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2023 - 2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023 - 2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Pharmaceutical Sciences, B.S.

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The Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences (BSPS) is a four-year baccalaureate program. Pharmaceutical Sciences combine a broad range of scientific disciplines that are critical to development, design, and discovery of new drugs and therapies. The degree is designed for students who wish to pursue careers in pharmaceutical industry, biotechnology industry, biomedical industry, pharmaceutical sales, pharmacy and health care administrations. (Please note: This four-year program does not qualify graduates to take licensure examinations to become registered pharmacists.)

Structure of the Program

The program consists of a two-year pre-professional study that encompasses the general sciences (like Chemistry, Biology and Physics), arts, humanities and social sciences (general education). This is then followed by two years of major study that equips students with excellent skills needed to be valuable assets to the drug discovery and development processes in pharmaceutical companies. Students will take courses that include, for example, Pharmacology, Medicinal Chemistry, and Drug Discovery, Design and Development etc. (for a detailed curriculum click here). A total of 120 semester hours are required for graduation from the BSPS program.


The mission of the BSPS program in the Department of Health and Human Studies at Elizabeth City State University is to produce graduates who will be highly sought after for their skill and expertise by pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, academic institutions, government and private research institutes and regulatory agencies. Graduates of the program will be highly prepared to be competitive for admissions into the best professional and graduate schools in the world.


  • 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.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Knowledge of pharmaceutical sciences - graduates of pharmaceutical science will demonstrate knowledge in all areas of pharmaceutical sciences
  • Communication skill - graduates of pharmaceutical science will communicate effectively
  • Critical thinking - graduates of pharmaceutical science will think critically


Students must receive a C or better in all Major (core/core elective) and Related Area Requirements.

General Education Requirements (37 hours)

Directions:  The following General Education courses are required for the major.

Major Requirements (40 hours)

Minimum grade of a “C” is required in all major courses.

Free Electives (8 hours)

Subtotal: 120

Curriculum Guide for Pharmaceutical Sciences

Freshman Year

Sophomore Year

First Semester

Subtotal: 16

Subtotal: 17

Junior Year

Senior Year

First Semester

Subtotal: 12

Second Semester

Subtotal: 12

Subtotal: 120

Students must obtain a minimum grade of C in all major core requirements and related area course requirements.

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