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Biological Sciences BS/PharmD

(HEGIS: 04.01 BIOLOGY GENERAL, CIP: 26.0101 Biology/Biological Sciences, General)

Department of Biological Sciences

109 Cooke Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-1300

Paul Gollnick
Professor and Chair

Lara Hutson
Director of Undergraduate Studies

School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

270 Pharmacy Building
South Campus
Buffalo, NY 14214-8033

James M O'Donnell, Ph.D.
Dean, Professor

Kathleen M. Boje, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Associate Professor

Sara Robinson
Academic Advisor, Associate Director of Admissions and Advisement

Associated Programs

Associated Subjects

Why study Biological Sciences BS/PharmD at UB?

The Department of Biological Sciences is a center for innovative, interdisciplinary life sciences research and teaching. Our faculty research interests span all levels of biological organization, from molecules to ecosystems. This cross-disciplinary approach to life sciences, performed within a collegial, interactive atmosphere enables new discoveries that impact every major field of biological sciences. Our academic programs exploit the breadth and depth of our faculty’s research expertise, outstanding teaching and mentoring skills.

The doctor of pharmacy degree (PharmD) is a professional degree that enables one to work as a pharmacist, interacting with patients and other health care practitioners about medications.

The BS/PharmD program combines three years of undergraduate study in biological sciences and four years of graduate work in pharmacy. A combined BS/PharmD degree is awarded after seven years. Application to the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is made following the second year at UB.

Learning Outcomes

During the BS portion of the program, students will develop a broad background in the biological sciences and achieve an understanding and appreciation of basic biological concepts and principles. They will become proficient in five broad areas of biology: evolutionary biology, cell biology, physiology, biochemistry and genetics.

The Learning Environment

The research and academic programs in the Department of Biological Sciences are inextricably intertwined. Our academic programs exploit the breadth and depth of our faculty’s research expertise and outstanding teaching and mentoring skills.

The curriculum of our undergraduate program emphasizes learning by doing. Our instructional philosophy of “lead with the lab” allows students at every level to develop critical thinking skills while providing broad, deep and state-of-the-art training in all life science disciplines.

Visit the UB School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Mission, Vision, and Values page to learn more about the PharmD Learning Environment.

About Our Facilities

The Department of Biological Sciences is housed in Cooke and Hochstetter Halls on UB’s North Campus. The department holds classes in centrally scheduled space throughout the campus, which includes traditional classrooms and lecture halls that can accommodate our program’s teaching philosophies. Undergraduate laboratory courses are held in 10 teaching laboratories housed in Cooke and Hochstetter Halls.

The Pharmacy Building integrates the latest technologies into its classrooms and provides teaching, educational and research laboratory space.

  • simulated hospital pharmacy complete with a drug information center and an IV preparation area
  • professional practice lab and a sterile preparation laboratory
  • community pharmacy area
  • patient assessment rooms for clinical counseling and assessment
  • video monitoring facility for immediate feedback
  • pharmacogenetics laboratory

Visit the Pharmacy Building page to learn more about the PharmD facilities.

About Our Faculty

The Department of Biological Sciences at the University at Buffalo is committed to conducting innovative research and providing outstanding instruction to students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Our department includes both distinguished faculty and upcoming, cutting-edge researchers who teach and conduct research in life sciences in interdisciplinary fields, including Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Sensory Transduction, Genetics, Epigenetics, Neuroscience, Development, Molecular Evolution, Genomics, and Ecology. The breadth of expertise among the faculty and the depth of their dedication fosters an atmosphere of discovery. We have a long tradition of excellence in undergraduate and graduate teaching, as evidenced by the number of department faculty who have won awards for teaching excellence. All courses are taught by full-time faculty. Approximately 40 graduate student TAs assist with undergraduate laboratories each semester.

Visit the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences News page to learn about our faculty.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the Biological Sciences department website and the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences website for additional information about our faculty.

Career Outlook

A degree in Biological Sciences is the gateway to a wide variety of careers and provides a deep and broad background for success in pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences.

Pharmacists are the drug experts among healthcare professionals. They understand how a drug heals and how it can hurt, how it reacts with foods and other drugs. They know its desired effects and its side effects. Tens of thousands of medications, herbals and supplements are available in the United States, and particularly because of the newer more potent drugs that have highly specific cellular targets, the management of drug therapy is one of the most important challenges in health care.

Pharmacy is a well-respected profession for individuals with an aptitude in science and a desire to apply their knowledge of drug therapies to patient care in a variety of settings.

Visit the PharmD Career Services to learn more.

Academic Advising

Advising is a collaborative relationship between a student and advisor that can be successful only when both participants regularly share information openly throughout the student’s academic career.

Each student in Biological Sciences is assigned a departmental advisor at the time of acceptance. Students should meet with their departmental advisor at least once per semester concerning program requirements and the selection of courses to meet those requirements.

To schedule an undergraduate advisement appointment to discuss Pre-pharmacy requirements, call 716-645-2825 option #1. For questions that don't require an appointment, email the pre-pharmacy advisor.

Academic Advising Contact Information

Biological Sciences:

Ms. Rebecca Engasser
Department of Biological Sciences
109 Cooke Hall
Email Ms. Rebecca Engasser

Pharmacy:

Sara Robinson, Academic Advisor/Associate Director of Admissions and Advisement
270 Pharmacy Building, South Campus
716-645-2825
Email Pre-Pharmacy Advising

Scholarships and Financial Support

The Biological Sciences department presents six scholarships to support research. These scholarships are restricted to Biological Sciences majors and majors in the combined degree programs.

  • The Knobloch Endowment Scholarship
  • The McCroskey Endowment Scholarship
  • Darryl Raszl Undergraduate Research Fellowship
  • The Philip G. Miles Undergraduate Research Fellowship
  • The Alumni Undergraduate Research Fellowship
  • The Joseph Abate Undergraduate Research Travel Award

Biological Sciences majors will be notified of the application process and deadlines during the Spring semester of each year. Award criteria include both academic achievement and financial need.

Students in this program may also qualify for scholarships and financial support from a number of sources, including:

Pharmacy students are eligible for scholarship consideration upon entering into the first professional (P1) year. A number of outside scholarships are also available. Visit the UB School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Student Scholarship site to learn more.

Associated Programs

Associated Subjects

 
Published: Nov 23, 2021 13:18:53