USC undergraduate students have the option of pursuing a major in Pharmacology and Drug Development (BA / BS). Faculty at the School of Pharmacy specifically developed many of the new courses within the Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Pharmacology and Drug Development and the Bachelor of Science (BS) in Pharmacology and Drug Development to help better prepare undergraduates focused on pre-pharmacy, pre-medicine and other health-related professions. Students in the Trojan Admission Pre-Pharmacy (TAP) program are strongly encouraged to pursue this major as part of their undergraduate training, or at the minimum, take several of the new pharmacy-related courses as part of their overall undergraduate experience.
This major will provide a new path for science and non-science majors to gain significant knowledge in pharmacology, toxicology and medical product development and use. Completion of the major will better prepare USC undergraduates for advanced clinical training in health related fields including pharmacy, medicine, and dentistry. Moreover, the completion of coursework within the major will provide foundational education for careers in biotech, pharmaceutics and biomedical industries.