Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences

Location: Boston
Start Term: Fall

As a pharmaceutical scientist, you play an important role in discovering and developing new medications that impact lives. This program provides students with a broad-based education in the basic biological and pharmaceutical sciences with a focus on core areas of industrial pharmacy including drug discovery, research and development, and manufacturing.

During this full-time, four-year undergraduate program, you’ll have the opportunity to work alongside professional experts in modern laboratories equipped with advanced technology for hands-on education and research. You’ll graduate ready to begin your career or continue your education with a Master of Pharmaceutical Sciences or another postgraduate program in biotechnology or regulatory affairs.  

Freshman applicants can view their admission requirements on the Undergraduate Applicants page.  

Students with 12 or more college credits may transfer in to the first, second, or third year of the program. Courses must have been completed at a regionally accredited college or university with a grade of C or better for transfer. Math and science courses taken more than ten years prior to the anticipated date of matriculation to MCPHS will not be accepted.

While there are no specific required courses for entry into the first year of our program, the admission committee will look for success in any math and science courses you have already taken. If you complete any of the courses listed below, you may receive transfer credit and your first year course load may be lighter. However, due to the lock-step nature of MCPHS programs, entering the first year of the program with transfer credits will not change the total length of your program. Courses, other than elective courses, may not be moved forward in your schedule.

Required Courses For Admission To Year II of the Program:

  • General Biology I (3 credits)
  • General Biology II with lab (4 credits)
  • General Chemistry I & II with lab (8 credits)
  • Calculus I & II (6 credits)
  • Expository Writing I & II (6 credits)
  • American Culture, Identity, Public Life (3 credits) (Acceptable substitutions include American History, US History, US Government, Western Civilization)

Required Courses For Admission To Year III of the Program:

  • Organic Chemistry I & II with lab (8 credits)
  • Microbiology w/laboratory (3 credits)
  • Introduction to Speech (3 credits)
  • Statistics (3 credits) (Acceptable substitutions include basic statistics, biostatistics, psychological statistics, economic statistics)
  • Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)
  • Physics with lab (4 credits if calculus-based or 8 credits if algebra-based)
  • Economics (3 credits) (Acceptable courses include microeconomics, macroeconomics, or general economics)
  • Humanities Elective (3 credits) (Acceptable courses include Literature, Creative Writing, Philosophy, Ethics, Religious Studies, Select Fine Arts, Advanced Level Languages)
  • Behavioral Science Elective (3 credits) (Acceptable courses include any upper-level psychology course)
  • Social Science Elective (3 credits) (Acceptable courses include History, Political Science, Government, American Studies, Geography, Anthropology, Economics)

Year I-Fall

COURSE
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS

BIO 151

Biology I: Cell and Molecular Biology

3

CHE 131

Chemical Principles I (w/ lab)

4

FYS 101

First Year Seminar

1

LIB 111

Expository Writing I

3

MAT 151

Calculus I

3

TOTAL


14

Year I-Spring

 

COURSE
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS

BIO 152

Biology II: Biology of Organisms (w/ lab)

4

CHE 132

Chemical Principles II (w/ lab)

4

LIB 112

Expository Writing II

3

LIB 120

Introduction to Psychology OR

3

LIB 133

American Culture, Identity, and Public Life

3

MAT 152

Calculus II

3

TOTAL


17

Year II-Fall

COURSE
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS

BIO 255

Medical Microbiology (w/ lab)

4

CHE 231

Organic Chemistry I (w/ lab)

4

LIB 120

Introduction to Psychology OR

3

LIB 133

American Culture, Identity, & Public Life

3

MAT 261

Statistics

3

PHY 270

Foundations of Physics I *

3

PHY 272L

Foundations of Physics I Lab*

1

TOTAL


18

Year II-Spring

COURSE
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS

CHE 232

Organic Chemistry II

3

CHE 234L

Organic Chemistry II Laboratory

1

LIB 252

Introduction to Speech

3

PSB210

Macroeconomics

3


Distribution electives

6

TOTAL


16

*PHY 270 Foundations of Physics I with PHY 272L may be taken fall or spring semester.

