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Degree Requirements

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The Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Sciences degree requires successful completion of the prescribed curriculum in Years One through Four as described in the table(s) below. B.P.Sc. with Honours (B.P.Sc. (Hons)) requires additional credit in Year Three and Year Four as described below.

Year One – Mandatory Courses
BIOL 112 3
One of BIOL 153 or BIOL 155 6 (8)
One of CHEM 111 or CHEM 1211 4
CHEM 1231 4
WRDS 150 3
One of MATH 100, MATH 102, MATH 104, MATH 120, MATH 180 or MATH 184 3 (4)
One of MATH 101, MATH 103, MATH 105, or MATH 121 3 (4)
PHAR 180 1
Elective 3
Total Course Credits for Year One 30(34)
Year Two – Mandatory Courses
CHEM 2111 4
CHEM 2331 3
CHEM 2351 1
MICB 202 3
PHAR 202 3
PHAR 203 4
PHAR 204 3
PHAR 205 3
PHAR 280 3
STAT 2002 3
Total Course Credits for Year Two 30
Year Three – Mandatory Courses
PHAR 302 3
PHAR 303 3
PHAR 304 4
PHAR 305 3
PHAR 306 3
PHAR 307 4
PHAR 308 3
PHAR 370 3
PHAR 380 1
Electives3 3 (6)
Total Course Credits for Year Three 30(33)
Year Four – Course-based Option
PHAR 470 3
PHAR 480 3
Electives4 24
Total Course Credits for Year Four 30
Minimum Total Course Credits for Program 120
1 Due to the direct impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the B.P.Sc. curriculum, a student who was admitted into Year 1 of the B.P.Sc. Program in the 2020/2021 academic year is granted the opportunity to complete their Year 1 and Year 2 (100-/200-level) required Chemistry courses before they enter into Year 4 of the program. Please refer to the Department of Chemistry’s COVID impact on CHEM courses page for the latest updates regarding chemistry courses.
  • a. CHEM 110 and 115 may substitute for CHEM 111. CHEM 120 and CHEM 115 may substitute for CHEM 121.
  • b. CHEM 130 and CHEM 135 may substitute for CHEM 123.
  • c. CHEM 210 and 215 may substitute for CHEM 211.
  • 2 BIOL 300 may be substituted for students who meet the prerequisite requirements.
    3 Students that declare Honours may take an extra 3 credits of electives in Year Three.
    4 No more than 10 credits of Electives may be taken outside of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences for credit towards B.P.Sc. in Year Four in the Course-based Option.

    Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Sciences Experiential Options in Year Four

    Students must apply for Experiential options in Year Three, by end of Term 1. There are two options: Research and Practicum. Students applying for Research or Practicum do not have to simultaneously apply for Honours.

    Additionally, students may apply for Honours in Year Three, by the end of Term 1. Students eligible for Honours must maintain a minimum of 72% combined average in all years. The designation requires the preparation of a graduating thesis. Honours theses may be prepared from either Research Experiential or Practicum Experiential options.

    Research Experiential Option

    The Research Experiential Option provides a research experience equivalent to one full-time term of work in a professional area of Pharmaceutical Research including basic science, clinical, educational, outcome-related, pedagogical or other research in the pharmaceutical sciences (broadly interpreted). The knowledge gained is also intended to strengthen the individual’s applied skills for their future career in Academic or Industrial setting(s) to a national/international standard. Direct supervision by a member of faculty from Pharmaceutical Sciences is required, although co-supervision with a Researcher from another faculty is allowed.

    Year Four – Research Experiential Option
    PHAR 470 3
    PHAR 480 3
    PHAR 485 15
    Electives1 9
    Total Course Credits for Year Four 30
    Minimum Total Course Credits for Program 120
    1 No more than 3 credits of electives can be taken outside of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences in Year Four of the Research Experiential option.

    Practicum Experiential Option

    The Practicum Experiential Option provides experience equivalent to one full-time term of work placed directly with a governmental, contract research, manufacturing or other to industrial partner, to learn the skills required to be a functional member of these environments. The knowledge gained is also intended to strengthen the individual’s applied skills for their future career in Academic or Industrial setting(s). Direct supervision by a professional member of these sectors and co-supervision from a member of faculty from Pharmaceutical Sciences is required.

    Year Four – Practicum Experiential Option
    PHAR 470 3
    PHAR 480 3
    PHAR 495 15
    Electives1 9
    Total Course Credits for Year Four 30
    Minimum Total Course Credits for Program 120
    1 No more than 3 credits of electives can be taken outside the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences in Year Four of the Practicum Experiential option.

    Experiential Options with Honours

    The Honours option is applied for in Year Three at the end of Term 1. Honours students are required to enroll in an extra 3 credits of electives in Year Three. In Year Four, Honours students are expected to take 3 extra credits of electives (in any term) and enroll in PHAR 491 Honours Thesis. Honours is designed for students who wish to take part in advanced research and study and may lead to direct entry into advanced graduate programs (e.g. PhD).

    Year Four – Honours Option
    PHAR 470 3
    PHAR 480 3
    PHAR 485 or 495 (research experiential or practicum) 15
    PHAR 491 12
    Electives1 6
    Total Course Credits for Year Four 39
    Minimum Total Course Credits for Program 132
    1 No more than 3 credits of electives can be taken outside the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences in Year Four of the Experiential options with Honours.

    Credit/D/Fail Grading

    Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Sciences students are not permitted to take any credits under the Credit/D/Fail grading scheme. All courses counted towards completion of the B.P.Sc. degree must be attempted under the normal grading scheme for the course. Choosing the wrong grading scheme may result in the need to take extra courses to complete degree requirements.

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