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Post-Baccalaureate Program in Pharmaceutical Sciences


The Post-Baccalaureate Program in Pharmaceutical Sciences is designed for individuals who feel they need a stronger academic foundation in pharmaceutical sciences. Preparation provided by our program will benefit those interested in a PharmD, PhD, Master's degree, or careers in areas of pharmaceutical sciences. A certificate bearing the UC seal signifies a well-known, uncompromising standard of excellence. Start your future with us today.

Who Should Apply

  • Individuals seeking to strengthen their application to competitive graduate programs in pharmacy or other health fields.
  • Individuals whose undergraduate degree are not in pharmaceutical sciences and who are seeking entry or advancement in a career related to pharmaceutical sciences or biotechnology including: production, control, research/development, regulatory affairs, and patents.

Career Insight

Occupational summary for pharmacists in the US. Source: Economic Modeling Specialists Intl.

Annual Job Openings
Projected Growth
Median Salary
(Highly experienced workers can earn up to $161k)

Program Benefits

Students will gain a solid understanding of pharmaceutical sciences through upper-division academic coursework. They will have the opportunity to participate in laboratory research and attend seminars that cover a variety of topics including PCAT preparation, graduate school applications, and interviewing skills.

UCI is the #1 feeder to pharmacy schools nationwide. Our program is among the top-10 pharmaceutical sciences departments in the nation. Our faculty include world-renowned scientists encompassing a variety of backgrounds with wide-ranging research programs that cover every facet of pharmaceutical sciences.

Required Courses

Completion of the below seven (7) core courses is required.

  • PHRMSCI 76. Ethics Conduct of Research (2 units)
  • PHRMSCI 170A. Molecular Pharmacology I (4 units)
  • PHRMSCI 170B. Molecular Pharmacology II (4 units)
  • PHRMSCI 171. Physical Biochemistry (4 units)
  • PHRMSCI 173. Pharmacotherapy (4 Units)
  • PHRMSCI 174. Biopharmaceutics and Nanomedicine (4 units)
  • PHRMSCI 177. Medicinal Chemistry (4 units)


Completion of two (2) additional electives is required. Courses will be selected in consult with the program advisor based on individual goals. Enrollment is contingent on class availability.

A sample of elective courses is below:

  • PHRMSCI 90: Speaking about Science
  • PHRMSCI 120: Human Physiology
  • PHRMSCI 120L: Human Physiology Lab
  • PHRMSCI 163: Pharmacogenomics and Epigenetics.
  • PHRMSCI 172: Topics in Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • PHRMSCI 178: Stem Cell Therapy
  • PHRMSCI 199: Undergraduate Research
  • PHRMSCI 223: Biological Macromolecules
  • PHRMSCI 263: Pharmacogenomics and Epigenetics
  • PHRMSCI 270: Advanced Pharmacology
  • PHRMSCI 272: Special Topics in Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • PHRMSCI 274: Nanomedicine
  • PHRMSCI 275: Drug Discovery Computing Techniques
  • BIO SCI M118L: Microbiology Laboratory
  • BIO SCI D170: Applied Human Anatomy

Students will usually begin the program of study in Fall and take courses in Fall, Winter, and Spring to complete the program in one academic year. Students may also take Summer Session courses if determined to fit their desired goals. The length of the program may vary based on the individual goals.

Sample Course of Study

Fall Winter Spring
Elective Elective PHRMSCI 173

Program Requirements

A digital certificate is awarded upon the completion of seven (7) core courses and two (2) electives. After you have completed all requirements you will receive an official certificate.

Program Fees

  • Application fee: $75
  • Program fee: $8,000
  • Students pay a per-course fee, which may vary according to the course and is subject to change (currently $1,201 for a 4 unit course).
  • For complete information about course fees, visit the Course Search page.

How to apply

Application information and deadlines can be found at UCI Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Advisory Committee

  • Richard Chamberlin, Ph.D., Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences; Professor of Chemistry; Chair, Pharmaceutical Sciences; University of California, Irvine, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Jill Richardson, Director, Student Affairs, Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of California, Irvine, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Sam Schriner, Ph.D., Lecturer PSOE, Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of California, Irvine, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Ellen O'Bryant, Assistant Chair, Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of California, Irvine, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

English Proficiency Requirement
All certificate programs at UCI Division of Continuing Education (classroom and online formats) require professional-level English language proficiency in listening and note-taking, reading comprehension and vocabulary, written expression, and oral presentation.