Pre-Professional Pathways are not offered as majors at Western, nor are they at most other universities, but they can be incorporated into or taken alongside any degree-granting major offered at Western.

Western provides a series of courses which prepares students for application to institutions that offer a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree. Pharmacy schools emphasize the importance of a liberal arts education and do not recruit students from one specific major or discipline. Although Western does not offer a Pre-Pharmacy major, examples of majors popular among pre-pharmacy students are Biology, Environmental Science, Psychology, Spanish, and Business. 

Beyond the Classroom

Western's Pre-Healthcare Professions Advising Office provides mentoring and advising to students interested in pursuing careers in healthcare professions. The office works with students to enhance their chances of gaining successful admission to the professional school of their choice. Services range from individual academic advisement to preparing students for the final application process.

Western's Associated Students is home to 200+ clubs, including those for students pursuing healthcare professions.

Careers and Graduate Studies

Admission to institutions that offer a PharmD degree is selective and may include: evaluation of GPA (both cumulative and science), letters of recommendation, pharmacy related experience, and an interview as well as legal and social records. Due to variations in admission requirements, students are encouraged to research the schools of their choice for detailed information.


Sample Jobs

  • Retail Pharmacist
  • Clinical Pharmacist

Requirements and Course Details

To learn more about this program, including grade requirements, a course listing, how to declare the major, and more, see the Program of Study Details.