The first undergraduate degree of its kind in the United States, the Pharmacogenomics program combines two fields of science: pharmacology, which identifies the basic mechanisms of drug action in the body, and genomics, the systematic study of an individual’s genetic makeup. Students explore how genetics affect the human body’s response to drugs.
Graduates are prepared for research positions in academic, industrial, and governmental laboratories, as well as for continued advanced education in health policy, medicine, biomedical research, and pharmacy.
This pioneering degree combines the expertise of two universities. The 67-credit program is jointly offered by GW and Shenandoah University (SU) through its Bernard J. Dunn School of Pharmacy. The courses are primarily held at the GW Virginia Science and Technology Campus.
Students take part in an exciting lab-based curriculum in class and online and may choose to pursue tracks in pharmacy or research:
- Pharmacy Track: Students apply to SU's Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program in their
junior year. If accepted, after graduation they begin studies in the
second year of the PharmD program at SU, saving an entire academic year and
Research Track: Senior-year course work includes advanced scientific topics and a research project to prepare students for entry into the work force or into graduate or medical school.