Prospective Students

About the Program

The B.S. degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences at UCI is the only program of its kind in the UC system. This unique program trains students in a multidisciplinary approach so they can contribute to the advancement of new pharmaceutical technologies. Our undergraduate program is intended for those students interested in one of the following pathways:

  • Professional positions in the pharmaceutical production, control, and development sectors of the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry.
  • Graduate degree programs in medicinal chemistry, chemical biology, structural biology, pharmacology, pharmaceutics, and many other disciplines at the interface of chemistry and biology.
  • Professional degree programs such as pharmacy, medical, or dental school.

Pharmaceutical scientists are rapidly changing the field of drug discovery and development. The graduates of this program are well qualified to seek employment in the public and private sectors, or to pursue graduate degrees such as a PhD, MD, or PharmD.

Newly Admitted Students

Congratulations and welcome to the Pharmaceutical Sciences major! Remember to submit your Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) by May 1st for newly admitted freshmen and June 1st for newly admitted transfer students.

Change of major requirements for Current UCI Students

Current UC Irvine students wishing to major in Pharmaceutical Sciences must meet the following requirements. Undergraduates wishing to major in Pharmaceutical Sciences should:

  1. Submit a Change of Major application through Student Access
  2. Attend a change of major workshop.
GPACumulative GPA of 2.5
Most recent quarterly GPA of 2.5
Course Grades3.0 minimum GPA for all UCI courses taken that count toward the major requirements.

3.0 minimum GPA for all transfer courses taken that count toward the major requirements.
Course RequirementsCompletion of Chem 1A-1C/LC-LD and Biological Sciences 93 and 94.
OtherStudents who have completed more than 90 units at UCI must have completed additional courses required to make normal progress toward completion of the degree within a timely manner (4 academic years for students admitted as freshmen, 3 academic years for transfer students).

Admission Requirements for Transfer Students

All transfer applicants must have completed one year of general chemistry with laboratory equivalent to UCI’s Chemistry 1A-1C and 1LC-1LD and one year of biology courses equivalent to UC Irvine’s Biological Sciences 93 and 94 with a grade of B- or better in each course; and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

If you are a California Community College transfer student, please refer to for lower division courses that are transferrable to UC Irvine and the Pharmaceutical Sciences major.