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Pharmacy is a doctoral health profession in which licensed professionals provide information about medication to consumers and professionals.  Pharmacists play a vital role in improving patient care through the medicine and information they provide. According to MONEY magazine, Pharmacist is one of the Top 10 Best Jobs in America.  Pharmacists dispense drugs prescribed by physicians and other health practitioners and monitor patient health. As "medication experts," pharmacists are concerned with safeguarding the public's health in matters relating to medication distribution and use disease state management.  They advise physicians and other health practitioners on the selection, dosages, interactions, and side effects of medications. Pharmacists must understand the use; clinical effects; and composition of drugs, including their chemical, biological, and physical properties. They protect the public by ensuring drug purity and strength. The goal of pharmacy care is to maximize positive health care outcomes and improve patients' quality of life with minimum risk. Most pharmacists work in a community setting, such as a retail drug store, or in a hospital or clinic.

Pre-Pharmacy is considered a designation at Texas Tech University, not a major. Pre-pharmacy students take the required college courses in order to apply to pharmacy school. Pre-pharmacy students also have the option to major in any area they choose as long as they take the prerequisite courses required to enter pharmacy school along with the courses needed to earn a degree at Texas Tech University.

Courses required for the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy (TTUHSC SOP):

COURSE NAME Texas Tech University Texas Common Course Listing Number
GENERAL CHEMISTRY I and LAB CHEM 1307/1107 CHEM 1411, 1111, 1311
GENERAL CHEMISTRY II and LAB CHEM 1308/1108 CHEM 1414, 1412, 1312, 1112
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I and LAB CHEM 3305/3105  
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II and LAB CHEM 3306/3106  
BIOLOGY I and LAB BIOL 1403 BIOL 1406, 1106, 1306
BIOLOGY II and LAB BIOL 1404 BIOL 1407, 1107, 1307
MICROBIOLOGY and LAB MBIO 3401 (preferred) or MBIO 3400  
HUMAN-BASED SCIENCE (3000-level)    
PHYSICS I PHYS 1403 PHYS 1401, 1101, 1301
STATISTICAL METHODS MATH 2300 MATH 1342, 1442, 2342, 2442
CALCULUS I MATH 1451 MATH 2313
ECONOMICS ECO 2302 (preferred) or 2305 or 2301 ECO 2301
ENGLISH I ENGL 1301 ENGL 1301
ENGLISH II ENGL 1302 ENGL 1302
ENGLISH LITERATURE ENGL 2305, 2306, 2307, 2308, or any 3000-level literature  
COMMUNICATION STUDIES COMS 2300 or CFAS 2300 SPCH 1315
HUMANITIES and SOCIAL SCIENCES: 15 hours total Can use HIST 2300 and 2301 or POLS 1301 and 2302 to partially fulfill the 15 hours HIST 1301, 1302
GOVT 2301, 2302

Frequently check with the programs to which you plan to apply

prerequisites and/or application procedures can change

 

Humanities/ Social Sciences :

Courses may be selected from Anthropology, Communications (excluding Public Speaking above), Economics (excluding Economics above), Ethnic Studies, Family Living / Human Development, Geography, Government, History, Journalism, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology. --- Note: Performing and Fine Arts (including Music), Physical Education, Foreign Languages, Computer Science, Religion or similar courses will not meet this requirement.

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