Curriculum

MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences

Five tracks are available in the MSPS curriculum so students can customize their degree. 

Core Curriculum

All students must complete courses in the core curriculum in addition to one set of track courses.

Courses  

Credit Hours

PHSC 508 – Drug Development and Pharmaceutical Regulations 

2

PHSC 512 – Fundamentals of Cellular Pharmacology            

4

PHSC 523 – Graduate Experimental Design & Biostatistics

4

PHSC 534/536 – M.S. Seminar I & II

2

PHSC 574 –Biopharmaceutics    

3

PHSC 610 – Research Proposal                                                                       

2

Total    

17

Track Curriculum

Bioprocessing & Biotechnology

Prerequisites: Microbiology, Molecular Biology

Courses   

Credit Hours

PHSC 526/526L – Protein Analysis & Bioassays/Lab     

4

PHSC 538/538L– Bioprocessing I: Upstream Technologies/Lab  

4

PHSC 539/539L– Bioprocessing II: Downstream Operations/Lab              

4

PHSC 5XX - Elective(s)

3

PHSC 620 – Research Project  

4

Total    

19

Industrial Pharmacy 

Prerequisites: Analytical Instrumentation

Courses           

 Credit Hours

PHSC 514/515/515L – Industrial Pharmacy/Lab  

 4

PHSC 412L– Analytical Lab Survey 

 1

PHSC 540 – Advanced Physical Pharmacy

 3

PHSC 542 – Advanced Topics in Industrial Pharmacy                            

 3

PHSC 543L – Advanced Industrial Pharmacy Lab 

 1

PHSC 510 – Pharmacokinetics

 2

PHSC 565 - Advanced Experimental Design

2

PHSC 573 - Introduction to Multivariate Analysis Techniques (MVA)

1

PHSC 620 – Research Project                                               

 4

 Total  

 21

Pharmaceutical Analysis

Prerequisites: Analytical Instrumentation

Courses 

Credit Hours

PHSC 514/515/515L – Industrial Pharmacy

4

PHSC 412L – Analytical Lab Survey    

1

PHSC 528/529L – Advanced Pharmaceutical Analysis-Separation/Lab  

4

PHSC 530/531L – Advanced Pharmaceutical Analysis-Spectroscopy/Lab    

4

PHSC 5XX - Elective(s)

3

PHSC 620 – Research Project 

4

Total        

20

Pharmacology 

Courses   

Credit Hours

PHSC 526/526L – Protein Analysis & Bioassays/Lab  

4

PHSC 590/590L – Advanced Pharmacology & Toxicology/Lab                         

3

PHSC 592 – Advanced Cellular & Molecular Pharmacology

3

PHSC 510 – Pharmacokinetics  

2

PHSC 5XX - Elective(s)

3

PHSC 620 – Research Project 

4

Total    

19

Multidisciplinary

Prerequisites: depends on advanced coursework selected

Courses
Students complete all of the Core Curriculum, 3 credit hours of electives, one of the following concentration options, and 8 hours of lab-intensive courses from the second list:

  1. Pharmacokinetics (PHSC 510), Analytical Laboratory Survey (PHSC 412L), Industrial Pharmacy/Lab (PHSC 514/515/515L), Advanced Physical Pharmacy (PHSC 540), Advanced Topics in Industrial Pharmacy (PHSC 542), Advanced Industrial Pharmacy Lab (PHSC 543L)  (14 credit hours)

  2. Analytical Laboratory Survey (PHSC 412L), Industrial Pharmacy/Lab (PHSC 514/515/515L), Advanced Pharmaceutical Analysis-Separation/Lab (PHSC 528/529L), Advanced Pharmaceutical Analysis-Spectroscopy/Lab (PHSC 530/531L) (13 credit hours)

  3. Protein Analysis and Bioassays/Lab (PHSC 526/526L), Bioprocessing I: Upstream Technologies/Lab (PHSC 538/538L), Bioprocessing II: Downstream Operations/Lab (PHSC 539/539L) (12 credit hours)

  4. Pharmacokinetics (PHSC 510), Protein Analysis and Bioassays and lab (PHSC 526/526L), Advanced Pharmacology & Toxicology/Lab (PHSC 590/590L), Advanced Cellular & Molecular Pharmacology (PHSC 592) (12 credit hours)

Students also complete at least 8 hours of coursework from the following (courses must be different than courses in concentration):

  1. Industrial Pharmacy/Lab (PHSC 514/515/515L) (4 credit hours)

  2. Advanced Industrial or Physical Pharmacy and Lab (PHSC 540 or 542/543L) (4 credit hours)

  3. Advanced Pharmaceutical Analysis-Separation/Lab (PHSC 528/529L) (4 credit hours)

  4. Advanced Pharmaceutical Analysis-Spectroscopy/Lab (PHSC 530/531L) (4 credit hours)

  5. Protein Analysis and Bioassays/Lab (PHSC 526/526L) (4 credit hours)

  6. Bioprocessing I: Upstream Technologies/Lab (PHSC 538/538L) (4 credit hours)

  7. Bioprocessing II: Downstream Operations/Lab (PHSC 539/539L) (4 credit hours)

  8. Advanced Pharmacology & Toxicology/Lab (PHSC 590/590L) (3 credit hours)

Electives

Electives must be PHSC or PHAR courses 500 or above. PHAR are courses must be approved by course instructor and associate dean of academic affairs. Students may also apply courses from other MSPS tracks.

Courses     

 Credit Hours

Any MSPS course above outside the student’s track

1-4

PHSC 504 – Advanced Research in Pharmaceutical Sciences

1-3

PHSC 510 – Pharmacokinetics

2

PHAR 522 – Practical Compounding Techniques  

1

PHAR 534 – Herbal Medicine   

1

PHAR 550 – Alternative Medicine 

3

PHSC 518/518L – General Toxicology/Lab   

3

PHSC 522 – Molecular Modeling    

2

PHSC 532 – Introduction to Radiopharmaceuticals   

3

PHSC 558 – Essentials of Toxicology  

2

PHSC 564 – Pharmacogenetics 

2

PHSC 565 – Advanced Experimental Design   

2

PHSC 573 - Introduction to Multivariate Analysis Techniques (MVA)

1

PHSC 577, 581, 583 – Pharmacology & Medicinal Chemistry II, III or IV

3 or 4

PHSC 578 – Good Regulatory Practices

2

PHSC 582 – Botanical Medicine Seminar 

1

PHSC 593 – Leadership Development     

2

Federally supported financial aid requires a minimum of half-time enrollment (3.5 credit hours).