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Biological Sciences BS/PharmD - Academic Experience

(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

Derek Daniels

Lara Hutson
Director of Undergraduate Studies

School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

270 Pharmacy Building
South Campus
Buffalo, NY 14214-8033

Gary M. Pollack, Ph.D.

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

Academic Opportunities


Students have the opportunity to perform research (BIO 498 Undergraduate Research) in the laboratories of departmental faculty members. In exceptional cases, students in the combined program may also be able to apply to the Biological Sciences Honors Research Program.

Internships and Clinical Rotations

Standard internships are not part of the undergraduate experience. All professional (PharmD students) must engage in clinical rotations through the profession's Experiential Education requirements: Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE) and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE). The School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences maintains both academic and research experiences with a variety of local, regional, national and international sites.

Visit the PharmD Experiential Education site to learn more about clinical rotations.

Postgraduate Opportunities

Postgraduate residencies and fellowships are available through formalized partnerships with pharmacy practice and research training programs throughout the nation.

Visit the Residency Training Program and Fellowships pages to learn more about opportunities at UB.

Experiential Learning

A wide range of opportunities are available for students majoring in the biological sciences to gain experience outside of traditional lecture and laboratory coursework. Among the nationally recognized faculty in the department, many lead externally-funded laboratories where students find research positions and thus gain valuable experience under the guidance of their faculty mentors. Students engaged in research (BIO 498 Undergraduate Research) may earn academic credit, or in some cases students may be remunerated for their work if their mentors have grant funds for that purpose.

PharmD students are involved in many opportunities for professional and personal growth, including community wellness clinics and poison prevention education programs. Students attend professional meetings, both locally and nationally. Visit the PharmD Experiential Education site to learn more about clinical rotations.

Study Abroad

The School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences has multiple global health initiatives in education and scholarship available in order to expose students to practical global health concerns, promote culturally competent healthcare, and foster the development of servant leadership in global populations locally, nationally, and internationally.

Visit the Global Health Initiatives page to learn more.

Extracurricular Activities

Undergraduate Biology Association: This organization is an active group open to all students. It sponsors special speakers on research, graduate school, and other selected topics. It also sponsors social activities.

Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE): The goal of WiSE is to increase the recruitment, retention and success of women in science, technology, engineering and math.

Association for Pre-Medical Students

National Pre-Health Honor Society

See also the UB Student Association webpage

Visit the UB School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences site to learn more about pharmacy student professional organizations.

Honors and Awards

Over thirty awards and prizes are presented to graduating PharmD students. These include:

  • Samuel J. Bauda Award for leadership and dedication to community health care
  • Lilly Achievement Award for superior scholastic achievement and professional attitude
  • A. Bertram Lemon award for a graduate who exemplifies the high ideals of scholarship and dedication to the profession of pharmacy

Visit the Student Awards page to learn more.

Departmental Honors

The department will consider applications from BS/PharmD students to the Biological Sciences Honors Research program on a case-by-case basis. Students interested in applying to this program must have a minimum GPA of 3.6 and will have to complete the program in their second and third years. For more information, contact the Biological Sciences department: 109 Cooke Hall, North Campus.

Students enrolled in the Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum are eligible to receive Latin Honors based on their cumulative professional GPA on the following scale:
Average (based on 4.000 = A)

  • 3.200-3.490: Cum Laude
  • 3.500-3.740: Magna Cum Laude
  • 3.750-4.000: Summa Cum Laude

The Rho Chi Honor Society is a national pharmacy honor society. On the basis of their academic standing (top 20% of their class), students may be invited to membership in their second professional (P2) year. A major purpose of Rho Chi is to promote high scholarship in pharmacy.

Published: Jan 30, 2023 10:56:36