MS Programs

The department offers MS programs in Pharmaceutical Science. Increasingly, scientific work is becoming interdisciplinary. In response to this trend, we allow the student to focus on more than one area in biomedical science. The concept is appropriate for both those entering as well as those currently employed in the field, including research technicians, clinical laboratory workers, science teachers and science administrators. For those currently employed, the flexibility of our program can enhance their performance in a present position or open up new employment opportunities. Graduates of the program will be well prepared to enter related PhD programs at the University.

MS in Medicinal Chemistry

Curriculum

Core Courses 5-6 SH
PHSC 5100 / Concepts in Pharmaceutical Science / 2 SH
PHSC 6210 / Drug Design, Evaluation and Development / 2 SH
PHSC 6212 / Research Skills and Ethics / 1 SH

Medicinal Chemistry Specialization Core 
CHEM 5626 / Organic Synthesis 1 / 3 SH
CHEM 5676 / Bioorganic Chemistry / 3 SH
CHEM 5672 / Organic Synthesis 2 / 3 SH
CHEM 5612 / Principals of Mass Spectrometry / 3 SH
CHEM 5628 / Spectroscopy of Organ Compounds / 3 SH
PHSC 6222 / Chemistry and Biology of Drugs of Abuse / 2 SH
PHSC 5400 / Principles of Drug Design / 3 SH

Pharmaceutical Science Courses 
PHSC 6216 / Human Physiology and Pathophysiology / 2 SH
PHSC 5300 / Pharmaceutical Biochemistry / 2 SH
PHSC 5310 / Cell Physiology / 2 SH
PHSC 6218 / Biomedical and Chemical Analysis / 2 SH
PHSC 7010 / Pharmaceutical Science Lab / 4 SH
PHSC 6224 / Behavioral Pharmacology and Drug Discovery / 2 SH

Total number of credits 33 SH

MS in Pharmacology

Graduate education in pharmacology embodies the principles and mechanisms of drug action on biological systems. Through course work, seminars, and conferences, students gain exposure to both classical and recent approaches that have led to the development of current theories of drug action. Pharmacology should not be confused with pharmacy, which is a professional degree allowing a licensed individual to dispense drugs.

Curriculum

Pharmaceutical Science Core
PHSC 5100 / Concepts in Pharmaceutical Science / 2 SH
PHSC 6210 / Drug Design, Evaluation and Development / 2 SH
PHSC 6212 / Research Skills and Ethics / 1 SH

Pharmacology Specialization Core
PHSC 6214 / Experimental Design and Biometrics / 2 SH
PHSC 6216 / Human Physiology and Pathophysiology / 2 SH
PMCL 6260 / Pharmacology 1 / 2 SH
PMCL 6261 / Pharmacology 2 / 2 SH
PMCL 6262 / Receptor Pharmacology / 2 SH
PHSC 5300 / Pharmaceutical Biochemistry / 2 SH
PHSC 5310 / Cellular Physiology / 2 SH

Students can also opt for:

PHSC 7010 / PharmSci Lab / 4SH in lieu of either Biochemistry courses.

General Elective Core
Advisor consultation is required when choosing electives

Common elective courses:

PHSC 5555 / Pharmaceutical Toxicology / 2 SH
PHSC 5400 / Principles of Drug Design / 3 SH
PHSC 6226 / Imaging in Medicine and Drug Discovery / 2SH
PHSC 7010 / PharmSci Lab / 4 SH
PHSC 5200 / Advanced Immunology / 2SH
PHSC 6222 / Chemistry and Biology of Drugs of Abuse / 2SH
PHSC 6218 / Biomedical and Chemical Analysis / 2SH
PHSC 6984 / Research / 2SH
PHSC 5976 / Directed Study / 1SH
PHSC 6300 / Seminar (Journal Club) 1SH

 

Total number of credits 33 SH

Pharmaceutical Sciences (MS): Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery Systems

Just as cars are useless without roads, drugs are useless without an effective delivery system. This is especially important in contemporary pharmaceutical research as new chemical entitites are either too hydrophobic (e.g., many anticancer drugs) or hydrophilic and highly labile (e.g., nucleic acids). The Bouvé College of Health Sciences’ pharmaceutics faculty and students are developing the pathways that bring small molecule drugs and biological therapies directly to the target cells.

Our comprehensive program in pharmaceutics has specialists in drug development and delivery who use many approaches to create and deliver treatments. Their goal is to better understand how the chemical and physical properties of drugs and their dosage forms affect drug performance in healthy and diseased systems. Graduate students may elect a program concentrating in:

  • Novel drug delivery systems
  • Biopharmaceutics and pharmacokinetics
  • Physical pharmacy and polymeric dosage form development
  • Drug metabolism

With a strong focus on nanotechnology-based advanced delivery systems that address contemporary needs, this concentration also gives you the opportunity to study with some of the world’s top researchers. Pharmaceutics students have the option of performing industrial internship during the summer in some of the most prestigious pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies in the area.

