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Pharmaceutical Science (BSPS), 4-Year

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Learn in traditional science fields like biology and chemistry while also expanding your studies into hands-on learning in drug development, research, and marketing.

Overview & Distinctions

Overview

A Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Science (BSPS) prepares students to work in entry-level technical positions in the pharmaceutical, government, and academic research industries. The BSPS program is for anyone interested in a career in drug research and development, pharmaceutical marketing, or drug regulation.

Students in the BSPS program will be exposed to areas such as the chemistry of medicines, drug discovery, product development, and ethical considerations in research and practice. Those enrolled will have opportunities to use basic chemistry, mathematics, and biological training in a wide range of specialized research opportunities in the School of Pharmacy's state-of-the-art research laboratory.

Since the BSPS is an undergraduate degree, graduates with this degree are not eligible for licensure or to practice as a pharmacist without further education. However, graduates often go on to pursue graduate school or progress into professional degree programs such as pharmacy, medicine, allied health, or law.

What You’ll Learn

As a graduate of the BSPS program, you’ll be able to address pressing topics in the pharmacy industry and work in a field meaningful to a significant and growing population. In the BSPS program, you'll study:

Pharmacy Research Methods

Discover how the methods by which drug mechanisms and interactions effect the human body and explore how better and safer products are developed.

Pharmaceutical Marketing and Education

Learn how to speak knowledgeably about pharmaceutical products as you research how the packaging and marketing of drugs effects their usage and success and how the public is educated about issues in pharmacy.

A Diverse Curriculum

At the heart of a D'Youville education is the Core Curriculum where students are given opportunities to explore subjects as they discover interests and develop the deep wealth of knowledge employers are seeking.

Why D'Youville

  • As a student in the Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Science program, you'll benefit from being advised and mentored by D'Youville's experienced, professional School of Pharmacy faculty.
  • BSPS students are automatic members of both the BSPS club and the Pre-Pharmacy Club where they interact with their peers and explore their interests.
  • Students eligible for D'Youville's pre-pharmacy program will have the opportunity to join an established program and begin working with other healthcare majors in hands-on training opportunities in D'Youville's unique interdisciplinary education lab.
  • D'Youville's advanced, modern research labs offer students the chance to get involved in research and interact with members of the pharmacy community working at the forefront of the industry.

Automatic Merit-Based Scholarship Consideration

Bachelor’s of Science in Pharmaceutical Science (BSPS) students are eligible for our generous scholarships, which greatly reduce the cost of tuition, room, and board.

When you apply for admission at D’Youville, we’ll automatically consider you for our merit scholarships. Undergraduate scholarships can cover as much as 50% of your tuition, and there is no need to fill out a separate application!

Transfer students can qualify for scholarships, as well. And unlike other schools, maintaining your scholarship is easier at D'Youville because we use a realistic 2.25 GPA requirement to determine your eligibility for merit-based scholarships each year. 

Find more information and additional scholarships on our scholarships page.

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Admissions Requirements

 Admission Requirements

At D'Youville, we are committed to selecting students who are academically well-rounded and committed to meeting the challenges of a high-quality education. If you have been successful in a traditional college preparatory program in high school, you should be well-prepared for the academic challenges at D'Youville. While we don't require you to submit ACT or SAT test scores, if you have taken or intend to take a standardized test we encourage you to submit your scores if you'd like them to be evaluated as part of your application.

First Time in College Student Requirements:

  • Submitted application for admission
  • Official high school transcripts
    • An overall weighted GPA of 85 with successful completion of high school graduation requirements and three years of math, history, english, and science.

Not Required (utilized in a holistic review for admission if provided):

  • Standardized SAT/ACT test scores
  • Admissions essay
  • Letters of recommendation

Transfer Admission Required Review Criteria:

  • Submitted application for admission
    • Applications are free of charge and can be found on our apply webpage.
  • Official transcripts from ALL previously attended colleges/universities
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5

 Not Required (utilized in a holistic review for admission if provided):

  • Coursework relevant to major of interest
  • Admissions essay
  • Letters of recommendation

Courses

Explore Courses in Pharmaceutical Science

Principles of Pharmaceutical Sciences II — PPS 302

Familiarize yourself with the general principles of drug action from an introduction to general terminology to drug receptor interaction, receptor and ion channels, and second messengers.

Drug Discovery and Development — PPS 403

Develop an understanding of the drug development process and how it lays the foundation for your career. Gain an introduction to scientists who work in the pharmacy industry or academia, hear about their experiences, and begin to informally discuss your eventual career choices.

Laboratory Research in the Pharmaceutical Sciences — PPS 405

Learn critical skills for conducting research under the guidance of expert faculty. Work with your faculty mentor to develop a hypothesis driven research project, conduct experiments, and present your findings and project in a forum of department members.

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Careers

Careers

The Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Science (BSPS) program offers students a science-based education compounded with a rich, liberal arts education to create well-rounded, knowledgeable graduates. Graduates of the program will have immediate opportunities to join the pharmaceutical industry in technical positions or to further their study through advanced degrees.

Career outlooks for graduates with a pharmacy background are enhanced by a growing demand for pharmaceutical products and specialists and the following facts: 

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