McMicken College of Arts & SciencesMcMicken College of Arts & SciencesUniversity of Cincinnati

McMicken College of Arts & Sciences


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This degree path is designed for students who will complete an interdisciplinary liberal arts bachelors degree in addition to the Pharm-D degree. Students will complete all the pre-pharm requirements in three years along with making progress on degree requirements so that they will be on track to complete a BA degree at the end of the fourth year (which coincides with the first professional year in the UC College of Pharmacy).  This degree uses coursework and part of a longitudinal project from the first professional year to complete undergraduate degree requirements, including the capstone. Students in this program will have the advantage of acquiring the intellectual knowledge and practical skills of a liberal arts education while gaining the added credential of the undergraduate degree in addition to the Pharmacy degree.


Quick Info

Program Code



4 years


Main Campus


Interdisciplinary Studies
McMicken College of Arts and Sciences


2nd Floor,French Hall-West
PO Box 210037
Cincinnati,OH  45221-0037
McMicken College Undergraduate Academic Services
Phone: 513-556-5860

Student Success Factors

Individuals successful in the pharmacy program love learning and science, in particular.  They enjoy caring for others and are gifted in communication.  Typicall they are detail oriented and a team player.

All colleges of pharmacy base their admission strongly on demonstrated ability in the laboratory sciences. This is only natural given the nature of pharmacy education itself. A student’s overall academic record, score on the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT), pharmacy-related experience and extra-curriculuar activities are all factors.

Career Possibilities

The profession of pharmacy offers excellent opportunities to those interested in science. Registered pharmacists find careers in the areas of community/retail pharmacy, hospital pharmacy, wholesaling of drug products, pharmaceutical manufacturing, scientific research, government work and teaching. Community pharmacy affords pharmacists an opportunity to become owners of their own businesses. Drug product wholesaling has become an important part of the industry’s distribution method; positions of various types may also be available in this area.

The manufacturing of drug products is one of America’s largest industries, requiring astute attention, accuracy and scientific skill. Every manufactured drug product must be carefully compounded, tested and analyzed before it is offered to the public. Manufacturers also employ pharmacists as medical service representatives who provide drug, clinical and other information to health professions.

Additional career options are listed on the Center for Exploratory Studies website.


These tools assist students to identify course requirements and individual progress toward completion of academic programs. It is important to utilize these resources with personalized guidance from a UC academic advisor regularly to ensure timely graduation..

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Curriculum Guide Versions:


Predominant Program

    Courses Prior to Pharmacy School
    • BIOL1081, Biology I: Molecules, Cells, and the Foundation of Life, NS, 3
    • BIOL1081L, Biology I Laboratory, NS, 1
    • CHEM1040, General Chemistry I, NS, 4
    • CHEM1040L, General Chemistry Laboratory I, NS, 1
    • CHEM1041, General Chemistry II, NS, 4
    • CHEM1041L, General Chemistry Laboratory II, NS, 1
    • MATH1044, Applied Calculus I, QR, 3
    • BIOL2031C, Microbiology for Health Professionals, 3
    • MATH1045, Applied Calculus II, QR, 3
    • CHEM2040, Organic Chemistry I, 4
    • CHEM2040L, Organic Chemistry Laboratory I, 1
    • BIOL2001C, Anatomy and Physiology I, NS, 4
    • BIOL2002C, Anatomy and Physiology II, NS, 4
    • CHEM2041, Organic Chemistry II, 4
    • CHEM2041L, Organic ChemistryLaboratory II, 1
    • CHEM3040, Introduction to Biochemistry, 3
    • PHYS1051, General Physics I (Algebra-based), QR, NS, 4
    • PHYS1051L, General Physics Lab I (Algebra-based), QR, NS, 1
    • PHYS1052, General Physics II (Algebra-based), QR, NS, 4
    • PHYS1052L, General Physics Lab II (Algebra-based), QR, NS, 1
    • STAT1034, Elementary Statistics I, QR, 3
    Courses In First Year Pharmacy School
    • PSCI7002C, Anatomy and Physiology, 4
    • PHCS7000, Introduction to the Health Care System, 3
    • PSCI7003, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 4
    • PHRX7050, Pharmacy Ethics, 2
    • PSCI7052, Principles of Medicinal Chemistry, 2
    • PSCI7053, Principles of Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapy, 5
    • INTR5001, Interdisciplinary Capstone, 3
    A&S Core Requirements
    • ENGL1001, English Composition, EC, 3
    • ENGL2089, Intermediate Composition, EC, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Foreign Language Sequence, 10 - 12
    • XXXXxxxx, Social Science Courses, SS, 6
    • XXXXxxxx, Humanities Course from A&S discipline, HU, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Humanities or Fine Arts Course, FA, HU, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Historical Perspective Course, HP, 3
    • HISTxxxx, HIST Course, HP, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Interdisciplinary Requirement, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Social & Ethical Issues or Technology & Innovation Course - may double count, SE, TI, 3
    BoK Cluster
    • AFST1005, Introduction to Global Health Issues, SE, SS, 3
    • AFST2070, Personal Health for Minorities , DC, SE, 3
    • AFST3005, African Health and Development, SE, SS, 3
    • AFST3022, Drugs: Impact on Minority Populations, 3
    • AFST3024, Cultural and Environmental Stress in Urban Life, SE, SS, 3
    • AFST3052, Community Health and Minorities: Yeserday, Today, and Tomorrow, DC, SS, 3
    • ANTH2079, Medical Anthropology, DC, SS, 3
    • CLAS3031, History of Medicine , DC, HU, 3
    • COMM2004, Communicating About Health, Environment and Science, SE, SS, 3
    • COMM3049, Intercultural Communication, DC, SE, 3
    • ENGL3090, Literature and Medicine, SE, HU, 3
    • HIST3049, Women and Health in America, SE, HP, 3
    • PHIL1088, Morality in Medicine: Freshman Seminar, SE, HU, 3
    • PHIL1099, Genetics and Bioethics, SE, HU, 3
    • PHIL2029, Medical Ethics, TI, HU, 3
    • PHIL3028, Bioethics , SE, HU, 3
    • RELG3019, Suffering and Death, DC, HU, 3
    • SOC2035, Sociology of Reproduction, SE, 3
    • SOC2073, Drugs and Society, SE, SS, 3
    • SOC3032, Body and Society, SE, 3
    • SOC3090, Sociology of Health and Illness, SE, 3
    • WGS2010, Human Sexuality, DC, SS, 3

UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

Students in the UC McMicken College of Arts and Sciences enjoy many benefits afforded through study at a research-intensive institution ranked among the nation's top 25 public research universities. UC's urban, Tristate location offers exciting opportunities for global education, research and service learning, while its student-centered focus includes an 11:1 student-faculty ratio, a nationally recognized Center for Exploratory Studies and a highly successful First Year Experience program that teaches critical skills for first-year students and provides connections with important campus resources.

Admission Requirements

Freshmen applicants, please visit the Admission Requirements page for more information.

Transferring to UC Requirements

Admission to A&S is generally available for University of Cincinnati students enrolled in other colleges if they were admissible directly from high school, have a cumulative 2.0 GPA and a 2.0 in their most recent UC college.

Students who were not admissible directly from high school must have:

  • at least a 2.0 GPA in all college-level courses (both at UC and at other institutions)
  • successfully completed one semester of English composition or its equivalent
  • successfully completed one semester of math with a grade of C- or higher that minimally meets on of the following:
    • Mathematical Literacy (MATH 0029)
    • Intermediate Algebra (MATH 0034)
    • Algebra for College (MATH 0039)
    • Students may also take the UC Math Placement exam, but must score an MPT of 420 or higher

Changing Majors Within UC

Same as for those transferring to UC -- see above


Graduation Requirements

To graduate from the UC McMicken College of Arts and Sciences, students must:


  • Earn at least 120 credits. This can include transfer credit, AP credit and free electives, but does not include preparatory coursework. Students who have met all other degree requirements must continue earning credit until the total number of their earned hours comes to at least 120.
  • Attain a 2.0 grade point average for all courses taken at the University of Cincinnati.
  • Be in good academic standing, that is, not on either academic probation or disciplinary probation or suspension.
  • Complete the residency requirement by earning at least 30 credits after matriculating into the college.
  • Complete all of the requirements of at least one major (see major requirements above).
  • Complete the College Core Requirements.
  • Submit an application for graduation to the registrar's office by their posted deadline.

Application Deadlines

Freshmen applicants, please visit the Admission Requirements page for more information.


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