College prepares to launch new Bachelor's in Pharmaceutical Sciences degree

Classes will begin to be offered in Fall semester 2018 to current UA and transfer students.

The College of Pharmacy’s newest undergraduate major in more than twenty-five years, the Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences (BSPS), is moving closer to realization with successful completion of the University and Arizona Board of Regents approval this past December.

The BSPS is an innovative, four-year degree program that will provide students with comprehensive coursework, laboratory work, and experiential education in Pharmaceutical Sciences, the science that is the foundation of new drug design, development, and delivery to treat human disease.  Currently, no Arizona universities offer the BSPS.

The pre-major is now available to incoming and current students and the first classes will be offered in Fall 2018 to current UA and transfer students. The BSPS will be built into the UA online application by Fall 2019.

The BSPS has gained wide support from many leaders on campus.

“The college’s vision of providing students with a solid background in the biological sciences, drug discovery and development, pharmaceutics, dosage forms, pharmacology and toxicology enables our students to be competitive for entry-level positions in pharma and biotech, and successful in pursuing professional and graduate academic programs,” said Charles Cairns, dean of the College of Medicine – Tucson. “

About the Program

The BSPS academic content is highly collaborative.  Excluding College of Pharmacy courses and general education courses, the curriculum includes courses from nine departments in five colleges.

Taking advantage of the collaborative relationships that our faculty maintain with pharmaceutical/biotech companies, drug regulatory agencies, and the broader research community, the BSPS program also offers interested students an internship in the summer of their junior year. Alternatively, students can participate in directed research locally and/or complete a mentored capstone project at the UA. 

College leadership anticipates that BSPS graduates will be well suited for government regulatory/policy careers; pharmaceutical industry positions in research, regulatory affairs, quality control or sales and marketing; employment with health insurance companies or providing expertise regarding drugs and medications to non-profit organizations. The BSPS curriculum will provide unique knowledge, skills and experience with which students can become highly competitive applicants for post-baccalaureate education in graduate programs or in professional curricula, including pharmacy, medicine, dentistry, optometry, veterinary medicine, occupational therapy, physical therapy, public health, nursing and law.

We will continue to provide updates as the curriculum takes shape.

For more information, contact Dr. Walt Klimecki, BSPS Director, at klimecki@pharmacy.arizona.edu.

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