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College of Letters and Science Pre-Pharmacy Program Degree



UW-Stevens Point offers a wide variety of pre-professional programs, and our graduates have an excellent record of acceptance by graduate and professional schools. Many students who plan to enter a professional school, such as Education or Engineering, as undergraduates or who intend to pursue graduate studies in a professional school such as Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Chiropractic, Optometry, or Nursing, follow a program of study specifically designed for that career path. Although not required, we advise students in all pre-professional areas to get a bachelor of science degree before entering a professional school.  

Why study Pre-Pharmacy at UWSP?

Our students get hands-on research opportunities with faculty in areas such as cell and molecular biology, microbiology, virology, immunology, cancer biology, molecular ecology, genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, protein structure and function, developmental biology, neurobiology and behavior, ecology, evolutionary biology, organismal biology, and taxonomy. A high percentage of our students participate in laboratory and field research projects with Chemistry and Biology faculty mentors. You will study in our highly specialized teaching and research labs at UWSP!

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Faculty Expertise and Support

Most of our classes and labs are taught by a Ph.D.-trained instructor with expertise in the field. A high percentage of our students participate in laboratory and field research projects with Biology and Chemistry faculty mentors. Many students also spend the summer conducting research at UW-Stevens Point and at a variety of cooperating institutions. Our undergraduates often publish their findings with our faculty and are listed as co-authors in top-tier biology and chemistry research journals. Students also have the opportunity to attend regional, national, and international conferences!

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From the moment you step on campus and into our classes, you’ll feel at home. Right from the start you’ll get to meet other majors in your introductory courses. And you won’t only meet each other, but you’ll also meet and mingle with our faculty; learn how to navigate your career path; and figure out how to set yourself up for success as a professional. Our courses are led by 22 total Biology and 15 total Chemistry full-time, Ph.D. faculty members.

If you are interested in completing a Pharmacy Doctorate or a BS in Pharmacology & Toxicology, you may start your course sequence here, and then transfer to UW-Madison or other pharmacy schools. There are certain courses which must be completed in order to be admitted to UW-Madison’s program.

The following courses should be completed in your freshman and sophomore years: Chemistry 105 and 106 or 117, 325, 326; Mathematics 225 and 255; Physics 203 and 204 (or 240 and 250); Biology 160 and 130 (or 210), and Biology 333.

Other courses required for admission to Madison’s program: English 202 or 150; Economics 111; Sociology 101 or Anthropology 101 or 110; Psychology 110 or 320 or Sociology 310. For additional information, a pre-pharmacy adviser can be consulted.

Students take classes and conduct research in the university’s new Chemistry Biology Building, a state-of-the-art, $75 million facility.


Student-run organizations at UW-Stevens Point offer a number of opportunities to get involved with fellow students, professors, and the community.

  • Animal Behavior
  • Pre Veterinary
  • Pre-Med and Allied Health
  • Pre-Physical Therapy
  • Neuroscience
  • Tri-Beta Lambda Omicron Chapter
  • Botany Club
  • Herpetology Society
  • Ichthyology and Aquarium Society
  • Wildlife Society
  • Chemistry Club
  • American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology


Our chemistry courses, including laboratories, are taught by 15 Ph.D.-trained chemists who excel as instructors and mentors. Our faculty’s expertise encompasses every sub-discipline of chemistry. Meet your professors!

Shannon Riha

  • Associate Professor

Kathryn McGarry

  • Associate Professor

Joseph Mondloch

  • Associate Professor

Nate Bowling

  • Professor