The College of Pharmacy will offer a new degree program this fall for students seeking a bachelor’s degree in pharmaceutical sciences. The new degree is among only 18 such programs in the country and only the second in the Southeast.
“This program, as well as others across the country, responds to the growing need for highly skilled life sciences professionals to support research, development and manufacturing operations in the pharmaceutical industry,” said Michael Bartlett, a professor of biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences who chaired the curriculum development committee for the pharmaceutical sciences degree.
The program’s four-year curriculum begins with coursework in mathematics and the basic sciences of chemistry, biology and physics. Advanced coursework in pharmaceutical sciences will include aspects of drug design, mechanisms of action, drug targeting and delivery, pharmacology, toxicology, drug development, manufacturing, quality assurance and regulatory compliance. Laboratory work will be dedicated to pharmaceutical manufacturing, basic biological testing and quality assurance/quality control testing of pharmaceutical products. Student research will complete the degree requirements.