The Department of Chemistry and the University of Nebraska Medical Center's College of Pharmacy offer a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree. The B.S. degree in pharmaceutical sciences prepares graduates for a variety of entry-level positions in the pharmaceutical and medical industry related to drug therapy, medicine production, and drug delivery. The B.S. in pharmaceutical sciences also prepares graduates interested in pursuing further education in pharmacy, such as a PharmD degree program or other advanced degree programs that provide training to become a medical research scientist.
Students working toward a degree in pharmaceutical sciences must earn a grade of “C-“ or better in all courses used to fulfill the major requirements. A GPA of 2.0 or higher in pharmaceutical sciences and cognate courses is required to graduate with a B.S. in pharmaceutical sciences.
High school students who have successfully completed advanced high school chemistry courses (AP and/or IB) and are considering a modified course of study should consult with their advisor.
College of Arts and Sciences Advising Center, 220 Arts and Sciences Hall
Writing in the Discipline
All students are required to take a writing in the discipline course within their discipline. For the pharmaceutical sciences major, this is NSCI 3940 along with any two of the following courses: CHEM 3354, CHEM 3364, CHEM 4654, CHEM 4664, or another approved course.
The B.S. degree in pharmaceutical sciences prepares graduates for a variety of entry-level positions in the pharmaceutical and medical industry related to drug therapy, medicine production and drug delivery. These are often high wage, high demand, and high skills jobs (H3) and include some of the following:
- Sales and marketing
- Drug research and development
- Clinical research
- Quality assurance
- Pharmaceutical manufacturing
- Chemical manufacturing
- Food and beverage manufacturing
- Testing laboratories for biomedical and bioscience.
The B.S. in pharmaceutical sciences also prepares graduates interested in pursuing further professional education with the goal of providing patient care as a pharmacist (through completion of a PharmD degree), and to graduates interested in pursuing advanced education and training to become a medical research scientist through a Master of Science (M.S.) or Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree. The program also provides students who plan to enter health professional schools another option of a major in addition to the commonly selected majors, such as biology, chemistry, molecular and biomedical biology, and neuroscience.