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Pharmaceutical Sciences BS/PharmD - Program Requirements

(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

Completing the Pharmaceutical Sciences BS/PharmD Program

Academic Requirements

  1. Earn minimum grade point averages
    • Prerequisite science and math GPA 3.300
    • Overall GPA 3.300
    • Each Pharmacy PharmD prerequisite course must be successfully be completed with a grade equal to, or greater than, C (2.000)
  2. Submit an application through the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS) during the fall of the junior year, no later than October 1.
  3. The Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) is required for applicants with a GPA of less than 3.000. The PCAT is waived for candidates who meet the minimum GPA of 3.300 and higher. It is highly recommended for all other candidates.
  4. Upon invitation, complete a formal interview.
  5. Selection is based on scholastic achievement, aptitude, personal qualifications, and evidence of motivation toward pharmacy. In addition to intellectual and academic competence, the Admissions Committee considers communication skills, leadership ability, community service, health care-related or research experience, and motivation for pursuing a career in pharmacy

Academic Advice

It is important that students consult their academic advisors when making decisions related to their academic progress. Students should declare their interest in this degree program as early as possible.

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 2.800 or better (out of 4.000) are successful in the Pharmaceutical Sciences program.

Transfer Credit Policy

To find equivalent courses, please refer to UB's online articulation system TAURUS or refer to the course descriptions on UB's undergraduate catalog.

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.

Residency Requirement

There is no minimum residency requirement to study Pharmacy at UB. First-year/freshmen students must declare the Pharmaceutical Sciences BS/PharmD major by December 31 of their first semester. All other candidates for Pharmacy admission are considered through the competitive PharmCAS application process. Students who attend any college or university are encouraged to apply directly to the PharmD degree. See our advising guides and learn more about UB SPPS Affiliation Agreements with other campuses by visiting Pathways from Undergraduate to Pharmacy.

Prerequisite Courses

BIO 200 Evolutionary Biology
BIO 201 Cell Biology
BIO 211 Cell Biology Lab
CHE 101 General Chemistry I or CHE 105 Chemistry: Principles and Applications I
CHE 102 General Chemistry II or CHE 106 Chemistry: Principles and Applications II
CHE 203/CHE 205 Organic Chemistry or CHE 251 Contemporary Organic Chemistry
CHE 204/CHE 206 Organic Chemistry or CHE 252 Contemporary 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)

Required Courses

BCH 403 Biochemical Principles
PAS 313 Human Anatomy
PGY 451 Human Physiology I
PGY 452 Human Physiology II
PHC 330 Writing Lab
PHC 331 Case Studies in the Pharmaceutical Sciences
PHC 332 Introduction to Scientific Research
PHC 401 Pharmaceutical Chemistry
PHC 409 Pharmaceutical Calculations
PHC 410 Physical Pharmacy
PHC 421 Pharmaceutical Principles
PHC 432 Scientific Communication
PHC 488 Faculty Seminar
STA 119 Statistical Methods or PSY 207 Psychological Statistics or SOC 294 Basic Statistics for Social Science

Upon entering into the first professional (P1) year of the Doctor of Pharmacy PharmD degree program, students will take the following required courses:

PHC 531 Introduction to Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics
PHM 501 Foundation of Pharmacotherapeutics
PHM 503 Pathophysiology I
PHM 504 Pathophysiology II
PHM 505 Patient Assessment
PHM 506 Patient Assessment II
PHM 515 Pharmaceutical Care 1
PHM 516 Self-Care Therapeutics
PHM 530 Pharmacy Law
PHM 577 Pharmacy Professionalism I
PHM 578 Pharmacy Professionalism II
PMY 511 Pharmacology I
PMY 512 Pharmacology II

To see the remaining requirements, please visit the PharmD Curriculum and Requirements page.

Departmental Honors Requirements

Students enrolled in 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.

Total Credit Hours Required

Total credit hours required for the Pharmaceutical Sciences BS/PharmD degrees
Undergraduate Credits Required for Major 85
Graduate Credits Required for Major 137
Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum 20
Additional Credits Required for Electives 0
Total Credits Required for Degree 242

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.

Total Credit Hours Required represents the minimum credits needed to complete this program, and may vary based on a number of circumstances. This chart should not be used for financial aid purposes.

Published: Oct 18, 2021 12:27:57