New degree in pharmacy

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The College of Pharmacy this fall is offering a new degree program for students seeking a bachelor’s degree in pharmaceutical sciences. The degree is among only 18 such programs in the country and only the second in the Southeast, and is in response to the growing need for highly skilled life sciences professionals to support research, development and manufacturing operations in the pharmaceutical industry. The program’s four-year curriculum begins with coursework in mathematics and the basic sciences of chemistry, biology and physics. Advanced coursework in pharmaceutical sciences will include aspects of drug design, mechanisms of action, drug targeting and delivery, pharmacology, toxicology, drug development, manufacturing, quality assurance and regulatory compliance. Laboratory work will be dedicated to pharmaceutical manufacturing, basic biological testing and quality assurance/quality control testing of pharmaceutical products. The field of life sciences, which includes the pharmaceutical industry, ranks as the fifth largest employer in the state of Georgia and is its fastest growing segment—at a rate of more than 20 percent per year. Learn more about the College of Pharmacy’s department of pharmaceutical and biomedical sciences at http://pbs.rx.uga.edu.