The Division of Basic Pharmaceutical Sciences now offers a Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences (BSPS) degree in addition to the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Pharmaceutical Sciences. The BSPS program accepted its first group of students Fall 2017. Students matriculating in this program will receive a broad-based education in the basic biological and pharmaceutical sciences that focus on drug discovery, research and development, and manufacturing.
The Division also offers comprehensive programs of coursework and research leading to the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Pharmaceutical Sciences with concentrations in pharmacology/toxicology, medicinal chemistry, pharmaceutics and environmental toxicology (Ph.D. degree only).
The courses of study are designed to give students a strong background in modern theoretical principles in the area of concentration and to emphasize the application of these principles in research. Students may pursue research in any of the areas of specialization of the faculty members listed, and the student, in conjunction with the adviser, must propose a program of study, present a tentative thesis/dissertation subject and outline, and select a committee of not less than 3 (MS) or 5 (Ph.D.) faculty members.
The committee will oversee student’s progress in research. After completion of coursework, the student takes a comprehensive written exam. During the course of their research, students are required to make presentations at national meetings and complete at least one (MS) or two (Ph.D.) papers for publication in refereed scientific journals. Final degree requirements include completion of a thesis (MS) or dissertation (Ph.D.) and a public oral defense of the thesis or dissertation.