Coursework F.A.Q.'s

I am an undergraduate student at another college/university and wish to take prerequisite courses for admission to the Pharm.D. program, but am unsure what courses will transfer. How do I find out which courses will transfer from the college I now attend?

Visit the UH College of Pharmacy Course Equivalency Guides for a comprehensive list of course equivalency guides. 

We understand that your college or university may not offer all the courses required and you may need to take courses at other colleges/universities. Also note that the course number and name may be different at your college/university.

While we can assist you in most cases, the pre-health or pre-pharmacy advisor on your campus is your most valuable resource. Your advisor can assist you in appropriate course selection and locating your local campus resources. An official evaluation of your transcript is done at the time of application.

Trying to determine what courses apply to Writing in the Disciplines; Language, Philosophy & Culture; or Creative Arts?

Please refer to the University of Houston Core Curriculum page for details. If you are unsure if a course satisfies any core requirements, please contact us for further clarification.  

Does Organic Chemistry transfer from a community college?

Most of the time, organic chemistry courses will transfer from a community college. However, there are some additional factors to consider. The UH College of Pharmacy strongly recommends you enroll for upper-level science and math courses at a four-year institution.

Which one of the required core courses is available through the credit by examination?

You may contact the UH testing center or go online for all courses that apply.

How does taking an anatomy or physiology course help me?

If you have room in your schedule, take a Human Anatomy/Physiology course. It will serve you well to have taken this for your first year class, Organ Systems Life Sciences I. Students who have taken a Human Anatomy/Physiology course state they follow the lecture easier and understand the content better for having taken it.

My college/university does not offer Biology I& Biology II lecture/lab. What classes should I take?

The Biology I& II lecture/lab series may be satisfied by taking BOTH Botany lecture/lab AND Zoology lecture/lab courses designed for science majors. If Biology I lecture/lab is taken at an institution, Biology II lecture/lab also must be completed to meet the Biology I & II lecture/lab series. It is NOT permissible to take either Botany lecture/lab or Zoology lecture/lab at one institution, then take Biology I lecture/lab or Biology II lecture/lab at another institution.

I made a lower grade than I desired in one of my courses, should I take it over? Which grade will the Admission Committee look at?

The committee looks at the prerequisite GPA and the math/science prerequisite GPA. One course grade which is a “C” would not affect the GPA greatly. However, grades below “C” are not acceptable and do affect GPA. Repeated course grades are averaged not replaced. Therefore the student must determine if he/she will be able to achieve a repeating grade of an “A” in the repeated course in order to improve their GPA. Students are cautioned against repeating too many courses or dropping numerous courses. The student should always seek assistance from their advisor on these matters.