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  • Course description

    The Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences’ four-year bachelor degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences provides a strong foundation in the pharmaceutical sciences. Graduates from this program will be well-prepared for entrance into basic science graduate programs, business, law, medical, dental, veterinary programs of study as well as related health care programs and entry-level positions in pharmaceutical, chemical and biotechnology industries.  Total credits = 128

    BS in Pharmaceutical Sciences Required Courses

    Biological Sciences:  27 required credits

    General Biology I and II (4,4)

    Biochemistry (3)

    Molecular Biology (3)

    Physiology/Pathophysiology I and II (4,4)

    Pharmaceutical Analytical Techniques II (3)

    Foundations of Pharmaceutical Science (2) OR Introduction to Pharmacology (2)


    Physical Sciences and Mathematics:  42 required credits

    General Chemistry I and II (4,4)

    Organic Chemistry I and II (4,4)

    College Physics I and II (4,4)

    Introduction to Laboratory Data (2)

    Calculus I (4)

    Elementary Statistics (3)

    Pharmaceutical Analytical Techniques I (3)

    Pharmaceutics I and II (3,3)


    Clinical Sciences/Healthcare:  1 required credit

    Seminar in Health Professions (1)


    Communications:  7 -10 required credits

    Academic Reading and Writing1 (3)

    Principles of Communication (3)

    Scientific Communications (3)

    Research Seminar (1)


    Humanities, Culture and Health:  9 credits

    Humanities I, II and III (3,3,3)


    Research/Experiential Requirement:  6 credits

    Independent Research I and II (3,3)     


    Coop/Externship Experience (up to 12)


    Electives: 33 credits

        15 credits of General Education Electives

        21 credits of Directed Electives

    A minimum of 9 of the 15 required general education elective credits must be in the humanities or social sciences. An additional 21 (typically 7 three-credit courses) directed elective credits are selected with the help of the academic advisor that further the student’s career goals.


    Minimal total credits for graduation = 128
    All incoming students participate in the Writing Assessment that is administered as part of the pre-registration process. The assessment is designed to direct students to the courses for which they are best prepared in the first year of the curriculum.

    Information regarding joint programs between the BS in Pharmaceutical Sciences Program and other institutions can be found in the Articulation Agreements and Joint Degree Programs section.

    1Anatomy and Physiology I and II (4,4) and 2 courses in the Topics in Pathophysiology series (3,3) can be taken in the place of Physiology/Pathophysiology I and II (4,4).

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