Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

Pharmacy PharmD - Program Requirements


270 Kapoor Hall
South Campus
Buffalo, NY 14214-8033
Kathleen M. Boje
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Associate Professor, Undergraduate Director and Advisor
Sara Robinson
Academic Advisor, Pre-Pharmacy and Pre-Pharmaceutical Sciences

Completing the Pharmacy PharmD Program

Academic Requirements

A grade of C or higher is required in all enrolled courses for Early Assurance (EA) eligibility. EA candidates are allowed to take ES 207, BIO 305, and PGY 300 to satisfy the Anatomy, Biochemistry, and Physiology requirements, respectively. EA students must complete the required prerequisites by the end of the spring semester prior to fall entry of the first professional (P1) year; UB Curriculum requirements must be complete by the end of the first summer session prior to the P1 year. A minimum math and science prerequisite GPA of 3.3 must be sustained throughout the program. See the Early Assurance site for more information.

PharmCAS applicants must complete prerequisite course and general education requirements with a grade of C- or higher by the end of the summer prior to starting the PharmD program first professional year. PharmCAS candidates are required to take BCH 403, PGY 451 and PGY 452 to satisfy the Biochemistry and Physiology requirements. See the PharmCAS site for more information.

Academic Advice

There’s more to being a successful student than just attending class. It is recommended that students meet with an advisor at least once per semester. In addition to advisement, students should attend instructor office hours regularly and seek out tutoring resources before falling behind in classes.

The most satisfied and successful students get involved, early and often. Although not required for the Early Assurance Program, students who apply via PharmCAS should be able to demonstrate their involvement outside the classroom. For a list of opportunities and resources available at UB, visit the UB SPPS Undergraduate Advising website.

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.

Residency Requirement

There is no minimum residency requirement to study Pharmacy at UB. Students who enter the university as fall first-semester freshman are the only ones eligible for entry into our Early Assurance Program. Freshmen must declare the Pharmacy 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
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 201 Organic Chemistry I or CHE 251 Contemporary Organic Chemistry
CHE 202 Organic Chemistry II 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
PAS 113 Human Anatomy or ES 207 Human Anatomy & Physiology (EA candidates only)
BIO 205 Fundamentals of Biological Chemistry (EA candidates only)
BCH 403 Biochemical Principles (not required of EA candidates)
MIC 401 Biomedical Microbiology or MIC 301 Microbiology for Allied Health Professionals
PGY 300 Human Physiology (EA candidates only)
PGY 451 Human Physiology I (not required of EA candidates)
PGY 452 Human Physiology II (not required of EA candidates)
STA 119 Statistical Methods or PSY 207 Psychological Statistics or SOC 294 Basic Statistics for Social Science
ENG 105 Writing and Rhetoric (Communication Literacy I, as placed)

Required Courses

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

PHC 501 Pharmaceutical Chemistry
PHC 529 Pharm Calculations
PHC 530 Physical Pharmacy
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 581 Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience 1a
PHM 582 Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience 1b
PMY 511 Pharmacology I
PMY 512 Pharmacology II

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


These electives are not required for PharmD admission consideration. However, it is highly recommended that students with room in their schedule consider adding courses of interest at the upper-division level to help prepare them for the academic rigors of the PharmD curriculum.

PHM 201 Roadmap to Pharmacy
AMS 260 Women and Health
APY 248 Human Genetics
APY 275 Introduction to Medical Anthropology
APY 345 Comparative Primate Anatomy
APY 346 Dissections in Comparative Primate Anatomy
APY 348 Forensic Anthropological Osteology
APY 448 Human Genetics/Legal and Ethical Issues
BIO 302 Introduction to Molecular Biology
BIO 317 Medical Entomology/Parasitology
BIO 319 Genetics
BIO 387 Communicating in Biology
BIO 401 Advanced Biological Chemistry
BIO 417 Neurobiology
BIO 448 Endocrinology
CHE 312 Chemistry of Biological Systems
CHE 349 Physical Chemistry for Life Sciences
COM 225 Interpersonal Communication
COM 326 Public Speaking
COM 380 Health Communication
ECO 181 Introduction to Macroeconomics
ECO 182 Introduction to Microeconomics
ECO 411 Health Economics
ENG 202 Technical Communication
ENG 209 Writing about Science
GEO 412 Geography of Health
GGS 260 Women's Health: Problems and Practices
HIS 215 Death in America
JDS 396 Jewish Medical Ethics
MFC 250 Introduction to Health Care
MFC 358 Introduction to Medical Devices and Implants
MT 401 Clinical Biochemistry
MT 402 Clinical Immunology
MT 407 Clinical Chemistry
MT 409 Clinical Microbiology
MT 422 Biomolecular Technology and Diagnostics
NTR 401 Nutrition and Health
NTR 402 Nutrition in the Life Cycle
PGY 405 Cell & Membrane Physiology
PHI 107 Ethics
PHI 237 Social and Ethical Values in Medicine
PHI 101 College Physics I or PHY 107 General Physics I
PHY 102 College Physics II or PHY 108 General Physics II
PHY 151 College Physics I Lab
PHY 152 College Physics II Lab or PHY 158 General Physics II Lab
PMY 302 Introduction to Pharmacology
PMY 311 Chemistry of Drug Action
PMY 405 Essentials of Pharmacology I
PMY 406 Essentials of Pharmacology II
PMY 455 Toxicology Fundamentals
PSY 322 Abnormal Psychology
PSY 325 Health Psychology
PSY 351 Biopsychology
PSY 404 Alcohol and Health
PSY 419 Biological Bases of Memory
PSY 422 Anxiety Disorders
PSY 423 Mood Disorders
PSY 424 Abnormal Child Psychology
PSY 426 Biological Bases of Mental Disorders
PSY 451 Drug Addiction
SOC 304 Sociology of Aging
SOC 311 Drugs and Society
SOC 322 Medical Sociology
SSC 407 Health Care and the Elderly
SSC 413 Addictions Treatment
SSC 420 Child Mental Health

Total Credit Hours Required

Credits Required for Major (Undergraduate)85
Credits Required for Major (Graduate)146
Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum 20
Additional Credits Required for Electives 0
Total Credits Required for Degree 251

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.

Curricular Plan / Degree Map


270 Kapoor Hall
South Campus
Buffalo, NY 14214-8033
Kathleen M. Boje
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Associate Professor, Undergraduate Director and Advisor
Sara Robinson
Academic Advisor, Pre-Pharmacy and Pre-Pharmaceutical Sciences
Published: September 14, 2018 11:05:47 AM