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.
Using science to ensure integrity
To provide the quality science minor, Earlham partners with Pathway for Patient Health (PPH). PPH provides connections to leading life science companies such as Baxter International, Procter & Gamble, AstraZeneca and Elanco. Our partnership with PPH means our graduates are especially valued by employers like these upon graduation.
Three of your seven quality science courses will be taught by industry professionals from our partner organization, Pathway for Patient Health.
Our minors develop an online portfolio through a website that connects them to quality science employers for both internships and full-time jobs.
The quality science minor is a program taught by Earlham professors within the global management, chemistry and biology majors as well as industry professionals from our partner organization, Pathway for Patient Health.
Frequently asked questions
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.
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
If you’re planning to major in biochemistry, chemistry, biology or neuroscience, and want to pursue a career as a scientist in the pharmaceutical or biomedical sciences industries, the quality science minor is for you.