Loyola University Chicago

Pre-Health Professions

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Planning for an application to pharmacy school is both essential and critical - it is a decision that will take years of preparation. Future applicants will need to take both academic and experiential timelines into consideration well in advance to properly prepare for an application cycle. Below, you will find resources specific to pre-pharm timelines.

Suggested Academic Timelines:


First Year


Chemical Structures & Properties with Lab

CHEM 160/161

Chemical Reactivity I with Lab

CHEM 180/181

Intro Biology I with Lab

BIOL 101/111

Intro Biology II with lab

BIOL 102/112

*MATH 131 (or 161) is a pre-requisite for CHEM 260/261. If you plan on taking CHEM 260/261 by Spring Semester of Second Year, you will need to complete this pre-requisite beforehand.


Second Year


Chemical Reactivity II with Lab

CHEM 240/241

Quantitative Methods in Chemistry with Lab

CHEM 260/261

Human Anatomy & Physiology I

BIOL 242

Human Anatomy & Physiology II

BIOL 243


Third Year


Physics I with Lab

PHYS 111/111L

Physics II with Lab*

PHYS 112/112L

Science Electives*

Science Electives*


Fourth Year


Science Electives*

Science Electives*

*Pharmacy science electives vary on what is required versus recommended. Most commonly, in addition to what is listed above, pharmacy schools will require calculus, statistics, intro economics, psychology, sociology, or other human biology/behavioral science courses. It is best practice to research school requirements well ahead of time to prepare for the courses you will need to take. You can compare school course expectations using PharmCAS

**From Chemistry Department Website: “Starting in Fall 2023 all students will begin the Chemistry sequence in CHEM 160+161 (replacing CHEM 101+111).  Students who began the Chemistry sequence in CHEM 101+111 prior to Fall 2023 may continue in the older course sequence, as long as they make progress in the sequence each consecutive semester, but may switch to the updated sequence as the older courses are replaced.  Students should consult with their Academic Advisor(s) as listed in LOCUS for degree requirements and options.”