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Biopharmaceutical Sciences

The Biopharmaceutical Sciences Department houses two graduate programs: (1) Biopharmaceutical Sciences Ph.D. Program and (2) Forensic Science M.S. Program.

Biopharmaceutical Sciences Graduate Program offers a comprehensive and rigorous graduate program in pharmaceutics, pharmacodynamics/toxicology, and pharmacogenomics leading to a Ph.D. degree with research focusing on cancer pharmacology and genetics; environmental and forensic toxicology; molecular, cellular, and systems pharmacology; lipid and polymer based drug delivery; targeted drug delivery; and pharmacogenomics. Please view the faculty listing for current areas of research. The objective of the graduate program is to train students to become biopharmaceutical scientists for research careers and scholarship in academic, industrial, and government environments. The Department's mission, name, and graduate program reflect the modern and integrated approach to the broad field of Biopharmaceutical Sciences. This program emphasizes not only pharmaceutics and pharmacodynamics but also cellular and molecular biology as applied to pharmacogenomics and toxicology.

The Forensic Science Graduate Program offers a comprehensive program leading to the M.S. degree. Emphasis is on criminalistics and toxicology. Criminalistics consists of controlled substance identification, trace and materials analysis and comparison, forensic biology and DNA analysis, and pattern evidence (fingerprints, toolmarks and firearms, and questioned documents) analysis and comparison. This program is designed to lead to a professional Master's degree, and prepares students for positions in federal, state and municipal forensic science laboratories, or forensicv toxicology laboratories, throughout the nation.