Career Pathways for Pharmaceutical Sciences Students

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Follow these steps throughout your education to set and achieve your professional career goals.

BS and BS/MS Career Steps MS Career Steps PhD Career Steps

Career Steps for BS and BS/MS Students

Meet with your faculty advisor

Talk with your faculty advisor and others about how to best prepare to make yourself competitive. 

All BS students are assigned to faculty advisor upon joining pharmaceutical science program. It is recommended that you meet with your advisor at least once per semester. You may schedule advising appointments through EAB Navigate

Request an alumni mentor

We pair interested students with an alumni “guide” called a Dean's Alumni Ambassador (DAA) Mentor. Your DAA Mentor would be chosen for you based on your interests. DAA Mentors introduce students to career opportunities and develop relationships with practicing pharmaceutical sciences professionals. We are also pleased to offer mentors for our students underrepresented in pharmacy (UIP).

Connect with a peer mentor

Students currently in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences are available to chat with prospective and current students. Consider this a great complement to meeting with your academic advisor or mentor.


Pharmaceutical Sciences Coursework for Career Development

PHC 488: Faculty Research Seminar
Students participate in PHC 488: Faculty Research Seminar to become acquainted with research in the department. 

Micro-Credential Programs
Micro-credential programs provide students with specialized knowledge in research, teaching, and professional development beyond that provided by the core curriculum. They are intended to prepare students for postgraduate training. 

Accelerated BS/MS degree program
The BS/MS is a five-year accelerated program for academically qualified students who enroll at UB as first-year/freshman students, or who are already enrolled in our BS degree program. Graduates of this program are highly sought after by pharmaceutical companies.

Graduate degrees
There are numerous graduate degrees that you can pursue with a bachelor's degree in pharmaceutical sciences. A master's degree in pharmaceutical sciences can further develop your research and technical skills. You can also use a BS in pharmaceutical sciences as a springboard for entry into professional schools such as Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program and Doctor of Medicine (MD) programs.

Internships and Employment

Internships and research opportunities

Career opportunities

Pharmaceutical science degrees prepare you for numerous roles in pharmaceutical and biotech industries, research facilities and laboratories, regulatory agencies, and academia. Graduates with Bachelor's degree can qualify for entry-level positions in drug manufacturing and analysis, quality assurance and government regulation, clinical trial operations, or pharmaceutical sales and marketing while those with graduate degrees can hold more advanced roles in pharmaceutical research.

Attend the Pharmaceutical Sciences seminar series