Why study Pharmaceutical Sciences BS/PharmD at UB?
The Pharmaceutical Sciences major is a unique interdisciplinary field. Areas of interest in pharmaceutical sciences range from the physical chemistry of pharmaceutical systems to biopharmaceutics, pharmacokinetics and clinical pharmacokinetics
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 pharmaceutical sciences and four years of graduate work in pharmacy. Two degrees are earned in only seven years: The BS Pharmaceutical Sciences BS degree and the PharmD Doctor of Pharmacy PharmD degree. The combined program shortens the traditional time to complete both degrees by one year. Due to courses in common to both degrees, the seven year BS/PharmD degree is one year less than if a student pursued the four year regular BS degree program, then pursued the four year professional PharmD degree program (total 8 years). A combined BS/PharmD degree is awarded after seven years. Application to the PharmD program is made following the second year at UB.
Upon successful completion of the PharmDBS requirements, the student will have knowledge 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 based on their undergraduate research project.
- completion of scientific research term paper based on their undergraduate research project.
- synthesis of an original poster scientific presentation based on their undergraduate research project
The following outcomes reflect the terminal skills that all UB PharmD graduates should be able to demonstrate upon program completion.
- Patient/Pharmaceutical Care
- Medical and Science Foundations
- Practice Based Learning and Improvement
- Interpersonal and Communication Skills
- Systems Based Practice and Management
To learn more, visit our Program Outcomes page.
The Learning Environment
The Pharmaceutical Sciences BS was one of the first undergraduate programs in the country. The founding scientific principles of pharmaceutical sciences were pioneered at UB. Our department has upheld a tradition of educational and research excellence with national and international distinction for over 50 years.
Students learn through active learning lectures, small groups, flipped classrooms, hybrid courses, group discussion, clicker response systems, case studies, hands on laboratory experiments and research projects, student scientific poster and oral presentations, and computer data analysis using scientific software.
The PharmD curriculum integrates the latest technologies throughout. The coursework integrates progressive patient-centered practice experiences . It is capped by a 9-month experiential program.
Class sizes range from one-on-one instruction, small groups (10-20), intermediate groups (40-50) and large groups (140-150).
Visit the Mission, Vision and Values page to learn more.
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.
Additional details about the learning spaces in Kapoor Hall:
- simulated hospital pharmacy complete with a drug information center, and an IV preparation area
- professional practice lab and a sterile preparation laboratory
- community pharmacy area
- patient assessment rooms for clinical counseling and assessment
- video monitoring facility for immediate feedback and review
- pharmacogenetics laboratory
- general research laboratories
Visit the UB School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences website to learn more about the PharmD facilities located in Kapoor Hall.
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 strong tradition continues today through our notable education and research in protein therapeutic drugs, and drug discovery and action.
Our outstanding faculty are recognized as innovative leaders in our field, garnering numerous SUNY faculty awards, as well as national and international accolades.
Approximately 1-2 teaching assistants are assigned tutorial responsibilities per course, and are closely supervised by faculty.
Visit the School of Pharmacy News and Student News Pharmacy Practice News pages to learn about our PharmD faculty and students.
Faculty List Directory
Please visit our Faculty Directory page departmental website for additional information about our faculty.
A graduate with a BS/PharmD degree has many options: employment in pharmacy profession, the pharmaceutical industry, academia and government.
Visit the PharmD Career Resources site to learn more.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Academic Advising Contact Information
Sara Robinson, Academic Advisor/Associate Director of Admissions and Advisement
270 Kapoor Hall, 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.
Pharmacy students are eligible for scholarship consideration upon entering into the first professional (P1) year. Awards are available through the admissions review, upon achieving Latin Honors, and based upon financial need. A number of outside scholarships are also available. Visit the Student Scholarship site to learn more.