Biochemical Engineering BSBchE/Pharmacy MS(non-thesis)

The B.S. Program in Biochemical Engineering provides excellent general education and training in the theory and types of processes employed within the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. However, it does not cover the development of drug and biological products. An understanding of the drug development process would uniquely prepare these students to more effectively anticipate, understand, and appreciate products moving from discovery into manufacturing. In addition, a strong understanding of the regulations that govern the manufacturing of medical products is critical to the success of engineers in this field. This typically has to happen post-graduation through training by the companies that employ these engineers. The lack of regulatory training is a significant barrier for students trying to establish careers in this field.

This B.S/M.S. is a unique program that matches a need for industry. There are a handful of pharmaceutical engineering programs in the nation but there are no programs focused on biopharmaceuticals, which is the future of the industry. The design of this program addresses several items frequently cited as valuable by industry, 1) increasing the understanding of drug development among process engineers, 2) increasing knowledge of the regulatory sciences and 3) greater practical experience. Additionally, this program positions students to be leaders in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.

Admission to Program

The program will be administered by a committee composed of the Director of B.S./M.S. programs in the College of Pharmacy, Graduate Coordinator of the M.S. Program in International Biomedical Regulatory Sciences and two additional faculty members who will serve two-year terms (one from the College of Pharmacy and one from the College of Engineering). The Director of the B.S./M.S. programs in the College of Pharmacy will act as the chair of the committee.

This committee will evaluate applications to the program. Applicants to the program must be received by June 1st for admission beginning in fall semester. Students would have completed more than 90 credit hours of the B.S. program at the time of application. For admission to the B.S./M.S. program, a student must have completed 30 credit hours of courses from ENGR/BCHE-prefixed courses, BCMB 3100, CHEM 2211, and MIBO 3500 and must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. The GRE is not required for application to the program. The applicant must submit three letters of recommendation. In addition, the applicant must provide an essay describing their interest in the B.S./M.S. degree program and their career goals. They must also identify potential faculty advisors to assist with their M.S. project.

Link to departmental application:

https://tinyurl.com/BchE-Pharmacy [please copy and paste the link to the left into your browser to access application]

Curriculum

Graduate-level courses that may be used to satisfy undergraduate and graduate program requirements.

BCHE 6550
BCHE 6650
PMCY 6500
PMCY 6510

Additional requirements that are unique to this Double Dawgs program:

N/A

Admission to Graduate Program

Program admission applications are prioritized with a February 15th preferred deadline. Students would have completed more than 105 credit hours of the B.S. program at the time of application. For admission to the graduate school, a student must have completed 30 credit hours of courses from ENGR/BCHE-prefixed courses, BCMB 3100, CHEM 2211, and MIBO 3500 and must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. The student must also have completed PMCY 6500 prior to applying. The GRE is not required for application to the program. The applicant must submit three letters of recommendation. In addition, the applicant must provide an essay providing an update on their career goals and an outline of their M.S. project.

Program Advisor

  • Name: Gurvinder Singh Rekhi
  • Email: gsrekhi@uga.edu
  • Phone: 706-542-5390
  • Address: 250 West Green Street

Undergraduate Major Information

  • Major: Biochemical Engineering B.S.Bch.E.
  • Department/College: Chemical, Materials, and Biomedical Engineering

Advising Contact

Graduate Major Information

  • Major: Pharmacy M.S.
  • Department/College: College of Pharmacy

Advising Contact

  • Name: Gurvinder Singh Rekhi
  • Email: gsrekhi@uga.edu
  • Phone: 706-542-5390
  • Address: 250 West Green Street