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Pharmaceutical science is the lifeblood of health care. Ready to conduct cutting-edge research? Develop drugs for the treatment of human diseases? Study how the human body reacts to medicine? Then pharmaceutical sciences is for you. 

From sunscreen to cold medicine to overdose prevention to cancer treatment, dedicated pharmaceutical scientists have made our lives longer, healthier, and happier.

UKCOP's Pharmaceutical Sciences Graduate Program is dedicated to a holistic, student-centric training model that provides our students with instruction, guidance, and mentorship in 3 domains:  Breadth (across pharmaceutical sciences disciplines), Career (focused on real-world skills and experiences, driven by individual student goals), and Scientific Depth (project-based research to achieve expertise and rigor).  The principles that guide the design and execution of our program can be found in our Guiding Principles document.

We wish to remember and honor those who inhabited this Commonwealth before the arrival of the Europeans. Briefly occupying these lands were the Osage, Wyndott tribe, and Miami peoples. The Adena and Hopewell peoples, who are recognized by the naming of the time period in which they resided here, were here more permanently. Some of their mounds remain in the Lexington area, including at UK’s Adena Park.

In more recent years, the Cherokee occupied southeast Kentucky, the Yuchi southwest Kentucky, the Chickasaw extreme western Kentucky and the Shawnee central Kentucky including what is now the city of Lexington. The Shawnee left when colonization pushed through the Appalachian Mountains. Lower Shawnee Town ceremonial grounds are still visible in Greenup County.

We honor the first inhabitants who were here, respect their culture, and acknowledge the presence of their descendants who are here today in all walks of life including fellow pharmacists and healthcare professionals.