Prospective students

What are the Pharmaceutical Sciences graduates saying about their major?

  • I love the clinical integration that this department has in its courses. It is truly the most amazing major on the UC Irvine campus!
  • Pharm Sci felt more than just a major, it felt like a family.
  • I had a great head-start for Pharmacy School.
  • Everything I have learned as a Pharm Sci major will help me throughout professional school. I am more confident in myself and I know I will do great in dental school because of my educational background.
  • Everything I’ve learned in this major will allow me to excel at USC [Pharmacy School] in my first year.
  • I’m very happy that I was in this major. The courses I took were challenging but very beneficial and all of the professors were willing to help students succeed.
  • If I could do it again, I’d still be a Pharm Sci major:)

About the Program

UndergraduatesThe B.S. degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences at UC Irvine is the only program of it's kind in the UC system. This unique program trains students in a multidisciplinary approach so that they can contribute to the advancement of new pharmaceutical technologies such as accelerated chemical synthesis, molecular-based assays using cloned enzymes and cloned metabolizing enzymes, combinatorial chemistry, in-vitro biopharmaceutical techniques, and gene therapies.

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

Congratualtions 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.

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Change of major requirements for Current UC Irvine Students

Current UC Irvine students wishing to major in Pharmaceutical Sciences must meet the following requirements. Undergraduates wishing to major in Pharmaceutical Sciences should submit a Change of Major application through Student Access and MUST attend a chnage of major workshop. Check the Pharm Sci Student Affairs page to view the workshop schedule.



Must meet BOTH requirements:

  • Cumulative overall GPA of 2.5
  • Most recent quarterly GPA of 2.5

Course Grades

Must meet BOTH requirements:

  • 3.0 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 Requirements

Completion of Chem 1A-1C/LC-LD AND Biological Sciences 93 and 94.


Students 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 UC Irvine'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.


After Pharm Sci

Graduates with a B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences have gone on to:

  • Continue their education in health professional schools at prestigious universities, such as:
    • University of California, San Francisco- School of Pharmacy
    • University of California, San Francisco- School of Dentistry
    • University of Sothern California- College of Pharmacy
    • University of Michigan- College of Pharmacy
    • Western University- College of Pharmacy
    • Loma Linda University- School of Pharmacy
    • Medical College of Wisconsin
    • University of Pennsylvania- Pharmacology PhD Program
  • Accept jobs with pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, such as:
    • Pharmatek
    •  Vertex