May 25, 2024  
2023-2024 Catalog 
2023-2024 Catalog

Pre-Pharmacy, A.A. (General Transfer)

Academic Program Code: 570

This Pre-Major program lays the foundation for students wishing to enter a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm. D.) program. Pharm. D. programs are professional programs, not graduate programs, so a Bachelors degree is not required for admission; however, prior college level coursework is required. The courses featured in this Pre-Major will meet the prerequisites for entry into many Pharm. D. programs* and will aid in preparing for the PCAT exam (if required). Demonstrated success in this curriculum is critical and students should understand that entry into Pharm. D. programs is highly competitive and often based on GPA and interviewing skills. Further, the rigorous nature of Pharm. D. programs will demand that students are academically very well prepared. By declaring this Pre-Major program, students are on track to graduate with an Associate of Arts degree from GRCC and apply to a Doctor of Pharmacy program.

* Admission requirements do vary and students should review the specific requirements for each college and university where they plan to apply.

General Transfer Notes & Michigan Transfer Agreement

The coursework needed to complete this program is listed below.  The courses commonly transfer and satisfy 4-year program requirements at 4-year institutions in Michigan.  

To ensure maximum transferability of individual courses, all course selections should be based on the degree, major, minor, or academic interest at the 4-year transfer institution students plan to attend. 

Students should research and utilize all transfer resources available to maximize the number of GRCC courses that transfer and apply to their 4-year program. 

Because transferability of courses varies by institution, students should contact the 4-year institution they plan to attend to obtain detailed information about transfer requirements. The 4-year institutions ultimately make the decisions about how each course will be used to meet their program requirements.

GRCC advisors and faculty are available to help students navigate transfer resources and create an individualized transfer plan, including selection of courses, which meets all GRCC and transfer institution requirements. 

Graduates of this program will earn an Associate of Arts degree from GRCC and may be eligible to earn the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) credential. 

Admission requirements to 4-year institutions and 4-year programs vary. Students should review the specific admission requirements for the institution and program to which they are transferring.

General Education Courses

Select a minimum of 30 credit hours of coursework from the General Education course list. Select coursework as directed below.  Use transfer resources available to select coursework based on the transfer requirements of the bachelor’s degree program and institution to which you are transferring.

English Composition and Communications


Select two (2) Humanities General Education Electives from two (2) different subject areas.  Only one (1) Foreign Language course can be used for the Humanities requirement.

Social Sciences

Select one (1) Social Sciences General Education Elective from a subject other than EC.

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

General Education Total Credit Hours

30 (minimum)

Total Credit Hours

71 (minimum)

In What Order Should I Take Classes?

In What Order Should I Take Classes?

Please select courses from the Priority I list.  Select courses based on the number of credits you are taking in the semester, for example, if you are a part time student you do not have to take all of the courses listed.  If you are unable to schedule Priority I courses, move to and select from the list of Priority II, Priority III, and Priority IV courses.

Priority I Priority II Priority III

EN 101 - English Composition I 

BI 151 - Introduction to Cells, Molecules, and Genes 

CHM 130 - General Chemistry I   

CHM 131 - General Chemistry I Laboratory     

MA 129 - Survey of Calculus 


MA 133 - Calculus with Analytic Geometry I  

EN 102 - English Composition II 

EC 251 - Principles of Macroeconomics 


EC 252 - Principles of Microeconomics  

CHM 140 - General Chemistry II   

CHM 141 - General Chemistry II Laboratory     

MA 215 - Statistics   

General Education Course

BI 152 - Biological Diversity 

CHM 260 - Organic Chemistry I  

CHM 261 - Organic Chemistry Laboratory I  

COM 131 - Fundamentals of Public Speaking  


COM 135 - Interpersonal Communication  

Priority IV Priority V  

General Education Course

BI 121 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I 

CHM 270 - Organic Chemistry II  

CHM 271 - Organic Chemistry Laboratory II  

PY 201 - General Psychology  


SO 251 - Principles of Sociology    

General Education Course

BI 122 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II 

BI 127 - Microbiology  



NOTE: This priority schedule assumes the student is prepared to take the courses listed. If prerequisites are required, additional semesters may be required to complete this degree.

Meet with an Academic Program Advisor and consult my Academic Progress for specific degree requirements.