Pharmaceutical Sciences, B.S.

Pharmaceutical Sciences, B.S.
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 registered pharmacists.

Academic Course Curriculum 

Pharmaceutical Sciences
Pharmaceutical Sciences
What is pharmaceutical sciences?

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 of Health.

Ten career opportunities for pharmaceutical scientists include:

1. Medical Science Liaison
2. Medicinal Chemist
3. Pharmacologist
4. Pharmaceutical Manufacturer
5. Pharmaceutical Sales Representative
6. Regulatory Specialists
7. Clinical Research Associate
8. Biomedical Engineer
9. Quality Control Analyst
10. Pharmacoengineer

A Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences is also a potential gateway into professional schools such as pharmacy, medical, and dental as well as graduate degree programs.

Pharmaceutical Sciences Salary Expectations

In 2023, the average pharmaceutical scientist made:

  • a average salary of $100,101
  • salary range typically falls between $88,366 and $113,939.

The states with the highest employment rates for pharmaceutical scientist are:

  1. California
  2. Illinois
  3. Michigan
  4. Florida



Pharmaceutical Sciences Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Qs)

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.


Program Faculty

Name Email Phone
Dr. Tiffany Ardley (Director) (850) 599-3774
Dr. Edward Agyare (850) 561-2790
Dr. Seth Ablordeppey (850) 599-3834
Dr. John Cooperwood (850) 599-3110
Dr. Selina Darling-Reed (850) 412-5078
Dr. Hernan Flores-Rozas (850) 412-7088
Dr. Aaron Hilliard (850) 561-2854
Dr. Maurice Holder (850) 321-8078
Dr. Bridgette Israel (850) 599-3637
Dr. Nazarius Lamango (850) 412-7377
Dr. Bryan Lewis (850) 599-3638
Dr. Albert Ngo (850) 599-3258
Dr. Ebenezer Oriaku (850) 561-2733
Dr. Mandip Sachdeva (850) 561-2790
Dr. Syreeta Tilghman (850) 599-3933
Dr. Tracy Womble (850) 561-2466