Pharmaceutical Sciences, B.S.
The B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences is a major designed for students who intend to pursue the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) at the USC College of Pharmacy. Students must be accepted into the Pharm.D. program at the USC College of Pharmacy their junior or senior year to meet the requirements for the B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences.
The B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences is awarded at the end of the spring semester of the second year in the Pharm.D. program.
Click here for admissions requirements for the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program.
The sequencing of the required math and science courses is particularly important for ensuring that all prerequisites can be completed before entering the Pharm.D. program.
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.
All courses in the pre-pharmacy curriculum must be passed with a grade of C or better.
All pre-pharmacy students are subject to the same regulations regarding scholastic deficiency and academic suspension as defined for undergraduate students by the University.
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)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 128 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
|1. Carolina Core||32-44|
|2. College Requirements||0|
|3. Program Requirements||31-34|
|4. Major Requirements||62|
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 (32-44 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)
- any CC-GHS course
GSS – Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Social Sciences (3 hours)
AIU – Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding (3 hours)
- any CC-AIU course
CMS – Effective, Engaged, and Persuasive Communication: Spoken Component1 (0-3 hours)
- any CC-CMS course
INF – Information Literacy1 (0-3 hours)
- any overlay or stand-alone CC-INF course
VSR – Values, Ethics, and Social Responsibility1 (0-3 hours)
- any overlay or stand-alone CC-VSR course
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 (31-34 hours)
Supporting Courses (31 hours)
Additional Pre-Pharmacy Requirements
|Biological Principles II|
and Biological Principles II Laboratory
|BIOL 243||Human Anatomy and Physiology I||3|
|BIOL 244||Human Anatomy and Physiology II||3|
|CHEM 111L||General Chemistry I Lab||1|
|General Chemistry II|
and General Chemistry II Lab
|CHEM 331L||Essentials of Organic Chemistry Laboratory I||1|
|CHEM 332L||Essentials of Organic Chemistry Laboratory II||1|
|CHEM 333||Organic Chemistry I||3|
|CHEM 334||Organic Chemistry II||3|
|PHYS 201||General Physics I||3|
|ECON 224||Introduction to Economics||3|
|Total Credit Hours||32|
Electives (0-3 hours)
An elective course will be needed if the Pre-Pharmacy hours total is less than 66.
4. Major Requirements (62 hours)
The final 62 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.
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.