Pharmaceutical Science

Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Science

Program Description

The Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Science program is a didactic and experience-based program that prepares students to pursue entry-level careers in the pharmaceutical industry or in biotechnology.  Graduates of this program may also pursue graduate education (MS, PhD) or professional degree programs (PharmD, DDS, MD, DO). 

Admission

Students who wish to purse the BS in Pharmaceutical Science degree may do so upon admission to the University. First time college students' preparation for admission should include successful completion of high school coursework in algebra, pre-calculus, chemistry, and biology.  High school physics is strongly recommended.  The degree program is also open to qualified transfer and international students.  

Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical  Science

The BSPS will prepare graduates for entry level employment in the pharmaceutical industry and is offered to admitted University of the Pacific students.  To earn the Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Science degree, students must complete a minimum of 120 units with a Pacific cumulative grade point average of 2.0.

 II. Specified Course and General Science Requirements

BIOL 061Principles of Biology5
BIOL 116Applied Microbiology4
BIOL 117Applied Physiology4
BIOL 118Applied Biochemistry and Molecular Biology4
CHEM 026Applied General Chemistry I4
CHEM 028Applied General Chemistry II4
CHEM 122Applied Organic Chemistry I4
CHEM 124Applied Organic Chemistry II4
Note: CHEM 025, CHEM 027, CHEM 121 & CHEM 123, may be used to meet the Chemistry requirements BIOL 145, BIOL 180, BIOL 101 and BIOL 169 may be used to meet the Biology requirements.
Each of the following:
PHYS 017Concepts of Physics4
MATH 033Elements of Calculus4
COMM 027Public Speaking3
Select one of the following:
PSYC 017Abnormal and Clinical Psychology4
PSYC 031Introduction to Psychology4
Select one of the following:
ECON 051Economic Principles and Problems3
ECON 055Introductory Macroeconomics: Theory and Policy4

III. Major Requirements

BSPS 101Introduction to Pharmacology4
BSPS 102Drugs, Drug Development, and Good Practices4
BSPS 103Introduction to Statistics and Experimental Design4
BSPS 104Physical Principles in Pharmacy4
BSPS 105Industrial Pharmacy I4
BSPS 110Introduction to Pharmaceutical Analysis4
BSPS 115Industrial Pharmacy II4
BSPS 120Drug Disposition (Liberation, Absorption, Distribution, and Elimination)4
BSPS 125Clinical Pharmacology in Drug Development2
BSPS 130Quality in Pharmaceuticals: Control and Assurance4
Select one of the following:6-8
Laboratory Research in Pharmaceutical Sciences
Experiential Training in Pharmaceutical Sciences
Electives:8-12
Making of Medicines: The Process of Drug Development
Design Thinking for Entrepreneurs
Clinical Pharmacology in Drug Development
Marketing Principles and Applications for Pharma Entrepreneurs
Regulatory Science for Drug Development Scientists

BS Pharmaceutical Scien Courses

BSPS 101. Introduction to Pharmacology. 4 Units.

This course will provide the foundational principles of pharmacology, a survey course that describes application, mechanism of action, and side effects of different classes of drugs. Prerequisites: Completion 31 units of undergraduate GE including CORE 001 and CORE 002, 2 semesters General Chemistry CHEM 025, CHEM 026 OR CHEM 027, CHEM 028, and 2 semesters Organic Chemistry CHEM 121, CHEM 122 or CHEM 123, CHEM 124, and BIOL 061, BIOL 116, BIOL 117, BIOL 118 or on permission of instructor.

BSPS 102. Drugs, Drug Development, and Good Practices. 4 Units.

This course covers basic knowledge of Information Management, Intellectual Property and Patenting, Research Laboratory Operations and Safety, Good Manufacture Practice (GMP), and Good Clinical Practice (GCP). Students will design an interdisciplinary project based upon relevant contributions of their backgrounds and interests. Prerequisites: Completion 31 units of undergraduate GE including CORE 001 and CORE 002, 2 semesters General Chemistry CHEM 025, CHEM 026 OR CHEM 027, CHEM 028, and 2 semesters Organic Chemistry CHEM 121, CHEM 122 or CHEM 123, CHEM 124, and BIOL 061, BIOL 116, BIOL 117, BIOL 118 or on permission of instructor.

BSPS 103. Introduction to Statistics and Experimental Design. 4 Units.

This course involves the study of the application and limitations of statistical methods of inference as they apply to the fields of chemistry and the pharmaceutical sciences. Topics include the use of parameters statistics for statistical inference, comparisons of means, analysis of variance, linear regression. Parametric statistics and nonparametric measures of association and elements of good experimental design are also included. Prerequisites: Completion 31 units of undergraduate GE including CORE 001 and CORE 002, 2 semesters General Chemistry CHEM 025, CHEM 026 OR CHEM 027, CHEM 028, and 2 semesters Organic Chemistry CHEM 121, CHEM 122 or CHEM 123, CHEM 124, and BIOL 061, BIOL 116, BIOL 117, BIOL 118 or on permission of instructor.

BSPS 104. Physical Principles in Pharmacy. 4 Units.

