The Pharmaceutical and Chemical Sciences Graduate Program (PCSP) is a collaboration between the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and the Department of Chemistry in the College of the Pacific. It is closely tied to industrial interests and trends and is designed to provide students with a broad understanding of pharmaceutical and/or chemical sciences.

The program offers students three degree tracks (Master of Science, Doctor of Philosophy, and a dual degree program in Doctor of Pharmacy/Doctor of Philosophy) and five focus areas offered through four departments. Expand the focus areas below to learn more. 

Investigation of chemical, biochemical and biomedical questions using a broad range of computational and experimental tools including state-of-the-art instrumentation, synthetic methods and molecular techniques. Offered through the Department of Chemistry.

This focus area involves the study of applied and basic sciences in drug targeting/delivery/disposition/discovery and chemical biology. Selectivity of drug delivery, understanding of cellular mechanisms for novel drug discovery and design, and molecular mechanisms contributing to drug pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics are emphasized. This focus area is offered through the Department of Pharmaceutics and Medicinal Chemistry.

Discovery and development of new chemical entities from synthetic and natural product sources as potential drugs; new methods of chemical synthesis and structural elucidation. This area of focus is offered by the Department of Chemistry and Department of Pharmaceutics/Medicinal Chemistry.

Involves investigations using enzymology, cell cultures and laboratory animals, of the mechanisms by which drugs and other bioactive chemicals affect cellular processes and how drugs are metabolized. This focus area is offered by the Department of Physiology/ Pharmacology and Department of Pharmaceutics/Medicinal Chemistry.

Designed to promote the development of scholars by providing them with the knowledge and analytical skills necessary to evaluate the delivery and use of pharmaceutical/health care products and services, thereby improving medication use, patient-specific outcomes as well as reducing health care costs. This focus area is offered through the Department of Pharmacy Practice.