The University of New England on Wednesday announced that students pursuing a professional degree in pharmacy will be able to earn an undergraduate degree in the discipline as well.

After two years of study toward a Doctor of Pharmacy degree, UNE students will now pick up a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy science. The doctorate typically requires four years of academic work, and is required for those aiming to become pharmacists.

A spokesman for the school, which has campuses in Biddeford and Portland, told Mainebiz that UNE will confer the bachelor’s degree automatically upon successful completion of the second year. Read more