2017-18
Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

Pharmaceutical Sciences BS

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

Pharmaceutical Sciences

270 Kapoor Hall
South Campus
Buffalo, NY 14214-8033
Ph: 716-645-2825
F: 716-829-6568
W: pharmacy.buffalo.edu
Kathleen M. K. Boje, RPh, PhD
Associate Dean, Academic Affairs, and Associate Professor; Undergraduate Director and Advisor
Sara Robinson
Academic Advisor for Pre-Pharmaceutical Science Students

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 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.


Undergraduate Pharmaceutical Sciences Website

Is A Career in the Pharmaceutical Sciences Right for Me?

Learning Outcomes

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

  • 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 a required undergraduate research project, where the capstone is submission of a student–written paper on the scientific research, 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

Kapoor Hall, home of the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, opened in 2012, and includes many green-design features, such as maximizing natural daylight, while offering warm and inviting social and study spaces. Kapoor Hall integrates the latest technologies into its classrooms and provides ample teaching, educational and research laboratory space for undergraduate, graduate and professional education and research.

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. Fifteen full-time faculty and 2 research assistant faculty mentor undergraduates and provide undergraduate research opportunities. Faculty instruct undergraduates in formal courses, and are readily available for students. Teaching assistants provide help with office hours, recitations, laboratory experimental guidance and tutoring. Approximately 1-2 teaching assistants are assigned tutorial responsibilities per course, and are closely supervised by faculty. Adjunct faculty are not involved in the undergraduate program.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit our departmental website 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-Pharm Tech Employment Surveys, 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.

Academic Advising

Academic advising is provided through the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Undergraduates interested in or who have selected the pharmacy or pharmaceutical science majors are encouraged to contact the school advisors at prepharm@buffalo.edu .

Academic Advising Contact Information

Undergraduates interested in or who have selected the pharmacy or pharmaceutical science majors are encouraged to contact the school advisors at prepharm@buffalo.edu .

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.

Experiential Learning

Students with scientific research experience are highly sought after by prospective employers.

All students are required to take PHC 498 Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity, a 3-credit undergraduate research participation project.

A laboratory, computer data analysis, or library research experience is an important and unique feature of our program.
Students are exposed to:

  • research methods and hypothesis testing
    • the role of research methods in experimental design, execution and data analysis
    • methods to communicate the research findings

While enrolled in PHC 498 Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity:

  • Students identify faculty mentors who will guide them through their research projects
  • Students experience one-on-one interaction with a faculty member
  • Students and the faculty mentors design this experiential course to be highly flexible and individualized.

  • Highly interested and motivated students may choose to undertake more research credits.
  • Extracurricular Activities

    Honors and Awards

    Departmental Honors

    Students enrolled in the B.S. Pharmaceutical Sciences program may participate in the departmental program honors during their senior year. Departmental program honors requires an in depth research experience. Students completing the requirements for departmental program honors will have honors noted on transcripts as either:

    With Highest Honors and Distinction (GPA of 3.75 to 4.0).
    With High Honors and Distinction (GPA of 3.50 to 3.749)
    With Honors and Distinction (GPA of 3.20 to 3.499)

    Students enrolled in the B.S. Pharmaceutical Sciences program may be awarded Program Distinction for the major. Program Distinction honors recognizes students for a strong academic performance in the required courses. Students completing the requirements will have honors are noted on transcripts as either:

    With Highest Distinction (GPA of 3.75 to 4.0).
    With High Distinction (GPA of 3.50 to 3.749)
    With Distinction (GPA of 3.20 to 3.499)

    Becoming a(n) Pharmaceutical Sciences BS Student

    Becoming a University at Buffalo Student

    Admission to UB is highly competitive. For the 2016 incoming freshman class, UB reported an average ACT score of 24-30 and an average SAT (CR+M) score of 1100-1300. 90 percent of admitted students are in the top 50 percent of their class.

    Admission to UB is based on a holistic review. We consider high school average, class rank, SAT (critical reading and math) or ACT scores, and strength of the high school academic record. A personal essay, recommendations, documented creative talent, demonstrated leadership, community service and special circumstances are also considered.

    The following is not required for admission, but is suggested as adequate preparation for university-level coursework:

    • Four years of English (with a substantial writing component)
    • Four years of social studies
    • Three years of college-preparatory science
    • Three years of a second language
    • Three years of college-preparatory mathematics

    Visit Undergraduate Admissions to learn more.

    Current UB Students Applying to the Program

    Minimum GPA of 2.5 in all prerequisite science courses.
    Application to the department with a HUB Academic Advisement Report (AAR) is recommended before the start of the Spring semester of the second (sophomore) year. Admission to the Pharmaceutical Sciences program is available after February 15, on a rolling basis, contingent on available seats.

    Completing the Pharmaceutical Sciences BS Program

    Academic Requirements

    Minimum GPA of 2.5 overall.
    Minimum GPA of 2.5 in all prerequisite science courses.

