About the Program
The B.S. degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences at UCI is the only program of its kind in the UC system. This unique program trains students in a multidisciplinary approach so they can contribute to the advancement of new pharmaceutical technologies. Our undergraduate program is intended for those students interested in one of the following pathways:
- Professional positions in the pharmaceutical production, control, and development sectors of the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry.
- Graduate degree programs in medicinal chemistry, chemical biology, structural biology, pharmacology, pharmaceutics, and many other disciplines at the interface of chemistry and biology.
- Professional degree programs such as pharmacy, medical, or dental school.
Pharmaceutical scientists are rapidly changing the field of drug discovery and development. The graduates of this program are well qualified to seek employment in the public and private sectors, or to pursue graduate degrees such as a PhD, MD, or PharmD.
Newly Admitted Students
Congratulations and welcome to the Pharmaceutical Sciences major! Remember to submit your Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) by May 1st for newly admitted freshmen and June 1st for newly admitted transfer students.
Change of major requirements for Current UCI Students
Current UC Irvine students wishing to major in Pharmaceutical Sciences must meet the following requirements. Undergraduates wishing to major in Pharmaceutical Sciences should:
- Submit a Change of Major application through Student Access
- Attend a change of major workshop.
|GPA||Cumulative GPA of 2.5
Most recent quarterly GPA of 2.5
|Course Grades||3.0 minimum GPA for all UCI courses taken that count toward the major requirements.
3.0 minimum GPA for all transfer courses taken that count toward the major requirements.
|Course Requirements||Completion of Chem 1A-1C/LC-LD and Biological Sciences 93 and 94.|
|Other||Students who have completed more than 90 units at UCI must have completed additional courses required to make normal progress toward completion of the degree within a timely manner (4 academic years for students admitted as freshmen, 3 academic years for transfer students).
Admission Requirements for Transfer Students
All transfer applicants MUST have completed one year of general chemistry with laboratory equivalent to UC Irvine’s Chemistry 1A-1C and 1LC-1LD AND one year of biology courses equivalent to UC Irvine’s Biological Sciences 93 and 94 with a grade of “B” or better in each course; and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Having these courses completed at a community college will allow transfer students to complete the PharmSci BS requirements in 3 years.
To complete the UCI PharmSci BS degree requirements in 2 years, transfer students will need to complete one year of general chemistry with laboratory equivalent to UC Irvine’s Chemistry 1A-1C and 1LC-1LD AND one year of organic chemistry with laboratory equivalent to UC Irvine’s Chemistry 51A-51C and 51LB-51LC. Transfer students must also complete 1-2 years of biology courses equivalent to UC Irvine’s Biological Sciences 93, 94, 97, 98 and 99 with a grade of “B” or better in each course; and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
If you are a California Community College transfer student, please refer to Assist.org for lower division courses that are transferable to UC Irvine and the Pharmaceutical Sciences major.