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Biological Sciences BS/PharmD - Program Requirements

(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

Completing the Biological Sciences BS/PharmD Program

Academic Requirements

A minimum GPA of 2.0 following the completion of BIO 200, BIO 201, BIO 303 and BIO 305 is required for retention in the Biological Sciences major.

A minimum GPA of 3.3 overall and 3.3 in prerequisite science and math courses at the undergraduate level is needed prior to entering the pharmacy curriculum.

Academic Advice

Students should declare their interest in this degree program as early as possible.

Transfer Credit Policy

Courses from other institutions that have been previously evaluated in comparison to UB courses are listed on UB's course articulation TAURUS website. For courses not listed, students must obtain approval through a petitioning process overseen by the department. Petition forms are available in 109 Cooke Hall (North Campus). In addition to filling out a petition, the student will be asked to provide supporting documents for transfer courses, such as a catalog description and/or syllabus.

SUNY Seamless Transfer is a SUNY-wide program intended to make transferring to UB and other SUNY Schools simple and efficient for SUNY students. SUNY has defined courses that SUNY students can take before transferring which will apply to the major at UB and ensure timely graduation.

Information about the Transfer Path for this major can be found on the SUNY website.

Students are encouraged to contact their academic advisor or department to discuss how their coursework will apply to their degree.

Residency Requirement

A student must complete a minimum of 30 undergraduate credit hours (the equivalent of one full year of study) at the University at Buffalo in order to earn a degree from the university. The minimum residency requirement for the combined undergraduate and graduate degree is 42 credit hours, of which 18 must be undergraduate and 24 must be graduate.

The following forms of credit may not be used to fulfill the residency requirement: transfer work; proficiency exams; Advanced Placement; military training; study abroad; cross-registration; international baccalaureate credit; and experiential learning.

Prerequisite Courses

  • BIO 200 Evolutionary Biology
  • BIO 201 Cell Biology
  • CHE 101 General Chemistry I & CHE 113 Lab. or CHE 105 Chemistry: Principles and Applications I
  • CHE 102 General Chemistry II & CHE 114 Lab, 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
  • MIC 401 Biomedical Microbiology or MIC 301 Microbiology for Allied Health Professionals
  • PGY 451 Human Physiology I
  • PGY 452 Human Physiology II
  • 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

NOTE: The UB Curriculum course BIO 387 Communicating in Biological Sciences can not be used as elective credit towards the BS/PharmD.

Departmental Honors Requirements

Students with a GPA ≥ 3.6 may apply to the departmental honors program during Fall of the junior year. Accepted students take a spring course during the junior year (BIO 487) solely for honors students. The senior year is devoted to lab research where the student 1) is accepted by a research advisor and 2) doing biologically relevant research at the honors level. Six credits of research (BIO 497) are completed during the senior year, resulting in a project and presented at our departmental symposium. BIO 497 credits count for two of the required labs for BA/BS degrees and all the BIO 487/BIO 497 credits will be counted toward the total required for the major. Students must maintain a 3.6 or greater GPA through graduation to graduate with honors. Honors students with a GPA of 3.6-3.79 will graduate with Honors. Students with GPAs of 3.8 and above will graduate with High Honors. Successful participation in the honors program and distinction level will be reflected on student diplomas.

Total Credit Hours Required

Total credit hours required for the Biological Sciences BS/PharmD degrees
Credits Required for Major (Undergraduate)85
Credits Required for Major (Graduate) 146
Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum 19
Additional Credits Required for Electives 0
Total Credits Required for Degree 250

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: Dec 05, 2019 11:40:53