The bachelor of science in pharmaceutical product development prepares students for careers in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry. The curriculum was developed through extensive dialog with key industry leaders and is designed to meet the specific needs of students seeking careers in this dynamic industry. The curriculum for the degree is interdisciplinary in nature; students will acquire a solid foundation in the basic and pharmaceutical sciences, as well as experience in technical writing, oral communication, statistics (including SAS programming), economics, and biomedical ethics. While the primary focus of the curriculum is on drug development and discovery, the versatility of the program enables students to become proficient in numerous areas of the pharmaceutical and biotech industries.
This innovative curriculum is coupled with up to two summers of employment in the industry following the sophomore and junior years. These paid internship assignments are performed within the industry and provide graduates with a level of understanding and experience that cannot be duplicated in the classroom. Graduates of this program are poised to enter the industry with a breadth of understanding that previously took several years of industry experience to acquire. Furthermore, because of the diversity of the program, PPD graduates are also well prepared to enter either graduate or medical schools in order to further their careers.