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Pharmaceutical Sciences BS/PharmD - Academic Experience

(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

James M O'Donnell, Ph.D.
Dean, Professor

Kathleen M. Boje, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Associate Professor

Sara Robinson
Academic Advisor, Associate Director of Admissions and Advisement

Associated Programs

Associated Subjects

Academic Opportunities

Internships and Clinical Rotations

Standard internships are not part of the undergraduate pharmaceutical sciences BS experience. However, all professional (PharmD students) must engage in clinical rotations, arranged through the Office of Experiential Education. The profession's Experiential Education requirements involve Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE) and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE). The School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences maintains both academic and research experiences with a variety of local, regional, national and international sites.

Visit the PharmD Experiential Education site to learn more about clinical rotations.

Postgraduate Opportunities

Postgraduate residencies and fellowships are available through formalized partnerships with pharmacy practice and research training programs throughout the nation.

Visit the Residency Training Program page to learn more about opportunities at UB.

Experiential Learning

While enrolled in the undergraduate Pharmaceutical Sciences BS program, students are required to take PHC 498 Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity, a three-credit undergraduate research participation project. 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.

When enrolled in the professional pharmacy program, PharmD students are involved in many opportunities for professional and personal growth, including community wellness clinics and poison prevention education programs. Students attend professional meetings, both locally and nationally.

Visit the PharmD Experiential Education site to learn more about clinical rotations.

Study Abroad

The School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences has multiple global health initiatives in education and scholarship available in order to expose students to practical global health concerns, promote culturally competent healthcare, and foster the development of servant leadership in global populations locally, nationally, and internationally.

Visit the Global Health Initiatives page to learn more.

Extracurricular Activities

Pharmacy students are involved with a number of professional organizations, such as:

  • National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) Student Chapter
  • Academy of Students of Pharmacy (ASP)
  • Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA)
  • Phi Lambda Sigma Leadership Society Student Chapter
  • Rho Chi Honor Society Student Chapter
  • Phi Delta Chi
  • Lambda Kappa Sigma
  • Student Pharmacists Association of Western New York (SPAWNY)

Visit the UB School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Student Organizations site to learn more about pharmacy student professional organizations.

Honors and Awards

Over thirty awards and prizes are presented to graduating PharmD students. These include:

  • Samuel J. Bauda Award for leadership and dedication to community health care
  • Lilly Achievement Award for superior scholastic achievement and professional attitude
  • A. Bertram Lemon award for a graduate who exemplifies the high ideals of scholarship and dedication to the profession of pharmacy

Visit the Student Awards page to learn more.

Departmental Honors

Students enrolled in the Pharmaceutical Sciences BS and the Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum are eligible to receive Latin Honors based on their cumulative professional GPA on the following scale:

Average (based on 4.000 = A)

  • 3.200-3.490: Cum Laude
  • 3.500-3.740: Magna Cum Laude
  • 3.750-4.000: Summa Cum Laude

The Rho Chi Honor Society is a national pharmacy honor society. On the basis of their academic standing (top 20% of their class), students may be invited to membership in their second professional (P2) year. A major purpose of Rho Chi is to promote high scholarship in pharmacy.

Published: Oct 18, 2021 12:27:58