Pre-Pharmacy | Cascadia College



Associate in Biology – DTA/MRP

Area of Interest:

Health & Wellness

Program Length:

90 College-level Credits


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Coursework may be completed through a combination web enhanced (face-to-face), hybrid, and online modes, though not every course is offered in the same modality each quarter. Specific courses may be offered at certain times of the year. Consult the current Class Schedule.


Many courses at Cascadia College have placement prerequisites for reading, writing, and math ability. The courses that you will place into determine how you progress through your pathway and how long your degree will take. There are a variety of ways to find your English and Math placement level.

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Math Notes:

You will need to consult with an academic advisor after placement to be sure to enroll in a course that is consistent with your planned course of study.

Entrance requirements for pharmacy school usually include completing calculus and a statistics course. (MATH&151 Calculus I, MATH&146 Introduction to Statistics.)


If you have any questions about this pathway, contact: 

Planning Your Courses: 

Advisors are here for you. Academic Advisors will help you develop the skills to make sound academic decisions. Through advising, Advisors will support you to make connections between academic interests, long-term goals, and career opportunities. Advisors help with educational planning, university transfer options, college application processes, and graduation requirements. You will have touchpoints with Advisors to ensure you are on track to success. Connect with the Advising, Career, and Transfer team!

The Annual Course Planning Guide show Cascadia’s tentative plan for classes and the quarters in which they are offered. It is intended for planning purposes only and should not be considered a guarantee of class offerings. Actual quarterly sections may be changed, added, or removed. Students should use the Searchable Quarterly Class Schedule to see up to date class offerings.


0-30 credits

  • BIOL& 211 Majors Cellular 
  • CHEM& 161 General Chemistry with Lab I 
  • COLL 101 College Strategies 
  • ENGL& 101 English Composition I 
  • ENGL& 102 Composition II 
  • MATH& 151 Calculus I

30-60 credits

  • BIOL& 212 Majors Animal 
  • BIOL& 213 Majors Plant 
  • CHEM& 162 General Chemistry with Lab II 
  • CHEM& 163 General Chemistry with Lab III 
  • CMST& 220 Public Speaking or CMST& 210 Interpersonal Communication (required for UW Seattle) 
  • Humanities Distribution Requirement (View Choice Classes)

60-90 credits

  • ECON& 201 Microeconomics or ECON& 202 Macroeconomics (required for UW Seattle) 
  • Elective Distribution Requirement (Math& 146 Introduction to Statistics is required for UW Seattle, View Choice Classes)
  • *Humanities Distribution Requirement (View Choice Classes)
  • *Choose two Social Science Distribution Requirement (View Choice Classes)

*If not already completed, be sure to complete EDP requirements by taking a class numbered 150, and an additional EDP class (View Choice Classes).

Choice Classes: Distribution and Elective Requirements - Explore and align your interests. 

The recommended choice classes listed below were thoughtfully chosen to help you gain the necessary skills in this pathway. You are welcome to choose other choice classes outside the recommended list, but consult with an academic advisor to be sure that the classes meet the specific requirements for this pathway.

150 Equity, Diversity, and Power (10 credits)

To meet the Equity, Diversity, and Power completion requirement, you must complete one 150-series EDP course, and at least one additional EDP-designated course for a total of ten (10) credits. EDP courses in the 150-series ground students in the needed cognitive tools and background to critically analyze their position in our increasingly interconnected, complex, and diverse world so they can pursue further study and seek out their careers more intentionally. EDP designated courses may also apply toward Humanities, Social Science, Natural Science, or General Elective distribution requirements as indicated.

Choose one:

  • CMST 150 Multicultural Communication
    GS 150 Globalization, Culture and Identity
  • HIST 150 Cultural Diversity and Challenges in United States History
  • HUMAN 150 Introduction to Cultural Studies
  • SOC 150 Social Inequality

Choose one additional course designated in EDP in any distribution area by choosing from the choice classes below or checking the current class schedule for additional EDP designated courses.


Completion of a minimum of 15 credits from at least 2 different disciplines with a maximum of 10 credits from 1 discipline.  No more than 5 credits from those courses designated as performance/skills, applied theory or lecture/studio courses. Only 5 credits of world language at the 100 level may be included.


  • ART (any ART/ART& class) 
  • MUSC (any MUSC/MUSC& class)  
  • ENGL& 111 Introduction to Literature 
  • PHIL& 101 Introduction to Philosophy 
  • PHIL 102 Ethics and Social Problems 
  • PHIL 242 Biomedical Ethics 

Social Sciences:

Completion of a minimum of 15 credits from at least 2 different disciplines with a maximum of 10 credits from 1 discipline.


  • ANTH& 100 Survey of Anthropology 
  • ANTH& 235 Cross-Cultural Medicine  
  • SOC& 101 Introduction to Sociology 
  • POLS& 101 Introduction to Political Science  
  • PSYC&100 General Psychology 
  • PSYC 202 Biopsychology

Program Elective Credits:

  • BIOL&260 Microbiology

Transfer Opportunities: 

Associate in Biology-Major Related Programs (MRP)/Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA)

At Cascadia, we offer an Associate in Biology Transfer Agreement (DTA)/Major Related Programs (MRP) that prepares you to transfer to a 4-year university.

Most Major Related Programs (MRP) help you prepare to transfer into high demand bachelor’s degree programs that require specific courses in the first two years. Business, biology, engineering, and nursing are a few examples. Each MRP is based on of the statewide transfer agreements: Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA) or the Associate in Science-Transfer (AS-T) and can reduce the time it takes to complete a specific bachelor degree pathway.

Local Transfer Opportunities:

University of Washington, Seattle

Washington State University

View Cascadia’s Transfer Agreements for details of our partnerships with other colleges and universities.

University admissions requirements may vary – consult with the Career and Transfer Center for transfer assistance to plan your career and future educational goals. 

Career Possibilities

Pharmacists dispense medications that are prescribed by doctors and other health care workers, and provide information about their use. They check patient records to make sure there will not be a negative interaction with another medication the patient is taking. Pharmacists review the accuracy of each prescription before it is given to the patient. When customers pick up medications, pharmacists give them instructions for taking the medicine. Pharmacists advise patients about what side effects might be experienced. Some pharmacists work in specialized fields, such as hospitals and clinics (clinical pharmacists) or for health care facilities and insurance providers (consultant pharmacists). 

You can learn more about career possibilities related to your interests in this pathway through O*Net Online. O*Net Online shares information about related careers, salary, skills related to the industry and more.

Connect with Cascadia’s Career and Transfer Center for assistance as you go through the process of planning career and future educational goals.Some job opportunities may also exist in business corporations, non-profits, and Tribal Enterprises.

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