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Pharmaceutical Sciences BS/PharmD

(HEGIS: 12.11 PHARMACY, CIP: 26.1099 Pharmacology and Toxicology, Other)

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

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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 seven years: the pharmaceutical sciences BS degree and the doctor of pharmacy PharmD degree. 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). Application to the PharmD program is made following the second year at UB.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the BS/PharmD requirements, the student will have knowledge to:

  • Demonstrate a strong comprehension 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
  • Professionalism
  • Systems Based Practice and Management

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 includes 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

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.

Additional details about the learning spaces in the Pharmacy Building:

  • 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 Pharmacy Building page to learn more about the PharmD 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 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.

Visit the School News page to learn about our faculty.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit our Faculty Directory page for additional information about our faculty and their research and teaching specializations.

Career Outlook

A graduate with a BS/PharmD degree has many options: employment in the pharmacy profession, the pharmaceutical industry, academia and government. Pharmacists are the drug experts among healthcare professionals. They understand how a drug heals and how it can hurt, how it reacts with foods and other drugs. They know its desired effects and its side effects. Tens of thousands of medications, herbals and supplements are available in the United States, and particularly because of the newer more potent drugs that have highly specific cellular targets, the management of drug therapy is one of the most important and progressive areas in health care.

Pharmacy is a well-respected profession for individuals with an aptitude in science and a desire to apply their knowledge of drug therapies to patient care in a variety of settings.

Visit the PharmD Outcomes and Careers site to learn more. 

Academic Advising

Academic advisement is an ongoing, deliberate process that fosters student growth and development.

Advising is a collaborative relationship between a student and advisor that can be successful only when both participants regularly share information in an open exchange throughout the student’s academic career. Advisors assist students with many issues including academic coaching, course concerns, research opportunities, and identifying university resources and support services.

All UB students are assigned to a professional academic advising center based upon their major and/or affiliation with a special program. It is recommended that you meet with your advisor at least once a semester. To schedule an undergraduate advisement appointment, go to the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Undergraduate Advising webpage. For questions that don't require an appointment, email the pre-pharmacy advisor.

Academic Advising Contact Information

Sara Robinson, Academic Advisor/Associate Director of Admissions and Advisement
270 Pharmacy Building, South Campus
Email the pre-pharmacy advisor

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.

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Published: Feb 01, 2023 08:50:42