College of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences

BS in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Pharmaceutics Major

Pharmaceutics is the science of preparing and dispensing drugs. Pharmaceutics is a multidisciplinary applied science which studies the physical and chemical attributes of drugs. It places a strong emphasis on the design and evaluation of drug delivery systems and dosage forms and also on the understanding and control of the factors influencing clinical response to drug therapy. Specialists in pharmaceutics aid in developing, manufacturing, and evaluating products such as tablets, capsules, ointments, and liquids for medicinal, nutritional, and cosmetic use.

What can I do with a major in Pharmaceutics?

The breadth and depth of the program prepare students for a wide range of career opportunities. Graduates can work as drug analysts, manufacturing/production technologists, quality control inspectors, technical writers, and research associates in the pharmaceutical industry, cosmetic industry, hospitals, and university settings. Graduates can also move on to graduate studies in the field, medical school, or other professional school.

Career Opportunities Types of Employers
  • Pharmaceutical Industry Sales/Marketing
  • Chemical Ingredient Manufacturer, Sales/Marketing
  • Cosmetic Ingredient Manufacturer, Sales/Marketing
  • Research Consumer Safety Officer
  • Drug Analyst
  • Quality Control/Quality Assurance
  • Science Librarian/Education
  • Manufacturing/Production Technologist
  • Formulation Technologist
  • Nutritional Products Formulations
  • Flavor Specialist, Flavor Manufacturer
  • Coloring Specialist, Pigment Manufacturer
  • Perfumer Specialist, Odorant Manufacturer

Private and Non-profit Organizations

  • Pharmaceutical Industry Companies
  • Cosmetic Manufacturers
  • Personal Care Products Manufacturers
  • Household Products Manufacturer
  • Chemical Ingredient Manufacturers
  • Colleges/Universities
  • Managed Care Systems Hospitals
  • Medical Center Compounding
  • Nuclear Pharmacy Compounding
  • Clinical Research Organizations
  • Clinical Trial Production
  • OTC Manufacturers
  • National Compounding Centers

Government Agencies

  • U.S. Public Health Service
  • National Institutes of Health
  • U.S. Pharmacopeia
  • FBI and CIA

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Apply pharmaceutical and analytical techniques to perform and/or evaluate an independent research project
  • Assess the physico-chemical properties of active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) to justify its formulation into a dosage form
  • Utilize concepts of drug delivery to rationalize modified release dosage forms and transdermal drug delivery systems
  • Predict chemical, biochemical, and pharmaceutical properties applicable to dosage forms using quantitative methods
  • Explain the scientific basis related to quantitative and qualitative analytical techniques applied in Pharmaceutics
  • Predict pharmacokinetic profiles of dosage forms and dosing regimen.

PHAR Professional Division Curriculum

Links for Pharmaceutics Majors

  • American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists: aaps.org
  • American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy: aacp.org
  • USAJobs Students and Recent Graduates: usajobs.gov
  • BioOhio Career Center: bioohio.com
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook: bls.gov
Last Updated: 3/22/15