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  • Pre-Pharmacy Student Association

  • Graduate Degrees in Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences

  • Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) Degree

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 Pharmacy is the study of the physical, chemical and biological characteristics of medicinal substances and the utilization of these substances in the prevention, treatment, and control of illness and disease.  It also encompasses a study of the systems of delivering health care and the function of the professional pharmacist within these systems. The Skaggs School of Pharmacy was established in 1907 at Montana State College and was transferred to the University in 1913. The pharmacy program consists of two departments, Pharmacy Practice and Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences.  The curriculum offered by the Skaggs School of Pharmacy consists of a six year program leading to the entry-level Pharm.D. degree.  The first two years, or pre-professional portion of the curriculum, are spent in studies of the basic physical and biological sciences, and in course work necessary to satisfy the University general education requirements.

Pre-Pharmacy Curriculum

Students must complete the courses shown here before entering the professional program.  The sequence of courses is illustrative and, if proper prerequisites are satisfied, the student may alter the order.  All required pre-pharmacy courses must be completed with a grade of C or better. 

First Year Autumn Spring Total Credits
Human Anatomy & Physiology I & II (or Form & Function at UM) 3 3 6
College Chemistry 3 3 6
College Chemistry Lab 2 2 4
Applied Calculus either semester 4
English Composition either semester 3
Electives and General Education     9
Total     32
Second Year Autumn Spring Total Credits
Organic Chemistry 3 3 6
Organic Chemistry Lab 2 - 2
Intro to Micro or Macro Economics - 3 3
Cell & Molecular Biology 4 - 4
College Physics with Lab - 5 5
Statistics - 4 4
Electives & General Education     8
Total     32
Either Year Autumn Spring Total Credits
Social Science Elective (Intro to Psychology or Sociology) either semester 3
Communications Elective (Public Speaking) either semester 3
Total 64  including electives and General Education


Skaggs School of Pharmacy
Office of Student Services
341 Skaggs Building
Missoula, MT 59812-1512
Phone: 406-243-4656
FAX: 406-243-4209
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