The College of Science and Technology at Temple provides two pathways to graduate studies through its integrated curriculum. Although it is not a major, students who follow the Pre-Pharmacy track become eligible to apply for admission to the School of Pharmacy at Temple after two years. If you’ve already been accepted to the School of Pharmacy as a Direct Admit student, you can also choose the Pharmaceutical Sciences BS accelerated program, through which you’ll earn your bachelor’s degree and Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree in seven years. Both options are ideal if you are interested in entering a healthcare profession.
In the Pre-Pharmacy track, you’ll take a blend of biology, chemistry and mathematics coursework to prepare you for the School of Pharmacy. Pharmaceutical Sciences students have a broad, interdisciplinary grounding in the sciences—both in the classroom and the lab. You’ll study biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics to understand scientific discoveries in healthcare.
Pre-Pharmacy Track versus Pharmaceutical Sciences Major
Deciding between the Pre-Pharmacy track and the Pharmaceutical Sciences BS depends on whether you have been admitted to the School of Pharmacy at Temple prior to your freshman year.
- The Pre-Pharmacy track is tailored for students who wish to attend the School of Pharmacy and earn a PharmD degree but who have not yet applied or been admitted. Students interested in this track declare a major after one academic year and complete undergraduate coursework requirements in two years. During that time, students apply to the School of Pharmacy. If admitted, students move to the School of Pharmacy’s PharmD program after two years in the College of Science and Technology. Students in the Pre-Pharmacy track do not earn a bachelor’s degree and instead work toward the PharmD. Learn more about PharmD prerequisites and the School of Pharmacy at Temple.
- The Pharmaceutical Sciences BS degree is designed for incoming students who have already been admitted to the School of Pharmacy. Because it is an accelerated program, students complete an undergraduate degree in the College of Science and Technology in three years, and enter the School of Pharmacy in their fourth year. The subsequent three years are spent earning a PharmD in the School of Pharmacy. Students in this program receive the Pharmaceutical Sciences BS degree and the PharmD degree over seven years. Learn more about the accelerated degree.