The Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences (BSPS) is a four-year undergraduate
program offered by the Pharmaceutical Sciences Division. The BSPS program is designed
for students seeking technical positions in industrial, academic, or other research
environments. This degree also prepares learners to enter pharmacy, medicine, and
pharmaceutical sciences in a professional or graduate school. Note: This bachelor’s
degree program does not qualify its graduates to take licensure examinations to become
The pharmaceutical sciences combine a broad range of scientific disciplines including
medicinal chemistry, pharmaceutics, pharmacology, and toxicology, which are critical
to the discovery and development of new drugs and therapies.
Pharmaceutical Sciences Careers
Pharmacists are directly involved in patient care and work with drugs that are currently
available, while pharmaceutical scientists develop new drugs, therapies, and approaches
to maximize the benefit of established therapies. The pharmaceutical sciences draw
on a wide range of disciplines to discover, test, and manufacture new drugs and therapies,
as well as evaluate their effectiveness and safety.
Pharmaceutical scientists can find employment in the pharmaceutical industries, state
and government agencies, universities, and national labs such as the National Institutes
Ten career opportunities for pharmaceutical scientists include:
Q:Can I major in pharmaceutical sciences and become a pharmacist? A:No. You must major in pharmacy, earn a Doctor of Pharmacy, and pass the board exam
to become a registered pharmacists.
Q:Can I major in pharmaceutical sciences and change my major to pharmacy? A:Students must apply and be accepted into the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program to
change their major to the doctoral program. Pursuing a Bachelor of Science does not
guarantee admission into the PharmD program.
Q:Can I major in a Bachelor of Science program and then apply for graduate school in
the pharmaceutical sciences at FAMU? A:Yes. Learners may apply for graduate school at FAMU during their last year in the
BSPS program. Those who successfully pass core upper-level Bachelor of Science courses
with a B or better may be given credit for those courses towards their graduate degree.