Pharmacy Studies, BS

Students enrolled in the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program will be awarded a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy Studies after successful completion of all requirements in semesters 1 through 10 of the pharmacy curriculum (i.e., all requirements except for Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences).  Please see the PharmD page in the Northeastern University Catalog for policies that apply to this program.

If the Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy Studies degree is the terminal degree (i.e., the student does not plan to continue on to the fourth professional year), an overall grade-point average (GPA) of 2.000 or greater is considered acceptable. Students who earn the Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy Studies as the terminal degree are not eligible for pharmacist licensure.

Program Progression

To progress into the first professional year of the PharmD program (P1), students must demonstrate good verbal and written communication skills, understanding of the pharmacy profession, and commitment to patient care through an interview process based on criteria set by the School of Pharmacy. 

All students entering P1 in fall 2022 and beyond are required to complete the PharmCAS application. The PharmCAS application process is considered a formality in the progression process and will not jeopardize the student's preferred or guaranteed enrollment status.

Pharmacy students with a cumulative GPA of 3.200 or less and/or science prerequisite GPA of 3.000 or less following the fall semester of the sophomore year may experience a delayed start as a registered pharmacy intern for the first co-op (IPPE), as the School of Pharmacy will not submit intern licensure documentation to the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Pharmacy until satisfactory spring grades are verified. 

To progress into the subsequent semester of professional courses, students must receive a grade of C or better in all PHMD and PHSC courses, as well as in any course completed to fulfill the professional elective requirement.

The university requires a minimum grade of C for First-Year Writing (ENGW 1111) and Advanced Writing in the Health Professions (ENGW 3306). The university’s minimum passing grade for the course will be accepted for all other courses. 

For pharmacy students, an unsatisfactory grade (U) in a co-op will be counted as a professional course deficiency.

Pharmacy students must maintain an overall GPA of 3.000 or higher during the professional years (P1–P4) of the Doctor of Pharmacy program. 

Students who incur an incomplete grade in a prerequisite course may not progress into the subsequent courses(s). Any exceptions will be determined by protocols established by the program, after consultation with the student's academic advisor.

Academic Appeals

Students who believe that they were erroneously, capriciously, or otherwise unfairly treated in an academic or cooperative education decision may petition to appeal the decision. Refer to the Bouvé College of Health Sciences Academic Affairs Appeals Process and the Northeastern University Appeals Policies and Procedures.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

See Bouvé College Learning Outcomes for the specific student learning outcomes for this program.

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated. Also complete any corequisite labs, recitations, clinicals, or tools courses where specified and complete any additional courses needed beyond specific college and major requirements to satisfy graduation credit requirements.

University-Wide Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the University-Wide Requirements.

NUpath Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

Some NUpath requirements are not explicitly satisfied by required courses. Students are responsible for satisfying these requirements  with an elective.

PHMD 1000College: An Introduction1
PHMD 1001Introduction to the Profession of Pharmacy1
PHSC 2301
and PHSC 2302
Human Physiology 1
and Human Anatomy Lab
PHMD 1201
and PHMD 1202
Introduction to Pharmacy Practice
and Lab for PHMD 1201
PHSC 2303
and PHSC 2304
Human Physiology 2
and Human Physiology Lab
Co-op/Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience
PHMD 2350Healthcare Systems3
PHSC 2320Biochemistry4
PHSC 4501Pharmacology/Medicinal Chemistry 15
PHSC 3411Pharmaceutics 14
Co-op/Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience
PHMD 2310
and PHMD 2311
Professional Communication in Pharmacy Practice
and Lab for PHMD 2310
PHMD 5250Pharmacy Care Management3
PHSC 4502Pharmacology/Medicinal Chemistry 25
PHSC 3412Pharmaceutics 24
PHSC 3419Pharmaceutics Laboratory1
Co-op/Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience
PHSC 3430Pharmacokinetics and Biopharmaceutics3
PHSC 2330Immunology3
PHMD 4611Comprehensive Disease Management 16
PHMD 4612Comprehensive Disease Management 1 Seminar1
PHMD 3450Research Methodology and Biostatistics3
PHMD 5330Jurisprudence3
PHSC 5360Anti-Infectives4
PHMD 4621Comprehensive Disease Management 26
PHMD 4622Comprehensive Disease Management 2 Seminar1
PHMD 4623Comprehensive Disease Management 2 Skills Lab0.5
PHMD 5560Applied Drug Information2
PHMD 4631Comprehensive Disease Management 36
PHMD 4632Comprehensive Disease Management 3 Seminar1
PHMD 4633Comprehensive Disease Management 3 Skills Lab0.5
PHMD 4641Comprehensive Disease Management 46
PHMD 4642Comprehensive Disease Management 4 Seminar1
PHMD 4643Comprehensive Disease Management 4 Skills Lab0.5
PHMD 5270Economic Evaluation of Pharmaceuticals and Pharmacy Practice2
PHMD 5450Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience Preparatory Seminar1

