Catalogue 2021 - 2022

Pharmaceutical & Healthcare Business Major

General Information

The Pharmaceutical & Healthcare Business major integrates the fields of pharmacy, healthcare and business, while delivering a firm foundation in the sciences. Students majoring in pharmaceutical & healthcare business develop a knowledge base to prepare them for entry into the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical diagnostic device and other healthcare-related industries.

Career Preparation

In order to help Pharmaceutical & Healthcare Business majors understand careers available to them, faculty design assignments and class projects to guide students from career exploration through career implementation. Examples of some of these include:

  1. Career Exploration in the freshman year occurs in the Introduction to Business Seminar course (BUS 110) where students are introduced to business career opportunities;
  2. Career Investigation in the sophomore year is accomplished by taking a series of interdisciplinary courses in the sciences and pharmaceutical & healthcare industries investigations including Introduction to Healthcare Industries (PHARB 200);
  3. Career Determination in the junior year is accomplished by completing a career assignment in the interdisciplinary course, Fundamentals of Pharmacy (PHARB 345); and
  4. Career Implementation in the senior year includes an internship in the pharmaceutical, medical technology, or healthcare business industries (PHARB 480).

Career Opportunities

The Pharmaceutical & Healthcare Business major is preparing for entry into a highly specialized and unique industry.  Entry points into the industry include business operations, marketing, and management careers. 


In this multidisciplinary major, students will learn from faculty in many disciplines, including accounting, biology, business information systems, chemistry, economics, finance, management, and marketing.

Program Learning Goals

Having completed a major in Pharmaceutical & Healthcare Business, the student will have the ability to:

1. Understand the marketplace factors that affect pharmaceutical and healthcare businesses;

2. Understand the fundamental concepts of industry structure, government policy, and legal/regulatory issues in pharmaceutical and healthcare industries;

3. Apply science and business knowledge to different functions (marketing, management, information systems, finance, etc.) in businesses and organizations competing in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries;

4. Demonstrate competency in pharmaceutical analytics as applied to the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries.

 See Core Requirements for All Business Majors and General University Requirements (78 credit hours).


Degree Requirements

Two lab science courses:

PharmBus students must take BIO 101 and CHEM 101 which will fulfill the Natural Science Perspective General University Requirement

Choose two of the following three Natural Science Perspectives

BIO 157Human Disease and Drug Therapy

3 cr.


BIO 158Microbes and Society

3 cr.


CHEM 155Drug Development Chemistry

3 cr.

PHARB 200Introduction to Healthcare Industries

3 cr.

PHARB 345/BUS 345Fundamentals of Pharmacy

3 cr.

PHARB 400Introduction to Pharmaceutical Analytics

3 cr.

EC 345The Pharmaceutical Business Environment

3 cr.

FIN 382Healthcare Finance

3 cr.

PHARB 480Internship in Pharma & Healthcare Business

3 cr.

Total Credit Hours:24

Electives 18 credit hours

GEN XXXGeneral Electives

12 cr.

GEN 3XX/4XXGeneral Elective

3 cr.

GEN 3XX/4XXGeneral Elective

3 cr.

Total Credit Hours:18

Total Credit Hours: 42