123 Medical Ethics
Mathematics and Statistics (6 hours)
ST 2113 Intro to Statistics
MA 1713 Calculus I
Physics (6 hours)
PH 1113 General Physics I
PH 1123 General Physics II
Note: PH 1213 and PH 1223 can be substituted.
Public Speaking (3 hours)
CO 1003 Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Economics (3 hours)
EC 2123 Microeconomics
Electives (15 hours total)
• Social and Behavioral Electives (6 hours)
At MSU EC 2113 Macroeconomics is a prerequisite for the required course EC 2123 (see above), and EC 2113 will count as one social science elective. In addition to EC 2113, one course from Psychology, Sociology, Political Science, or Anthropology is required.
• Humanities and Fine Arts Electives (9 hours)
At least 3 credit hours required in each of the two main areas. Humanities should be chosen from the following areas: English Literature, Foreign Language, History, Religion, or Philosophy.
• Any course with college credit to bring the number of credit hours up to 92.
Important Note: These pharmacy requirements add up to a total of 92 credit hours and can make a student eligible to apply for pharmacy school admission. A student needs 124 total credit hours to graduate with a bachelor's degree from Mississippi State University. See your major advisor for additional requirements with your degree program.
Major Advisor:Deb Mlsna, Chemistry, Office: 1115 Hand Lab; Phone: 662-325-3584
Jeffrey F. D. Dean; Office: 402 Dorman Hall; Phone: 662-325-2640
Mary Celeste Reese; Biological Sciences, Office: 117 Harned Hall; Phone: 662-325-8825