College of Pharmacy

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Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Science (B.S.P.S.)


The 120-credit curriculum contains four distinct components:

  • 28 credits of general education requirements that will provide broad exposure to the humanities, arts, and social sciences.
  • 45 credits of basic science and mathematics courses that will deliver a firm foundation in the sciences, and satisfy admission requirements for most basic science graduate programs and professional schools.
  • 41 credits of core requirements, which will offer students a strong basic and applied understanding of the pharmaceutical sciences.
  • 6 credits of electives, is drawn from upper level B.S.P.S. courses and selected electives from other programs on campus, particularly those from the basic sciences and business. These courses will allow our students to tailor a program of study to suit their specific career goals.

General Education Requirements

B.S.P.S. students must meet University and College of Pharmacy General Education Requirements in order to graduate. A number of specific courses listed as General Education Courses in the University Bulletin meet requirements in the following categories: communications, WRT 106, and COM 100 or HPR 118; mathematics, MTH 141; and social sciences, ECN 201 and one other approved 3 credit social science course. Students must also complete five 3 credit courses in three areas; fine arts and literature, letters, and foreign language or culture. These must include 6 credits from any of two areas and 3 credits from the third. The natural sciences general education requirement is satisfied by the basic B.S.P.S. science requirements. All B.S.P.S. freshmen must complete URI 101.

B.S.P.S. Basic Science Requirements

These required courses are drawn from several University programs. These courses provide a solid grounding in the basic sciences that support the upper level B.S.P.S. courses and meet the admission requirements of most basic science graduate programs and professional degree programs. They include: CHM 101, General Chemistry I; CHM 102, General Chemistry Lab I; BIO 101, General Biology; CHM 112, General Chemistry II; CHM 114, General Chemistry Lab II; BIO 121, Human Anatomy; CHM 227, Organic Chemistry I; MIC 201, Medical Microbiology; PHY 111, General Physics; PHY 185, Physics Lab I; CHM 228, Organic Chemistry II; CHM 226, Organic Chemistry Laboratory; BCH 311, Introductory Biochemistry.

 B.S.P.S. Core Requirements

B.S.P.S. Core requirements consist of 41 credits of new and existing BPS courses that will provide students with a fundamental understanding of the pharmaceutical sciences. The existing BPS courses include: BPS 321, Principles of Pharmacology; BPS 313, Introduction to Medicinal Chemistry; BPS 301/303/305, Dosage Forms I/II/III; BPS 311, Foundations of Human Disease I: Immunoinflammatory Disease; BPS 445, Natural Products/Biotechnological Drugs; BPS 325, Drug Metabolism and Pharmaceutical Analysis; BPS 403, Pharmacokinetics; BPS 425, GMP’s in the Manufacture of Pharmaceutical Products; and PHP 580, Pharmacoeconomic Analysis. In addition, BPS 587, General Pharmacology, will be required. The remaining core requirements include two new laboratory courses: BPS 443, Manufacturing and Formulation Laboratory; and BPS 451, Techniques in Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Biology. Two additional courses will be required: BPS 442, Pharmacogenomics; and BPS 503, Pharmacokinetics. BPS 405, Physical Pharmacy, will be a core requirement for those students specializing in Pharmaceutics but not for other B.S.P.S. students.

 B.S.P.S. Electives

B.S.P.S. students must complete a minimum of 6 credits of B.S.P.S. Electives. These courses will be chosen with the help of the Program Advisor from the following list of BPS, PHP, Basic Science, and Business courses. Up to six credits of these requirements may be met by completing BPS 497 and 498, Experimental Research, which involve laboratory research projects performed under the mentorship of individual BPS faculty members.

The following BPS courses qualify as B.S.P.S. Electives: BPS 352, Personal Cosmetics; BPS 530, Drug Metabolism; BPS 533, Medicinal Plants; BPS 535, Pharmaceutical Biotechnology; BPS 544, Forensic Toxicology; BPS 546, Advanced Toxicology; BPS 551; Chemistry of Natural Products, BPS 560; Fundamental of Cosmetic Science, and BPS 621 and 622, Manufacturing Pharmacy. PHP electives include: PHP 540, Principles, Methods and Applications of Epidemiology; PHP 550, Pharmacoepidemiology.

Certain B.S.P.S. electives have been selected in order to meet the needs of students who may chose careers in sales/marketing, internal pharmacy or production management. These include: PHP 503, Health Systems I; PHP 504, Health Systems II; PHP 580, Pharmacoeconomics; and PHP 680, Legal Environment of Health Administration. Additional electives in those disciplines may be taken by students with prior permission of the program advisor and/or department chair.

A number of B.S.P.S. Electives have been selected in order to meet the needs of students that may be employed in the pharmaceutical industry in drug discovery. These include: AVS 365, Laboratory Animal Technology; BCH 312, Biochemistry Laboratory; BCH 401, Quantitative Cell Culture; BCH 437, Fundamentals of Molecular Biology; BCH 464, Biochemistry of Metabolic Disease; BCH 484, Physical Methods in Biochemistry; BCH 500, Principles and Techniques in Molecular Cloning; BCH 502, Techniques of Molecular Biology; BIO 352, General Genetics; BIO 432, Fundamentals of Molecular Biology; BIO 442, Mammalian Physiology; BIO 445, Endocrinology; BIO 446, Introduction to Cellular and Behavioral Neurobiology; BIO 453, Cell Biology; CHM 425, Advanced Organic Laboratory; CHM 427, Intermediate Organic Chemistry; CHM 521, Advanced Organic Chemistry; CHM 642, 643, Graduate Seminar; CHM 691, Forensic Chemistry; CSC 582, Bioinformatics I. As new courses are developed throughout the college and the University, they will be evaluated for their appropriateness for inclusion as possible B.S.P.S. electives.

Students who elect to enter graduate programs in the basic sciences may choose courses appropriate to a particular discipline. All B.S.P.S. Electives must meet the approval of the Program Advisor. There are no requirements for certification or licensing associated with the B.S.P.S. degree.

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