Prepharmacy (Non-Degree Program)


The prepharmacy program at Clemson is a two-year or three-year program that prepares students to meet the requirements for admission into a pharmacy school. Students who complete the three-year curriculum are eligible to apply for the Clemson University Bachelor of Science degree in preprofessional studies after successful completion of one year at the pharmacy school. The degree in pharmacy (PharmD) is awarded by the pharmacy school. For students who wish to receive a bachelor’s degree before applying to a college of pharmacy, Clemson offers many great options that will prepare you for your future career. Professional schools have no preferences or prejudices relating to major and are more interested in overall academic performance. This is evident in the fact that their entering students represent a broad spectrum of curricula from biological sciences to economics.


  • Pharmacists must graduate from an accredited college of pharmacy and pass a series of examinations to become licensed.
  • Admission to pharmacy programs is heavily weighted toward criteria such as academic record, work experience, extracurricular activities, PCAT scores, honors/awards, letters of recommendation and interviews.
  • Undergraduate requirements for entry into PharmD programs can be met within two academic years. Clemson provides strategic advising and counseling to aid students in preparing for admission into pharmacy school.


It is essential that our students work closely with an adviser when selecting course work, as there are variations in courses required by pharmacy schools. Clemson has a prepharmacy adviser who is available to help you navigate through the process of selecting course work and preparing for the next step. Requirements typically include biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics as well as general education classes.

If you choose to graduate with a Clemson undergraduate degree before applying to pharmacy school, your course requirements will depend on the major you choose. While there are many majors that meet the requirements with ease, others may require additional course work. You’ll need to communicate with your major adviser as well as our prepharmacy adviser to ensure all requirements are obtained.

While at Clemson, you can build a résumé full of diverse experiences based on your personal interests and career goals. We offer vast opportunities to become immersed in scientific research and encourage our students to gain work experience or even travel abroad while on campus. Our undergraduate research program — called Creative Inquiry — allows you to conduct research with a team of fellow undergraduate students and a faculty mentor. Plus, our faculty are great about opening up their laboratories to welcome volunteers, student workers or independent projects.


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Sharetta Bufford