Curriculum

Pharmaceutical Science Core
PHSC 5100 / Concepts in Pharmaceutical Science / 2 SH
PHSC 6210 / Drug Design, Evaluation and Development / 2 SH
PHSC 6212 / Research Skills and Ethics / 1 SH

Pharmaceutics/Drug Delivery Specialization Core
PHSC 6214 / Experimental Design and Biometrics / 2 SH
PHSC 6216 / Human Physiology and Pathophysiology / 2 SH
PMST 6250 / Advanced Physical Pharmacy / 2 SH
PMST 6252 / Pharmacokinetics and Drug Metabolism / 3 SH
PMST 6254 / Advanced Drug Delivery System / 3 SH
PHSC 5300 / Pharmaceutical Biochemistry / 2 SH
PHSC 5310 / Cellular Physiology /2 SH

Students can also opt for:

PHSC 7010 / PharmSci Lab / 4SH in lieu of either Biochemistry courses.

General Elective Core

Advisor consultation is required when choosing electives

Common elective courses:

PHSC 5555 / Pharmaceutical Toxicology / 2 SH
PHSC 5400 / Principles of Drug Design / 3 SH
PHSC 6226 / Imaging in Medicine and Drug Discovery / 2SH
PHSC 7010 / PharmSci Lab / 4SH
PHSC 5200 / Advanced Immunology / 2SH
PHSC 6222 / Chemistry and Biology of Drugs of Abuse / 2SH
PHSC 6218 / Biomedical and Chemical Analysis / 2SH
PHSC 6984 / Research / 2SH
PHSC 5976 / Directed Study / 1SH
PHSC 6300 / Seminar (Journal Club) 1SH

Total number of credits 33 SH

Pharmaceutical Sciences (MS): Interdisciplinary Concentration

Curriculum

Pharmaceutical Sciences Core
PHSC 5100 / Concepts in Pharmaceutical Science / 2 SH
PHSC 6210 / Drug Design, Evaluation and Development / 2 SH
PHSC 6212 / Research Skills and Ethics / 1 SH

Interdisciplinary Specialization Core
PHSC 6214 / Experimental Design and Biometrics / 2 SH
PHSC 6216 / Human Physiology and Pathophysiology / 2 SH
PHSC 5300 / Pharmaceutical Biochemistry / 2 SH
PHSC 5310 / Cellular Physiology / 2 SH

Students can also opt for:

PHSC 7010 / PharmSci Lab / 4SH in lieu of either Biochemistry courses.

General Elective Core
Any PMCL, PHSC or PMST course

Advisor consultation is required when choosing other electives

Total number of credits 33 SH

MS in Biomedical Sciences

Curriculum

Pharmaceutical Sciences Core
PHSC 5100 / Concepts in Pharmaceutical Science / 2 SH
PHSC 6210 / Drug Design, Evaluation and Development / 2 SH
PHSC 6212 / Research Skills and Ethics / 1 SH

Biomedical Specialization Core
PHSC 6214 / Experimental Design and Biometrics / 2 SH
PHSC 6216 / Human Physiology and Pathophysiology / 2 SH
PHSC 5300 / Pharmaceutical Biochemistry / 2 SH
PHSC 5310 / Cellular Physiology / 2 SH

Students can also opt for:

PHSC 7010 / PharmSci Lab / 4SH in lieu of either Biochemistry courses.

General Elective Core
Any PMCL, PHSC or PMST course

Advisor consultation is required when choosing other electives

Total number of credits 33 SH

Professional Science Masters in Biomedical Nanotechnology

The M.S. Program in Biomedical Nanotechnology will incorporate aspects of the Pharmaceutical Sciences curriculum with courses in Nanotechnology, Entrepreneurship and Law. The combination of these fields will result in a unique curriculum that will provide students with skills not only in the relevant science, but also in leadership, business and intellectual property law. Furthermore, the program directly addresses a core mission of the university; namely, the provision of practice-oriented educational programs in major scientific disciplines.

Admission Prerequisites:

Calculus, Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, Physiology

Prospective Curriculum:

Year 1: Fall Semester

PHSC 5100 / Concepts in Pharmaceutical Science / 2SH
PHSC 5305 / Professional Development in Pharmaceutical Sciences / 1SH
NNMD 5270 / Intro to Nanomedicine Science and Technology / 3SH
PHSC 5300 / Pharmaceutical Biochemistry / 2SH

Year 1: Spring Semester
NNMD 5470 / Nanotechnology & Biomedical Commericalization / 3SH
PHSC 7010 / Pharmaceutical Sciences Laboratory / 4SH
2 SH Elective (must be approved by advisor)
examples:
(PHSC 5976 / Directed Study)
(PHSC 6984 / PharmSci Research)

Year 1: Summer Semester
PHSC 6212 / Research Skills and Ethics / 1SH
or BIOL 6381 Ethics in Biological Research / 2SH (with advisor’s approval)

Year 2: Fall Semester
PMST 6254 / Advanced Drug Delivery Systems / 3SH
ENTR 6200 / Innovation and Enterprise Growth / 3SH
LS 6101 / Introduction to Legal Studies 1/ 2SH

Year 2: Spring Semester
CHME 5699 / Special Topics in Chemical Engineering: Bio-analytical Sensors / 4SH
Or PMST6252 / Pharmacokinetics and Drug Metabolism / 3 SH
and PHSC 6300 / Seminar / 1 SH
ENTR 6212 / New Venture Creation / 3SH
PHSC 6401 / Internship / 1SH *

*Internship can be taken in either Summer 1 semester, or spring 2 semester

Curriculum subject to change

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