Pharmacy

To print a copy of this information, click on this link: prepharmacy_curriculum_rev_8-2013.pdf

The Major

The “preprepharmacy curriculum” is just a list of courses that are required for admission to pharmacy school. It is NOT an academic major, a minor, or an emphasis area.

Even if you plan to apply to pharmacy school after taking only the courses required for admission, you need to declare an academic major at USM.

Many students are admitted to the School of Pharmacy after completing the series of required courses and electives, which typically takes up to 3 years. However, students often take these courses as well as courses in a major in order to complete a four year non-pharmacy baccalaureate degree at Southern Miss.

Progress toward a Baccalaureate Degree

Course work toward a baccalaureate degree at Southern Miss must be planned so the student meets all the requirements for the preprofessional curriculum, a major, a minor if appropriate, the University General Education Curriculum, and the College core. At Southern Miss, a minimum of 124 hours is needed for most baccalaureate degrees, with 45 of these hours from courses at the 300-level or above.

Visit the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) student center web page for more information about pharmacy schools: http://www.aacp.org/resources/student/Pages/default.aspx

Requirements for Applicants

The following list of Courses meets only the minimal requirements for admission to the School of Pharmacy at the University of Mississippi.

Link to Ole Miss SoP: http://www.pharmacy.olemiss.edu/

Link to Preprofessional courses: http://www.pharmacy.olemiss.edu/prepharmacy/prepharmcurriculum.html

Link to Ole Miss School of Pharmacy “Transfer Course Equivalency form” listing the equivalent prepharmacy courses from Mississippi universities that are required for admission to their pharmacy program: http://www.pharmacy.olemiss.edu/prepharmacy/transferequiv.html

Students must complete the four-year Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences (BSPS) degree program at Ole Miss in order to be accepted into the Ole Miss Doctor of Pharmacy program.

Students are admitted to the BSPS program after completion of three or more years of required prepharmacy courses at Southern Miss (or at other two-year or four-year colleges/universities).

Admission preference is given to applicants who are Mississippi residents and United States citizens and to non-Mississippi United States citizens who complete all of the required pre-pharmacy courses at the University of Mississippi. However, academically exceptional non-Mississippi residents, who completed their pre-pharmacy requirements at other institutions, may apply.

Students must consult the specific admission requirements and application deadlines for the school(s) to which they plan to apply, including Ole Miss.

  • English composition (6 hours)
  • general chemistry (8 hours)
  • biological sciences (8 hours)
  • speech (3 hours)
  • calculus (3 hours)
  • organic chemistry (8 hours)
  • microeconomics (3 hours)
  • physics (8 hours)
  • statistics (3 hours)
  • genetics (4 hours)
  • biochemistry (3 hours)
  • medical microbiology / pathogenesis of infectious diseases (3 hours)
  • human physiology (3 hours)
  • bioethics / biomedical ethics (3 hours)

NOTE:  Health Care Ethics (PHI 452) is taught sporadically on the Hattiesburg campus of Southern Miss, and is offered about every third semester on the Gulf Coast campus in Long Beach. Students must check the Course Schedule Guide each year or plan to take a bioethics course at another university.

  • cell / molecular biology (4 hours)
  • immunology (3 hours)
  • social sciences (6 hours)
  • humanities and fine arts (9 hours)

Applicants to the Ole Miss Pharmacy program must have completed (or be enrolled in) the minimum pre-requisite course requirements at the time of application.

  • Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.75 on all required pre-pharmacy courses.
    NOTE:  Applicants interviewed and accepted typically have a much higher GPA.
  • A minimum grade of C is required on each course accepted for transfer.
  • If a course is repeated, both grades are used in calculating the GPA.
  • Applicants must have a minimum composite percentile score of 40 on the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) taken during the twelve months preceding the application deadline as well as a 3.0 on the Conventions of Language PCAT Writing Test.

Suggested Course Sequence & Strategies for Success

The suggested course sequence below is merely a guideline. Students must consult the USM Undergraduate Bulletin, the USM Class Schedule Guide for each semester, and their academic advisor. During the Sophomore year, students should develop a more detailed plan for the Junior and Senior years because many upper level courses in all majors are offered in specific semesters (Fall or Spring only) and/or on a rotating two-year cycle.

