Sample courses

The four-year Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy (BScPharm) degree program delivers course content primarily through problem-based learning (PBL) modules. In the first year of the program, you’ll take courses in biomedical sciences, covering all essential subjects including anatomy, biochemistry, microbiology, pharmacology, and physiology.

The pharmaceutical science courses will include the following topics:

  • biopharmaceutics and pharmacokinetics
  • medicinal chemistry
  • drug metabolism
  • toxicology
  • pharmaceutics
  • physical pharmacy

These courses are fully integrated in years two through four, covering not only the scientific side of pharmacy, but also the social. You'll look at such topics as therapeutics, pharmaceutical care, inter-professional relations, law and ethics, social and administrative pharmacy issues, and the role of pharmacy in the health-care system.

MICI 1050
Basic Microbiology and Immunology for Pharmacy

This class is only for pharmacy students and involves problem-based learning (PBL) tutorials, lectures, and laboratory sessions (including demonstrations and exercises). You’ll cover such topics as

  • concepts of antibiotics and immunity,
  • basic principles of microbial structure,
  • physiology,
  • and genetics in relation to microbial pathogenesis.

Prerequisites: BIOL 1000 or consent of the instructor.

PHAR 1070
Pharmacy Skills Lab I

This first-year class provides an introduction to the skills you’ll need to become a practicing pharmacist. These include communication skills, pharmacy computer skills, prescription processing, and compounding of select dosage forms. The class consists of a one-hour lecture, plus a tutorial or three-hour lab, during which you'll work in groups of up to 9 students to solve drug-related problems and offer each other feedback on patient counselling skills.

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites.

PHAR 1080
Community Experience Program

For this class, you’ll be on-site in a health-related but non-pharmacy site, such as the Canadian Cancer Society, the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB), the Special Olympics, etc. The purpose is to further develop your communication and interpersonal skills, as well as your basic work ethic. You’ll learn about the importance of teamwork, and get an introduction to client needs and the professional helping ethic. Part of your experience in this class includes working with an inter-professional health mentor.

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites.

PHAR 4080
Practice Experience Program (PEP) IV

This clinical rotation, which you'll do for a minimum of 40 hours per week for six consecutive weeks, focuses primarily on the provision of patient-focused pharmacy care in hospital practice. You’ll apply the knowledge, skills and values that you'll have learned in your academic study and previous PEP rotations, using a patient-centered approach. You’ll serve as a member of the health-care team incorporating professionalism, ethical principles, drug information, patient education, and health promotion in the application of patient-focused pharmacy care.

You’ll be required to complete a full patient-care work-up on several patients and present the cases to a health professional audience; you’ll also expand your educational role by preparing and presenting an in-service on a relevant topic to a health professional audience.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of fourth-year classes.