Pharmaceutical science is an important and growing field of pharmacy. Pharmaceutical
scientists work in the discovery, development and testing of medications.
While pharmacists focus on patient care and treatment using drugs, there’s a branch
of pharmacy that’s highly research and development focused: pharmaceutical science.
Pharmaceutical scientists are critical to the process of developing new drugs. They
spend most of their time completing research in a laboratory or office setting.
The University of South Carolina offers pharmaceutical science degree programs at
the bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. level. Your degree will be a first step in a career
that’s focused on the discovery, development and production of new drug therapies
and how our bodies interact with them.
Candidates holding an advanced degree in pharmaceutical sciences will be prepared
for a variety of careers. They can join the pharmaceutical industry in research, sales
or consulting, or pursue research or instruction at academic institutions. Pharmaceutical scientists can also become part of a regulatory
governmental agency (such as the Food and Drug Administration), work in a toxicology
laboratory or work with drug and law enforcement.