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Pharmaceutical Sciences BS

(HEGIS: 12.11 PHARMACY, CIP: 51.2010 Pharmaceutical Sciences.)

Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

270 Pharmacy Building
South Campus
Buffalo, NY 14214-8033

Gary M. Pollack, Ph.D.
Dean, Professor

Donald E. Mager, PharmD, Ph.D., FCP
Professor, Vice Chair, and Interim Undergraduate Program Director

Sara Robinson
Academic Advisor, Associate Director of Admissions and Advisement

Associated Programs

Associated Subjects

Why study Pharmaceutical Sciences BS at UB?

The pharmaceutical sciences major is a four-year program leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in pharmaceutical sciences. Students are educated for employment opportunities as pharmaceutical associate research scientists engaged in drug discovery and development research.

While the major is structurally a basic science program, it is also a unique interdisciplinary field. Areas of interest in pharmaceutical sciences range from the physical chemistry of pharmaceutical systems; to biopharmaceutics, which encompasses the study of the relationship between the nature and intensity of biologic effects of drugs and various dosage formulation factors; to pharmacokinetics, which is the science of the quantitative analysis of drug concentration (drug absorption, distribution, metabolism, and elimination) and drug effects in the body; to clinical pharmacokinetics, which is concerned with the application of pharmacokinetics to the safe and effective therapeutic management of individual patients.

Learning Outcomes

The mission of the Pharmaceutical Sciences BS Program is to educate accepted Pharmaceutical Science undergraduate junior and seniors by advancing student knowledge and skills in the pharmaceutical sciences. Graduates will have an understanding of, and be able to apply 1) the principles of the scientific method; 2) fundamentals of current research methodology; 3) core skills needed to manage, evaluate and interpret scientific data; and, 4) scientific communication skills. Graduates of the program will have skills in analytical, quantitative and conceptual thinking and problem solving that will prepare them for employment in the pharmaceutical sciences or related professions, or for continuing graduate or professional education in the biomedical, health sciences or related disciplines.

Upon successful completion of all requirements, the student will have knowledge and skills to:

  • Conduct basic research experiments under appropriate supervision.
  • Communicate scientific information through oral presentations, scientific posters and laboratory reports.
  • Be qualified for employment in pharmaceutical sciences or related professions, or for continuing graduate education in the biomedical, health sciences or related disciplines.
  • Demonstrate a strong knowledge of fundamental scientific principles in the pharmaceutical sciences
  • Demonstrate a basic proficiency at effective scientific oral and written communication skills through:
    • presentation of an original oral podium presentation
    • composition of a scientific research term paper

The Learning Environment

The pharmaceutical sciences BS program was one of the first discipline specific undergraduate programs in the country, founded in the early 1960’s. The fundamental scientific principles of pharmaceutical sciences were pioneered here at UB. Our department has upheld a tradition of excellence with national and international distinction for over 50 years.

Students learn through small group classes, flipped classrooms, hybrid courses, group discussion, case studies, hands-on laboratory experiments, hands-on laboratory research projects, student scientific poster presentations, and computer data analysis using scientific software. Experiential education consists of an optional undergraduate research project, in which the capstone is the submission of a scientific research paper and presentation of a scientific poster at our school’s poster day.

Class sizes range from one-on-one instruction, small groups (10-20), intermediate groups (40-50) and large groups (140-150).

About Our Facilities

The Pharmacy Building includes many green-design features, such as maximizing natural daylight, while offering warm and inviting social and study spaces. The Pharmacy Building integrates the latest technologies into its classrooms and provides ample teaching, educational and research laboratory space for undergraduate, graduate and professional education and research.

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

About Our Faculty

Founded in 1886, our school is recognized for a history of excellence in the pharmaceutical science disciplines of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. Our tradition continues today through notable education and research in protein therapeutic drugs, and drug discovery and action. Our outstanding faculty are nationally and internationally recognized as innovative leaders in our field, garnering numerous SUNY faculty awards, as well as national and international accolades. Twenty full-time faculty mentor undergraduates and provide undergraduate research opportunities. Faculty instruct undergraduates in formal courses, and are readily available for students. 

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the Pharmaceutical Sciences Faculty Directory page for additional information about our faculty.

Career Outlook

Career Choices

The broad scope of scientific interest associated with the pharmaceutical sciences discipline provides students with an extensive vista of career opportunities. Pharmaceutical sciences graduates may find opportunities in university, hospital, or pharmaceutical industry settings, including positions as:

  • Consumer safety officers
  • Drug analysts
  • Manufacturing/production technologists
  • Marketing/sales drug detail representatives
  • Peace Corps/VISTA volunteers
  • Research associates in: bioanalysis, drug delivery, drug metabolism, and pharmacokinetics

Salary Information

According to Annual AAPS Salary Survey, a person with a B.S. and 0-5 years of experience can anticipate an average salary of $50,000.

Post-Undergraduate Opportunities

Many graduates enter pharmacy, nursing, public health, law, medical or dental schools, or continue their studies to obtain a M.S. or Ph.D. in pharmaceutical sciences or other biomedical sciences.

Academic Advising

Academic advising is provided through the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Undergraduates interested in or who have selected the pharmaceutical sciences minor are encouraged to contact the school advisor.  

Academic Advising Contact Information

Sara Robinson, Academic Advisor/Associate Director of Admission and Advisement
270 Pharmacy Building, South Campus

Scholarships and Financial Support

Graduating Pharmaceutical Science seniors are eligible for the following awards, presented at commencement: Robert Gumtow Undergraduate Research Award in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Alfred and Irma Jones Pharmaceutical Sciences Scholar, and Outstanding Graduating Senior in Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Associated Programs

Associated Subjects

Published: Jan 25, 2023 07:59:33