Year III-Fall

COURSE
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS

PSB 328

Physiology/Pathophysiology I

4

PSB 331

Biochemistry I

3

PSB 340

Pharmaceutics I

4

PSB 343L

Pharmaceutics Laboratory I

1


Distribution elective

3

TOTAL


15

 

Year III-Spring

COURSE
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS

PSB 329

Physiology/Pathophysiology II

4

PSB 332

Biochemistry II

3

PSB 341

Pharmaceutics II

3

PSB 344L

Pharmaceutics Laboratory II

1

PSB 420

Pharmaceutical Analysis (w/ lab)

3

TOTAL


14

Year IV-Fall

 

COURSE
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS

LIB 512

Healthcare Ethics

3

PSB 335

Pharmaceutical Technology

3

PSB 346

Physico-Chemical Properties of Drug Molecules

3

PSB 410

FDA and Regulatory Affairs

3

PSB 350L

Industrial Pharmacy Laboratory

1


Program elective

3

TOTAL


16

 

Year IV-Spring

COURSE
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS

PSB 301

Pharmacology for Allied Health Professionals

3

PSB 430

Pharmacokinetics I

2

PSB 440

Molecular Biotechnology

3

PSB 458

Pharmaceutics Seminar

1


Program electives

6

TOTAL


15

Total credits to complete degree requirements: 127 s.h.

 

Elective Requirements

Students in the BS in PHSC program are required to select a minimum of 3 elective courses (or at least 9 credits) in the areas of chemistry, pharmaceutics, or industrial pharmacy. The following is a list of acceptable courses. Other courses offered by the COF also may be acceptable upon approval by the student's academic advisor or the program director.

Recommended Electives

 

COURSE
TITLE
BIO 734 Immunology
CHE 340 Inorganic Chemistry (w/ lab)
CHE 530 Undergraduate Research Project
CHE 532 Directed Study
CHE 714 Spectroscopic Analysis (w/ lab)
CHE 717 Instrumental Analysis (w/ lab)
CHE 719 Synthetic Preparations (w/ lab)
CHE 755 Stereochemistry
CHE 365 Thermodynamics & Kinetics (w/ lab)
CHEM 332 Quantum Mechanics & Molecular Structure (Simmons)
INF 210 Survey of the Literature of Chemistry
MAT 763 Advanced Statistics
PHY 274 Foundations of Physics II (w/ lab)
PSB 333L Introductory Biochemistry Laboratory
PSB 415 Accounting
PSB 423 Pharmaceutical Marketing
PSB 424 Research Methods in Pharmacoepidemiology
PSB 425 Healthcare Management
PSB 444 Organizational Development
PSB 445 Sales of Pharmaceuticals & Medical Products
PSB 446 Healthcare Finance
PSB 453 Experimental Pharmacology
PSB 456 Entrepreneurship

Academically motivated students may choose to apply to the Master of Pharmaceutical Sciences program - an accelerated master's degree available only to MCPHS BS in Pharmaceutical Sciences students - at the end of their third year and earn a dual degree in just five years. The master's program allows students to further develop their competency and knowledge in basic laboratory manipulations and experiment design, experimental and technical record keeping and reporting, common analytical equipment, regulatory affairs, pharmaceutical economics, and more.  

The job outlook for medical scientists, which includes pharmaceutical researchers, is expected to grow by 8% through 2024. And, as a master's trained scientist or researcher you could enjoy a starting salary of $82,000 or more. Also, did you know that Massachusetts is considered one of the largest biotechnology and pharmaceutical research clusters in the world? That means you can take advantage of research and internship opportunities and potential job placements right outside our doors. 

 

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A Pharmaceutical Sciences major, she appreciates that MCPHS is walking distance to some of the best hospitals in the world.

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