Prerequisite Requirements

The PharmD program requires a minimum of 68 semester hours of undergraduate study at an accredited college or university, followed by 4 years of study in the professional program. Completing the minimum prerequisite requirements generally requires three years of full-time study, however admission to the program is competitive and preference may be given to applicants who hold bachelor’s or graduate degrees.

Prerequisites for the Stony Brook School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences PharmD program

Course Minimum Credits

General Biology with Lab


Cellular Biology (if not covered in general biology)

General Chemistry with Lab 8
Organic Chemistry with Lab 8
Physics with Lab 4
Biochemistry (2 semesters is preferred) 3
Microbiology 3
Anatomy & Physiology (either combined or as separate courses with at least one semester of lab) 7
Statistics 3
Calculus 3
Public Speaking or Oral Communication or Speech 3
English Composition or other WRITING INTENSIVE course 6
Social Science: (preferably two different courses in either Psychology, Sociology, Ethics, Critical Thinking) 6
Liberal Arts (preferably one course in Humanities, Philosophy, History of Medicine, Rhetoric, or Literature) 3
Economics (General macro/microeconomics combined or Microeconomics or Macroeconomics)




NOTE: The Admissions Committee highly recommends that students do not “split” a two-semester course sequence between two schools, but complete each course sequence at one institution (i.e., two semesters of General Biology at the same school, two semesters of General Chemistry at the same school, two semesters of Organic Chemistry at the same school). 

 Other Important Information Regarding Prerequisites Requirements

  • All prerequisite coursework must be completed with a grade of C or better prior to matriculation.
  • All prerequisites must be completed within seven (7) years prior to matriculation; within five years is preferred for math and science courses.
  • All prerequisites must be completed by the end of the spring semester (May 31) prior to matriculation. Students taking courses in the summer prior to matriculation must receive prior approval from the Office of Academic and Student Affairs.
  • The English Composition prerequisite requirement may also be satisfied with proof of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in the United States.

Seven Year Time Limit on Prerequisites

In general, all courses must have been completed within 7 years preceding matriculation into the pharmacy school. Exceptions may be considered upon review of a student's full application and any advanced level coursework in the sciences that has been completed. The Admissions Committee highly recommends completion of science and mathematics courses within the last five years (i.e., calculus, organic chemistry, biology, microbiology, anatomy & physiology, and accompanying labs).

Applicants wanting to request an exemption to the prerequisite or other requirements must submit an Exemption Request Form. This form can be added to the program materials section in the PharmCAS application or can be submitted by e-mail.

Deadline to Complete Prerequisites

Prerequisites must be completed by May 31 immediately preceding entry into the program. Students may petition the Office of Academic and Student Affairs to take prerequisites in the summer. Requests are reviewed on a case-by-case basis to ensure that they may be feasibly completed within the time frame specified.

Foreign Transcript Evaluation

Applicants completing coursework at a foreign institution (including Canada) are required to submit a Foreign Transcript Evaluation Report (FTER) as part of their application. The FTER should be submitted to PharmCAS. Applicants with foreign transcripts are encouraged to submit their application well ahead of the posted deadline to allow for the additional time needed to review the FTER.

 If you have any questions regarding the application process or prerequisite requirements, please reach out to us at 631-638-3673 or