B.S. Pharmaceutical Sciences

Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences

The B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences program prepares students for careers in the field of drug discovery, development and commercialization.  Graduates are prepared for entry level positions in the pharmaceutical industry, academic research laboratories, and biotechnology companies. Graduates of this program may also pursue advanced degrees oriented toward research (M.S. / Ph.D.) or clinical practice (Pharm.D., M.D., etc.).   Pharmaceutical sciences includes a variety of disciplines such as pharmacology, pharmaceutics, medicinal chemistry, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacogenomics that are related to the discovery and development of new drugs and pharmacotherapies to treat diseases and improve people’s lives. (PDF)


Marshall’s B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences is also offered as part of an accelerated dual degree program in conjunction with the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.).  The course work in the fourth year of the B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences program is synonymous with the course work in the first year of the Pharm.D. program. This enables both degrees to be completed within 7 years rather than the typical 8 years.  Graduates of the dual B.S. / Pharm.D. program are prepared for careers as pharmacists in hospitals, community health practitioners, clinical research, and a variety of other health care related career paths. (PDF)


The B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences is also offered in conjunction with the M.S. (thesis) or M.A. (non thesis) degrees in Pharmaceutical Sciences. The B.S. / M.A. dual degree can be completed in 5 years, while the B.S./M.S. (thesis option) dual degree typically requires 6 years. More information about our Master’s degrees are available at the following link: https://www.marshall.edu/pharmacy/msps/



Prospective students must meet the Marshall University admission requirements. In addition, students shall have a minimum composite ACT score of 21 with a math score of 21, or a minimum SAT composite score of 1060 with a math section score of 530. Students that have not met the above requirements may gain admission to the BSPS program by completing all of the requirements below:

-Completion of MTH 127 or 130 and ENG 101 with a grade of C or higher

-Completion of at least 15 credit hours of college course work with a GPA of 3.0 or higher

Additional Information

The curriculum, admissions requirements, and additional information about the B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences program can be found in the Marshall University undergraduate catalog: https://catalog.marshall.edu/undergraduate/


Prospective students who have questions about the program can contact Dr. Boyd Rorabaugh (Chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences) at rorabaughb@marshall.edu or call 304-696-7289.