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2018-2019 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Pharmaceutical Sciences, BS

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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

Degree Requirements

120 Credits Required

Other Departmental/Program Course Requirements (58-59 credits)

Electives (17-18 credits)

The following courses are optional, but STRONGLY recommended as electives for the following students:

Pharmaceutical Sciences Students:

  • IPPH 10000 Pharmceutical Sciences Orientation I 
  • PHRM 20100 Pharmaceutical Sciences Orientation II

Pre-Pharmacy Students:

  • PHRM 10000 Pre-Doctor of Pharmacy Orientation I
  • PHRM 20000 Pre-Doctor of Pharmacy Orientation II


Additional Requirements

Click here for Pharmacy Special Interest Selectives .

Click here for Pharmacy Leadership Selectives .

University Core Requirements

  • Human Cultures Humanities
  • Human Cultures Behavioral/Social Science
  • Information Literacy
  • Science #1
  • Science #2
  • Science, Technology, and Society
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Quantitative Reasoning

For a complete listing of course selectives, visit the Provost’s Website.

Prerequisite Information:

For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.


Suggested Plan of Study

  • See pharmacy advisor to develop a personalized plan of study

Fall 1st Year

16 Credits

Spring 1st Year

14-15 Credits

Fall 2nd Year ǂ

14-15 Credits

16 Credits

Fall 3rd Year

14-15 Credits

Spring 3rd Year

15-16 Credits

Fall 4th Year

  • Pharmacy Special Interest Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Leadership Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00 
  • Science, Technology & Society Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00 
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00

15 Credits

14 Credits


^ Meets Pre-Doctor of Pharmacy Requirements

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