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The curriculum of the pre-professional division is similar for the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) and B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences (BSPS) programs.
The Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences (BSPS) degree is a four-year baccalaureate program. The pharmaceutical sciences represent the collective basic sciences that underlie pharmacy. This degree program is designed for students who wish to pursue careers related to the pharmaceutical industry, pharmaceutical science and research, pharmaceutical administration and sales, the biomedical industry, forensic science, as well as health care administration. It also prepares students to enter medical school, law school, or graduate studies. There are five majors under the BSPS degree program:
Pharmaceutical Science Pre-Med
The B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences is an excellent choice for Pre-Med education. Majoring in Medicinal and Biological Chemistry or in Pharmacology/Toxicology will place you ahead of the curve in medical school and will make your medical school application unique. Learn more
B.S./M.S. in Medicinal Chemistry is an additional degree option that allows students to obtain both a BS and MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences degree in five calendar years. BS in Pharmaceutical Sciences students choose a faculty mentor as an internship mentor during the undergraduate years and continue the MS thesis research with the same mentor.
The six-year, entry-level Doctor of Pharmacy program prepares and qualifies graduates for state board licensure to practice pharmacy. The Pharm.D. program includes professional practice development coursework and specialized experimental rotations to prepare students for practice. Opportunities to work directly with faculty on research projects also are available.
Experimental therapeutics is the integration of basic and applied sciences focused on the study of and development of new treatments for human disease. Research in experimental therapeutics seeks to understand human diseases from the molecular level to the whole organism in order to develop rational approaches for new pharmacological treatments. In addition, experimental therapeutics includes the development of new therapies through systematic investigation at increasing levels of complexity ranging from individual molecules and proteins, to cellular and tissue based assays and to the whole organism. The purpose of the program is to train students at the doctoral level who can translate discoveries in the laboratory to therapies in a clinical setting.
The focus of the Medicinal Chemistry educational program is on the theory and practice of drug design, with additional advanced-level instruction in the appropriate underlying scientific areas. One of the program’s strengths is the integration of training in both chemistry and advanced biology. Biological techniques are used to identify and characterize targets, while chemical approaches design the drugs or probes to affect the targets identified. This intermingling of chemistry and biological knowledge enhances job opportunities for our graduates.
The College of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences offers graduate degrees in the pharmaceutical sciences with programs in pharmacology/toxicology, industrial pharmacy and pharmacy and healthcare administration.
- Pharmacology/Toxicology Certificate
A graduate certificate program is available to any qualified student holding a B.S. degree in natural or biomedical sciences who wishes to take graduate-level courses in pharmacology and toxicology. Students completing this 15 semester-hour program will be awarded a certificate in pharmacology/toxicology.
- Pharmacology/Toxicology Certificate
The College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences has residency programs that provide outstanding residency opportunities and allow pharmacists to advance their careers. The college offers residency opportunities in hospital pharmacy, critical care, and community pharmacy.