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Pharmaceutical Sciences Minor

(HEGIS: , CIP: 51.2099 Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Administration, Other)

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 Minor at UB?

*Not a baccalaureate degree program

The minor program emphasizes the principles of basic science relevant to the pharmaceutical sciences discipline. A minor in pharmaceutical sciences combined with a major in a scientific or clinical discipline (e.g., biological sciences, chemistry, biochemistry, pharmacology and toxicology, medicinal chemistry) provides a unique interdisciplinary education.

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 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 department 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

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 Admissions and Advisement
270 Pharmacy Building, South Campus

Scholarships and Financial Support

There are no scholarships or financial support for the minor.

Associated Programs

Associated Subjects

Published: Nov 16, 2022 15:56:13