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All you Need to Know About the Syllabus Of Bachelor Of Pharmacy!

Bachelor of Pharmacy or B Pharmacy is a four-year undergraduate degree, which allows students to get a license to work as a pharmacist once they graduate. It is one of the most popular academic preferences for graduate studies among students who have pursued science (Physics, Chemistry, Biology- PCB) in their +2 level. In short, B Pharmacy makes up a common choice among students interested in learning about medicine but would rather not go for either MBBS or BDS.

However, the majority of the students planning to opt for the B Pharma course have little to no idea about what they might be studying as a pharmacy undergraduate student. If you are also skeptical about the course outline of this program, do not fret. This blog will help you get a better insight into the syllabus taught in a regular B Pharmacy curriculum. Read on to know more.

Core Subjects in B Pharmacy

From studying pharmacological formulation to learning about the ethical practices in pharmaceutical industries, a typical B Pharma course equips students with the basic know-how required to further their careers in the pharmaceutical industry. The core theoretical themes that students study, regardless of the college or university they are enrolled in, are explained in detail below:

Human Anatomy and Physiology– This basic course mainly deals with human biology, which also includes pathophysiology, to learn about the general makeup of the human body and its associated pathology. Moreover, students are also taught research-based concepts and theories related to the physiology of plants and other animals with key reference to humans.

Pharmacology– Pharmacology deals with the study of the effects of drugs on the human physiological system. This B Pharma course often interacts with other disciplinary courses, such as biochemistry, which talks about the study of biochemical reactions within the human biological system.

Pharmaceutical Bioengineering– It covers the basic concepts of chemical engineering as well as biotechnology to introduce the scientific application of technological advancements in the diagnosis, prognosis, and prevention of diseases and disorders related to human physiology.

Remedial Biology– This subject deals with the introduction to the experiments in biological sciences, such as mounting, staining, slide preparation, etc. Having a more practicum-oriented approach, remedial biology, is also often supplemented by remedial mathematics, especially for students who have studied mathematics in their +2.
Pharmaceutical Quality Insurance: Since the B Pharmacy course is designed to make students learn every aspect related to drugs and medicine production and delivery, understanding various aspects of quality control and assurance of pharmaceutical companies is very crucial for students. This course, thus, teaches students fundamental concepts such as testing, quality assurance, documentation, and other regulatory affairs associated with drug production and management.

B Pharmacy Semester-Wise Syllabus

These core themes are distributed across four academic years, spanning over a period of eight semesters. The Pharmacy Council of India has listed a standard credit-based curriculum of B Pharmacy to ensure consistency in the degree taught throughout the county. A brief outline of the semester-wise B Pharmacy course is:

Semester I: In the semester I, students are required to undertake the following subjects, which vary in their credits: Human Anatomy and Physiology I- Theory and Practical, Pharmaceutics- Theory and Practical, Remedial Biology/Mathematics and Communication Skills.
The total credit point for Semester I is 30.

Semester II: In the second semester, students are expected to take these courses: Human Anatomy and Physiology II- Theory and Practical. Computer Applications in pharmacy- Theory and Practical, Pathophysiology, Biochemistry- Theory and Practical, Pharmaceutical Organic Chemistry I, and Environmental Science.
The total credit point for Semester II is 29.

Semester III: Unlike previous semesters, the third semester is more pharmaceutical-oriented, and each course is taught both theoretically and practically – Pharmaceutical Organic Chemistry, Physical Pharmaceutics, Pharmaceutical Microbiology, and Pharmaceutical Engineering.
The total credit point for Semester III is 26.

Semester IV: In semester IV, the advanced courses of what they have been taught are reintroduced. However, there are new subjects that are introduced as well. The courses in this semester are- Pharmaceutical Organic Chemistry III, Physical Pharmaceutics II – Theory and Practical, Pharmacology I – Theory and Practical and Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry I- Theory and Practical, and medicinal chemistry- Theory and Practical.
The total credit point for Semester IV is 28.

Semester V: The subjects taught in Semester V are- Medicinal Chemistry II – Theory and Practical, Industrial Pharmacy I– Theory and Practical, Pharmacology II – Theory and practical, Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry II– Theory and Practical, and Pharmaceutical Jurisprudence.
The total credit point for Semester V is 26.

Semester VI: The courses that students are encouraged to undertake during this semester are Medicinal Chemistry III – Theory and Practical, Pharmacology III – Theory and Practical, Herbal Drug Technology – Theory and Practical, Biopharmaceutics and Pharmacokinetics, Pharmaceutical Biotechnology, and Quality Assurance.
The total credit point for Semester VI is 26.

Semester VII: The following are the courses that students have to study in this semester- Instrumental Methods of Analysis – Theory and Practical, Industrial Pharmacy II, Pharmacy Practice, and Novel Drug Delivery System.
The total credit point for Semester VII is 24.

Semester VIII: Finally, in the last semester, students are provided various electives to choose their specialization in. The core subjects that students must credit this semester are Biostatistics and Research Methodology, Social and Preventive Pharmacy, and Pharma Marketing Management.

Likewise, the elective basket consists of subjects, such as Pharmaceutical Regulatory Science, Pharmacovigilance, Quality Control and Standardization of Herbals, Computer-Aided Drug Design, Cell, and Molecular Biology, Cosmetic Science, Experimental Pharmacology, Advanced Instrumentation Techniques, and Dietary Supplements and Nutraceutical.
They have to select at least two courses out of this elective basket. Moreover, in the final semester, B Pharmacy students are also expected to undertake a project work of 6 credit points for the partial fulfillment of the degree. The total credit point for Semester VIII is 22.


Whether you want to work in a pharmaceutical company or you wish to engage in biomedical research once you graduate, B Pharma is the first step towards making your dreams of working in the world of medicine a reality. With an ample of diverse employment opportunities to explore, this course has tremendous career prospects, unlike other traditional graduate courses. If you are interested in joining our B Pharmacy program, kindly get in touch with our admission office.

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