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Pharmacology vs. Pharmacy

A photo of mirandat mirandat
I've been told they're quite similar, but only briefly. Could someone explain in detail what exactly the difference is? And which one would you recommend to be easier to study and get into?
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A photo of Zion Zion
From Wikipedia...
"Pharmacy is the health profession that links the health sciences with the chemical sciences and it is charged with ensuring the safe and effective use of pharmaceutical drugs."

"Pharmacology is the branch of medicine and biology concerned with the study of drug action."

Google is your friend. While both are similar, pharmacology is more academic, and pharmacy is a professional program. Studying pharmacology won't qualify you to become a pharmacist, but rather conduct drug research. They're both difficult, but pharmacy is probably the better choice career-wise.
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Hi there,
Zion is absolutely correct. To add on...

After majoring in pharmacology, which is strictly a B.Sc. program in most universities, you're most likely leading towards a research if you want to continue with pharmacology. This would involve doing graduate studies (a Masters or PhD), doing research, then working in academia or industry (pharmaceutical companies). At UBC, I learnt about drug design, the effects of drugs on the body, and the hardcore "science" of drugs, essentially.

Pharmacy, on the other hand, leads to being a pharmacist, which is the profession you most often associate with at pharmacies. They commonly fill prescriptions and have more of a clinical perspective of drugs. There are also community pharmacists who work at clinics and hospital pharmacists, to name a couple more.

As for what's easier to get into, I can only speak for UBC. Pharmacology needed at least ~87% in the first two years of the B.Sc. to enter Pharmacology (in the 3rd year), and was quite competitive academically. Pharmacy takes into consideration marks, extracurriculars, PCAT, essay, etc. and requires more of a "well-rounded" candidate after at least 1 year of pre-requisites.

Hope that helps!
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The major difference is that pharmacology is a subject, whereas pharmacy is a field of subjects (including pharmacology, as well as pathology, physiology and anatomy, microbiology and immunology, some psychology, some communications studies, some law and ethics) that prepares you for a career in pharmacy.

Pharmacology is both an undergraduate program and a graduate program. Undergraduate programs are typically considerably easier to get into than pharmacy programs; graduate pharmacology programs are a little easier to get into than pharmacy programs (required GPA is lower and there are a greater number of programs you can apply to [there are only 10 schools of pharmacy in Canada, but my guess is that there are at least 25 graduate pharmacology programs in Canada]).
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which one deals with more chemistry, pharmacology or pharmacy?
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