Admission Requirements

Pharmacy has grown more complex in recent years, and the scope of practice for pharmacists has expanded. We have developed our Entry-to-Practice PharmD program to address this complexity. Below are the background courses that will optimally prepare you for this program at UBC.

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Admission Prerequisites

To be considered for admission to the Entry-to-Practice Doctor of Pharmacy (E2P PharmD) four-year program, applicants must:

  • have completed 60 credits of transferable post-secondary coursework within 10 years of the intake session's start date (e.g. if applying for Fall 2019 intake, prerequisites completed Fall 2009 onward are acceptable);
  • meet a minimum core average of 65%, or 2.50 GPA on a 4-pt scale, calculated on all attempts at first-year prerequisites (Biology, Chemistry, English, and Mathematics [Calculus]);
  • meet a minimum overall average of 65%, or 2.50 GPA on a 4-pt scale, calculated on the last 30 credits of coursework completed;
  • be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada; and
  • satisfy the subject requirements below:

UBC Vancouver Students

The required courses (1) for applicants from UBC Vancouver are:

BiologyBIOL 112 (recommended) or MICB 201 (2), plus BIOL 121 & BIOL 140
ChemistryCHEM 121 or 111, plus CHEM 123 (3)
EnglishFirst-year ENGL (6 credits) (4); ENGL 112 is recommended
CalculusMATH 102 (recommended) or one of MATH 100, 104, 110, 120, 180 or 184, plus MATH 103 (recommended) or one of MATH 101, 105 or 121
Cell BiologyBIOL 200
BiochemistryBIOL 201 or BIOC 202 or BIOC 203
Organic ChemistryCHEM 233 & 235, or CHEM 203
MicrobiologyMICB 202
StatisticsSTAT 200 or STAT 203 or BIOL 300
Humanities or Social Sciences6 credits of Humanities or Social Sciences courses (5)
Elective(s)Sufficient credits to bring total to at least 60

(1) Acceptable in lieu of first-year requirements is the UBC Science One Program (plus 6 credits of first-year English). There may be additional alternate courses that satisfy the requirements listed in this table. Consult the Science Credit Exclusion List for more information.

(2) BIOL 112, if taken, will be calculated in the first-year core average. MICB 201 is not equivalent to BIOL 112 and will not be calculated in the first-year core average (and should not be taken for this purpose). MICB 201, if taken within the last 30 credits, will be included in that GPA calculation.

(3) CHEM 113, if taken, will be accepted in lieu of CHEM 123.

(4) SCIE 113, WRDS 150, or WRDS 350 will be accepted in lieu of 3 credits of first-year English.

(5) Includes most humanities and social science subjects offered by the Faculty of Arts. Some subject areas that are not accepted include, but not limited to: Music performance, Visual Arts/Design, Theatre/Technical Theatre/Drama/Film Production. ENGL courses used to satisfy the 6 credits of the first-year English requirement cannot count toward satisfying the humanities or social sciences requirement.

UBC Okanagan Students
 
Applicants from UBC Okanagan are required to present the following courses (or their equivalents):

BiologyBIOL 116 and BIOL 125
ChemistryCHEM 121 or 111, plus CHEM 123 (1)
EnglishFirst-year ENGL (6 credits); ENGL 112 is recommended
CalculusMATH 100 (recommended) or MATH 116, plus MATH 101 (recommended) or MATH 142
Cell BiologyBIOL 200
BiochemistryBIOL 311 or BIOC 304 or BIOC 305
Organic ChemistryCHEM 203 & 204 or CHEM 213 & 214
MicrobiologyBIOL 228
StatisticsBIOL 202 or STAT 230
Humanities or Social Sciences6 credits of Humanities or Social Sciences courses(2)
Elective(s)Sufficient credits to bring total to at least 60

(1) CHEM 113, if taken, will be accepted in lieu of CHEM 123.

(2) Includes most humanities and social science subjects offered by the Faculty of Arts and Science and the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies. Some subject areas that are not accepted include, but not limited to: Music performance, Visual Arts/Design, Theatre/Technical Theatre/Drama/Film Production. Courses can be at any year level. ENGL courses used to satisfy the first-year English requirement cannot count toward satisfying the humanities or social sciences requirement.

Non-UBC Students

Applicants who have completed academic requirements at other institutions are encouraged to refer to the course descriptions below to determine if the courses they have taken, or are planning to take, are suitable to satisfy the prerequisites. Prerequisite coursework must be for post-secondary credit and transferable to UBC. Due to the complexity of transfer credit evaluations, we are unable to provide a listing of acceptable courses, or provide pre-admission evaluations. Applicants will receive a formal evaluation of their academic qualifications after submitting an application for admission. The course descriptions below should be treated as a guideline, and not a definitive or a fully comprehensive description of the courses that would satisfy the prerequisite coursework. The Faculty reserves the right to refuse admission if it is determined that the prerequisites have not been met. Applicants from BC institutions other than UBC may consult the BC Transfer Guide: www.bctransferguide.ca.

