BSPS Curriculum

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BSPS Curriculum

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Our students are given the breadth and depth of knowledge they will need to enter a variety of biomedical careers.

Both BSPS pathways incorporate innovative coursework with an increased focus on integrated science learning, hands-on laboratory experiences and career development.

Students complete the BSPS degree requirements through one of two paths:

  1. Healthcare Professions Pathway: largely designed for those students intending to pursue clinical careers in pharmacy, medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, and others
  2. Drug Discovery and Development Pathway: largely designed for those students intending to pursue graduate school and/or research-based careers in the pharmaceutical sciences

BSPS required courses

Total minimum credit hours: 121

Content
  • Arts & Humanities: 12 credit hours
    • Visual and Performing Arts (3 credit hours)
    • Literature (3 credit hours)
    • Historical Study (3 credit hours)
      • PHR 3708: Vaccines: A Global History
    • Cultures & Ideas (3 credit hours)
      • PHR 3420: Generation Rx: America's Drug-Taking Culture (recommended)
      • PHR 3530: Drugs, Human Enhancement and the Mastery of Nature (recommended)
  • Social Science: 6 credit hours
  • Writing: 6 credit hours
    • 1st level writing course (3 credit hours)
    • 2nd level writing course  (3 credit hours)
      • PHR 2367.01 (in-person) or PHR 2367.02 (distance-learning): Drug Use in American Culture (recommended)
  • Global Studies*: 6 credit hours
    • *May overlap with Social Science or Art & Humanities GE
  • Social Diversity in the U.S.*: 3 credit hours
    • *May overlap with Social Science or Art & Humanities GE
Content
  • General Chemistry: CHEM 1210 (5) & 1220 (5)
  • General Biology: BIOLOGY 1113 (4)
  • Calculus: MATH 1151 (5) 
  • Organic Chemistry (Lecture/Lab): CHEM 2510 (4)/2540 (2) & 2520 (4)
  • Human Physiology: PHR 3100 (4) or PHYSIO 3200 (5)
  • Biostatistics: STAT 2480 (3)
Content
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences Survey: PHR 1100 (1)
  • Career Development in Pharmaceutical Sciences: PHR 2100 (0.5)
  • Career Development in Pharmaceutical Sciences: PHR 2101 (0.5)
  • Drug Discovery, Development, & Delivery: PHR 2500 (3)
  • Biochemistry for the Pharmaceutical Sciences: PHR 3200 (5)
  • Pharmacoethics:  Dilemmas and Decision-Making: PHR 3500 (2)
  • Molecules to Medicine:  An Integrated Approach to the Pharmaceutical Sciences I & II: PHR 4000 (5) & 4010 (5)
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences Laboratory: PHR 4600 (2)

BSPS Pathway-Specific Requirements