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Pharmaceutical Sciences


Programs in pharmaceutical sciences teach people how to develop medicines using chemicals and plants.

Programs in pharmaceutical sciences teach people drug synthesis. Students learn chemistry and research methods. They also learn about lab safety.

Pharmaceutical sciences programs include topics such as:


In pharmaceutical sciences programs, students may be able to specialize in:


Several colleges and universities offer bachelor’s degrees in pharmaceutical sciences. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study. Typically, they are offered through the school's pharmacy program.

Many universities offer graduate degrees in pharmaceutical sciences. A master’s degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor’s degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master’s degree.

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Graduate Admissions

Admission to graduate programs is competitive. You need a bachelor's degree, good grades, and good test scores.

Additional requirements at some schools include:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

This undergraduate program typically includes courses in the following subjects:

Graduate Program Courses

Graduate programs that lead to a master's or doctoral degree in pharmaceutical sciences typically include:

Things to Know

Some schools offer bachelor's degrees in pharmaceutical sciences. Typically these are designed to prepare students for professional pharmacy programs.

Pharmaceutical sciences programs often are called several different names, depending on their focus. Some examples are pharmaceutics, medicinal chemistry, pharmacognosy, and pharmacokinetics.


King-Snohomish Area

University of Washington - Seattle

Spokane Area

Washington State University Health Sciences - Spokane