Coursework F.A.Q.'s

I am a pre-pharmacy student at another college/university and wish to take courses for pre-pharmacy, but am unsure what courses will transfer. What courses will transfer from the college I now attend?

While we can assist you in most cases, the pre-health or pre-pharmacy adviser on your campus is your most valuable resource. Your adviser 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.

Wondering what courses transfer?

Visit the UH Office of Admissions General Information for Transfer Students Web site or the UH College of Pharmacy Pre-Pharmacy Prerequisite Coursework Information page for additional information.

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.

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.

If I take a course at another college and transfer it to UH, I hear that I only get credit for it and the grade is not included in my UH GPA. Is this true?

Yes, it is correct that the university will not include the grades from other colleges/universities into the UH GPA….HOWEVER, the student is to submit ALL transcripts to the College of Pharmacy with the application for admission. Grades from all courses are reviewed and prerequisite grades are counted toward the prerequisite GPA and math/science prerequisite GPA.

Is taking the Introduction to Pharmacy course (PHAR 2200) at UH recommended? Will it help me get accepted into the college?

The course, PHAR 2200, is a recommended course to assist you in better understanding the profession and the UH application process. Taking the course has no weight in the application process, though the knowledge should assist you in your career search and during the actual application process.

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.