An important objective of the College of Pharmacy is to educate qualified students to become pharmacists who are committed to providing the highest quality of pharmaceutical and related health care services. These services are mainly concerned with optimizing the therapeutic effects and minimizing the adverse effects of drugs, and require the knowledge and skills of a drug specialist. The practice of pharmacy requires great sensitivity to the health care needs of people and demands a high standard of professional integrity.

The pharmacy curriculum, which includes scientific, professional, and general education courses, is designed to develop pharmacists who are professionally competent and academically well-rounded. The professional program in the College of Pharmacy is fully accredited by the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education.


The professional degree offered by the College of Pharmacy is the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.). The program for this degree is based upon approximately six years of college work (two to three years of prepharmacy and four years in the College of Pharmacy), as outlined below.

The college also offers graduate studies leading to the Master of Science degree in pharmaceutical sciences, pharmacology, toxicology, and pharmacy and the Doctor of Philosophy degree in pharmaceutical sciences, pharmacology and toxicology, and pharmacy. For information on the specific programs in the departments of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Pharmacology and Toxicology, and Pharmacy Practice, consult the Departments and Courses of Instruction section of this catalog.


Admission to the Doctor of Pharmacy program requires completion of courses as specified in the prepharmacy curriculum below. Students in the prepharmacy program at The University of Arizona are enrolled in Arts and Sciences. Equivalent courses completed at other colleges or universities may be accepted in fulfillment of the prepharmacy course requirements with advisor approval.

Candidates are admitted into the professional pharmacy program only in the fall semester. Evaluation for admission to the college requires the following application items: (1) a completed University of Arizona application form, (2) official transcripts of all completed university or college courses, (3) a listing of remaining prepharmacy courses to be completed, (4) a completed student profile questionnaire, (5) an essay, (6) three recommendation forms, and (7) an interview. All science courses must be complete the spring prior to admission. All application materials, including application form and transcripts, should be sent directly to The University of Arizona, College of Pharmacy, Room 344, Tucson, Arizona 85721. Students who seek admission to the College of Pharmacy are urged to initiate the application process in September of the year preceding admission and have all application materials submitted as soon as possible, but no later than by mid-January of the application year. Applicants will be informed of their admission status by May.

All necessary application materials are available from the College of Pharmacy, Room 344.


Students in the four-year professional Pharm.D. program are required to register for and complete a minimum of 14 units each semester. The cumulative University grade-point average and the cumulative professional grade-point average are considered for the determination of scholastic standing in the College of Pharmacy. A student is placed on academic probation if either grade-point average falls below 2.000 at the end of a semester or summer session. A student who is on probation may be disqualified at the end of the next semester if either grade-point average is below 2.000. A student who has been disqualified for at least a semester and who requests readmission to the pharmacy program, must petition the College of Pharmacy. The readmitted student is automatically placed on academic probation and is subject to any additional conditions that may be imposed by the faculty. See "Academic Probation and Disqualification" in the Academic Policies and Graduation Requirements section of this catalog.


After enrolling in the College of Pharmacy, a student may register as an intern with the Arizona State Board of Pharmacy, 5060 N. 19th Avenue, Suite 101, Phoenix, AZ 85015. Inquiries concerning registration as a pharmacy intern and internship regulations should be addressed to the Secretary of the Board of Pharmacy.


Both undergraduate and graduate students in the College of Pharmacy are eligible for financial assistance through the scholarship and loan funds described in the Scholarships and Financial Aids section of this catalog.


First Prepharmacy Year

First Semester Second Semester

Subject Units Subject Units

ENGL 101 3 ENGL 102 3

CHEM 103a 3 CHEM 103b 3

CHEM 104a 1 CHEM 104b 1

ECOL 181 4 ECOL 182 4

Humanities Option* 3 Soc. Sci. Elec.** 3

MATH 123 3 Humanities Option* 3

Total 17 Total 17

Second Prepharmacy Year

First Semester Second Semester

Subject Units Subject Units

PHYS 102a 3 PHYS 102b 3
PHYS 180a 1 PHYS 180b 1
CHEM 241a 3 CHEM 241b 3
CHEM 243a 1 CHEM 243b 1
CHEM 322 2 Literature Elec.**. 3
CHEM 323 1 MIC 205 5
ECON 200 or 201a or 201b 3 Soc. Sci. Elec.** 3

Total 17 Total 16

*Contact the College of Pharmacy for list of options.

