Associate in Science Degree (0002) - Pre-Pharmacy Pre-Major

Students who plan to earn an Associate in Science degree, transfer to a four-year college or university, then continue on to a school of pharmacy should follow the steps listed below. It is strongly recommended that you confer with a SWIC academic advisor prior to enrolling each semester and familiarize yourself with the specific requirements of the four-year institution and professional school where you plan to transfer.

  1. Fulfill the General Education and other institutional requirements for the Associate in Science degree listed in the printed or online College Catalog. General Education course preferences may vary by transfer institution.
  2. As you fulfill your degree requirements, it is strongly recommended that you take the following classes:
    BIOL 101 – Principles of Biology I
    BIOL 102 – Principles of Biology II
    CHEM 105 – General Chemistry I
    CHEM 106 – General Chemistry II
    CHEM 201 – Organic Chemistry I
    CHEM 202 – Organic Chemistry II
  3. Most pharmacy schools will accept the following courses for credit towards meeting admission requirements:
    PHYS 151 – College Physics I
    PHYS 152 – College Physics II
    BIOL 157 – Human Anatomy & Physiology I
    BIOL 158 – Human Anatomy & Physiology II
    MATH 203 – Analytic Geometry & Calculus I
  4. The optional courses listed below may be applicable toward admission to pharmacy schools. Please keep in mind that most transfer institutions limit the number of credit hours taken within a student’s major field of study at the community college level. To ensure the acceptance of such courses toward your intended major, check with the four-year institution where you are transferring or a SWIC academic advisor regarding their applicability.
    ECON 201 – Principles of Economics I (Macro) or other ECON class
    BIOL 151 – Fundamental Botany
  5. Fulfill all other Associate in Science degree requirements listed in the printed or online College Catalog.
  6. Apply for graduation by the date published in the college calendar.
  7. Earn at least 64 transferable credits with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 to graduate from SWIC. Many transfer institutions require a higher GPA for admission to the institution and/or specific majors.

Note: Enrollment in many transfer classes is based on your score on the assessment placement test and/or your fulfillment of course prerequisites.