The Pre-Pharmacy Concentration at Mount Ida College requires students to take a specific sequence of courses (within a Biology major) that constitute pre-requirements for most institutions offering a Doctor of Pharmacy degree.

Pharmacists are highly trusted and respected members of the health care profession that are high in demand. They distribute prescription drugs to individuals and advise patients, as well
as physicians and other health practitioners on the selection, dosages, interactions and side effects of medications. Completion of the Pre-pharmacy Concentration at Mount Ida College
prepares each student’s application to pharmacy school to pursue a Doctorate of Pharmacy (Pharm.D). Pharmacy schools require the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) as
part of the application, for which students need to rigorously study and prepare in order to provide the best chances of success.

The Pre-pharmacy Concentration includes a curriculum that prepares students for application to a Pharm.D program while earning a Bachelor of Science in Biology. The typical pharmacist
has extensive training in biology and chemistry, which is provided in a lively small college atmosphere with highly engaged faculty coupled with outside-the-classroom opportunities at Mount Ida.

Most pharmacists work in a community setting. As a private New England college with small class sizes, Mount Ida can provide plenty of lab time with personalized attention from faculty to help you master advanced material in a community-like atmosphere. It is highly recommended for Pre-pharmacy students to shadow a pharmacist or volunteer in a pharmacy.

Students interested in the Pre-pharmacy Concentration must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 after their first year of courses at Mount Ida to be allowed to continue this concentration. A minimum grade of C- or higher is required for all program-specific required courses. Students must take a minimum of 31 Biology (BI) credits, but are strongly encouraged to take 37 credits or more of Biology course work.

At Mount Ida College, students in this program will take the following courses, which are required by almost all pharmacy schools:

  • 1 year of biology with lab
  • 1 year of general chemistry with lab
  • 1 year of organic chemistry with lab
  • 1 year of physics with lab
  • 1 year of mathematics
  • 1 year of English
  • Microbiology
  • Statistics
  • Psychology

In addition to the above courses, students take:

  • 1 year of anatomy & physiology (required by some pharmacy schools)
  • Biochemistry (required by some pharmacy schools)
  • Genetics
  • Cell & molecular biology

For complete course listings please refer to our catalog. To learn more about our faculty, please the visit faculty and staff directory.


The Pre-Pharmacy Concentration prepares students to apply for pharmacy school and pursue careers as pharmacists.