An introduction to the applications of physicochemical principles used in dosage form development. Prerequisites: Completion 31 units of undergraduate GE including CORE 001 and CORE 002, 2 semesters General Chemistry CHEM 025, CHEM 026 OR CHEM 027, CHEM 028, and 2 semesters Organic Chemistry CHEM 121, CHEM 122 or CHEM 123, CHEM 124, and BIOL 061, BIOL 116, BIOL 117, BIOL 118 or on permission of instructor.

BSPS 105. Industrial Pharmacy I. 4 Units.

This course is the first part of the Industrial Pharmacy course series designed for students, with emphasis unit operations, technology, and formulation of pharmaceuticals. This is especially useful to professional students who are interested in pursuing careers in the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industry. The basic understanding of pharmaceutical operations as they are applied to semi-solid and modified release dosage forms from laboratory scale to manufacturing scale will be discussed in lectures and all students will conduct hands on experiments. In addition, quality and regulatory processes will be outlined for semi-solid and modified release dosage forms. Prerequisites: Completion 31 units of undergraduate GE including CORE 001 and CORE 002, 2 semesters General Chemistry CHEM 025, CHEM 026 OR CHEM 027, CHEM 028, and 2 semesters Organic Chemistry CHEM 121, CHEM 122 or CHEM 123, CHEM 124, and BIOL 061, BIOL 116, BIOL 117, BIOL 118 or on permission of instructor.

BSPS 110. Introduction to Pharmaceutical Analysis. 4 Units.

An introduction to the experimental analytical methods used for the identification and quantification of active pharmaceutical molecules and assessment of pharmaceutical quality. Prerequisites: Completion 31 units of undergraduate GE including CORE 001 and CORE 002, 2 semesters General Chemistry CHEM 025, CHEM 026 OR CHEM 027, CHEM 028, and 2 semesters Organic Chemistry CHEM 121, CHEM 122 or CHEM 123, CHEM 124, and BIOL 061, BIOL 116, BIOL 117, BIOL 118 or on permission of instructor.

BSPS 115. Industrial Pharmacy II. 4 Units.

This course is the second part of the Industrial Pharmacy course series designed for students, with emphasis unit operations, technology, and formulation of pharmaceuticals. This is also very useful to professional students who are interested to pursue careers in the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industry. The basic understanding of pharmaceutical operations as they are applied to semi-solid and modified release dosage forms from laboratory scale to manufacturing scale will be discussed in lectures and all students will conduct hands on experiments. In addition, quality and regulatory processes will be outlined for semi-solid and modified release dosage forms. Prerequisites: Successful completion of BSPS 105 or on permission of the instructor.

BSPS 120. Drug Disposition (Liberation, Absorption, Distribution, and Elimination). 4 Units.

This course is intended to teach students the chemical and biological principles of biotransformation of pharmaceutical agents and its impact on drug release, absorption and its disposition in the body after absorption. This course is designed to introduce the basic LADME scheme used in drug product development. Prerequisites: Successful completion of BSPS 102 and 104 or on permission of the instructor.

BSPS 125. Clinical Pharmacology in Drug Development. 2 Units.

The course will cover important aspects of clinical pharmacology related to drug development. This course will benefit anyone interested in learning how to bring a compound to approval. The course will be delivered by leading experts in the field, with case studies presented for each topic covered. Prerequisites: Successful completion of BSPS 101, 102 and 105 or on permission of the instructor.

BSPS 130. Quality in Pharmaceuticals: Control and Assurance. 4 Units.

This introductory course provides a basic understanding of quality in pharmaceuticals during manufacture of active ingredients, specific products. Students will understand how to scale up from laboratory to commercial production. The different guidance’s used by regulatory authorities to ensure the quality of pharmaceutical products will be discussed. Prerequisites: Successful completion of BSPS 105 and BSPS 115, or on permission of the instructor.

BSPS 186. Laboratory Research in Pharmaceutical Sciences. 6-8 Units.

The learning experience will allow the student to collaborate with others in a faculty laboratory, at other academic institution labs, in a government laboratory, or other identified laboratory research site. At these entities, students will learn and further develop advanced techniques and the practical application of the principles learned in and across several courses. Prerequisites: Completion of all didactic course work or on permission of the instructor.

BSPS 187. Experiential Training in Pharmaceutical Sciences. 6-8 Units.

The learning experience will allow the student to collaborate with others at pharmaceutical/chemical/biotechnology industrial sites. At these entities, students will learn and further develop advanced techniques and practical applications of the principles learned in several courses. Prerequisites: Completion of all BS in Pharmaceutical Sciences didactic course work (semesters 1-6) or on permission of the instructor.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate and apply the Pharmaceutical Sciences knowledge and skills to human health, biopharmaceutical, and biotechnology problems.
  • Demonstrate effective and appropriate abilities within their discipline with respect to:
    • Verbal and written communication.
    • Collaboration and teamwork.
    • Interactions with individuals from various cultures and ethnicities.
    • Retrieval of information from appropriate resources.
    • Use of information and data (quantitative and qualitative) in decision making.
    • Professionalism in pharmaceutical and biotechnology fields.
    • Engage in community-based activities aimed at advancing society or assisting others.