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 science of 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 only 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 December 1 of your junior year.

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

Humanities/Social Sciences Elective

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 412L – Analytical Lab Survey

0.5

PHSC508 – Drug Development & Pharmaceutical Regulations

2

PHSC510 – Pharmacokinetics

2

PHSC512 – Grad. Principles of Pharmacology and Medicinal Chemistry

3

PHSC523 – Grad. Experimental Design and Biostatistics

4

PHSC – 534 Masters of Science Seminar I

1

PHSC – 610 Research Proposal

2

PHSC – 515Industrial Pharmacy Lab

1

Total

15.5

Spring Semester

Courses

Credit Hours

PHSC – 536 Master of Science Seminar II

1

PHSC – 542 Advanced Topics in Industrial Pharmacy                               

3

PHSC – 543 Advanced Industrial Pharmacy Lab

1

PHSC– 5XX Elective

3

PHSC – 620 Research Project

4

Total

12