During yesterday’s Fac­ulty Senate meeting, asso­ciate clin­ical pro­fessor Mike Gonyeau presents infor­ma­tion regarding the estab­lish­ment of a Bach­elor of Sci­ence in Phar­ma­ceu­tical Sci­ences in the School of Phar­macy in the Bouvé Col­lege of Health Sci­ences. Photo by Mary Knox Merrill.

The Fac­ulty Senate voted unan­i­mously on Wednesday to approve a new bachelor’s degree in phar­ma­ceu­tical sci­ences, a dis­ci­pline that has been a par­tic­ular strength in the Bouve Col­lege of Health Sci­ences School of Pharmacy.

The pro­gram would be rel­a­tively small, with just five to 10 under­grad­u­ates per class. One goal of the pro­gram is that it will help retain stu­dents at North­eastern who would oth­er­wise leave the PharmD pro­gram to pursue degrees at other uni­ver­si­ties, said Mike Gonyeau, an asso­ciate clin­ical pro­fessor of phar­macy prac­tice in the Bouvé Col­lege of Health Sciences.

Stu­dents who com­plete the pro­gram could also nat­u­rally con­tinue on into the master’s and PhD pro­grams in the School of Phar­macy and more broadly across the Bouvé.

We clearly see this as an attrac­tive point: to have a feeder to our own suc­cessful grad­uate pro­grams,” said Man­soor Amiji, Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor and chair of the phar­ma­ceu­tical sci­ences depart­ment in the School of Pharmacy.

The pro­gram will have the same aca­d­emic stan­dards as the rest of Bouvé and North­eastern as a whole, said Norman Boisse, an asso­ciate pro­fessor of phar­ma­ceu­tical sciences.

The Uni­ver­sity Cur­riculum Com­mittee unan­i­mously approved the new Bach­elor of Sci­ence degree in December.