Anna Ratka, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
The Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Studies is an undergraduate degree program that begins with a foundation of coursework in mathematics and the basic sciences -- chemistry, biology, and physics. This program then progresses to advanced coursework in the pharmaceutical sciences, providing an introduction to the field of pharmacy as a profession. Students in this undergraduate major program must apply for and be accepted into the Pharm.D. program at St. John Fisher College in order to complete this degree. The coursework from the first professional year of the Pharm. D. program (35 credits) will be applied to the B.S in pharmaceutical studies.
Coursework includes aspects of drug design and synthesis, mechanisms of drug action, pharmacology, dosage formulation, epidemiology, pharmacy law, and introduction to pharmacy practice.
Graduates of this program may pursue careers as pharmaceutical scientists, pharmaceutical sales and marketing representatives, or in other health-related fields. Graduates of this program are also well-positioned for entry into graduate programs such as the M.S. or Ph.D. in the pharmaceutical sciences, an MBA, or other health-related disciplines.
Graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Studies program do not qualify for licensure to become a registered pharmacist (Pharm.D. required).