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What high school / college courses are best for people wanting to go into Pharmaceuticals?

Hello! I was wondering if anyone could give me some advice on which high school and or college courses could be best for me to take if I wanted to go into a career in pharmaceuticals, as next year I begin high school and want to make my chances as high as possible for getting into a good school and (hopefully) securing a degree in the future, as this career has been something I'm very passionate about. I participate in my schools Science Olympiad team and work very hard in the medical based competitions. Next year I already plan on doing honors biology and have gotten accepted into the class, but I wanted input on other classes that would be key to take.
Also a side question about that: if I take 2 years of early college in high school and graduate with an associates degree: could that potentially take off two years of my college experiences? It's something I plan on doing and I know going to school for this career overall is 8 years so I was just curious.

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Take as many science and math courses as you can, including AP courses. Prepare yourself for a rigorous college experience. It is a lot of hard work but worth every minute. Michael Trocchia PE, CPIM

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Allison’s Answer


Take all the science and math classes available, especially chemistry. The way pharmacy school classes are structured you are using science, math and chemistry combined for a lot of classes.

The associates degree option is great! It gets you 1/2 thru undergrad before you get to college. Once in college, check entrance requirments for pharmacy school and take those . Usually college calculus and physics will be required.

Remember to get out into the community. Pharmacy is a very people oriented field. Get out and meet the people. Chain pharmacies and hospitals will usually not let you "shadow" without backround check and drug screen. Try an independent pharmacy, locally owned corner store kind of place. You can get a feel for what pharmacist do. Ask at your place of worship, your parents job, or the neighbors. Somebody knows a pharmacist. If people love what they do, they will want to share it with you.

Good luck!

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Samir’s Answer

I agree with the answers presented above -- would take as many chemistry classes as possible. If you have done all the ones at your local high school, would see if there are any colleges in the area where you can take a class, even in the summertime.

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James’s Answer

Any chemistry classes will be good particularly in the organic area. You may not find them in high schools but try on line to see if you can locate some at your level.

James recommends the following next steps:

Check Khan Academy online to see if they have organic chemistry classes.