The Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences provides students with a solid background in the chemical and biomedical sciences – allowing for better interpretation of those areas in the pharmacy curriculum that can best be defined in terms of chemistry and biology. The department also imparts knowledge of the cause and prevention of infectious diseases, and prepares individuals for rendering health services to the public and allied medical professions. The goal is to acquaint the student with the nature, composition, standardization and evaluation of natural and synthetic substances used in the treatment of disease. The department also teaches the action of drugs in current use on the living body (especially human) and the manner in which these are employed in medical practice. Additionally, the department enables the student to interpret and keep abreast of the literature in therapeutic and medical research, and provides instruction in coursework for allied health students with an interest in toxicology and basic biomedical sciences.
On the graduate level, the objectives of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences are to provide students interested in the pharmaceutical sciences (pharmacology, toxicology, medicinal chemistry and pharmacotherapeutics) and medical technology with advanced knowledge of the fundamental branches of the pharmaceutical sciences and allied health professions, while also offering opportunities for original investigation. Such preparation enables graduates to assume leadership positions in their area of interest.
Frank A. Barile, Ph.D., Chair
SAH, Room 164A