Pharmaceutical Sciences

The Division of Pharmaceutical Sciences offers comprehensive coursework and research programs with an undergraduate degree that leads to a Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences. The division also offers graduate degrees leading to the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Pharmaceutical Sciences. Concentrations include health outcomes research and pharmacoeconomics, pharmacology/toxicology, medicinal chemistry, pharmaceutics, and environmental toxicology.

DEGREE PROGRAMS

 

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The BSPS is a four-year undergraduate program degree program designed for learners who wish to pursue technical positions in industrial, academic, or other research environments. 

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Pharmaceutical sciences graduate course of study is designed to give learners a strong background in modern theoretical principles in their area of specialization and application through research.

 

AREAS OF CONCENTRATION IN PHARMACEUTICAL SCIENCES

 

Medicinal Chemistry offers learners the opportunity to study and gain expertise in drug design and synthesis of new drug molecules, modification of existing drug molecules, development of methodologies for the analysis of drug molecules and metabolites, methods for prediction of drug action based upon chemical structure.  Scientists are also able to investigate drug molecules' mechanism of action and routes of metabolism.

Pharmaceutics is a specialized area of pharmaceutical sciences which deals with the design, fabrication, and evaluation of drug delivery systems.  The objective of research in pharmaceutics is to optimize drug activity by ensuring maximum therapeutic effect, safety, and convenience to the patient.

Pharmacology comprises the study of the interaction of drugs with various biological and physiological systems.  Scientists in this area investigate the mechanism of drugs that produce therapeutic actions and their side effects.  Such studies often improve the use of existing drugs, enhanced approaches to control side effects, the discovery of new mechanisms of action or new biochemical pathologies of certain diseases.

Toxicology is a subdivision of pharmacology that focuses on the various toxic effects of drugs and household, industrial and environmental chemicals upon the different physiological systems of the body. Scientists specialize in analytical methodology, risk assessment, and toxicological testing techniques.

Economic, Social, and Administrative Pharmacy (ESAP) offers learners the opportunity to design and conduct research related to pharmacy practice and medication use. The program is based upon training in research methodology, knowledge of pharmacoeconomics and health outcomes and the understanding of health services to improve the quality of pharmaceutical and medical services.

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