Degree Awarded

  • Associate of Arts

Nature of Program

The associate of arts in pre-pharmacy program fulfills the course requirements necessary for admittance to the Pharm D program at West Virginia University School of Pharmacy. Admission is competitive, and preference is given to qualified West Virginians, although outstanding nonresident applicants are considered. Students planning to apply to a pharmacy program at another institution should determine the admission requirements and transfer equivalencies for the courses offered at Potomac State College of WVU and that institution.

Pre-Pharmacy students should (1) complete the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) in the fall of their sophomore year, and (2) apply for admission to the WVU School of Pharmacy via PharmCAS as early as possible after January 1 of their sophomore year. Consult the WVU Health Sciences Center Catalog for further information.

The pre-pharmacy program provides the foundation in biology, chemistry and math required for admission into and success in the Pharm D program.

Career Opportunities

Pharmacists fill prescriptions, instruct patients on safe use of prescriptions, conduct health and wellness screenings, monitor drug interactions, provide immunizations and perform other duties at retail pharmacies, hospital pharmacies and at home health care facilities.

General Education FOUNDATIONS

Please use this link to view a list of courses that meet each GEF requirement.

NOTE: Some major requirements will fulfill specific GEF requirements. Please see the curriculum requirements listed below for details on which GEFs you will need to select.

General Education Foundations
F1 - Composition & Rhetoric3-6
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research
Accelerated Academic Writing
F2A/F2B - Science & Technology4-6
F3 - Math & Quantitative Skills3-4
F4 - Society & Connections3
F5 - Human Inquiry & the Past3
F6 - The Arts & Creativity3
F7 - Global Studies & Diversity3
F8 - Focus (may be satisfied by completion of a minor, double major, or dual degree)9
Total Hours31-37

Please note that not all of the GEF courses are offered at all campuses. Students should consult with their advisor or academic department regarding the GEF course offerings available at their campus.

Curriculum Requirements

GEF Elective Requirements (5, 6, or 7)6
ENGL 101
ENGL 102
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research (GEF 1)
MATH 150Applied Calculus (or higher - GEF 3)3
STAT 211Elementary Statistical Inference3
AEM 341General Microbiology4
BIOL 115Principles of Biology (GEF 2)4
BIOL 117Introductory Physiology (GEF 8)4
BIOL 216Biochemistry for Pre-Pharmacy3
CHEM 115Fundamentals of Chemistry (GEF 8)4
CHEM 116Fundamentals of Chemistry4
CHEM 233
CHEM 235
Organic Chemistry
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
CHEM 234
CHEM 236
Organic Chemistry
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
CSAD 270Effective Public Speaking (GEF 4)3
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics3
PSIO 241Elementary Physiology4
WVUE 191First Year Seminar1
Total Hours60

Suggested Plan of Study

First Year
ENGL 101 (GEF 1)3ENGL 102 (GEF 1)3
MATH 150 (or higher - GEF 3)3STAT 2113
CHEM 115 (GEF 8)4CHEM 116 (GEF 8)4
BIOL 115 (GEF 2)4BIOL 117 (GEF 8)4
WVUE 1911CSAD 270 (GEF 4)3
 15 17
Second Year
ECON 2013BIOL 2163
CHEM 233
CHEM 235
4CHEM 234
CHEM 236
PSIO 2414AEM 3414
GEF 5, 6, or 73GEF 5, 6, or 73
 14 14
Total credit hours: 60

Major Learning Goals


Upon completion of the associates in pre-pharmacy program, students will be able to:

  1. Apply the scientific method to solving problem by formulating a hypothesis, design effective laboratory experiments, perform laboratory experiments, collect and analyze data statistically and graphically, interpret data, arrive at a conclusion, and report their results utilizing scientific writing.
  2. Describe the relationship between the structure and function of cells and investigate cellular properties through various laboratory techniques.
  3. Use chemical principles and laboratory techniques to describe and analyze the chemical structure and reactivity of organic molecules.  
  4. Use mathematical concepts to solve problems.
  5. Apply for admission into the Pharm D program at the WVU School of Pharmacy or equivalent program.