Elective and Capstone Requirements

A minimum of 16 semester hours of open electives is required. Additional electives may be required to fulfill the total semester hours required for your program.16
Students must use open electives to fulfill the NUpath Interpreting Culture and Exploring Creative Expression and Innovation attributes (if not already fulfilled through prior coursework).
Professional Elective
Complete at least 2 semester hours during the professional phase of the program (after semester 5) from the following:2
Counseling Theories and Practice
Motivational Interviewing in a Healthcare Setting
Understanding Culture and Diversity
Development Across the Life Span
Introduction to Health Informatics and Health Information Systems
Business Application of Decision Support in Healthcare
Creation and Application of Medical Knowledge
Patient Engagement Informatics and Analytics
From the Community to the Intensive Care Unit: Approaching Interdisciplinary Research in the Elderly
Introduction to Healthcare Ethics
Interprofessional Ethics for Individual and Population Health
Alternative Medicine
Mindfulness: Theory and Practice
Developing an Interdisciplinary Approach to Health Management for Older Adults
The (in)Visibility of (dis)Ability in Society
Global Perspectives in Disability and Health
Human Nutrition
Advanced Nutrition in Health and Disease
Public Health Nutrition in the Community
Clinical Nutrition Applications in Health and Disease
Leadership and Advocacy in Health Professions
Exploring Academic Careers
Cancer Chemotherapy
Research Methods in Health Systems
Principles in General Medicine
Contemporary Issues in Geriatric Pharmacy
Directed Study
Evidence-Based Medicine
Pharmaceutical Industry
Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Practice in Urban Health
Self-Care and Nonprescription Medications: A Team-Based Approach
Directed Study
Concepts in Pharmaceutical Science
Principles of Drug Design
Repurposing Drugs for Cancer Immunotherapies
Pharmaceutical Toxicology
Biomedical Chemical Analysis
The Chemistry and Biology of Drugs of Abuse
Behavioral Pharmacology and Drug Discovery
Biophysical Methods in Drug Discovery
Introduction to Global Health
Health Advocacy
Strategic Management and Leadership in Healthcare
Global Health
Evaluating Healthcare Quality
Economic Perspectives on Health Policy
Public Health Nutrition
Project Management in Public Health
Budget Principles in Public Health
Grant Writing in Public Health
Qualitative Methods in Health and Illness
Advanced Physical Pharmacy
Advanced Drug Delivery Systems
Introduction to Communication Disorders
Communication Disorders in Movies
PHMD 5600Pharmacy Capstone4

Supporting Courses

BIOL 1111
and BIOL 1112
General Biology 1
and Lab for BIOL 1111
CHEM 1211
and CHEM 1212
and CHEM 1213
General Chemistry 1
and Lab for CHEM 1211
and Recitation for CHEM 1211
PSYC 1101Foundations of Psychology4
MATH 1245Calculus with Applications4
BIOL 1113
and BIOL 1114
General Biology 2
and Lab for BIOL 1113
CHEM 1214
and CHEM 1215
and CHEM 1216
General Chemistry 2
and Lab for CHEM 1214
and Recitation for CHEM 1214
ENGW 1111First-Year Writing4
NUpath Elective
PHYS 1149
and PHYS 1150
Physics for Pharmacy
and Lab for PHYS 1149
CHEM 2311
and CHEM 2312
and CHEM 2319
Organic Chemistry 1
and Lab for CHEM 2311
and Recitation for CHEM 2311
NUpath Elective
CHEM 2313
and CHEM 2314
and CHEM 2320
Organic Chemistry 2
and Lab for CHEM 2313
and Recitation for CHEM 2313
ENGW 3306Advanced Writing in the Health Professions4

Progression Requirements

Freshman First-year students must complete at least 27 semester hours and meet all major prerequisite course requirements to progress to sophomore status.
A minimum grade of C is required in major prerequisite courses (those identified with the subject code: BIOL, CHEM, MATH, PHYS).
To progress into the subsequent year of professional courses, students must have completed all professional prerequisites with the required minimum passing grade, have satisfactorily completed all academic courses in the preprofessional phase of the curriculum, have an overall GPA of 3.000 or higher, and a science (courses with prefix BIOL, CHEM, MATH, and PHYS) prerequisite GPA of 3.000 or higher.

Program Requirement

168 total semester hours required