We appreciate your interest in the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) program in Pharmaceutical Sciences, offered by the Department of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences in the College of Pharmacy. Our inaugural class of B.S. students began in Fall 2013.
Like our department, the B.S. program is an interdisciplinary program representing all facets of the drug discovery and drug development processes. We encourage you to spend some time reviewing our website and learning more about our department, faculty and research areas. You may also download the program brochure here, Pharmacy PBS brochure – 2016. The next step is to formally apply to the program. Please note that we will NOT evaluate your application unless your application is complete. The University of Georgia has an online application process that can be accessed here.
The B.S. Program requires successful completion of a specific 60 credit hours. A list of these courses can be found here. Please note that applicants to the program must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 and must complete all of the Chemistry, Biology, Physics, English and Math courses with a grade of C or better.
A list of the upper division courses required for completion of the degree is shown here and a typical program of study for students in the program is shown here.
A detailed comparison of the BS PS (Pharmaceutical Scientist) and the Pharm D (Pharmacist) degree programs are shown here, Rx BS-RxD Comparison-2016. For more information about the Pharm D Program.
To find more information about a career in pharmaceutical sciences, please visit the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (aaps) website.
The Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences is an undergraduate degree program that provides students with an understanding of how medications are delivered, pharmaceutical drugs interact with the human body, drugs are researched and developed, and how all basic sciences play a role in the development of modern therapeutics.
The Pharmaceutical Sciences program offers hands-on career development in a classroom environment where learning is delivered by outstanding faculty, combined with real-world laboratory experiments. This major provides students the opportunity to gain valuable experience working in a Good Manufacturing Practices Laboratory while working directly with faculty members on laboratory-centered, independent research projects.
We encourage you to spend some time reviewing our website and learning more about our department, faculty and research areas. You may also download the program brochure here, Pharmacy PBS brochure – 2016.
The B.S. Program requires successful completion of 60 credit hours of specific courses. A list of these courses can be found here. Please note that applicants to the program must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 and must complete all of the Chemistry, Biology, Physics, English, and Math courses with a grade of C or better.
A list of the upper division courses required for completion of the degree is shown here, and a typical program of study for students in the program is shown here.
Admission to the B.S. Program begins with the UGA Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Once admitted to The University of Georgia, students who wish to pursue the B.S. Program in Pharmaceutical Sciences begin in the degree code, Intended Major – Pharmaceutical Sciences. This degree code is used during the completion of the first 60 credit hours of the program. A list of the courses that comprise these hours can be found here.
Once a student has completed the first 60 hours of the program they use the Athena Website to request a major change to the Pharmaceutical Sciences. Please note that in addition to completing the 60 hours, applicants must also have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher and must have completed all Chemistry, Biology, Physics, English, and Math courses with a grade of C or better.
A list of the upper division courses required for completion of the degree is shown here and a typical program of study for students in the B.S. program is shown here. Please note that being admitted to the Major – Pharmaceutical Sciences is not required to take upper division courses. While we encourage students to complete their first 60 hours as quickly as possible, some students may not complete all of these courses until their third year in the program.
BS/MS Dual Degree Program
The Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Master of Science in Pharmacy dual degree program at the University of Georgia (UGA) provides students with an interdisciplinary education with strong training in the pharmaceutical sciences enhanced by specialization in either regulatory science or bench research in the pharmaceutical and biomedical sciences. Graduates of this program will have the strong knowledge and skills typical of our BS program students combined with greater practical skills. The program’s focus on drug discovery and development underscores results in well-rounded students who will have developed a specialization that will distinguish them from typical students and enhance their career path development.
Currently, the BS/MS dual degree program is offered for:
- Students currently enrolled in the B.S. Program in the Pharmaceutical Sciences.
- Students desiring increased exposure to bench research in the areas of pharmacology, medicinal chemistry or pharmaceutics or advanced coursework and research in the regulatory sciences.
The BS/MS dual degree program is the first of its kind in the nation. Students enrolled in this program will complete a 174-hour curriculum in 5 years (including two summer semesters).
The BS/MS program is available to students attending the Athens campus at the University of Georgia. The courses in the regulatory sciences track are all online and are taught by practicing professionals in the field. For more detailed information about the program, including course requirements and sample programs of study, please go here, Rx BS-MS2016
The M.S. track in Regulatory Sciences trains students in current drug regulations governing the development and manufacturing of pharmaceuticals, biologics, medical devices, animal health and combination products. Graduates with this combination degree would be ideal for Regulatory positions in CMC (chemistry, manufacturing, and control) and/or research and development. This track would provide students with considerable expertise in the global regulatory sciences and make them extremely competitive for positions in industry where most of this information has to be learned on the job.
The M.S. track in Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences provides students with the ability to specialize in the areas of pharmacology, drug delivery, or medicinal chemistry. Graduates from this track would gain considerable intensive laboratory training that would provide them the practical experience to become more competitive for research positions in industry, or to prepare for highly competitive graduate programs that value previous research experience.
Why Pursue Dual BS/MS Degrees?
