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College of Pharmacy

Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences (B.S.P.S.)

Purdue University awards a B.S. degree to students completing 120 hours in a specified four-year nonprofessional curriculum. The College of Pharmacy offers such a four-year degree program with a major in pharmaceutical sciences. Students select a specialization in either industrial and physical pharmacy or medicinal chemistry and molecular pharmacology when applying to the upper-level curriculum following the first two years.

The objective of the program is to provide the student with a strong foundation of scientific learning and an understanding of pharmacy as a context in which science is discovered and applied.

Students with this background are needed in entry-level technical positions in the pharmaceutical industry and are ideally educated to pursue graduate study in the pharmaceutical sciences. It is clear that the pharmaceutical industry, government and education will continue to need well-educated individuals with a pharmacy perspective in a broad range of areas, including research, pharmaceutical development, quality control, manufacturing, sales and marketing.

This is a nonprofessional degree that does not prepare graduates for state board licensure. This curriculum reflects what is in effect for August 2012.

Plan of Study

Freshman Year

First SemesterSecond Semester
(4) BIOL 11000 (Fundamentals of Biology I) (4) BIOL 11100 (Fundamentals of Biology II)
(5) CHM 10901 (General Chemistry with Biological Focus) (3) COM 11400 (Fundamentals of Speech Communication) or other COM course
(4) ENGL 10600 (First-Year Composition) (4) MA 16600 (Analytic Geometry and Calculus II)
(1) IPPH 10000 (Pharmaceutical Sciences Orientation)* (3) MA 22400 (Introductory Analysis II)† (LSAC) or (3) MA 23200 (Calculus for the Life Sciences II)† (LSAC)
(4) MA 16500 (Analytic Geometry and Calculus I) or (3) MA 22300(Introductory Analysis I)† (LSAC) or(3) MA 23100 (Calculus for the Life Sciences I)† (LSAC)
(4) MCMP 20400 (Organic Chemistry I)
(0-3) Electives‡
(17-18)   (14-18)  
Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or above and no grades lower than "C-" in core science courses to enroll in any PHRM or MCMP course listed in the second year or after.

Sophomore Year

Third SemesterFourth Semester
(3) BIOL 23000 (Biology of the Living Cell) or (3) BIOL 23100 (Biology III: Cell Structure and Function) (4) BIOL 22100 (Introduction to Microbiology)
(4) MA 26100 (Multivariate Calculus)† (LSAC-exempt) (3) MCMP 20800 (Biochemistry for Pharmaceutical Sciences)
(4) MCMP 20500 (Organic Chemistry II) (3) STAT 30100 (Elementary Statistical Methods)† (LSAC)
(4) PHYS 22000 (General Physics I) (3) STAT 51100 (Statistical Methods)
(3) Humanities/Social Science Elective (4-6) Electives‡
(18)   (17-19)  

Summer Semester

Research or Industrial Internship (recommended)

Junior Year

Fifth SemesterSixth Semester
(2) BIOL 20100 (Human Anatomy and Physiology) or (4)BIOL 20300 (Human Anatomy and Physiology) or (3)BIOL 30100 (Human Design: Anatomy and Physiology) (2)

BIOL 20200 (Human Anatomy and Physiology) or (4) BIOL 20400 (Human Anatomy and Physiology) or (3) BIOL 30200(Human Design: Anatomy and Physiology)

(3) ENGL 42100 (Technical Writing) (4) CHM 37200 (Physical Chemistry)
(3) PHRM 82800 (Dosage Forms I) (2) PHRM 82900 (Dosage Forms II)
(2) PHRM 83600 (Biochemistry for Pharmaceutical Scientists II) (3) Humanities/Social Science Elective
(4-6) Electives‡ (3-6) Electives‡
(14-19)   (14-19)  

Summer Semester

Research or Industrial Internship (recommended)

Senior Year

Seventh SemesterEighth Semester
(3) PHRM 56000 (Drug Discovery and Development I) (3) PHRM 56100 (Drug Discovery and Development II)
(3) PHRM 82400 (Introduction to Pathophysiology and Drug Activity) (3) MCMP 54400 (Drug Classes/Mechanisms)
(6-9) Electives‡ (6-9) Electives‡
(12-15)   (12-15)  

* This course is optional, but recommended.

† The Life Sciences Alternative Curriculum (LSAC) is an option for students who anticipate entering the workforce after graduation or pursuing a graduate degree in medicinal chemistry and molecular pharmacology, or a professional or medical degree program. LSAC allows for a number of substitutions/exemptions. Specifically, MA 22300/MA 23100 and 22400/23200 may be substituted for MA 16500 and 16600, and STAT 30100 may be substituted for STAT 51100. LSAC students are also exempt from taking MA 26100.

‡ A list of suggested electives is available at the College of Pharmacy website.