Pharmaceutical Sciences, B.S.

The purpose of the B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences (B.S.P.S.) program is to prepare students for targeted industries requiring B.S.-level pharmaceutical sciences skills in pharmaceutical, biomedical and other health care fields. Pharmaceutical sciences encompass a wide range of sciences that link to the discovery and development of new drugs and therapies to improve people's lives. The B.S.P.S. program trains students for diverse positions in industrial, academic, or other research environments within the areas of drug discovery, development, and commercialization. Students will also have the option of completing an internship in the pharmaceutical industry.

The program is also offered as part of an accelerated 3 + 4 program in conjunction with the Doctor of Pharmacy degree (3 years B.S. + 4 years Pharm.D.). The first 3 years of the B.S.P.S. program include all prerequisite courses that are required for matriculation into the Pharm.D. program as well as all university core requirements for a B.S. The coursework in the fourth year of the B.S.P.S. program is synonymous with the coursework in the first year of the Pharm.D. program. This allows both degrees to be completed within 7 (3 + 4) years. 

Semester Plan

 Bison image - General Education Course

The Core Curriculum is designed to foster critical thinking skills and introduce students to basic domains of thinking that transcend disciplines. The Core applies to all majors. Information on specific classes in the Core can be found at

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
First SemesterCredit Hours
BSC 120 Bison image
& BSC 120L Bison image
Principles of Biology I
and Principles of Biology I Lab
CHM 211 Bison image Principles of Chemistry I 3
CHM 217 Bison image Principles of Chem Lab I 2
ENG 101 Bison image Beginning Composition 3
FYS 100 First Yr Sem Critical Thinking 3
UNI 100 Freshman First Class 1
 Credit Hours16
Second Semester
BSC 121 Bison image
& BSC 121L Bison image
Principles of Biology
and Prin of Biology II Lab
CHM 212 Bison image Principles Chemistry II 3
CHM 218 Bison image Principles of Chem Lab II 2
ENG 201 Bison image Advanced Composition 3
STA 225 Bison image Introductory Statistics (CT) 3
BSPS 201 Intro to Pharmaceutical Sci 2
 Credit Hours17
Second Year
First Semester
CHM 355 Organic Chemistry I 3
BSC 227
& BSC 227L
Human Anatomy
and Human Anatomy Lab
MTH 140 Bison image Applied Calculus 3
BSPS 202 Drug Regulatory Affairs 3
PHY 201 Bison image College Physics I 3
PHY 202 Bison image General Physics I Laboratory 1
 Credit Hours17
Second Semester
CHM 356 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHM 361 Intro Organic Chm Lab 3
BSC 228 Bison image
& BSC 228L Bison image
Human Physiology
and Human Physiology Lab
BSC 304 Microbiology Lab 2
BSC 302 Principles of Microbiology 3
 Credit Hours15
Third Year
First Semester
Multicultural/International 3
Core II Social Science 3
Core II Fine Arts 3
BSPS 447 Pharmaceutical Chemistry 4
Core II Humanities (Writing Intensive) 3
 Credit Hours16
Second Semester
Free Elective: select an elective with the critical thinking attribute 3
BSPS 303Drug Regulatory Affairs 3
BSPS Elective 3
BSPS Elective 3
BSPS 333Pharmacology 3
 Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
First Semester
Free Elective 3
BSPS Elective 3
Core II Communications 3
Free Elective 3
BSPS 442Seminar 1
 Credit Hours13
Second Semester
BSPS 471Capstone 4
BSPS 444 Princ fo Disease Drug Act 4
BSPS Elective 3
BSPS 442Seminar (repeated for credit) 1
 Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours121

BSPS Electives

BSPS 350Pharmacology of Illicit Drugs3
BSPS 340Immunotherapeutics3
BSPS 320Pharmaceutical Analysis3
BSPS 302Cardiovascular Pharmacology3
BSPS 330Introduction to Cancer Biology3
BSPS 360Prin of Infectious Diseases4
BSPS XXX Pharmaceutical Biotechnology3
BSPS XXXMethods in Pharmaceutical Chemistry3
BSPS 485Independent Study1-3
BSPS 486Problem Report1-3
BSPS 499Special Topics1-3