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.
(Pharmacy College Admission Test):
exam consists of five areas: Verbal Ability, Quantitative Ability, Biology,
Chemistry and Reading Comprehension.
of Labor and Statistics has more information on the pharmacy field.