Undergraduate Programs

Learn pharmaceutical research skills in Drug Discovery and Design in Pharmaceutical Sciences, an undergraduate program at The University of Toledo. If you are interested in a healthcare profession, Drug Discovery and Design is also a great pre-med major to enter medical, dental or veterinary school. You can also continue into higher education in drug discovery, forensics, toxicology and drug development.

UToledo’s bachelor’s degree in Drug Discovery and Design blends courses in pharmacology and toxicology, medicinal and biological chemistry, pharmaceutics, and healthcare. You’ll also do lab work, internships, and research using cutting-edge technology. Learn the drug development and testing process to ensure the potency, safety and stability of drugs. Mix chemicals, create compounds and prepare multiple types of medication dosage forms including creams, lollipops and injections. Hands-on classes ensure that skilled, well-rounded scientists graduate from the program and land seats in advanced degree programs or highly sought careers in research labs.

Top Reasons to Study Drug Discovery and Design at UToledo

  1. Hands-on curriculum with internship

    Gain relevant, real-world experience in our labs and internships in the field. Start research as early as your freshman year. One-on-one career and internship advising helps you find the perfect fit.

  2. 4+1 BS/MS Options.

    Accelerate your education with a streamlined program option to earn a bachelor’s degree in Drug Discovery and Design and a master’s degree in Pharmacology/Toxicology or Medicinal & Biological Chemistry in just five years for BOTH degrees!

  3. Excellent pre-med, pre-vet or pre-dental degree

    Majoring in Drug Discovery and Design meets the requirements to apply to most medical, veterinary and dental programs. Develop a strong background in how medications work and experience in research, networking and internships to get a competitive advantage on your application.

  4. Advanced facilities and researchers

    UToledo has state-of-the-art classrooms and some of the nation's most advanced labs for research in pharmacy, chemistry and life sciences along with internationally known faculty researchers paving the way.

  5. Health Science Campus

    UToledo Drug Discovery and Design students learn in a real-world healthcare environment. After spending your first two years learning from a more traditional college experience on UToledo’s Main Campus, spend your final two years on UToledo’s Health Science Campus. The UToledo Medical Center hospitals and clinics are right next door, allowing students and researchers to see the impact and aid in drug research and development.


What jobs can I get with a Drug Discovery and Design degree?

Launch Your Career or Further your Education with a degree in Drug Discovery and Design!

UToledo CPPS is connected with research and healthcare partners in industry and academics. Our graduates entering directly to the career force go on to work as quality control inspectors, formulation chemistists, research lab technicians and many other professions within the lab and  research field at companies such as Anatrace, Englewood Lab, Sun Chemical NAMSA and more. Our graduates seeking higher education are accepted to medical schools and other healthcare professional advance degree program as well as master’s and doctoral programs in various specialties such as pharmacology/toxicology, medicinal and biological chemistry, biomedical science, industrial pharmacy, and more.

Check out the career outcomes and graduate destinations of our graduates of our BSPS degrees.

Hands-On Learning Opportunities

At UToledo, we take you beyond the textbooks and the four walls of a classroom. These real-world experiences are what help our graduates gain professional skills and land jobs.


All Pharmaceutical Sciences majors are required to complete 10-week internships. Opportunities exist locally and abroad. Students participate in a leadership institute before their internships to learn professional skills.

Internships help you:

  • Gain practical experience
  • Build your resume
  • Refine your skills
  • Cultivate contacts


Our pharmacy faculty conducts groundbreaking research. They encourage undergraduates to participate. This lab experience can be a real advantage when seeking employment or applying to medical or graduate school.

Study Abroad

Travel, experience new cultures and meet new people — all while earning college credit.

UToledo's Education Abroad Office can help you find the perfect opportunity. You can apply for grants, scholarships and financial aid to help fund study abroad.

  • Semester at Sea
  • Short-term, summer and faculty-led trips
  • Direct exchange programs with other universities
  • Teach English abroad
  • Global health program (med student clerkships)
  • Rocket Kids (work with youth around the world)

Rocket Kids Semester

The Rocket Kids program offers University students a fall, spring or summer semester internship providing recreational programming to U.S. military youth while experiencing the world in locations such as Germany, Italy, Belgium and The Netherlands.

Rocket Kids interns will gain practical experience in programming, leadership, health and wellness, creative arts, performing arts, cultural and literary arts, team and individual sports, adventure and outdoor recreation and STEM education.

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On-campus and Part-time Jobs

  • Learn skills that prepare you for a career after graduation.
  • Build your resume.
  • Earn money.

If you want to work, there are plenty of opportunities on campus and at businesses near campus. If you demonstrate financial need, you may qualify for the federal work-study program.

Student Organizations

Our most successful students get involved.

UToledo has 400+ student organizations that will help you:

  • Make friends.
  • Build your resume.
  • Network.
  • Be a leader.
  • Serve your community.
  • Have fun!

Tuition and Scholarships

Most new students don't pay full price. 94% of new UToledo students receive scholarships or other state and federal aid.

Keep in mind: Your cost will vary by college, program and a host of other options. This is the average amount full-time students pay per year.

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Choose Ohio First scholarship

Ohio residents who have been accepted into this STEM program are eligible for the Choose Ohio First scholarship — a four-year, renewable scholarship.

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Honors College

The Jesup Scott Honors College at The University of Toledo offer our best and brightest the resources and opportunities needed to unlock your fullest potential. Whether you aspire following graduation to cure disease, innovate technology, advance statecraft, redefine markets, or express creatively, together we can fuel vibrant and promising tomorrows.

Honors students come from a variety of countries, backgrounds and cultures. While we may bond over a tough class, our differences make us blossom.

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Benefits of Honors

The Honors College is a community of academically gifted students from all majors on campus. Students take unique Honors classes taught by dedicated Honors faculty and complete an Honors thesis or capstone project in their major, earning the Honors medallion at graduation within their normal program of study. Honors students are challenged to think more deeply and broadly about what they learn. With special academic, cultural, and professional development opportunities, their education extends beyond the classroom.

Honors students can also choose exclusive housing in the Honors Academic Village or the historic McKinnon, Scott and Tucker Halls.

Explore more about what the Honors College can offer you as a budding professional, inquisitive scholar, and engaged person.






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Last Updated: 5/14/24