Quality science is a term used in the life science industries, particularly in the pharmaceutical and biomedical sciences sectors. Quality, as a term used in these industries, means a measure of excellence or a state of being free from defects, deficiencies and significant variations. Quality scientists ensure that a product is suitable for its intended purpose. They increase the reliability, integrity and trustworthiness of the products we use every day.
In a world of rapid technological innovation, these industries seek students who are armed with the critical thinking skills needed to make scientifically sound, quality-based decisions. Through this program, you will be grounded in an understanding of why, so you have the knowledge to tackle questions regarding quality with agility, awareness and competence. Since every decision could impact patient health and safety, your ability to address challenges through a disciplined, clear, rational and open-minded approach that is informed by evidence will be highly desired by your future employer.
As a quality science minor, you’ll take seven courses, three of which are facilitated by industry experts at PPH. You’ll also create an online portfolio website that will connect you to employers in the life science industries for paid internships and employment.
The minor in quality science pairs well with majors like biochemistry, chemistry, biology or neuroscience, for those who want to pursue employment in the industry. It is housed in the Center for Global Health.
To earn a minor in quality science, you must complete seven courses totaling 23 to 24 credits.
What types of jobs and graduate school programs do graduates pursue?
The quality science minor directly prepares you for a job in quality science. Typical job titles for this career include the following:
- research scientist
- product development
- analytical and microbiological methods development
- clinical scientist
- technology operations scientist
- supply chain operations
- quality operations laboratory
- quality assurance and regulatory affairs