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Getting ready in high school

High School ChemistryThere are a few things you need to do to get on a successful path to a career in pharmacy.

First and foremost - your grades are important.

You need to have good study habits and keep your grades as high as possible. A strong work ethic and performance will payoff.

A solid understanding in the Science  and Mathematics subjects is key. A sound understanding in chemistry, biology and physics is also essential part of preparing for the study of pharmacy. English is also very important.

Below is a chart that lists the required high school courses and grades, as well as the courses at Memorial University (MUN) that you need to do before you can apply to the School of Pharmacy.

High School Courses

and Other MUN

Pre-requisite Courses Needed

 MUN Courses needed to apply to the School of Pharmacy

  • Varies depending on specific courses – generally High School English 3201.
  • Students whose native tongue is not English and are entering Memorial will be tested by the Department of English and placed in one of the following courses: English 1080, English 1000, English 1020 or English 102F.
  • A grade of 4 in AP English Literature/Composition qualifies for Advanced Placement credit.

 English (any 6.0 credit hours at 1000 level, i.e., 1st year level)

  • No high school biology required.
  • Biology 1001 AND 1002 
  • High School Math 3200 - if you have 75% or greater you can proceed to do MUN Math 1000; if you have greater than 50% but lower than 75% you must do the MUN Math Placement Test (MPT) and get at least 75% in order to do MUN Math 1000 

  • High School Math 3208 - if you have done Math 3208 you must write the MUN Calculus Placement Test (CPT). If you get at least 50% on the CPT, you will be awarded transfer credit for Math 1000. If you don't get at least 50% on the CPT, you will have to do Math 1000.

  • A score of at least 4 in Standard Mathematics from the International Baccalaureate® program (no MPT required) (currently only available in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador at Holy Heart of Mary High School)

  • Memorial University Math 1090
  • Math 1000 AND 1001 

  • High school Level III Advanced Math

  • Memorial University Math 1090, which may be taken concurrently.
  • It is recommended that students complete at least one Level II and one Level III high school physics course (such as Physics 3204). But if this is not possible, the MUN Physics courses can still be done but extra effort will be necessary.
  • Physics 1020 or Physics 1050



  • High School Physics 2204 AND 3204.

  • Students must also be concurrently registered in Memorial University Math 1000.
  •  Physics 1021 or Physics 1051


  •  Chemistry 1050 AND 1051 (or 1010, 1011, and 1051)




There is no direct admission from high school to the School of Pharmacy at Memorial University. A minimum of one year of post-secondary education is required.

Click here to learn more about post-secondary pre-admission requirements.