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Pharmaceutical Science (BSPS), 4-Year

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The 4-year Pharmaceutical Science BS program allows students to learn in traditional science fields like biology and chemistry while expanding their studies into hands-on learning in drug development, research, and marketing.

Overview & Distinctions


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. 

Check out the chart below to see if you qualify:
Scholarships GPA Scholarship Amount
President's 88+ $14,000
Founder's 83 - 87.9 $12,000
Dean's 80 - 82.9 $10,000
Transfer 3.5+ $5,500
Transfer 3.25 - 3.49 $5,000
Transfer 3.0 - 3.24 $4,500
Transfer 2.75 - 2.99 $4,000

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 Freshman 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



The BSPS program starts with a foundation in mathematics, chemistry, and biology. Coursework progresses into advanced classes including drug discovery and development, pharmaceutical sciences, and bioethics.

D’Youville’s robust liberal arts components allow for electives in humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, mathematics, and computer science.

Find detailed course information for the Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Science program, tools to plan your education, and complete academic policies and procedures in the D'Youville academic catalog.

Major Requirements (Specific Area of Concentration) 26
Major Requirements (Other Academic Areas) 52
Liberal Arts and Science Electives 42
Total Credits 120

Course Requirements for the Major

In the specific areas of concentration

PPS-301 Principles of Pharmaceutical Sciences I 2
PPS-302 Principles of Pharmaceutical Sciences II 3
PPS-304 Pharmaceutical Dosage Forms 3
PPS-306 Principles of Pharmaceutical Sciences Practicum 2
PPS-401 Principles of Pharmaceutical Sciences III 2
PPS-402 Principles of Pharmaceutical Sciences IV 2
PPS-403 Drug Discovery and Development 2
PPS-404 Individualized Medicine: Informatics and Pharmacogenomics 2
PPS-405 Laboratory Research in the Pharmaceutical Sciences I 3
PPS-406 Laboratory Research in the Pharmaceutical Sciences II 3
Total Credits 24

In other academic areas required for the major

BIO-101 Introductory Biology I 4
BIO-101L Intro Bio Lab I 0
BIO-102 Introductory Biology II 4
BIO-102L Intro Bio Lab II 0
BIO-107 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 3
BIO-107L Human Anatomy & Physiology Laboratory 1
BIO-108 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 3
BIO-108L Human Anatomy & Physiology II Lab 1
CHE-101 General Chemistry I 3
CHE-101L General Chemistry Laboratory 1
CHE-102 General Chemistry II 3
CHE-102L General Chemistry Laboratory II 1
CHE-219 Organic Chemistry 3
CHE-219L Organic Chemistry Lab 1
CHE-220 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHE-220L Organic Chemistry II Lab 1
MAT-123 Introduction to Applied Statistics 4
MAT-125 Calculus I 4
PHY-101 General Physics I 3
PHY-101L Gen Physics Lab I 1
PHY-112 Introduction to Physics 3
PHY-112L Introduction to Physics Lab 1
& 112L
Introduction to Physics
and Introduction to Physics Lab 1
or PHY-102
& 102L
General Physics
and Gen Physics Lab II
Total Credits 52

Additional Core Curriculum Requirements

Required professional pharmacy program pre-requisites are shown in parentheses ( ) and/or denoted by asterisk (*).


ENG-111 Introduction to Literature: Academic Writing 3
ENG-112 Humanities Seminar 3
PHI-201 Ethics in Theory & Action 3
or RS-201 Religion & Social Responsibility
Total Credits 9
Five courses selected from the following areas with choices made from at least three of the five areas.  
LIT Literature Elective 3
Fine Arts Fine Arts Elective 3
PHI Philosophy Elective 3
RS Religious Studies Elective 3
Foreign Language Foreign Language Elective 3
Total Credits 15

Social Sciences

Four courses are required, one from each of the following areas:  
SOC-101 Principles of Sociology (either course accepted as a prerequisite) 3
or PSY-101 General Psychology
Select one of the following: 3
Comparing World Civilizations  
Growth of Western Culture  
American History to 1865 1  
American History Since 1865  
Select one of the following: 3
Macroeconomics (accepted as a prerequisite)  
Microeconomics (accepted as a prerequisite)  
American Government & Economics  
Total Credits 9

Computer Science

CSC Computer Science Elective 3
Total Credits 3


Electives Free Electives 9
Total Credits 9





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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