USC Upstate does not offer a degree in Pharmacy. The Pre‑Pharmacy program is designed to meet the entrance requirements for the South Carolina College of Pharmacy (SCCP) and the Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy (PCSP). The Pre‑Pharmacy program is an intensive two‑year course of study that includes two years of chemistry, and at least four semesters of biology, English, physics, calculus, statistics and economics. There are slight differences in requirements between the two schools. The prerequisite courses can be found at the links below.
Students must apply to pharmacy programs while enrolled in the Pre‑Pharmacy curriculum. Admission to pharmacy school is competitive. Students meeting only the minimum prerequisites have lower rate of acceptance than students completing a Bachelor of Science degree. Important factors considered by admission committees are grade point averages (GPA), PCAT scores and letters of recommendation. Recently accepted students at SCCP averaged 3.6-3.7 GPA and had a compiled average score in the 70th percentile on the PCAT. PCSP requires a minimum GPA of 2.5 and a 2.75 GPA on pre-pharmacy requirements.
PCAT (Pharmacy College Admission Test):
The PCAT exam consists of five areas: Verbal Ability, Quantitative Ability, Biology, Chemistry and Reading Comprehension.
The Bureau of Labor and Statistics has more information on the pharmacy field.