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.
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.
Visit the UB School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Program Outcomes page for additional information.
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, 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.
Visit the UB School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences website to learn more about the PharmD facilities located in Kapoor Hall.
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 Biochemistry of Gene Expression, Molecular Evolution and Genomics, Sensory Transduction and Development. 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 our In the News site to learn about PharmD faculty.
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A degree in Biological Sciences is the gateway to a wide variety of careers. The curriculum is ideal preparation for entry into the health industry, including medicine, dentistry, optometry, medical technical fields, pharmacy and veterinary medicine. A Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences is also the first step towards a research career in fields as diverse as ecology, evolution, neuroscience, cell biology, genetics and molecular biology. Research careers are prominent at colleges and universities, as well as government agencies and pharmaceutical companies. The diversity of courses in Biological Sciences provides solid background for teaching at the secondary school, community college or university levels. The skills gained from laboratory courses are applicable to technical positions in laboratories in government, industry and academia. More intensive and valuable skills can also be gained through advanced research with individual faculty.
Visit the PharmD Career Resources site to learn more.
Academic advisement is an ongoing, deliberate process that fosters student growth and development.
Advising is a collaborative relationship between a student and advisor that can be successful only when both participants regularly share information in an open throughout the student’s academic career. Advisors assist students with many issues including academic coaching, course concerns, research opportunities, and identifying university resources and support services.
All UB students are assigned to a professional academic advising center based upon their major and/or affiliation with a special program. It is recommended that you meet with your advisor at least once a semester. To schedule an undergraduate advisement appointment, call 716-645-2825 option #1. For questions that don't require an appointment, email the pre-pharmacy advisor.
Academic Advising Contact Information
Sara Robinson, Academic Advisor/Associate Director of Admissions and Advisement
270 Kapoor Hall, South Campus
Scholarships and Financial Support
The department presents five scholarships to matriculated majors:
- 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
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: