Pre-Pharmacy

Pre-pharmacy School of Science, IUPUIAs they learn the science of chemistry students are actually synthesizing molecules that may someday be tested in human clinical trials as potential drug treatments or cures for such devastating diseases as malaria and tuberculosis. Learn more about the D3 Program

At the School of Science at IUPUI, students seeking professional careers in pharmacy are exposed to opportunities that no other school in the state of Indiana can offer.

Through comprehensive coursework, hands-on experience in the classroom and labs, one-on-one guidance from professors, and research, internship and leadership opportunities in the School, five surrounding hospitals, the IU School of Medicine, graduates of the School of Science are well prepared for pharmacy school and beyond!

Located in the heart of Indianapolis, IUPUI's campus provides access to major pharmacy companies around the city including Eli Lilly.

RESEARCH, INTERNSHIP + LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

One of the biggest benefits to studying science at IUPUI is the accessibility of our world-class professors, and the ability to participate in research and internships.

The School of Science at IUPUI offers various programs for students to become involved with both research and other leadership opportunities throughout their undergraduate experience. One of those programs is the Life Health Sciences Internship. This one-year program through IU Med School provides students the opportunity to participate in both clinical and scientific research opportunities throughout IUPUI's campus and the surrounding hospitals and labs. For more information on the Life Health Sciences Internship and other opportunities for students in the School of Science at IUPUI, please click here.

Additionally, the School of Science puts science majors and pre-pharmacy students in positions to succeed as leaders in programs such as the Distributed Drug Discovery (D3) program. Science majors in D3 identify, synthesize and test molecules that have not previously been considered for use as drugs to treat diseases. Results of this program have the potential to solve real-world challenges.

What is Pre-Pharmacy?

Pharmacists are paramount in the medical field as they primarily dispense medications to the public prescribed by physicians. They are also key contributors to the promotion of medical knowledge as they educate physicians and the public about proper drug usage.

Like most universities, IUPUI does not offer a pre-pharmacy major. Pharmacy schools do not usually require students to complete specific majors during their undergraduate years of schooling. Students declaring prepharmacy upon admission to IUPUI are assigned to the Department of Biology.  However, many majors in the School of Science at IUPUI provide students with excellent undergraduate preparation for pharmacy school.

Choosing an Undergraduate Major

Students declaring pre-pharmacy upon admission to IUPUI are assigned to the Department of Biology. However, many majors in the School of Science at IUPUI provide students with excellent undergraduate preparation for pharmacy school.

Pharmacy schools do not usually require students to complete specific majors during their undergraduate years of schooling. However, there are specific pre-requisites that should be completed in order to be admitted into a professional school and many benefits to selecting a science major as you pursue success in the medical and pharmacy field, including: 

  • Pre-requisites for most professional programs, including pharmacy, often favor and lean heavily toward science majors. Learn more about Purdue's prerequisites | Download the Plan of Study for Pre-Pharmacy Students at IUPUI
  • By studying science at IUPUI, pre-pharmacy students have opportunities to work, learn and participate in research in the School of Science, IU Med School, and leading hospitals surrounding IUPUI's campus. 
  • Many science undergraduate degrees are marketable to future employers even if the student chooses not to pursue a graduate degree in pharmacy.

Preparing for Pharmacy School

Competition is high for admission to pharmacy schools. While most pharmacy programs do not require an undergraduate degree for admission, students are urged to elect a degree program rather than fulfilling the minimum requirements for entry into professional programs.Majoring in biology, chemistry, or physics in the School of Science sets the groundwork for a successful experience in studying pharmacy and attending a pharmacy school.

Pre-requisites for most professional programs, including pharmacy, often favor and lean heavily toward science majors. Learn more about Purdue's prerequisites | Download the Plan of Study for Pre-Pharmacy Students at IUPUI

Pre-pharmacy courses at Science at IUPUI will sufficiently prepare students for the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT), pharmacy school and a career in the medical field. As you begin to think about your ambitions and place in the medical industry, you should also begin considering the expectations and qualifications that are required of students interested in enrolling in pharmacy school. 

Typically, pre-pharmacy students are very meticulous and detail-oriented in their work. Since pharmacists, by law, are trusted with the proper storage, handling and distribution of medicine, attention to detail and organization is of the utmost importance.

Advising + Resources

Visit the Science PREPs Office for expert guidance on majors, professional school admissions, and research, internships and other co-curricular opportunities that will help guide you to the best professional schools.