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The Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences (BSPS) Program

Mission Statement

To provide students interested in the multidisciplinary basic sciences that relate to drug discovery, development, and commercialization with classroom and experiential education that spans the pharmaceutical sciences and liberal arts, thus, imparting skills and knowledge that allow pursuit of diverse opportunities in pharmaceutical or related applications, research, or professional/graduate education.

Program Objectives

  • To provide a well-rounded undergraduate education with an emphasis on the pharmaceutical sciences.
  • To integrate knowledge with hands-on experience to enhance career path development.

The four-year curriculum for the B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences begins with a foundation of coursework in mathematics and the basic sciences (chemistry, biology, physics). This inter-disciplinary program then progresses to advanced coursework in the pharmaceutical sciences, including aspects of drug design and synthesis, mechanisms of drug action, pharmacology and toxicology, dosage formulation, manufacturing, quality assurance, and regulatory compliance. The curriculum also includes elective credits for individual preparation and educational focus.

Experiential Opportunities

The BSPS program encourages practical experience through Internship Programs and Cooperative Opportunities in industry, government agencies, and on-campus research laboratories. Students are encouraged to participate in at least one internship, research or Co-Op experience.

Co-Op and Internship experiences provide practical learning opportunities in a variety of industrial settings. Co-Ops and internships in the pharmaceutical industry may be available in various locations within the United States, and occasionally internationally. Internships are typically ten to thirteen uninterrupted weeks between the spring and fall semesters. Students are paid a nominal stipend during the internship period.  The Purdue College of Pharmacy may consult with partner companies regarding the appropriate stipend based on a 40-hour week. Many companies provide for housing directly or provide a reasonable housing allowance. Some companies find it convenient to house students in apartments located on the campus of nearby universities. Several companies elect to provide a reasonable travel allowance to and from the company location using West Lafayette, IN as a starting point.

The faculty also encourages undergraduate students to engage in mentored laboratory research. Numerous undergraduate research opportunities are available in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, and in the Department of Industrial and Physical Pharmacy, during the regular school year and during the summer months as interns. Academic interns may receive a stipend. Alternatively, students may elect to receive credit for the internship/research experience.

Career Paths

Career path opportunities with a degree in pharmaceutical sciences include entry-level technical positions in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry; graduate education in pharmaceutical, medical, and basic sciences; and post-baccalaureate professional education in medicine, law and business. A general presentation of careers for those obtaining a Bachelors of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences (BSPS) degree has been provided by the AAPS. You should recognize that this is not a professional degree program. Completion of the B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences degree requirements does not qualify the student for state board examination to become a registered pharmacist.

Follow this link for a multimedia presentation about the BSPS program (11 minutes; requires Adobe Flash Player).

Career Development and Academic Advising

Campus career development resources are utilized to prepare students for effective career investigation and intern/job search activities. The Purdue University Center for Career Opportunities and the College of Pharmacy will provide support and direction for students. An academic advisor from the Office of Student Services (OSS) will help in planning schedules and must approve the courses which each student selects at registration. Students are encouraged to develop relationships with more advanced students and faculty to explore career and educational opportunities, as well as internship and experiential possibilities.

Costs/Expenses:

The University Undergraduate Admissions office maintains an estimate of costs of attendance. However, the University's fee structure is complex, and depends in part on which semester you first enrolled at Purdue. Please see the Bursar's list of tuition and fee rates for more information.

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