Cooperative Degree Program

MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences

Cooperative Degree Program

The College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences (CPHS) joined forces with North Carolina State University’s College of Engineering to offer a cooperative degree program for chemical engi­neering students to earn a master of science in pharmaceutical sciences (MSPS) degree in addition to a bachelor's degree at NC State, from start to finish in a total of five years.

Through this partnership, students focusing on biomolecular engineering or biomanufacturing sci­ences concentrations at NC State can start earning their master’s degree during their senior year. Students gradu­ate with two degrees in five years.

Program Purpose

This unique program provides students with specialized training that combines chemical engineering with advanced pharmaceutical sciences principles including: aspects of drug design, mechanisms of drug action, dosage form design and formulation, quantitative analysis and quality control, manu­facturing, bioprocessing, and regulatory compliance. Students in the program will complete the cur­riculum in the Industrial Pharmacy Track at CPHS. To view more details about this track, visit the curriculum page.

How to Apply

Applicants must meet the admission requirements for the MSPS program. To apply, complete the admission process for the MSPS program at CPHS. When submitting your online application, select the Industrial Pharmacy Track.

To enroll in classes at both NC State and CPHS during your senior year, you should submit an application to CPHS by April 1 of your junior year. Applications submitted at a later date (by July 1) may be considered should there be seats available. 

Curriculum

Biomolecular Engineering Concentration

Fall Semester (senior Year at NCSU)

Courses

Credit Hours

CHE 447 – Bioreactor Engineering

3

CHE 450 – Chemical Engineering Design I           

3

CHE 497 – Chemical Engineering Project I

3

GEP Requirement

3

PHSC 514 – Industrial Pharmacy*                          

3

Total        

15

Spring Semester

Courses

Credit Hours

CHE 435 – Process Systems Analysis and Control 

3

CHE 451 – Chemical Engineering Design II       

3

CHE 551 – Biochemical Engineering

3

Biotech Minor Group E Course

3

PHSC 574—Biopharmaceutics*

3

PHSC 540 – Advanced Physical Pharmacy*

3

Total    

18

*Classes held at CPHS

Biomanufacturing Sciences Concentration

Fall Semester (senior year at NCSU)

Courses

Credit Hours

CHE 447 – Bioreactor Engineering

3

CHE 450 – Chemical Engineering Design I

3

Biomanufacturing Elective

2

BEC 436 – Downstream Process Biomaterials       

2

CHE 395 – Professional Development Seminar 

1

GEP Requirement

3

PHSC 514 – Industrial Pharmacy*

3

Total    

17

Spring Semester

Courses

Credit Hours

CHE 435 – Process Systems Analysis and Control 

3

CHE 451 – Chemical Engineering Design II

3

BEC 485 – cGMP Downstream Operations

2

Bioethics Course

3

PHSC 574 – Biopharmaceutics*

3

PHSC 540 – Advanced Physical Pharmacy

3

Total 

17

*Classes held at CPHS

Fifth Year at CPHS

Fall Semester

Courses

Credit Hours

PHSC 508 – Drug Development & Pharmaceutical Regulations

2

PHSC 510 – Pharmacokinetics

2

PHSC 512 – Fundamentals of Cellular Pharmacology

4

PHSC 523 – Grad. Experimental Design and Biostatistics

4

PHSC534 - Masters of Science Seminar I

1

PHSC 610 - Research Proposal

2

PHSC 515 - Industrial Pharmacy Lab

1

PHSC 573 - Intro to Multivariates Analysis

1

Total

17

Spring Semester

Courses

Credit Hours

PHSC 536 - Master of Science Seminar II

1

PHSC 542 - Advanced Topics in Industrial Pharmacy                               

3

PHSC 543L - Advanced Industrial Pharmacy Lab

1

PHSC 565 - Advanced Experimental Design

2

PHSC 620 - Research Project

4

Total

11