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Pharmaceutical Sciences Minor

The minor provides students with a foundation in the interdisciplinary pharmaceutical sciences field. Students learn the core concepts and practices of the science of pharmaceutics, including dosage formulation, manufacturing, quality assurance, and regulatory compliance.  Students will understand the principles and approaches of drug discovery, development, and delivery.

Coursework & Duration

Prerequisite Course:

Course Number Course Name Credits
CH 101  and CH 102
CH 111  and CH 112 
General Chemistry I, II
Principles of Chemistry I, II
6 credits
CH 103 and CH 104
CH 113  
and CH 114 
General Chemistry Laboratory I, II
Principles of Chemistry Laboratory I, II
2 credits
MA 107 and  MA 110
Precalculus and General Calculus 6 credits
CH 201 and CH 202
CH 211
and CH 212
Organic Chemistry I, II
Principles of Organic Chemistry I, II
6  credits
CH 203 and CH 204
CH 213 and CH 214
Organic Chemistry Laboratory I, II
Principles of Organic Chemistry Laboratory I, II
2 credits
BS 205 and BS 206
BS 310 and BS 311 
Human Structure and Function I, II
Anatomy and Physiology I, II
6 credits

Required Courses:

Course Number Course Name Credits
CH 340 or CH 341 or CH 346 Survey of Biochemistry or Molecular Structure in Biochemistry or Biochemistry 3 or 4 credits
PH 316 Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics I 3 credits
PH 318 Pharmaceutics Laboratory 1 credit
PH 317 Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics II 4 credits

Elective Courses:

Complete a minimum of 7 credits

Course Number Course Name Credits
 CH 320 or CH 321
Essentials of Physical Chemistry or Physical Chemistry I 4 credits
CH 356 or BS 466 or BS 475
Molecular Biology and Genetics or Genetics or Molecular Biology 3 or 4 credits
CH 361 or CH 366 Analytical Chemistry or Principles of Analytical Chemistry
3 credits
CH 363 Analytical Chemistry Laboratory 1 credit
CH 411
Medicinal Chemistry
3 credits
CH 414 Structure-Activity Relationships (SAR) 3 credits
PB 452
Legal Aspects of Drug Development, Production, and Marketing
2 credits
PC 305  Fundamentals of Pharmacology 3 credits
PC 315
Introduction to Toxicology
2 credits
PH 330 Research Techniques in Pharmaceutical Sciences 3 credits
PH 400
Cosmetic Science
2 credits
PH 401 Cosmetics Laboratory 2 credits
PH 402
Controlled-Release Dosage Forms
2 credits
PH 450 Manufacturing Pharmacy 2 credits
ST 310
Introduction to Biostatistics
3 credits

Total Minimum Credits: 18

Requirements & Expectations

Students must complete 18 credits beyond the prerequisite courses. Of these 18 credits, a minimum of 12 credits of minor coursework must be completed in addition to any courses (required courses or program electives) included in the major curriculum.

Interested students should apply to the pharmaceutical sciences minor program early in their academic career, usually by the fifth semester of college work, but no later than the end of the drop/add period of the first semester of their last year of didactic work.