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2009-2010 University Catalog 
    
2009-2010 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Pharmaceutical Sciences – Major


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The pharmaceutical sciences program provides a strong basic sciences foundation in biology, chemistry, mathematics, and pharmaceutics; integrates the essential contributions of the humanities, social sciences, and communications; and utilizes laboratory-based courses to develop and refine research skills. The graduate will have the background to understand how physicochemical and pharmaceutical principles are applied in developing, formulating, manufacturing, and testing different types of dosage forms.

Learning outcomes:

  • Students should have the ability to integrate concepts taught in basic courses into their professional courses.
  • Students should be proficient in basic laboratory skills required by departments of pharmaceutics in the pharmaceutical industry.
  • Students should be able to electronically retrieve relevant literature from scientific databases.
  • Students should be able to effectively communicate both verbally and in writing.

The demand for graduates with a degree in the pharmaceutical sciences is presently very high and growing; excellent entry-level positions are available in the cosmetics and pharmaceutical industry, government, specialty dosage form development laboratories, and biotechnology companies. Areas include research, product development, manufacturing, quality control, and regulatory affairs.

In addition, for students who excel academically, pursuit of MS and PhD programs in the pharmaceutical sciences or professional degrees are excellent postgraduate options. See the College of Graduate Studies section for information about the PhD and MS degree programs in pharmaceutics.

Highly qualified prospective students may also seek admission to the combined BS in pharmaceutical sciences/MS in pharmaceutics degree program. Successful students will receive the BS degree at the completion of the fourth year and the MS degree at the end of the fifth year.

Philadelphia College of Pharmacy is one of the few colleges in the United States that offers a BS in pharmaceutical sciences degree.

Degree Requirements


To qualify for graduation, a minimum of 131 credit hours of approved courses is required in the curriculum. The curriculum encourages students to take multiple elective courses that allow them to pursue a minor or to develop an area of specialization.

Passing the writing proficiency examination is a graduation requirement for students who entered in Catalog Year 2008 or earlier (see Catalog Year for Degree Requirements). Students who have failed the examination are urged to seek assistance from the Writing Center. Students who entered in Catalog Year 2006 or earlier must also pass the computer competency requirement.

To qualify for entry into the third year, a student must have attained a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or better at the end of the summer semester of their second year.

Residency Requirements for the BS Pharmaceutical Sciences Program, June 2009

Completing the BS in pharmaceutical sciences program requires that students enroll at the University for at least half of the total number of credits required for graduation or that students enroll at the University for a minimum of four fall and/or spring semesters of full-time (at least 12 credits per semester) study.

BS in Pharmaceutical Sciences


Students admitted into graduating classes of 2010 and prior years (Catalog Year 2006 and prior years)—131 credits—with core curriculum.

Core Curriculum


  • Core Fundamental Social Sciences
    (Choose two)
    (EC 101, PO 101, PS 101, or SO 101)
  • Core Distribution Requirement - World Culture
  • Core Distribution Requirement - History/Literature
  • Core Distribution Requirement - Advanced Social Sciences
  • Core Elective

Science and Math


Writing


Program Elective (3 credits)


Free Electives (6 credits)


Proficiencies/Competencies


  • Writing Proficiency
  • Computer Competency

BS in Pharmaceutical Sciences Curriculum Plan


Students entering in Catalog Years 2004–2006 (graduating classes of 2008–2010)—with core curriculum.

First Year


Second Year


Fall Semester


  • Social Sciences Fundamental Requirement Credits: 3

Intellectual Heritage I Credits: 3


(Choose One)

Credits/Semester: 17


Intellectual Heritage II Credits: 3


(Choose One)

Credits/Semester: 15


Third Year


Fall Semester


  • Core Distribution Requirement Credits: 6

Credits/Semester: 16–17


Spring Semester


  • Core Distribution Requirement Credits: 3
  • Free Elective Credits: 3

Credits/Semester: 17


Fourth Year


Fall Semester


  • Free Elective Credits: 3
  • PH 398 - Research Methods in Pharmaceutics Credits: 2

Credits/Semester: 15


Credits/Semester: 18


Total Minimum Credits: 131–132


Notes:


a. All students must demonstrate competency in computer applications before progressing to the third year.
b. Students must pass the writing proficiency examination as a requirement for graduation.

BS in Pharmaceutical Sciences


Class of 2011–2012 (Catalog Years 2007–2008)—132 credits

General Education


  • Social Sciences Discipline Requirement Credits: 6
  • Humanities Discipline Requirement Credits: 6
  • General Education Unrestricted Elective Credits: 3

Writing


Program Electives (3 credits)


Free Electives (9 credits)


Proficiencies/Competencies


  • Writing Proficiency

BS in Pharmaceutical Sciences Curriculum Plan


Classes of 2011–2012 (Catalog Years 2007–2008)—with general education.

First Year


Second Year


Fall Semester


  • Social Science Discipline Requirement Credits: 3

Intellectual Heritage I Credits: 3


(Choose one)

Credits/Semester: 17


Intellectual Heritage II Credits: 3


(Choose one)

Credits/Semester: 15


Third Year


Fall Semester


  • Free Elective Credits: 3
  • Humanities Discipline Requirement Credits: 3

Credits/Semester: 17


Spring Semester


  • Humanities Discipline Requirement Credits: 3
  • General Education Unrestricted Elective Credits: 3

Credits/Semester: 17


Fourth Year


Total Minimum Credits: 132


Note:


a. Students must pass the writing proficiency examination as a requirement for graduation.

BS in Pharmaceutical Sciences


Class of 2013 and beyond (Catalog Year 2009 and beyond)—132 credits.

General Education


  • Social Sciences Discipline Requirement Credits: 6
  • Humanities Discipline Requirement Credits: 6
  • General Education Unrestricted Elective Credits: 3

Program Elective (3 credits)


Free Electives (9 credits)


BS in Pharmaceutical Sciences Curriculum Plan


Classes of 2013 and beyond (Catalog Year 2009 and beyond)—with general education.

First Year


Second Year


Fall Semester


  • Social Science Discipline Requirement Credits: 3

Intellectual Heritage I Credits: 3


(Choose one)

Credits/Semester: 17


Intellectual Heritage II Credits: 3


(Choose one)

Credits/Semester: 15


Third Year


Fall Semester


  • Free Elective Credits: 3
  • Humanities Discipline Requirement Credits: 3

Credits/Semester: 17


Spring Semester


  • Humanities Discipline Requirement Credits: 3
  • General Education Unrestricted Elective Credits: 3

Credits/Semester: 17


Fourth Year


Total Minimum Credits: 132


BS/MS Program


A BS/MS program is available for students who complete the requirements of the BS degree in pharmaceutical sciences. Students may finish a non-thesis MS degree with an additional calendar year of full-time study. In order to apply, students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and have a “B-” or better grades in all PH courses that are being used to fulfill the requirements for graduation. Additionally, during the fourth year, students should achieve a combined score of at least 1100 in the quantitative and analytical section of the GRE.

For information about the master of science program in pharmaceutics (non-thesis) program, please consult the College of Graduate Studies section.

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