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Pre-Pharmacy & Nutrition

Program Start: 5 September 2017 - In Session
Credit Granting Institution: U of S
Length: 1 year


The University of Saskatchewan offers degrees in Nutrition and Pharmacy.   Students can complete the first year of both programs through Cumberland College.

Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD)

The College of Pharmacy and Nutrition will launch a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) four-year program in fall 2017 to replace the Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy as the first professional degree required to practice as a licensed pharmacist. Candidates for admission must have completed 60 credit units (or equivalent) by April 30 of the year admission is desired.  Students are able to complete the first year (30 credit units) at Cumberland College.

The following courses (or equivalent) should be included in the 60 credit units:

  • Biology : 6 credit units (BIOL 120.3 and BIOL 121.3 at U of S)
  • Chemistry : 3 credit units General and 6 credit units Organic (CHEM 112.3, CHEM 250.3, and CHEM 255.3 at U of S)
  • English : 6 credit units (ENG 110.6 or two of ENG 111.3, 112.3, 113.3, 114.3 at U of S)
  • Biochemistry : 3 credit units Biomolecules and 3 credit units Metabolism (BMSC 200.3 and BMSC 230.3 at U of S)
  • Physiology : 6 credit units (human body systems) (PHSI 208.6 at U of S)
  • Mathematics (Calculus) : 3 credit units (MATH 125.3 at U of S)
  • Statistics : 3 credit units (STAT 246.3 at U of S)
  • Microbiology : 3 credit units (BMSC 210.3 at U of S)
  • Nutrition : 3 credit units (NUTR 120.3 at U of S)
  • Electives : 15 credit units : 6 credit units from psychology, sociology, native studies, or philosophy; and 9 credit units any electives
  • Other Admission Requirements: 1) Test of Critical Skills; 2) Personal video interview

Bachelor of Science in Nutrition

The B.Sc. (Nutrition) program involves an exciting and unique structure and a partnership with the Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region (RQHR) and Saskatoon Health Region (SHR). One year of pre-Nutrition studies is required, after which students may apply to enter the B.Sc. (Nutr.).  The pre-Nutrition year is available at Cumberland College.

At the University of Saskatchewan, the professional experiences that were previously included in postgraduate dietetic internship (which is still the case for many of the Nutrition programs in other parts of Canada) are now incorporated within the degree.

Applicants require a minimum of one year (30 credit units) of university training, a “pre-Nutrition year”, prior to April 30 of the year of application, to be considered for admission.

Pre-Nutrition Year – the following courses or equivalents:

  • Biology 120.3 (The Nature of Life) and Biology 121.3 (The Diversity of Life)
  • Chemistry 112.3 (General Chemistry I)
  • Chemistry 250.3 (Organic Chemistry I)
  • English 110.6 OR 6 cu from English 111.3, 112.3, 113.3 and 114.3 OR French 121.3 (or 122.3) and 125.3 OR Literature 100.6
  • Psychology 120.3 and 121.3 or Sociology 111.3 and 112.3 
  • 6 cu electives*

Please see a College Advisor for academic advising to ensure that you are taking the correct courses.


High school requirements:  Grade 12 with 70% average including:

  • Biology 30
  • Chemistry 30
  • (Nutrition) Foundations of Mathematics 30 or Pre-Calculus 30
  • (Pharmacy) Pre-Calculus 30

For more information on admissions see the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition


You can complete the full prerequisite year (30 credit units) at Cumberland College.  To complete a Pharmacy or Nutrition degree you must move to the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon.  Students must apply to, and be accepted by, the University of Saskatchewan or University of Regina to start their university course work at Cumberland College.

Please see a College Advisor for academic advising to choose the correct courses for you.