The pharmaceutical sciences are interdisciplinary fields of study seeking to better understand and control the factors influencing clinical response to drug therapy. Emphasis is given to the application of pharmacokinetics and physical-chemical principles to questions of pharmacological and clinical importance.
The Pharmaceutical Sciences major program is a four-year program
leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences.
While the program is structurally a basic science program (like
biochemistry, biology, and so forth), it uniquely offers an
interdisciplinary field of study which seeks to achieve better
understanding and control of the factors influencing clinical
response to drug therapy.
Areas of interest in pharmaceutics include the physical chemistry of pharmaceutical systems, which is concerned with the development and optimization of the physical/chemical properties of traditional and novel drug delivery systems; biopharmaceutics, which encompasses the study of the relationship between the nature and intensity of biologic effects of drugs and various dosage formulation factors; pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, which are the sciences of the quantitative analyses of drug concentrations and therapeutic effect, respectively, in the body; and clinical pharmacokinetics and clinical pharmacodynamics, which are concerned with the application of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics to the safe and effective therapeutic management of individual patients.