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Pharmaceutical Sciences (BSPS)


Learn in traditional science fields like biology and chemistry while also expanding your studies into hands-on learning in drug development, research, and marketing.

A Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Science (BSPS) prepares students to work in entry-level technical positions in the pharmaceutical, government, and academic research industries. The BSPS program is for anyone interested in a career in drug research and development, pharmaceutical marketing, or drug regulation.

Students in the BSPS program will be exposed to areas such as the chemistry of medicines, drug discovery, product development, and ethical considerations in research and practice. Those enrolled will have opportunities to use basic chemistry, mathematics, and biological training in a wide range of specialized research opportunities in the School of Pharmacy's state-of-the-art research laboratory.

Since the BSPS is an undergraduate degree, graduates with this degree are not eligible for licensure or to practice as a pharmacist without further education. However, graduates often go on to pursue graduate school or progress into professional degree programs such as pharmacy, medicine, allied health, or law.

Why Choose D'Youville?

  • As a student in the Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Science program, you'll benefit from being advised and mentored by D'Youville's experienced, professional School of Pharmacy faculty.
  • BSPS students are automatic members of both the BSPS club and the Pre-Pharmacy Club where they interact with their peers and explore their interests.
  • Students eligible for D'Youville's pre-pharmacy program will have the opportunity to join an established program and begin working with other healthcare majors in hands-on training opportunities in D'Youville's unique interdisciplinary education lab.
  • D'Youville's advanced, modern research labs offer students the chance to get involved in research and interact with members of the pharmacy community working at the forefront of the industry.

What you'll learn:

  • Pharmacy Research Methods: Discover how the methods by which drug mechanisms and interactions effect the human body and explore how better and safer products are developed
  • Pharmaceutical Marketing and Education: Learn how to speak knowledgeably about pharmaceutical products as you research how the packaging and marketing of drugs effects their usage and success and how the public is educated about issues in pharmacy
  • A Diverse Curriculum: At the heart of a D'Youville education is the Core Curriculum where students are given opportunities to explore subjects as they discover interests and develop the deep wealth of knowledge employers are seeking

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Careers in Pharmacy

The Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Science (BSPS) program offers students a science-based education compounded with a rich, liberal arts education to create well-rounded, knowledgeable graduates. Graduates of the program will have immediate opportunities to join the pharmaceutical industry in technical positions or to further their study through advanced degrees.

Career outlooks for graduates with a pharmacy background are enhanced by a growing demand for pharmaceutical products and specialists and the following facts: 

  • The world pharmaceutical market is estimated to grow to a nearly $1,430 billion industry by 2020, according to the International Federation of Pharmacy Manufacturers and Associations.
  • An aging US population and a growing demand for pharmaceutical products has increased the demand for pharmaceutical specialists in research, marketing, and new healthcare roles, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • Pharmacists and pharmacy-related specialists develop rewarding careers as they play a key role in the education and drug management of the population.


  • Familiarize yourself with the general principles of drug action from an introduction to general terminology to drug receptor interaction, receptor and ion channels, and second messengers.

  • Develop an understanding of the drug development process and how it lays the foundation for your career. Gain an introduction to scientists who work in the pharmacy industry or academia, hear about their experiences, and begin to informally discuss your eventual career choices.

  • Learn critical skills for conducting research under the guidance of expert faculty. Work with your faculty mentor to develop a hypothesis driven research project, conduct experiments, and present your findings and project in a forum of department members.

Admission Requirements

At D'Youville, we are committed to selecting students who are academically well-rounded and committed to meeting the challenges of a high-quality education. If you have been successful in a traditional college preparatory program in high school, you should be well-prepared for the academic challenges at D'Youville.

First Time in College Student Requirements:
  • Submitted application for admission
  • Official high school transcripts
    • An overall weighted GPA of 85 with successful completion of high school graduation requirements and three years of math, history, english, and science.
Transfer Admission Required Review Criteria:
  • Submitted application for admission
    • Applications are free of charge and can be found on our apply webpage.
  • Official transcripts from ALL previously attended colleges/universities
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5

D'Youville Prepares You For A Career In Pharmacy