Link to Ole Miss SoP suggested course sequence: http://www.pharmacy.olemiss.edu/prepharmacy/prepharmcurriculum.html

YEAR 1

Fall Spring  
BSC 110&L OR BSC 111&La 4 hBSC 111&L OR BSC 110&La4 h 
CHE 106&Lb4 hCHE 107&L4 h
MAT 101c3 hMAT 103c 3 h
ENG 101d 3 hENG 102 3 h 
CMS 1113 hOne required electivee3 h 

a, The order in which students take the introductory Biological Sciences (BSC) courses does not matter; BSC 110/L covers molecular and cellular topics whereas BSC 111/L covers ecology and organisms.

b, Students enrolling in CHE 106&L must have passed high school chemistry or passed CHE 100 at USM. CHE 100 is required when the chemistry background is not adequate. Students may enter CHE 100 directly, if they choose. Students enrolled in CHE 106/L will take a test about two weeks into the class to determine if they should remain in CHE 106/L. If they do not meet the minimum score, these students are strongly recommended to move to a CHE 100 class, which is offered at the same time as CHE 106.

c, Placement in mathematics (MAT) courses depends on the student’s ACT subscore.

Calculus is required for most majors in the College of Science and Technology (CoST), but is not required for med school or for majors outside of CoST.

  • ACT mathematics subtest score 19 or below:  must take MAT 99 (Intermediate Algebra)
  • ACT mathematics subtest score 20 or above:  MAT 101 (College Algebra)
  • ACT mathematics subtest score 24 or above (or grade of C or better in College Algebra):  MAT 103 (Trigonometry). NOTE:  Trigonometry is a prerequisite for Physics I and premed students are advised to take MAT 103.
  • ACT mathematics subtest score 24 or above (or grade of C or better in Trigonometry): MAT 114 (Calculus for the Arts and Sciences)
  • ACT mathematics subtest score 26 or above:  MAT 167 (Calculus I)

Students directly entering Calculus (MAT 114 or MAT 167) can use this course to satisfy the UMMC math requirement, but must take an additional recommended upper level elective course (BCPM).

d, Placement in English Composition courses depends on the student’s ACT English subscore.

  • ACT English subtest score 16 or below:  ENG 99E (Expanded Composition Studio) and ENG 100E (Composition I expanded)
  • ACT English subtest score 17-19:  ENG 100E (Composition I expanded)
  • ACT English subtest score 20 or above:  ENG 101 (Composition 1)

e, “Required electives” must include 6 hours of social/behavioral sciences and 9 hours of humanities and fine arts (3 hours).

NOTE:   if a student is also pursuing a baccalaureate degree from Southern Miss,, he/she must take

  • one fine arts course (select from ART 130, DAN 130, MUS 165, THE 100)
  • two (2) Humanities courses (select from HIS 101, HIS 102, PHI 151, REL 131);  one Humanities must be a HIS course. ENG 203 is also a humanities required elective
  • two (2) Social and Behavioral Sciences courses:  select one from (ANT 101, GHY 101, SOC 101) and one from (ECO 101, PS 101, PSY 110). SOC 101 and PSY 110 are commonly selected.

Strategy for Success

  • Students should focus on doing well in their studies, particularly the required science and math courses.
  • Students should become involved with extracurricular activities, including meaningful community service learning, volunteer activities, and leadership positions that will demonstrate effective interactions with diverse people and effective time management skills.
  • Students could start getting some hands-on exposure to pharmacy.
  • Students may join AED (Alpha Epsilon Delta), the national Health Preprofessional Honor Society, as associate members at any time even if they do not fulfill the requirements for full membership (must be enrolled at Southern Miss for a minimum of three semesters and meet specific course and GPA requirements). Full members are inducted during the Spring semester.

Information and links to AED Full and Associate Member applications are available on the Southern Miss Preprofessional website: http://www.usm.edu/science-technology/alpha-epsilon-delta

YEAR 2

Fall Spring  
CHE 255&L4 h CHE 256&L4 h 
PHY 111&L 4 hPHY 112&L4 h
MAT 167 or MAT 314 3 h PSY 360d3 h 
ECO 2023 hBSC 380/L4 h
One required electivec   3 h One required electivec 3 h

d, PSY 360 is recommended, depending on the student’s major; another upper level statistics course may be recommended or required for a specific major.

