The Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences (PSCI) includes several specialty areas that provide the student with a foundation of knowledge upon which the therapeutics of pharmacy practice will be understood. The specialty areas are taught throughout the curriculum in unique classes as well as in the integrated sequence courses that are threaded through the didactic portion of the curriculum. The specialty areas taught by the PSCI faculty include physiology, pathophysiology, pharmaceutics/pharmacokinetics, medicinal chemistry, and pharmacology/toxicology. The mission of the department is to empower students with the foundational knowledge that is essential to the professional pharmacy curriculum. The faculty provides the highest quality instruction in basic biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences. The faculty serves as role models in leadership, and help future pharmacists develop skills in critical thinking, problem solving, scholarship, and life-long learning. Recruitment, mentoring, and development of faculty with strong research and teaching credentials are essential to maintaining a positive, stimulating, research and instructional environment that fosters excellence in critical inquiry. Research collaboration within the University, with regional clinical and basic research centers, and with pharmaceutical industry will be continually strengthened. The department also endeavors to contribute significantly to Midwestern University by excelling in service both within and outside of the College.