Students at Montana Tech can complete the first two years of a pre-pharmacy program, and then transfer to another school to complete the program. To make themselves more competitive, some students choose to complete a B.S. degree in Biological Sciences or Chemistry before applying to a pharmacy program. The pre-pharmacy focus area is not a standalone degree. 

Why Study Pre-Pharmacy at Montana Tech?

Montana Tech has had a long history of placing students in pharmacy programs who were well prepared academically by our pre-pharmacy program and are now practicing pharmacists.

Join our Student-Centered Program

Pre-pharmacy majors receive personalized attention from world-class Montana Tech faculty in a close-knit and supportive environment. You’ll also have opportunities to work side-by-side with them on groundbreaking research, from disease transmission and environmental health to the discovery and characterization of mycobacteriophages (viruses that infect mycobacterial hosts).

Ideal Location

Take a break from meeting your pre-professional health requirements by enjoying beautiful Montana. Close to campus are opportunities for skiing at resorts and in the backcountry, hiking Continental Divide Trail and other trails, fishing in pristine mountain streams, or experiencing southwest Montana’s hot springs.

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90% acceptance rate

For Montana Tech students who apply to medical, dental, pharmacy, or other professional schools

Shadowing Makes a Big Difference

60 hours of pharmacy observation are required

Stand Out, Get Involved

Biology Club, Chemistry Club, and Pre-Professional Health Club allow students to connect, and are a great resume booster

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Is Pre-Pharmacy a Major?

The Montana Tech pre-pharmacy program is not a major but rather a focused set of courses that enables you to complete prerequisite requirements for pharmacy schools. While pharmacy programs accept students from other majors, most students in the Montana Tech pre-med program earn a bachelor’s degree in biology or chemistry.

What Kinds of Jobs do Pharmacists Get?

Pharmacists dispense drugs prescribed by physicians and other practitioners, and inform the consumer about drug information and potential side effects. A PharmD degree also may also open opportunities in research or higher education.


Median annual salary of pharmacists in 2021 in U.S.

2% Projected Career Field Growth

Through 2030


Of U.S. pharmacy school applicants accepted to a program in 2020-21

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While you are at Montana Tech and in the pre-pharmacy program, you should register as a Biology or Chemistry major and be assigned an advisor in this department who specializes in pre-pharmacy advising. In the 2nd year of this pre-pharmacy program you should take the PCAT test and apply for admission to the pharmacy school of your choice.

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