Why study Biomedical Sciences BS/PharmD at UB?
The Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences enables students to increase the breadth of their undergraduate experience, combine courses from various departments within the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, and focus their undergraduate experience in preparation for professional studies.
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 biomedical sciences and four years of graduate work in pharmacy. A combined BS/PharmD degree is awarded after seven years. Application to the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is made following the second year at UB.
To achieve the mission of our PharmD program, students must develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that enable them to competently perform these functions. 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
The Learning Environment
Biomedical Sciences is an interdisciplinary major that pulls courses from various departments across the university. Basic science courses are taught by department faculty in large lecture halls. As accepted students, courses are primarily housed within the school of medicine and offer smaller class sizes.
Visit the UB School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Mission, Vision and Values page to learn more about the PharmD Learning Environment.
About Our Facilities
Students in biomedical sciences share labs and facilities with a variety of programs and departments within the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Throughout these lab environments, students have the opportunity to examine the structure and function of microorganisms by microscope. Additional laboratory exercises allow for hands-on experience involving the isolation and characterization of microorganisms.
Visit the UB School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences website to learn more about the PharmD facilities located in Kapoor Hall.
About Our Faculty
Our faculty hold appointments in the various basic science departments in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Numerous faculty hold patents, teaching awards, and appointments on editorial boards associated with professional scientific organizations.
Visit the Pharmacy Practice News page to learn about PharmD faculty.
Faculty List Directory
Please visit the Biomedical Sciences department website and the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences website for more information on our faculty and their research and teaching specializations.
Pharmacists are the "drug experts" among health 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 challenges 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 Career Resources site to learn more.
Students in their first two years will work with the Biomedical Undergraduate Education office to create an academic plan, discuss course selection and workload management. Advisor assignments are determined by students’ academic year. Additionally, students should meet with Sara Robinson, the pre-pharmacy advisor, regarding the Pharmacy prerequisite course and admission requirements.
The purpose of advisement is to provide students with guidance in course sequencing and selection. In-person advisement is required in your first year at the university to develop an appropriate academic plan to facilitate a timely graduation. Students are required to meet with their advisor in the first year of study and are encouraged to meet with their advisor at least once a term. In addition to assisting students in completing their degree in a timely manner, advisors also connect students to campus resources that can aid in their academic success and meeting their post graduate or professional goals.
Academic Advising Contact Information
Assistant Director, Biomedical Undergraduate Education
40 Biomedical Education Building, South Campus
Sara Robinson, Academic Advisor/Associate Director of Admissions and Advisement
270 Kapoor Hall, South Campus
Scholarships and Financial Support
Biomedical Sciences offers The Mary Rosenblum Somit Scholarship which was initiated by Albert Somit, former UB executive vice president, to benefit “hard-working and deserving undergraduate students” in the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Learn more about the scholarship, view eligibility criteria and access the application.
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.