pharmaceutical sciences bachelors degree

BS in Pharmaceutical Sciences (BSPS) Program

Mission Statement

Welcome to the Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences (BSPS) program homepage in the Department of Pharmacy and Health Professions. The mission of the BSPS program at Elizabeth City State University is to produce graduates who possess solid foundational knowledge in drug discovery, design, development, action, and usage. In addition to being highly sought after by companies for their skills and expertise, graduates of the program will also be competitive applicants for admission into the best professional and graduate schools in the world. 

What is the B.S in Pharmaceutical Sciences?

The Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences (BSPS) is a four-year undergraduate program. The pharmaceutical sciences combine a broad range of scientific disciplines that are critical to development and discovery of new drugs and therapies. The degree is designed for students who intend to pursue careers in the pharmaceutical industry, biotechnology industry, biomedical industry, pharmaceutical sales, pharmacy, and health care administration. The degree is also well-suited for students who wish to obtain advanced graduate or professional education to further expand their career opportunities in the pharmaceutical and healthcare arena. (Please note: This four year program does not qualify graduates to take licensure examinations to become registered pharmacist.)

Program Objectives:

  • To provide a quality undergraduate education for rewarding professional career opportunities and graduate programs in the pharmaceutical sciences.
  • To promote knowledge using basic laboratory skills, experience in data gathering and analysis, critical thinking and communication in oral and written formats. 

Program Learning Outcomes:

  • Knowledge of pharmaceutical sciences - Our graduates will demonstrate knowledge in all areas of pharmaceutical sciences
  • Communication skill - Graduates of pharmaceutical science will communicate effectively
  • Critical thinking - Our graduates will think critically
  • Independent Research - Our graduates will confidently conduct independent research

Structure of the Program

During the first two years of the BSPS program, students complete a number of general science courses, such as chemistry, biology, and physiology, as well as general education courses required for graduation. During their junior and senior years, students complete major-specific courses that will equip them with the necessary skills to be a valuable asset to the drug discovery and development process. Sample courses in the pharmaceutical sciences major include:

  • Pharmacology 
  • Pharmaceutical Analysis
  • Pharmaceutics
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Drug discovery, design and development 
  • Drug Regulatory Affairs

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A total of 128 semester hours are required for graduation from the BSPS program. Student must successfully complete a minimum of 30 credit hours with a cumulative GPA of at least a 3.0. General Biology for Majors I and II and General Chemistry I and II should be completed during the first academic year. Students enrolled in the BSPS must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.8

Elective Courses

Students in the BSPS program who are planning to apply to pharmacy school should schedule a meeting with the pre-pharmacy academic advisor as soon as possible to discuss pharmacy prerequisite courses that may satisfy the BSPS elective requirement. Sample courses that may fit this category include BIOL 207, BIOL 341, CHEM 401, and PHYS 182. All other students should work with their pharmaceutical sciences academic advisor to select appropriate elective courses based on the student's area(s) of interest and post-graduation plans.

Why Study Pharmaceutical Sciences at ECSU?

Lectures: Lectures are presented in both didactic and problem-solving formats. The BSPS program is housed in a state-of-the-art facility with well-designed instructional laboratories and web-enhanced platforms for delivering lectures. The smart classrooms available in Pharmacy Complex are modern and facilitate an enhanced learning environment. The Department of Pharmacy and Health Professions has faculty who are engaged and devoted to student learning, and committed to excellence and the provision of a quality, science-based education. The faculty possesses a wide range of experiences which augments the student's educational experience at ECSU. Classroom lectures are supplemented with appropriate hands-on laboratory and industrial activities. Each student is given an opportunity to experience pharmaceutical sciences at work, and to develop personal philosophies that guide him or her through a successful career path in the future. 

Research Opportunity: Students will participate in laboratory research as part of the BSPS program. Development of research scientists should begin at the undergraduate level with a positive, challenging, and nurturing research environment. BSPS students will have the opportunity to be involved in any of the research projects available in the department as their schedule and interest permit. The aspiring research scientists will be able to obtain proper perspective on the successes and failures associated with scientific research. These research opportunities introduced at the early stages will help the students to know that scientific research does not provide absolute answers to questions, but instead gives probable answers based on evidence gathered and current knowledge. Although, new information can lead to the rejection of ideas previously believed to be. With this, students will have the privilege to present the results of their research to faculty in the department and at scientific conferences

Internships: Early interface between theory and practice is critical to the qualitative professional development of students. Consequently, students are strongly encouraged to seek and participate in internship programs during the summer. Consult with department faculty for more information on internships. 

Career Opportunities

  • Qualified graduates are highly sought for employment in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.
  • Graduates of the undergraduate pharmaceutical sciences program can work as drug analysts, marketing/sales representatives, or research assistants/associates in drug delivery, bioanalysis, or drug metabolism.
  • Pharmaceutical sciences graduates may find opportunities in colleges and universities as professors, researchers, or healthcare professionals by pursuing graduate studies leading to the M.S., Ph.D., Pharm. D., or M.D. degrees.