Career Opportunities

The pharmaceutical industry represents a significant segment of the U.S. economy, representing over 800,000 U.S. employees, 17% of all U.S. research and development, and 1.2 trillion dollars in economic output.

The BSPS degree provides students with a unique set of skills, making them competitive for a variety of professional opportunities directly out of college. In addition, BSPS graduates are also highly qualified for admission to graduate and professional schools, including medical, veterinary, dental and optometry schools, PharmD programs, and graduate research programs.

What Pharmaceutical Scientists Do

Pharmaceutical scientists usually work in some aspect of the drug development process. They may:

  • Design new drug therapies using natural or man-made ingredients
  • Discover new ways to use existing drugs to treat different diseases
  • Study how disease affects the body and causes for the development of certain diseases
  • Determine the most effective formulation and dosage for a specific drug
  • Work on improving the drug manufacturing process
  • Advise corporations or government agencies on issues related to pharmaceutical development
  • Review scientific data as a government regulator, contributing to the drug review/approval process

Where Pharmaceutical Scientists Work

Work settings are broad and varied. You can work in:

  • The pharmaceutical industry
  • Biotech companies
  • Government agencies, including the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Non-profit organizations, providing expertise regarding drugs and medications
  • Health care insurance agencies
  • Contract research organizations

A Launchpad for Future Health Care Education and Training

The BSPS can also set you apart as a competitive candidate for graduate or professional programs in these fields:

  • Pharmacy*
  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Public health
  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Dentistry
  • Optometry
  • Law

* Completion of the BSPS degree does not qualify graduates to take the state board examination to become a registered pharmacist; students who are interested in pursuing this career path must complete a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree. The BS in Pharmaceutical Sciences will prepare students to be very competitive applicants to PharmD programs.  Students who complete the BSPS may also be exempt from the PCAT exam, for PharmD admisson purposes.  (Additional conditions apply.)