Bachelor of Science in Pharmacology & Toxicology (BS)

School of Pharmacy

Location: Boston
Start Term: Fall, Spring

This program prepares you for a career in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, the research and development sector, and graduate and professional schools.

Unravel Life-or-Death Pharmaceutical Challenges

Whether you intend to enter the job market directly or pursue medical, veterinary, or pharmacy school, you will achieve a high-level understanding of advanced sciences in this four-year, full-time-program on the Boston campus. The rigorous curriculum includes several advanced courses that are usually only part of an advanced professional program. The result: a competitive edge that will set you apart from other postbaccalaureate and preprofessional students. On completion, you have the option of becoming a board-certified toxicologist without having to obtain a graduate-level degree. The program begins in the fall and spring.

Your Four-Year Journey

With this bachelor’s degree, you will be eligible to become a board-certified toxicologist after just 10 years of relevant work experience—with a master’s degree, just five years of experience. This program is STEM-designated, qualifying international students for an additional two years of OPT work in the United States.

First-Year Experience

  • complete studies in multiple areas of biology, chemistry, and physics and participate in associated labs
  • gain an understanding of the impact human psychology and American culture have on American healthcare

Second-Year Experience

  • continue advanced study and lab work in biology, chemistry, and physics
  • learn the essentials of medical microbiology

Third-Year Experience

  • explore issues in healthcare and ethics and complete in-depth studies in human anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, and biochemistry
  • participate in a series of seminars in pharmacology and toxicology

Fourth-Year Experience (Fall Semester)

  • master analytical laboratory methods in pharmacology and toxicology
  • learn the principles of toxicology and basic pharmacology
  • choose between a research or curriculum track by the end of the add/drop period of the fall semester

Fourth-Year Experience (Spring Semester) Research Track

  • participate in an advanced seminar in pharmacology and toxicology
  • complete a senior research project or industrial internship

Fourth-Year Experience (Spring Semester) Curriculum Track

  • continue advanced studies in pharmacology and toxicology
  • complete additional advanced courses related to pharmacology and toxicology such as Biotechnology, Immunology, or FDA & Regulatory Affairs

The MCPHS Pharmacology and Toxicology program offers unparalleled opportunities.

Find out why one student considers this program a strategic career move.
Smiling male student wearing a white lab coat in the pharmacy lab.

Embark on a Rewarding Career

Unlock the mysteries of how drugs and other chemicals act and interact in biological systems and discover new therapies and medicinal solutions.

What is pharmacology?

Pharmacology is the science of how drugs act on biological systems and how the body responds to the drug.

#1 Best Pharmacy School

For Bachelor's students in the U.S., as ranked by College Factual.

What is toxicology?

Toxicology is the study of the harmful effects of chemical, physical, or biological agents on living organisms.

“Being in the Longwood Medical area provides the opportunity for anyone to get into research. Plus, the program at MCPHS has a high ratio of faculty to students, so the learning we get is really hands on.”

Steven Camara | BS '15

Greg Landry

Does Lead Exposure Lead to Kidney Stones?

Assistant Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Greg Landry received the New Investigator Award from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy for his pioneering research on this topic.

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