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

Applicants to the program must be received by June 1 (of the student's 3rd year) for admission beginning in fall semester (start of 4th year). For admission to the BSBchE/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 applicant must submit three letters of recommendation and provide an essay describing their interest in the B.S.B.E/M.S. degree program and their career goals.

Link to departmental application: [please copy and paste the link to the left into your browser to access application]


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:

Students will be required to engage in a pharmaceutical sciences internship in the summer between year 4 and year 5.

Admission to Graduate Program

Continuation to year 5 (graduate program) requires the student to complete the B.S. in Biochemical Engineering (4th year) with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. The student will then apply for graduate school admission before June 1 between years 4 and 5. The GRE is not required for application to the program. The student must have a faculty advisor for their M.S. project at the time of application.

Program Advisor

  • Name: Jason Zastre
  • Email:
  • Phone: 706-583-0290
  • Address: Room 371, 250 West Green St. RC Wilson Pharmacy

Undergraduate Major Information

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

Advising Contact

  • Name: Jeremy Wheatley
  • Email:
  • Phone: 706-542-6947
  • Address: 1258 Driftmier Engineering Center

Graduate Major Information

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

Advising Contact

  • Name: Deborah Martinez
  • Email:
  • Phone: 706-542-7230
  • Address: Pharmacy South, Room 115G, Athens GA 30602