New Undergraduate Minor for Eshelman

The first undergraduate program in the Eshelman School of Pharmacy launched in January with 13 students who are minoring in pharmaceutical sciences.

The students are majoring in STEM-related fields and will be taught the core areas of pharmaceutical science in preparation for advanced studies or a career in the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industries, according to the University newsletter The Well.

Medicinal chemistry, pharmaceutics and pharmacology are among the courses, which are intended to provide students with the basics of pharmaceutical science. The program requires 14 hours of elective courses and a one-hour core course.

The degree allows students to take courses taught by faculty at the pharmacy school, according to The Well. Steven Nuzzolo, a junior from Philadelphia, told The Well his interest in pharmaceutical sciences stems from his interest in combining neuroscience and chemistry. “I realized that you could combine aspects of chemistry and use it for drug delivery,” he said.

Scott Singleton, program director for the minor and associate professor in the chemical biology and medicinal chemistry division, said the students have the potential to make significant contributions to the field.

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