Pharmaceutical Sciences

phar·ma·ceu·ti·cal sci·ences: The pharmaceutical sciences combine a broad range of scientific disciplines that are critical to the discovery and development of new drugs and therapies. Pharmaceutical sciences can be broadly classified into the following main categories: drug discovery and design, drug delivery, drug action, clinical sciences, drug analysis, cost effectiveness of medicines (pharmacoeconomics) and regulatory affairs.

Education for Pharmaceutical Sciences includes:

  • The baccalaureate degree (BSPS) a 4-year program
  • The graduate degree (MSPS) a 2-year program

Where do Pharmaceutical Scientists Work?

Pharmaceutical scientists can pursue a variety of career opportunities/jobs. They are employed by pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, they work as researchers, scientists and professors at universities, for agencies like the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP), and at national laboratories such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

What do they do there?

  • Identify compounds that are the basis for developing new medicines
  • Develop processes for manufacturing new drugs and new formulations
  • Analyze samples from clinical patients to learn about the interaction of drugs and the body
  • Analyze manufactured products to ensure identity, quality and quantity of the components
  • Develop analytical methods for testing drugs and drug components
  • Identify how drugs produce their effects in patients

Professional Associations

American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists
Perenteral Drug Association
International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering