Pharmaceutical Sciences, B.S.


In addition to the general requirements for admission to the University, all students admitted to the Pre-Pharmacy and/or professional pharmacy program must meet the following specialized requirements of the College of Pharmacy:


Any entering freshman student who wishes to pursue a pharmacy degree and who fulfills general requirements for admission to the University will be accepted into the pharmaceutical sciences (pre-pharmacy) program of study. Pre-pharmacy students within the University will be advised by pre-pharmacy advisors.

Grade Requirement

All courses in the pre-pharmacy curriculum must be passed with a grade of C or better.

Academic Standing

All pre-pharmacy students are subject to the same regulations regarding scholastic deficiency and academic suspension as defined for undergraduate students by the University.

Other Regulations

Any student seeking an exception to the academic standards may petition the College of Pharmacy; a petition may be approved or denied based on the merits of the individual situation. Information on procedures may be obtained from the Office of the Dean.

Transfer Admission (Pre-Pharmacy)

  1. Students enrolled in other colleges on the Columbia campus must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 and must have at least 12 USC credit hours.
  2. Students from other USC campuses must have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 and must have taken at least 12 USC credit hours. Additionally, students from other USC campuses who have fewer than 30 semester hours must also meet Columbia campus freshman admission requirements.
  3. Transfer students from other accredited institutions must present a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 on all college work taken. Students who have fewer than 30 semester hours of college work must also meet Columbia campus freshman admission requirements.

Degree Requirements (minimum 132 hours)

The Pre-Pharmacy work must total at least 66 hours.

Program of Study

all degree requirements must be passed with a grade of C or higher

Requirements Credit Hours
1. Carolina Core 31-44
2. College Requirements 0
3. Program Requirements 32-35
4. Major Requirements 66

Founding Documents Requirement

All undergraduate students must take a 3-credit course or its equivalent with a passing grade in the subject areas of History, Political Science, or African American Studies that covers the founding documents including the United State Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, the Emancipation Proclamation and one or more documents that are foundational to the African American Freedom struggle, and a minimum of five essays from the Federalist papers.  This course may count as a requirement in any part of the program of study including the Carolina Core, the major, minor or cognate, or as a general elective.  Courses that meet this requirement are listed here.

1. Carolina Core Requirements (31-44 hours)

CMW – Effective, Engaged, and Persuasive Communication: Written (6 hours)

ARP – Analytical Reasoning and Problem Solving (6-7 hours) 

SCI – Scientific Literacy (7 hours)

GFL – Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Foreign Language  (0-6 hours)

Demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language by achieving a score of two or higher on the foreign language placement test. Students who do not score at least a two must either take 109/110 sequence of SPAN, FREN, GERM, or LATN or ARAB, CHIN, GREK, ITAL, JAPA, PORT, or RUSS 121. If both 109 and 110 are required, foreign language sequences typically begin in the Fall semesters. (American Sign Language does not count toward the foreign language requirement).

GHS – ​Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Historical Thinking (3 hours) 

GSS – Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Social Sciences (3 hours) 

AIU – Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding (3 hours)

CMS – Effective, Engaged, and Persuasive Communication: Spoken Component1 (0-3 hours)

INF – Information Literacy1 (0-3 hours)

VSR – Values, Ethics, and Social Responsibility1 (0-3 hours)


Carolina Core Stand Alone or Overlay Eligible Requirements — Overlay-approved courses offer students the option of meeting two Carolina Core components in a single course. A maximum of two overlays is allowed. The total Carolina Core credit hours must add up to a minimum of 31 hours. Some programs may have a higher number of minimum Carolina Core hours due to specified requirements.

2. College Requirements (0 hours)

No college-required courses for this program.

3. Program Requirements (32-35 hours)

Supporting Courses (32 hours)

Additional Pre-Pharmacy Requirements

Course Title Credits
BIOL 102
Biological Principles II
and Biological Principles II Laboratory
BIOL 243Human Anatomy and Physiology I3
BIOL 244Human Anatomy and Physiology II3
BIOL 250Microbiology3
CHEM 111LGeneral Chemistry I Lab1
CHEM 112
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
CHEM 331LEssentials of Organic Chemistry Laboratory I1
CHEM 332LEssentials of Organic Chemistry Laboratory II1
CHEM 333Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 334Organic Chemistry II3
PHYS 201General Physics I3
ECON 224Introduction to Economics3
or ECON 221 Principles of Microeconomics
or ECON 222 Principles of Macroeconomics
Total Credit Hours32

Electives (0-3 hours)

An elective course will be needed if the Pre-Pharmacy (Carolina Core and Supporting Courses) hours total is less than 66.

4. Major Requirements (66 hours)

Professional Requirements

The final 66 credit hours required for the BS in Pharmaceutical Sciences degree are earned after admission to the USC College of Pharmacy and during the first two years of the professional Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program.

Major Map

A major map is a layout of required courses in a given program of study, including critical courses and suggested course sequences to ensure a clear path to graduation.

Major maps are only a suggested or recommended sequence of courses required in a program of study. Please contact your academic advisor for assistance in the application of specific coursework to a program of study and course selection and planning for upcoming semesters.

Pharmaceutical Sciences, B.S.