**Lower-division social science elective-6 units of introductory courses from the following areas: African American Studies, American Indian Studies, Anthropology, Communication, Family Studies, Geography, History, Journalism, Mexican American Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Women's Studies. Contact the College of Pharmacy for further information.

First Professional Year

First Semester Second Semester

Subject Units Subject Units

BIOC 460 5 ANAT 401 3

PHPR 402 4 PSIO 480, 481 5
PHPR 406 1 PHPR 401 2
PHPR 443 2 PHPR 409 1
PHPR 400 2 PCOL 438 2
STAT 263 3

Total 18 Total 15

Second Professional Year

First Semester Second Semester

Subject Units Subject Units

PCOL 437a 4 PCOL 437b 4
PCOL 471a 4 PCOL 471b 4
PHPR 412a 2 PHPR 475a 6
PHPR 445 3 PHPR 412b 2
PHPR 407 4 Elective(s) 2

PHPR 408a 1

Total 18 Total 18

Third Professional Year

First Semester Second Semester

Subject Units Subject Units

PHPR 475b 6 PHPR 475c 8
PHPR 442 3 PHPR 461 3
PCOL 474 2 PHPR 413 2
PHPR 454 2 PHPR 414 1
PHPR 404 1 PHPR 485 3

Elective(s) 4 PHPR 408b 1

Total 18 Total 18

Summer Session***

First Semester Second Semester

Subject Units Subject Units

PHPR 803a-e or PHPR 803a-e or

PHPR 810 a-i 5 PHPR 810a-i 5

Fourth Professional Year***

First Semester Second Semester

Subject Units Subject Units

PHPR 803a-e, PHPR 803a-e,

PHPR 810a-i, or PHPR 810a-i, or

PHPR 815a-l 15 PHPR 815a-l 15

PHPR 800 2

Total 15 Total 17

***The Summer Session and Fourth Professional Year are individually designed by the clerkship coordinator and the student. The student may be required to complete rotations outside of the Tucson Area.


In addition to the lower-division electives required of all students during their prepharmacy curriculum, students in the College of Pharmacy are required to complete upper-division electives during their professional curriculum. Nine units of upper-division general electives and fifteen units of practicum (clerkship) electives are required.

General Electives

General electives for the Doctor of Pharmacy program may be chosen from upper-division (300-400 level) courses in the following departments:

Accounting Management Information

Anthropology Systems

Biochemistry Marketing

Chemistry Microbiology & Immunology

Communication Molecular & Cellular

Computer Science Biology

Ecology & Evolutionary Nutrition & Food Science

Biology Pharmaceutical Sciences

Economics Finance & Real Estate Pharmacology & Toxicology Pharmacy Practice

Health-Related Professions Management & Policy Psychology Sociology


Examples of electives pertinent to pharmacy that may be taken:

PHSC 427 (2) Antineoplastic Drugs

PCOL 399 (1-4) Independent Study
PHPR 399 (1-4) Independent Study
PHPR 419 (2) Parenteral Preparation

PHPR 424 (2) Antibiotics
PHPR 448 (2) Perspectives in Geriatrics
PHPR 483 (3) Perspectives in Cancer Care
PHPR 489 (3) Clinical Pharmacotherapy of

Mental Disorders
PHPR 495a (2) Issues in Pharmacy
ENGL 307 (3) Business Writing
ENGL 308 (3) Technical Writing
MAP 330 (3) Human Resource Management
MAP 305 (3) Management and Organizational Behavior

MAP 455 (3) Preventative Health Care Policy and Administration

MKTG 361 (3) Introduction to Marketing
MIS 411 (3) Information Systems in Society
N FS 310 (3) Principles of Human Nutrition in

Health and Disease

SER 484 (3) Problems of Drug Abuse


The Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center, the Ruth E. Golding Clinical Pharmacokinetics Laboratory, the Jeffrey M. Golding Clinical Research Unit, the Center for Toxicology and the Center for Pharmaceutical Economics are operated by the College of Pharmacy. For a description of their activities, consult the General Information section of this catalog.