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Pharmaceutical Sciences

Bachelor of Science

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From discovering new drug therapies to testing and manufacturing new medications, a Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences (BSPS) is the foundation to careers in pharmacy, medicine, biotechnology, drug development, and regulatory affairs.  The BSPS provides undergraduate students with comprehensive coursework, laboratory work, and hands-on education in Pharmaceutical Sciences; the foundation of new drug design, development and delivery; to safely and effectively treat human disease.The BSPS prepares students for immediate employment in many biomedical research settings, and also serves as an ideal foundation for graduate and professional programs in fields such as medicine, physical therapy, dentistry, and pharmacy.  *Students who are interested in becoming licensed pharmacists must complete a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree and pass state board exams.  The BSPS provides an excellent foundation for students who are interested in applying to a PharmD program.

Major Details

College: College of Pharmacy
Admissions Requirements:

No Additional Requirements

Math Required:


    The M-strand is for students who require mathematical facility at the level of at least MATH 110 (Collegiate Algebra). This strand involves reasonable facility with algebra and algebraic functions, graphs, and simple modeling. Students who choose the M-strand are prepared for further mathematical work. This work may include LING 178 (The Mathematics of Language and Linguistics), MATH 114 (Finite Mathematics), MATH 113 (Elements of Calculus), or a statistics class from outside the Mathematics Department, such as ISTA 116 (Statistical Foundations for the Information Age) or SBS 200 (Statistics for the Social Sciences).
Second Language Required:

2 Semesters

  • Scoring the equivalent of second-semester skill level on an entrance or placement examination administered by The University of Arizona.
  • Completion with a C or better of a second semester course at the post-secondary level.
  • An AP (Advanced Placement), IB (International Baccalaureate) or CLEP (College Level Entrance Program) language score determined by the individual language department.
  • In the College of Engineering by a method determined within the College; however, all students in the college must also take a language placement examination on entrance to the University.
2 Semesters
Fees: No
Pre-Major: Yes

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2017 for many degree plans. These are sample plans. Please work with your academic advisor for more specific and up-to-date requirements.

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UA Course Requirements Units
1st Semester
MATH 113 Elements of Calculus 3
CHEM 151 General Chemistry I 4
ENGL 101 English Composition I 3
Second Language 4
Tier I General Education 1
2nd Semester
CHEM 152 General Chemistry II 4
ENGL 102 English Composition II 3
Second Language 4
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
3rd Semester
CHEM 241A Organic Chemistry I 3
CHEM 243A Organic Chemistry Lab I 1
MCB 181R Introductory Biology I 3
MCB 181L Introductory Biology Lab I 1
PCOL 305 Scientific Writing: Manuscripts to Proposals 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
4th Semester
CHEM 241B Organic Chemistry II 3
CHEM 243B Organic Chemistry Lab II 1
MIC 205A General Microbiology 3
MIC 205L Biology of Microorganisms Lab 1
PCOL 310 Drug Approval - The 3 Billion Dollar Bet 2
PSIO 380 Fundamentals of Human Physiology 4
5th Semester
PCOL 355 Drug Delivery Systems 3
PCOL 360 Comprehensive Human Pharmacology 5
BIOC 384 Foundations in Biochemistry 3
ECOL 182R Introductory Biology II 3
ECOL 182L Introductory Biology Lab II 1
6th Semester
PCOL 350 ADME: How the Body Changes Drugs 3
PCOL 410 Integrated Medicinal Chemistry 5
PHYS 102 Introductory Physics I 3
PHYS 181 Introductory Physics Lab I 1
Tier II General Education 3
7th Semester
PCOL 440 Rigor and Reproducibility 2
PCOL 390 Biomarkers: Analysis of Drug Effect/Toxicity 3
Tier II General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
Upper-Division Elective, Research, or Thesis 3
8th Semester
PHCL 460 Designing Drugs: From Chemistry to Cure 3
PCOL 473 Pharmacogenomics 4
Elective, Research, or Thesis 3
Elective 3

AZ Transfer Pathways

This page is designed for in-state transfer students who plan to attend the University of Arizona. The information presented lists the most accurate course equivalencies and may not include all possible requirements. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to use this site for reference only and not for self-advising.

Transfer students should work with their community colleges and UA advisors to develop an individualized plan for transfer, and visit

  • All posted Pathways (except for Bachelor of Applied Science Pathways) fulfill an AGEC and most also fulfill an Associate Degree
  • Following a Pathway does not guarantee admission to the UA nor admission to a college/major/program at the UA
  • Use Pathways in consultation with advisors from your community college and the UA
  • Pathways are subject to change at any time

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