The curriculum for the BS/MS Program was created to offer specialized advanced training in specific areas of the pharmaceutical sciences in a more time efficient manner than obtaining the two degrees separately. The courses recommended for the BS/MS degree comply with all aspects of the University of Georgia and the University System Board of Regents policies for coursework requirements for undergraduate and graduate degrees. The credit hours for the B.S. portion of the degree are identical (120 hrs) while the M.S. portion is reduced due to the ability to conduct research during the 3rd and 4th years of the B.S. Program (54 vs. 108). The first two years of coursework is distributed over the categories shown below. In terms of course content, there is no difference in the core courses of either program. However, the major electives are more restricted when choosing the BS/MS option in order to maximize the synergy between the programs.
Earnings and Job Outlook According to the Bureau of Labor and Georgia Department of Economic Development Statistics, between 2012-2022:
- Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists are expected to grow by 22%
- Medical Scientist employment is expected to grow by 13%
- In Georgia, the areas of Professional, Scientific and Technical Services are expected to grow by over 29%
Having a dual BS/MS degree gives you access to positions in these fast-growing fields, which could increase your chances of finding employment after graduation.
Areas of practice for BS/MS graduates include:
- Research and Development
- Quality Assurance and Quality Control
- Process Development and Validation
References 1 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2013-2014 Edition.
2 Georgia Labor Market Explorer, Georgia Department of Labor.
Applicants to the BS/MS dual degree program must apply in the Spring semester of their 3rd year through the UGA Graduate School. The deadline is February 15, 2017.
Completing two rigorous degree programs simultaneously requires that students have a strong academic record. The admission requirements for the program reflect the demanding nature of graduate studies.
Application Process Students must follow the application instructions for the program they are applying to:
- Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences Track
- Regulatory Sciences Track
Admission Requirements Admission requirements for this program require a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3. Students may not have any grades below a B- in any MATH, ENGL, BIOL, CHEM, PHYS or PMCY courses. Applicants must submit scores from the Graduate Record Examination.
Scholarship & Employment Opportunities
The Department of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences is pleased to offer several scholarship opportunities for students in the B.S. Program.
CURO Research Assistantship: The CURO Research Assistantship (CRA) supports experiential learning opportunities that only a major research university can provide. As part of an initiative to enhance the UGA learning environment, the CURO Research Assistantship Program provides 500 stipends of $1,000 each to outstanding undergraduate students across campus to actively participate in faculty-mentored research. Students must submit the CURO Research Assistantship Application to 203 Moore College by the posted deadlines:
Fall: Due by June 1 at 4 PM
Spring: Due by November 1 at 4 PM
Summer: Due by March 22, 2017 at 4 PM
(Applicants should download and save the above fillable PDF prior to starting the application. Works best with Chrome or Internet Explorer.)
Attention BS/MS students:
Two new fellowship programs (GREAT and GAIN) are offered through the Graduate School. Please go to: http://grad.uga.edu/index.php/current-students/financial-information/graduate-school-based-financial-assistance/funding-from-graduate-school/ for more information on these programs, as well as information on other scholarship opportunities available for BS/MS students.
Novartis in East Hanover, New Jersey, invites applications for future employment as a part-time Preformulation Scientist Intern. Applicants should be undergraduate or graduate students with previous experience in preformulations and knowledge of solid state characterization and ophthalmology. Access the online application here.
MilliporeSigma (Sigma-Aldrich) at Milwaukee has an open position for a Product Manager – Biomedical/Polymer Materials. Applicants should have research experience on polymer for biomedical application and an interest in working in industry. Access the online application here.
Noramco, Inc. has an entry-level position open as an Analytical Services Coordinator in Athens, GA. For a full description of the position please go to https://jobs.jnj.com/jobs/9531160303/Analytical+Services+Coordinator. Applicants should apply online at www.careers.jnj.com. Choose “professional jobs,” not University or sales.
Experiential Learning Opportunities
First-year students entering UGA beginning Fall 2016 are required to complete at least one experiential learning activity before graduation. As a BSPS student you will be required to take a minimum of two research courses.
Students wishing to expand their experiential learning experiences may explore additional research courses, Study Abroad opportunities, service learning projects, leadership activities and many more (please go to http://www.experienceuga.com/student-faqs for more options).
One opportunity for experiential learning is through internships. The following information is provided to assist students in finding internship opportunities.
GSK offers several intern and co-op opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students. Please go to http://us.gsk.com/en-us/careers/internships-and-co-ops/ to see the opportunities available.
Pfizer is sponsoring a Summer Student Worker Program for undergraduate and graduate students. Please go to http://pivot.cos.com/funding_opps/172250?cid=WFA_advisorspecific to learn more about opportunities.
Mylan has a paid, 12-week summer internship program that is open to undergraduate students. Please go to http://www.mylan.com/en/careers/students to learn more about the program.
AbbVie offers 10-12 week summer internships in several science focus areas. Please go to http://www.abbvie.com/careers/student-opportunities/internships.html#internship-program to learn more.
Biogen offers internships, co-ops and postdoctoral positions through their University Relations programs. Please go to https://jobs.biogen.com/go/University-Relations/919200 to see what educational opportunities are currently available both in the U.S. and Europe.
The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education offers internships, scholarships and fellowships at national laboratories and federal agencies. Please visit ORISE at: http://orise.orau.gov/science-education/internships-scholarships-fellowships/default.aspx.