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The USC Upstate Pre-Pharmacy program is an advisement track within the biology and chemistry degree programs. Students can choose to earn a Bachelor of Science in Biology or a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, depending on their interests. The program is designed to meet the entrance requirements for the South Carolina College of Pharmacy (SCCP) and the Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy (PCSP)

Pharmacy school admission is on a competitive basis. Students must apply to pharmacy programs while enrolled in the Pre‑Pharmacy curriculum. Although a bachelor’s degree is not required for admission to most pharmacy schools, students meeting only the minimum prerequisites have a lower rate of acceptance than students completing a degree. Important factors considered by admission committees are grade point averages (GPA), Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) scores and letters of recommendation.

PCAT (Pharmacy College Admission Test):
The PCAT is a standardized test administered to prospective pharmacy school students. The test consists of seven sections: verbal ability, quantitative ability, biology, chemistry, reading comprehension and two writing sections.

The Bureau of Labor and Statistics has more information on the pharmacy field.

Program Contacts

Yancy McDougal
Center for Interdisciplinary Studies

Pre-Physical Therapy & Pre-Occupational Therapy:
Ben Snyder
Program Coordinator
Exercise and Sports Science

Carol Loar 
Department of History, Political Science, Philosophy, and American Studies

Pre-Engineering, Pre-Medical, Pre-Optometry, Pre-Veterinary Medicine, Pre-Dental, Pre-Pharmacy & Pre-Physician Assistant:     
Jeannie Chapman
Division of Natural Sciences & Engineering

USC Upstate
800 University Way
Spartanburg, SC 29303
Phone: 864-503-5000
Toll-free: 800-277-8727
Email: info@uscupstate.edu