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Biological Sciences BS/PharmD

(HEGIS: 04.01 BIOLOGY GENERAL, CIP: 26.0101 Biology/Biological Sciences, General)

Department of Biological Sciences

109 Cooke Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-1300

Paul Gollnick,
Professor and Chair

Lara Hutson,
Director of Undergraduate Studies

School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

270 Pharmacy Building
South Campus
Buffalo, NY 14214-8033

James O'Donnell

Kathleen M. Boje
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Associate Professor, Undergraduate Director and Advisor

Sara Robinson
Associate Director of Admissions and Advisement, Academic Advisor for Pre-Pharmacy and Pre-Pharmaceutical Sciences

Associated Programs

Associated Subjects

Why study Biological Sciences BS/PharmD at UB?

The Department of Biological Sciences is a center for innovative, interdisciplinary life sciences research and teaching. Our faculty research interests span all levels of biological organization, from molecules to ecosystems. This cross-disciplinary approach to life sciences, performed within a collegial, interactive atmosphere enables new discoveries that impact every major field of biological sciences. Our academic programs exploit the breadth and depth of our faculty’s research expertise, outstanding teaching and mentoring skills.

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 biological 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.

Learning Outcomes

During the BS portion of the program, students will develop a broad background in the biological sciences and achieve an understanding and appreciation of basic biological concepts and principles. They will become proficient in five broad areas of biology: evolutionary biology, cell biology, physiology, biochemistry and genetics.

The Learning Environment

The research and academic programs in the Department of Biological Sciences are inextricably intertwined. Our academic programs exploit the breadth and depth of our faculty’s research expertise and outstanding teaching and mentoring skills.

The curriculum of our undergraduate program emphasizes learning by doing. Our instructional philosophy of “lead with the lab” allows students at every level to develop critical thinking skills while providing broad, deep and state-of-the-art training in all life science disciplines.

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

The Department of Biological Sciences is housed in Cooke and Hochstetter Halls on UB’s North Campus. The department holds classes in centrally scheduled space throughout the campus, which includes traditional classrooms and lecture halls that can accommodate our program’s teaching philosophies. Undergraduate laboratory courses are held in 10 teaching laboratories housed in Cooke and Hochstetter Halls.

Visit the UB School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences website to learn more about the PharmD facilities located in the Pharmacy Building.

About Our Faculty

The Department of Biological Sciences at the University at Buffalo is committed to conducting innovative research and providing outstanding instruction to students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Our department includes both distinguished faculty and upcoming, cutting-edge researchers who teach and conduct research in life sciences in interdisciplinary fields, including Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Sensory Transduction, Genetics, Epigenetics, Neuroscience, Development, Molecular Evolution, Genomics, and Ecology. The breadth of expertise among the faculty and the depth of their dedication fosters an atmosphere of discovery. We have a long tradition of excellence in undergraduate and graduate teaching, as evidenced by the number of department faculty who have won awards for teaching excellence. All courses are taught by full-time faculty. Approximately 40 graduate student TAs assist with undergraduate laboratories each semester.

Visit our In the News site to learn about PharmD faculty.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the Biological Sciences department website and the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences website for additional information about our faculty.

Career Outlook

A degree in Biological Sciences is the gateway to a wide variety of careers. The curriculum is ideal preparation for entry into the health industry – including medicine, dentistry, optometry, medical technical fields, pharmacy, and veterinary medicine – as well as research careers in fields as diverse as ecology, evolution, neuroscience, cell biology, genetics, molecular biology, and epidemiology. Research careers are prominent at colleges, universities, government agencies (e.g. EPA, CDC, and NIH), pharmaceutical companies, and the biotech industry. The diversity of courses in Biological Sciences also provides a solid foundation for teaching at the secondary, community college, or university levels, as well as for science-focused careers in law, journalism, public policy, and the non-profit sector.

Visit the PharmD Career Resources site to learn more about Pharmaceutical careers.

Academic Advising

Advising is a collaborative relationship between a student and advisor that can be successful only when both participants regularly share information openly throughout the student’s academic career.

Each student in Biological Sciences is assigned a departmental advisor at the time of acceptance. Students should meet with their departmental advisor at least once per semester concerning program requirements and the selection of courses to meet those requirements.

To schedule an undergraduate advisement appointment to discuss Pre-pharmacy requirements, call 716-645-2825 option #1. For questions that don't require an appointment, email the pre-pharmacy advisor.

Academic Advising Contact Information

Biological Sciences:

Ms. Brandi McKnight
Department of Biological Sciences
109 Cooke Hall
Email Ms. Brandi McKnight

Ms. Rebecca Engasser
Department of Biological Sciences
109 Cooke Hall
Email Ms. Rebecca Engasser

Pharmaceutical Sciences:

Sara Robinson, Academic Advisor/Associate Director of Admissions and Advisement
270 Pharmacy Building, South Campus
Email Pre-Pharmacy Advising

Scholarships and Financial Support

The department presents six scholarships to matriculated majors:

  • The Knobloch Endowment Scholarship
  • The McCroskey Endowment Scholarship
  • Darryl Raszl Undergraduate Research Fellowship
  • The Philip G. Miles Undergraduate Research Fellowship
  • The Alumni Undergraduate Research Fellowship
  • The Joseph Abate Undergraduate Research Travel Award

Biological Sciences majors will be notified of the application process and deadlines during the Spring semester of each year. Award criteria include both academic achievement and financial need.

Students in this program may also qualify for scholarships and financial support from a number of sources, including:

Associated Programs

Associated Subjects

Published: Dec 05, 2019 11:40:53