About the Program
The B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences (BSPS) begins with a foundation of coursework in mathematics and the basic sciences (chemistry, biology, physics). This interdisciplinary program then progresses to advanced coursework in the pharmaceutical sciences, including aspects of drug design and synthesis, mechanisms of drug action, pharmacology and toxicology, dosage formulation, manufacturing, quality assurance, and regulatory compliance. The curriculum also includes elective credits for individual preparation and educational focus.
The BSPS program offers practical experience through internship programs in industry, government agencies, and on-campus research laboratories. Students are encouraged to spend at least one summer in an internship.
The faculty also encourages undergraduate students to engage in mentored laboratory research. Numerous undergraduate research opportunities are available in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology and in the Department of Industrial and Physical Pharmacy, during the regular school year and during the summer months as interns. Career path opportunities with a degree in pharmaceutical sciences include entry-level technical positions in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry; graduate education in pharmaceutical, medical, and basic sciences; and post-baccalaureate professional education in pharmacy, medicine, law, and business. You should recognize that this is not a professional degree program. Completion of the B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences degree requirements does not qualify the student for state board examination to become a registered pharmacist.
Pharmaceutical Sciences Website
Pharmaceutical Sciences Major Change (CODO) Requirements
120 Credits Required
Departmental/Program Major Courses (45 credits)
Other Departmental/Program Course Requirements (60-61 credits)
Electives (14-15 credits)
University Core Requirements
For a complete listing of University Core Course Selectives, visit the Provost’s Website.
- Human Cultures: Behavioral/Social Science (BSS)
- Human Cultures: Humanities (HUM)
- Information Literacy (IL)
- Oral Communication (OC)
- Quantitative Reasoning (QR)
- Science #1 (SCI)
- Science #2 (SCI)
- Science, Technology, and Society (STS)
- Written Communication (WC)
For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.
Fall 4th Year
- PHRM 46000 - Drug Discovery And Development I
- Pharmacy Leadership Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
- Pharmacy Special Interest Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
- Science, Technology & Society Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
- Elective - Credit Hours: 2.00
- (^) Meets Pre-Doctor of Pharmacy Requirements
- See pharmacy advisor to develop a personalized plan of study
The ♦ course is considered critical.
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