The Division of Pharmaceutical Sciences offers programs in pharmaceutics at the master’s and doctoral levels, enabling students to explore the relationships between drug formulation, delivery and disposition, and the clinical response to pharmaceutical interventions. Individuals educated in pharmaceutics are in high demand in the pharmaceutical and other related industries, in academia and in government research laboratories.
Pharmaceutical sciences provide the fundamental basis upon which the practice of pharmacy depends. Fundamental coursework provides the student with the body and the interrelationships of its functions. Additional courses that build upon this foundation are concerned with health and disease states; physical and chemical aspects of compounds; medicinal chemistry; mechanisms, uses and interactions of drugs; pharmaceutical calculations; drug delivery systems; in vitro and in vivo processes affecting drug therapy; pharmaceutical analysis; biopharmaceutics and pharmacokinetics; adverse drug reactions; and individualization of drug therapy.
The responsibility of this division is to provide the student with a thorough knowledge of pharmaceuticals, both prescription and nonprescription, from the time they are developed to the time they are dispensed. By acquiring the fundamental background in pharmaceutical sciences, the student will be prepared to effectively deliver pharmaceutical care to patients.