BiologyTwo semesters of first-year biology with labs. Biology courses that satisfy this prerequisite are typically ones designed for first year life science students and cover topics in cellular and molecular biology, genetics, evolutionary principles, biodiversity, and ecology. Typically includes lab component, or complementary lab courses. Must serve as prerequisites for further studies in biology/biological sciences. Human anatomy and physiology courses cannot be used to satisfy this prerequisite.
ChemistryTwo semesters of first-year chemistry with labs. General or introductory chemistry. Topics generally include bonding theories, structural chemistry, chemical reactivity; thermodynamics, kinetics, introductory organic chemistry, etc. Includes lab component, or complementary lab courses. Must serve as prerequisites for further studies in chemistry.
EnglishTwo semesters of first-year English (for which UBC awards transfer credit). Courses must be awarded transfer credit for first-year English at UBC. Acceptable English courses are usually offered through an English department and would cover topics in English literature and composition (academic writing). It is recommended to have at least one composition course. Upper-year level English courses will not be accepted in lieu of first-year English. Technical or report writing, communications, creative writing, cultural studies, film/theatre/television studies, writing courses for university preparation and essay-heavy courses in another discipline are usually not accepted. (UBC's ELAS requirement is a separate requirement)
CalculusTwo semesters of first-year calculus (differential & integral). Traditional first year courses on differential and integral calculus. Should serve as prerequisites for further studies in calculus.
Cell BiologyOne semester of second-year cell biology or second-year genetics. Cell biology preferred. Typically offered at a second-year level; first-year cell biology usually will not be accepted.
BiochemistryOne semester of introductory second-year biochemistry. Typically offered at a second-year level; sometimes at a third-year level. Should cover topics on biological molecules, protein structure and enzyme action, energy transfer, metabolism, etc.
Organic ChemistryTwo semesters of second-year organic chemistry with labs. Typically two semesters of organic chemistry at a second-year level are required to satisfy this prerequisite unless otherwise advised. Includes lab component, or complementary lab courses.
MicrobiologyOne semester of second-year microbiology. Acceptable general microbiology courses are typically offered at a second-year level, but higher level courses may be accepted. Ideally, a one semester courses should cover all of bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms, as well as immunology.
StatisticsOne semester of introductory statistics. Introductory statistics courses designed for other disciplines (i.e. social sciences, commerce, life sciences) may be accepted.
Humanities or Social SciencesTwo semesters of Humanities or Social Sciences courses. Humanities and Social Sciences are academic disciplines that study human culture, society, and social relationships. The following are examples of subject areas that are acceptable under this category. Please note that coursework must be transferable to UBC, and awarded transfer credit in these subject areas to be considered as such, and this is not an exhaustive list: Anthropology, Archaeology, Canadian Studies, Classical Studies, Creative Writing, Cultural Studies (i.e. African Studies, Asian/East Asian studies, European Studies, Latin American Studies, Near Eastern Studies etc.), Economics, Film Studies, First Nations Studies and Languages, Geography (some), History, Languages (foreign languages that are taken for undergraduate credit), Linguistics, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology. Some subject areas that are not accepted include, but not limited to: Music performance, Visual Arts/Design, Theatre/Technical Theatre/Drama/Film Production, Dance.
Elective(s)Sufficient credits to bring total to at least 60. Refers to transferable coursework. Reach a total of 60 credits once transferred to UBC.

Other notes:

  • Exceptions to the 10 year limit on coursework may be considered for the humanities/social science or elective requirements only.
  • Only transferable undergraduate coursework will be considered. Graduate coursework and pharmacy technician diplomas will not count towards the admission prerequisites.
  • IB, AP, or A-level subjects that are eligible for UBC transfer credit may be used to satisfy admission prerequisites. For more information about UBC’s policy on first year credit, please visit: https://you.ubc.ca/applying-ubc/applied/first-year-credit/

Because enrolment in the program is limited and competitive, applicants should be aware that satisfying the minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee admission.

For further assistance, you may contact the Office of Student Services at undergrad.pharm@ubc.ca. Questions pertaining to specific coursework that is not addressed on this page should be accompanied by the institution's name, course code (i.e. ENGL 100), and year that courses were completed. In some cases, course outlines may be requested.

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