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Idaho State University (ISU) provides students with a clear path toward completion of a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree and to become pharmacists.  Students typically declare pre-pharmacy as a major or minor, but do not need to complete a bachelor’s degree before entering the PharmD program.  The pre-pharmacy curriculum takes 2-3 years to complete. 

The ISU College of Pharmacy offers a 4-year PharmD program that can be completed in Pocatello or Meridian, Idaho or in Anchorage, Alaska.  Students may complete their fourth year at our clinical sites in Boise, Pocatello, or Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, Reno, Nevada or Anchorage, Alaska.  Completing the pre-pharmacy curriculum and the PharmD program to become a pharmacist will typically take 6-7 years.

Students seeking admission to the ISU PharmD program must complete all pre-pharmacy and general education requirements, except for biochemistry, by the end of the spring term of the year students apply.  Biochemistry may be completed in the early summer session prior to admission. Pre-pharmacy requirements may be completed at any accredited two- or four-year college.

Pre-Pharmacy Courses ISU Course Semester Credits 
General Biology with Lab BIOL 1101 & BIOL 1101L 4
Introductory or General Microbiology with lab BIOL 2221 & BIOL 2221 OR BIOL 2235 & BIOL 2235 4
Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab BIOL 2227 & BIOL 2227L OR BIOL 3301 & BIOL 3301L 4
Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab BIOL 2228 & BIOL 2228L OR BIOL 3302 & BIOL 3302L 4
Biochemistry BIOL 4432 3
General Chemistry I with Lab CHEM 1111 & CHEM 1111L 4
General Chemistry II with Lab CHEM 1112 & CHEM 1112L 4
Organic Chemistry I with Lab CHEM 3301 & CHEM 3303 4
Organic Chemistry II with Lab CHEM 3302 & CHEM 3304 4
Macro- or Microeconomics ECON 2201 OR ECON 2202 3
Statistical Reasoning MATH 1153 3
Survey of Calculus MATH 1160 3
General Physics I (lab not required for ISU's admission) PHYS 1111 3
  ISU General Education Requirements minimum of 24

The pre-pharmacy curriculum requirements vary slightly between different pharmacy programs.  Visit the Pharmcy College Application Service's directory for a complete list of pharmacy programs and admissions requirements. 

Explore pharmacy with the following resources:

The Profession of Pharmacy – A Bright Future (YouTube Video)

Pharmacy is Right for Me

American Pharmacist Association

To learn more about the ISU PharmD program, visit their website, contact (208) 282-4597 or email