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Pharmaceutical Sciences Major - Curriculum & Duration

The pharmaceutical sciences curriculum provides you with a basic foundation in biology, chemistry, mathematics, and pharmaceutics, meant to foster an understanding of physicochemical and pharmaceutical principles. Technical skills are developed and honed through several laboratory-based courses and through faculty-directed undergraduate research projects.

The following is a typical curriculum for pharmaceutical sciences students entering University of the Sciences in Fall 2018; other students should refer to their advisor for their curricula.

First Year

General Biology I, II
General Biology Lab I, II
General Chemistry I, II
General Chemistry Lab I, II
Writing and Rhetoric I, II
General Calculus
Pharmaceutical Sciences Orientation I
Physical Education I, II
General Education Social Science Discipline Requirement

Second Year

Human Structure and Function I, II
Introductory Physics I, II
Organic Chemistry I, II
Organic Chemistry Lab I, II
Pharmaceutical Sciences Orientation II
Multidisciplinary Inquiry Requirements
General Education Social Science Discipline Requirement

Third Year

Molecular Biology and Genetics
Scientific Writing
Introduction to Communication
Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics I, II
Pharmaceutics Lab
Pharmaceutical Sciences Seminar I
Research Techniques in Pharmaceutical Sciences
Free Elective

Fourth Year

Controlled-Release Dosage Forms
Cosmetic Science
Cosmetics Lab
Manufacturing Pharmacy
Manufacturing Pharmacy Lab
Pharmaceutical Sciences Seminar II
Fundamentals of Pharmacology
Analytical Chemistry
Analytical Chemistry Lab
Legal Aspects of Drug Development, Production, and Marketing
Introduction to Biostatistics
General Education Humanities Discipline Requirement
Free Electives


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