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» 4 + 1 Accelerated Undergraduate/Master of Science

The 4 + 1 B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology/M.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences enables undergraduate students to begin taking graduate courses in their senior year and receive a Master of Science degree within one year of finishing their undergraduate degree. The B.S. degree is offered by the Schmid College of Science and Technology, and the M.S. degree is offered by the School of Pharmacy at the Rinker Health Science Campus in Irvine.

The program is open to all undergraduate Biochemistry and Molecular Biology majors who meet the admissions requirements. Students in the program can get a head start on their careers through networking and internship opportunities provided by the School of Pharmacy. Graduates of the program can pursue a variety of career opportunities in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.

Chapman students can apply to the M.S. program in their junior or senior year. Admission to the program is conditional pending completion of the bachelor's degree. If accepted into the program, undergraduate students may take up to 12 graduate credits once they have completed 90 undergraduate credits. These 12 credits can be used to satisfy the undergraduate graduation requirements AND count toward the M.S. program. Students would begin their remaining graduate coursework during the summer after receiving the undergraduate degree.

+ - Admission Requirements

Information about admissions for the B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology can be found on the Chapman Undergraduate Admission website.

Graduate Admissions Requirements:

  • Graduate application available at
  • Students with a cumulative 3.000 GPA or higher must apply the semester before the senior year of their bachelor’s degree (i.e. in the second semester of their junior year) in biochemistry and molecular biology.
  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with student’s academic abilities
  • A personal statement of approximately 500-1,000 words, which includes: a) student’s interest in the 4 + 1 program at Chapman; b) research goals; c) career goals; and d) academic and research achievements
  • Official transcript from baccalaureate program at Chapman
  • Resume with relevant experience

Students will be admitted to the Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences on a conditional basis until they meet the following criteria:

1. Completion of PHS 601, 602, 623, and 641 with a grade of C+ or higher

2. All B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology degree requirements are met and the degree is bestowed by the university

3. Cumulative GPA at graduation is 3.0 or higher

+ - Courses During Senior Year of Undergraduate Degree

Senior Year (Courses marked with an R are taken at the Rinker Campus in Irvine)*


Fall Credits Spring Credits
BCHM 420 Lecture and Lab 4 BCHM 436 Lecture and Lab 4
Upper Division Elective 3-4 PHS 623 Pharmaceutical Analysis (R) 3
Capstone PHS 641 Seminar I (R) 1
PHS 602 Drug Discovery (R) 3 PHS 601 Ethics (R) 2


*All graduate courses taken in the senior year must have been passed with a grade of C+ or above.

End of Spring: Graduation with B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Contact Dr. Elaine Benaksas Schwartz or Dr. Marco Bisoffi from the Schmid College of Science and Technology for any questions regarding B.S. degree requirements.

+ - Benefits of the 4 + 1 Program

  • Get a head start on your master’s degree by taking graduate classes in your senior year
  • Receive a master’s degree within one year of finishing your bachelor’s degree
  • Prepare yourself for career opportunities in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries
  • Gain valuable skills and experience in our summer internship program
  • Conduct innovative research with world-class School of Pharmacy faculty

+ - Required Courses in the Master's Program

The Master of Science degree requires completion of at least 36 credits. These include:

  • 17 credits of required courses
  • at least 7 credits of elective courses
  • minimum of 6 credits of research, and
  • 6 credits of thesis

A program of study is developed individually in consultation with the student's mentor and is designed to ensure expertise in the student’s principal field. This will present students with the opportunity, under the supervision of their program advisors, to tailor their academic program to prepare them for their desired career path.

Course Number Title Credits
Core Courses
PHS 601 Ethics, Regulation and the Pharmaceutical Pipeline 2
PHS 602 Drug Discovery and Development 3
PHS 614 Biologics 2
PHS 621 Introduction to Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Processes 2
PHS 623 Pharmaceutical Analysis 3
PHS 641 Seminar in Pharmaceutical Sciences I 1
PHS 642 Seminar in Pharmaceutical Sciences II 1
PHS 702 Pharmaceutical Sciences Research Methods 3
PHS 611 Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics 3
PHS 612 Advanced Principles of Drug Action 4
PHS 615 Pharmacogenomics and Pharmacogenetics 2
PHS 622 Formulation and Manufacturing Laboratory 2
PHS 631 Medical Diagnostics 3
PHS 632 Medical Devices 3
PHS 690A Summer Internship in Pharmaceutical Sciences I 3
PHS 690B Summer Internship in Pharmaceutical Sciences II 3
Research (Minimum of 6 Credits Required)
PHS 701 Research in Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences 6
Thesis (Required)
PHS 697 Thesis 6

+ - Financial Aid

While enrolled in the bachelor's degree, undergraduate financial aid will support students until degree conferral.

Qualified graduate students are eligible to receive assistance from the School of Pharmacy in the form of paid research assistant positions.  The University’s graduate financial aid office can provide comprehensive information on other forms of federal, state, or private funding at (714) 628-2730 or