    Academic Advice

    Students who are academically strong in the math and sciences will be academically successful in the Pharmaceutical Sciences program. The fundamental core pharmaceutical science courses involve the application of mathematics to pharmaceutical science principles. Students with a prerequisite math and science GPA of 2.8 or better (out of 4.0) are successful in the Pharmaceutical Sciences program.

    Sophomores must apply to the Pharmaceutical Sciences program before the start of the spring semester for Fall admission. Admission to the Pharmaceutical Sciences program is available after February 15, on a rolling basis, contingent on available seats.

    Transfer Credit Policy

    Transfer courses for the required Pharmaceutical Sciences courses are considered on a case by case basis. UB accepted transfer students are urged to contact the Pharmaceutical Sciences advisor for information relevant to their situation.

    Prerequisite Courses

    BIO 200 Evolutionary Biology
    BIO 201 Cell Biology
    CHE 101 General Chemistry
    CHE 102 General Chemistry
    CHE 201 Organic Chemistry
    CHE 202 Organic Chemistry
    MTH 121 Survey of Calculus and Its Applications I or MTH 141 College Calculus I
    MTH 122 Survey of Calculus and Its Applications II or MTH 142 College Calculus II
    PHY 101 College Physics I or PHY 107 General Physics I (no lab)
    PHY 102 College Physics II or PHY 108 General Physics II (no lab)

    Required Courses

    BCH 403 Principles of Biochemistry
    PGY 451 Human Physiology I
    PGY 452 Human Physiology II
    PMY 405 Principles of Pharmacology I
    PMY 406 Principles of Pharmacology II
    PHC 330 Writing Lab
    PHC 331 Case Studies in the Pharmaceutical Sciences
    PHC 332 Introduction to Research
    PHC 401 Pharmaceutical Chemistry
    PHC 409 Pharmaceutical Calculations
    PHC 410 Physical Pharmacy
    PHC 411 Introduction to Pharmacokinetics and Biopharmaceutics I
    PHC 414 Pharmaceutics Seminar
    PHC 417 Pharmacogenomics and Molecular Approaches to Personalized Medicine
    PHC 420 Pharmaceutical Analysis
    PHC 421 Pharmaceutical Principles
    PHC 425 Pharmaceutical Biotechnology: From Bench to Bedside
    PHC 426 Pharmaceutical Biotechnology Virtual Laboratory
    PHC 431 Important Advances in Pharmaceutical Sciences
    PHC 432 Methods of Scientific Communication
    PHC 488 Faculty Research Seminar
    PHC 498 Undergraduate Research Participation in Pharmaceutical Sciences

    Departmental Honors Requirements

    Students enrolled in the B.S. Pharmaceutical Sciences program may participate in the departmental research honors program during their senior year. Department research honors students are expected to do the following:

    1. Maintain a GPA of 3.20 or higher in the required junior and senior pharmaceutical sciences courses. 
    2. Fulfill a minimum of six credits of undergraduate research (PHC 498 - Undergraduate Research), performed under the supervision of one faculty member on one project. This research can be performed over two semesters or full-time during the summer. These credits may be used as electives to fulfill the requirements for the BS degree program. 
    3. Have the support an nomination of the supervising faculty research advisor. 
    4. Complete PHC 497 Seniors Thesis (1 credit) with a minimum grade of B.

    Honors are noted on transcripts as either:

    With Highest Honors and Distinction (GPA of 3.75 to 4.0).
    With High Honors and Distinction (GPA of 3.50 to 3.749)
    With Honors and Distinction (GPA of 3.20 to 3.499)

    Students enrolled in the B.S. Pharmaceutical Sciences program may be awarded Program Distinction for the major. The requirements are:

    1. Complete at least 50% of the major required credit hours at UB.
    2. Maintain a GPA of 3.20 or higher in the required junior and senior pharmaceutical sciences courses.

    Honors are noted on transcripts as either:

    With Highest Distinction (GPA of 3.75 to 4.0).
    With High Distinction (GPA of 3.50 to 3.749)
    With Distinction (GPA of 3.20 to 3.499)

    Total Credit Hours Required

    Credits Required for Major 98
    Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum   26
    Additional Credits Required for Electives   0
    Total Credits Required for Degree 124


    Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

    See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

    Curricular Plan / Degree Map

    View the curricular plan for the Pharmaceutical Sciences BS (PDF) which is a recommended sequence of courses to help achieve this degree in four years.

    Pharmaceutical Sciences

    270 Kapoor Hall
    South Campus
    Buffalo, NY 14214-8033
    Ph: 716-645-2825
    F: 716-829-6568
    W: pharmacy.buffalo.edu
    Kathleen M. K. Boje, RPh, PhD
    Associate Dean, Academic Affairs, and Associate Professor; Undergraduate Director and Advisor
    Sara Robinson
    Academic Advisor for Pre-Pharmaceutical Science Students

    Curricular Plan

    Pharmaceutical Sciences BS

    Subjects & Courses

    Published: March 30, 2017 09:20:54 AM