HAMPTON, Va. (October 27, 2020) – The Hampton University School of Pharmacy (HUSOP) is introducing a new degree program, the Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmaceutical Science (BSPS), approved by Hampton University and by the Southern Association of Colleges and School Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
“Here at this institution, we go above and beyond to create new opportunities for our students. We are proud to have this new addition to the School of Pharmacy, and we look forward to seeing the extraordinary advancements it creates for our current and future Hamptonians,” said Hampton University President, Dr. William R. Harvey.
Currently, HUSOP offers a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree program, and introduction of the new Bachelor degree program will open up a variety of career opportunities for students interested in the science of drugs and medicine.
“For a student who wants to enter into this field of study, but doesn’t necessarily want a PharmD, the Bachelor’s degree in Pharmaceutical Science would be an ideal way of receiving the training and the coursework that will prepare them for many entry-level positions in the pharmaceutical industry, and prepare them for the basic background needed to pursue post-graduate education,” said HUSOP Dean, Dr. Anand Iyer. “On the other hand, students could complete this program and still complete a PharmD, or pursue further graduate studies. There are several different avenues for graduates of this program. Most importantly, the majority of the entry-level positions in the industry require you to have a Bachelor’s degree in Pharmaceutical Science, so this is a positive addition to HUSOP.”
“Hampton University is a place full of growth and opportunity, and we want to give individuals a chance to produce the best versions of themselves within their chosen fields. This new pharmacy Bachelor’s degree program is a great addition to the HUSOP and Hampton University as a whole,” said Chancellor and Provost, Dr. JoAnn W. Haysbert.
The BSPS degree allows students to select one of two tracks: an Industry Track or a Pre-Pharmacy Track. Students enrolled in either track will have the opportunity to earn a Bachelor’s degree in four years. Requiring 120 credit hours of coursework, each curriculum includes general education topic areas and courses in biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics. Students will also be required to complete a summer externship as well as a research capstone course.
BSPS INDUSTRY TRACK
- Prepares students who wish to pursue a technical position in industrial, academic, or other research environments within the areas of drug discovery, development, and commercialization
BSPS PRE-PHARMACY TRACK
- Prepares students to seek the Doctor of Pharmacy Degree (within seven years from entering as a freshman)
- Prepares students to enter a graduate degree program to obtain a Master’s or a Ph. D. degree
Through the completion of each track, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Demonstrate their ability to critically think, analyze, and solve problems in the basic pharmaceutical sciences;
- Communicate verbally and in writing with members of the scientific community;
- Demonstrate a thorough grasp of fundamental knowledge and understanding of pharmaceutical concepts and be capable of integration of such topics; and
- Employ scientific ethics as exemplified by faculty and outlined in NIH Guidelines for Conduct of Research.
“Hampton University will be one of the few programs in Virginia to offer a Bachelor’s degree in Pharmaceutical Science and the first HBCU to offer one as well. It will offer opportunities for many students in general and especially African-American students who wish to pursue a career in this area. This program provides a lot of potential for programmatic growth at HUSOP, but it truly allows us to add value to the education of our students and this institution,” said Dr. Iyer.