Associate of Science

This two-year program prepares the graduate for application to pharmacy school, a 4 year program leading to licensure as a pharmacist. The future of pharmacists is bright with growing demand and an increasing variety of practice settings. The individual selecting this program must be dedicated and self-motivated to excel at rigorous academic coursework for the two years of prerequisites at South Texas College and four years of pharmacy school.

Entering students, please note that the second year suggests MATH 2413 Calculus I. Students with a score of 380+ on the math portion of the TSI Exam may test-out of MATH 2412 Pre-Calculus Math and enroll directly into MATH 2413 Calculus I after taking and passing the Calculus I Placement Exam provided by the Mathematics Department. Students who qualify and elect this option must contact and make arrangements with the Mathematics Department at 956-872-8327 no later than two (2) weeks prior to the start of the semester the students intends to enroll.

Students with an SAT score of 560+ (SAT II Math Level 1), 520+ (SAT II Math Level 2) or an ACT score of 28+ may also enroll directly into MATH 2413 Calculus I. Otherwise, it is recommended that students take the prerequisite MATH 2412 Pre-Calculus Math the summer prior to the start of the fall semester. Enrollment in MATH 2412 Pre-Calculus Math requires a prerequisite of MATH 1414 College Algebra or ACT scores of 25-27, SAT II Math Level I scores of 520-559, or SAT II Math Level 2 scores of 500-519.

Graduation from South Texas College does not guarantee acceptance into pharmacy school. South Texas College provides the opportunity for the student to develop a solid basic science knowledge base, complete prerequisites for pharmacy school, participate in essay and interview preparation sessions, review for the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT), and advisement in the pharmacy school application process. Pharmacy schools select entering classes by student merit.

Due to a state mandated limit on credit hours for an Associate of Science degree, the student will be expected to complete some prerequisite courses on their own. There is time in the curriculum for the student to complete these courses during summer and second fall semesters.

For questions regarding this major, please contact the program advisors:

  • Dr. Enriqueta Cortez, Department Chair
  • Dr. Reginald Gonzales, Chemistry Instructor
  • Dr. Ivan Camara, Math and Science Student Success Specialist


Field of Study - 18 credit hours
CHEM 1411General Chemistry I4
CHEM 1412General Chemistry II4
CHEM 2423Organic Chemistry I4
CHEM 2425Organic Chemistry II4
BIOL 2421Microbiology for Science Majors 14
STC Core Curriculum - 42 credit hours
Complete 42 credit hours of required Core Curriculum including the following: 242
Component Area Option
Microbiology for Science Majors 1
Calculus I 3
Life and Physical Sciences
Biology for Science Majors I
Biology for Science Majors II
Language, Philosophy & Culture Elective
Select one of the following:
British Literature
American Literature
World Literature
Social and Behavioral Science Elective
General Psychology
Total Credit Hours60

For BIOL 2421 Microbiology for Science Majors, 2 credit hours are scheduled for field of study and 2 credit hours are scheduled to meet the general core education requirements (Component Area Option). 


In addition to the courses in the Field of Study, the student is required to take 42 credit hours from the STC Core Curriculum. These courses must not duplicate courses taken to fulfill field of study requirements.


For students to directly enroll in MATH 2413 Calculus I, they must earn 375+ on the TSI and successfully complete and exam administered by the MATH department or earn a 100 on the college-level Mathematics ACCUPLACER.


Recommended Course Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
Pre-requisite SemesterCredit Hours
PSYC 2301 General Psychology 3
 Credit Hours3
First Semester
BIOL 1406 Biology for Science Majors I 4
CHEM 1411 General Chemistry I 4
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
HIST 1301
United States History I
or Mexican-American History I
 Credit Hours14
Second Semester
BIOL 1407 Biology for Science Majors II 4
CHEM 1412 General Chemistry II 4
HIST 1302
United States History II
or Mexican-American History II
ENGL 1302 Composition II - Rhetoric 3
 Credit Hours14
Summer Session I
Creative Arts Elective - Core Curriculum 3
 Credit Hours3
Third Semester
CHEM 2423 Organic Chemistry I 4
GOVT 2305 Federal Government 3
MATH 2413 Calculus I 4
Component Area Option - Core Curriculum 1-4
 Credit Hours12
Fourth Semester
CHEM 2425 Organic Chemistry II 4
BIOL 2421 Microbiology for Science Majors 1 4
GOVT 2306 Texas Government 3
Language, Philosophy & Culture Elective - Core Curriculum 3
Select one of the following:
British Literature  
American Literature  
World Literature  
 Credit Hours14
 Total Credit Hours60 Credit Hours

For BIOL 2421 Microbiology for Science Majors 2 credit hours are scheduled for field of study and 2 credit hours are scheduled to meet the general core education requirements (Component Area Option). 

Additional Courses Recommended to Satisfy Pharmacy School Prerequisites

Recommended by end of Fall Semester Second Year:

Non-Curriculum Courses
MATH 1442Elementary Statistical Methods4
BIOL 2416Genetics4
PHYS 1401College Physics I4
or PHYS 2425 University Physics I
SPCH 1315Public Speaking3
Total Credit Hours15