Strategy for Success

  • Students continue to focus on doing well in their studies.
  • Students remain involved with meaningful community service learning, volunteer activities, and leadership positions.
  • Students could participate in hands-on exposure to pharmacy.
  • Students are typically inducted into AED, the national Health Preprofessional Honor Society, in the Spring semester of the Sophomore year, but may be inducted in Junior or Senior year (must be enrolled at Southern Miss for a minimum of three semesters and meet specific course and GPA requirements).

YEAR 3

Fall Spring  
PHI 452e3 h CHE 420 3 h 
BSC 451f 3 hBSC 360 or BSC 476 3 or 4 h 
BSC 481f 3 hBSC 3704 h
BSC 486/Lf 4 hOne required electivec 3 h
One required electivec3 h1-2 other courses as needed g3-4 h

e, PHI 452 (Health Care Ethics) is taught sporadically at USM; students must check the Course Schedule Guide for the Hattiesburg and Gulf Coast campuses each year and take it whenever/where ever it is offered, or they must plan to take a bioethics course at another university.

f, BSC 451 (Human Physiology), BSC 481 (Pathogenic Microbiology), BSC 486/L (Immunology) are typically taught in Fall but check the Course Schedule Guide and be prepared to take it another semester.

gf, Students may take BSC 399 (MCAT Preparation) if they would like to review Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Math in a formal class or they should prepare on their own before attempting the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) for the first time. Students may take the PCAT after completing the required prepharmacy courses.

BSC 399 is offered in the Spring semester; pre-requisites include ENG 101, 102; BSC 110/L, 111/L; CHE 106/L, 107/L, 255/L, 256/L;  PHY 111/L, 112/L; [MAT 101& MAT 103 OR one Calculus course] and one upper level BSC or CHE course; minimum overall GPA 3.4.

Strategy for Success

  • Students continue to focus on doing well in their studies.
  • Students remain involved with meaningful community service learning, volunteer activities, and leadership positions.
  • Students continue to participate in hands-on experiences related to any aspect of pharmacy.
  • Apply to pharmacy school when you have completed the required courses (see below for application process).

YEAR 4 (If pursuing a baccalaureate at Southern Miss)

Fall Spring  
Classes to fulfill major, etc.15-18 h Classes to fulfill major, etc.15-18 h 

The Application Process

The application process may begin in the Spring semester of the third year if pursuing a baccalaureate at Southern Miss.  The application process should begin earlier for those transferring to Ole Miss after only three years at Southern Miss. Deadline for completing the application through PharmCAS is by November 1 for admission for the next August.

See the application information for Ole Miss pharmacy regular entry process at: http://www.pharmacy.olemiss.edu/apply.html

Link to PharmCAS: http://www.pharmcas.org/

Students should learn about the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT), which is taken during the twelve months preceding the application deadline, about the online Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS), and about getting letters of evaluation from faculty.

Link to PCAT: http://pearsonassess.com/haiweb/Cultures/en-US/site/Community/PostSecondary/Products/pcat/pcathome.htm

Students are strongly encouraged to take an online practice PCAT before taking the PCAT that they will use on their application: http://tpc-etesting.com/pcatopt/

The Interview

Students are advised to practice their interview skills BEFORE attending their first interview.

For More Information about a Career in Healthcare, Contact the Preprofessional Office

The Healthcare Preprofessional Office is located in Bobby Chain Technology Building (TEC) Room 103.

Website:  http://www.usm.edu/science-technology/preprofessional

Phone number: 601.266.4741

Mailing address:

Healthcare Preprofessional Office
College of Science and Technology
118 College Dr., #5165
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001

Preprofessional Assistant:

Ms. L. Machell Haynes
601.266.4741
ladonna.haynes@usm.edu

Preprofessional Advisor:

Dr. Jeffrey Evans, Preprofessional Advisor
601.266.4883
jeffrey.evans@usm.edu