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What is Pharmacy?

This degree path is designed for students who will complete an interdisciplinary liberal arts bachelors degree in addition to the Pharm-D degree. Students will complete all the pre-pharm requirements in three years along with making progress on degree requirements so that they will be on track to complete a BA degree at the end of the fourth year (which coincides with the first professional year in the UC College of Pharmacy).  This degree uses coursework and part of a longitudinal project from the first professional year to complete undergraduate degree requirements, including the capstone. Students in this program will have the advantage of acquiring the intellectual knowledge and practical skills of a liberal arts education while gaining the added credential of the undergraduate degree in addition to the Pharmacy degree.

Success Factors

Individuals successful in the pharmacy program love learning and science, in particular.  They enjoy caring for others and are gifted in communication.  Typicall they are detail oriented and a team player.

All colleges of pharmacy base their admission strongly on demonstrated ability in the laboratory sciences. This is only natural given the nature of pharmacy education itself. A student’s overall academic record, score on the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT), pharmacy-related experience and extra-curriculuar activities are all factors.

Career Possibilities

The profession of pharmacy offers excellent opportunities to those interested in science. Registered pharmacists find careers in the areas of community/retail pharmacy, hospital pharmacy, wholesaling of drug products, pharmaceutical manufacturing, scientific research, government work and teaching. Community pharmacy affords pharmacists an opportunity to become owners of their own businesses. Drug product wholesaling has become an important part of the industry’s distribution method; positions of various types may also be available in this area.

The manufacturing of drug products is one of America’s largest industries, requiring astute attention, accuracy and scientific skill. Every manufactured drug product must be carefully compounded, tested and analyzed before it is offered to the public. Manufacturers also employ pharmacists as medical service representatives who provide drug, clinical and other information to health professions.

Curriculum Guides

UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

Students in the UC McMicken College of Arts and Sciences enjoy many benefits afforded through study at a research-intensive institution ranked among the nation's top 25 public research universities. UC's urban, Tristate location offers exciting opportunities for global education, research and service learning, while its student-centered focus includes an 11:1 student-faculty ratio, a nationally recognized Center for Exploratory Studies and a highly successful First Year Experience program that teaches critical skills for first-year students and provides connections with important campus resources.

Freshman Admission Requirements

Freshmen applicants, please visit the Admission Requirements page for more information.

Transferring to UC Requirements

Admission to A&S is generally available for University of Cincinnati students enrolled in other colleges if they were admissible directly from high school, have a cumulative 2.0 GPA and a 2.0 in their most recent UC college.

Students who were not admissible directly from high school must have:

  • at least a 2.0 GPA in all college-level courses (both at UC and at other institutions)
  • successfully completed one semester of English composition or its equivalent
  • successfully completed one semester of math with a grade of C- or higher that minimally meets on of the following:
    • Mathematical Literacy (MATH 0029)
    • Intermediate Algebra (MATH 0034)
    • Algebra for College (MATH 0039)
    • Students may also take the UC Math Placement exam, but must score an MPT of 420 or higher

Changing Majors within UC Requirements

Same as for those transferring to UC -- see above


Graduation Requirements

To graduate from the UC McMicken College of Arts and Sciences, students must:


  • Earn at least 120 credits. This can include transfer credit, AP credit and free electives, but does not include preparatory coursework. Students who have met all other degree requirements must continue earning credit until the total number of their earned hours comes to at least 120.
  • Attain a 2.0 grade point average for all courses taken at the University of Cincinnati.
  • Be in good academic standing, that is, not on either academic probation or disciplinary probation or suspension.
  • Complete the residency requirement by earning at least 30 credits after matriculating into the college.
  • Complete all of the requirements of at least one major (see major requirements above).
  • Complete the College Core Requirements.
  • Submit an application for graduation to the registrar's office by their posted deadline.

Application Deadlines

Freshmen applicants, please visit the Admission Requirements page for more information.


The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Quick Facts

Bach of Interdiscplnary Studis Degree in Pharmacy

Full-Time Program Duration

4 Years


Uptown Campus West

Admission Criteria



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PO Box 210037
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0037
Phone: 513-556-5860
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