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Biomedical Sciences BS/PharmD - Program Requirements

(HEGIS: 04.00 BIOLOGICAL SCI UNCLASSFD, CIP: 26.0102 Biomedical Sciences, General)

Department of Biomedical Sciences

40 Biomedical Education Building
South Campus
Buffalo, NY 14214-3078

David Shubert Ph.D
Assistant Dean and Program Director

Kelli Hickey
Director, Biomedical Undergraduate Education

Shannon Brown
Assistant Director, Biomedical Undergraduate Education

Department of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

270 Pharmacy Building
South Campus
Buffalo, NY 14215-8033

James O'Donnell

Sara Robinson
Academic Advisor, Pre-Pharmacy and Pre-Pharmaceutical Sciences

Associated Programs

Associated Subjects

Completing the Biomedical Sciences BS/PharmD Program

Academic Requirements

  1. Earn minimum grade point averages
    • Prerequisite science and math GPA 3.3
    • Overall GPA 3.3
    • Each Biomedical Sciences BS prerequisite course must be successfully completed with a grade equal to, or greater than, B (3.0)
    • Each Pharmacy PharmD prerequisite course must be successfully completed with a grade equal to, or greater than, C (2.0)
  2. Submit an application through the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS) during the fall of the junior year, no later than October
  3. Take the PCAT (Pharmacy College Admission Test).
  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.

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. Freshmen must declare the Biomedical 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
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
PHY 101 + PHY 151 College Physics I + Lab or PHY 107 General Physics I
PHY 102 + PHY 102 College Physics II + Lab or PHY 108 + PHY 158 General Physics II + Lab

A minimum grade of "B" in all of the above Biomedical Sciences BS prerequisite courses is required to remain in the program.

BCH 403 Biochemical Principles
MIC 401 Biomedical Microbiology
PAS 113 Human Anatomy
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

A minimum grade of "C" in each of the above Pharmacy PharmD prerequisite courses is required on either the first or second attempt and a maximum of two required courses may be repeated.

Required Courses

Biomedical Science electives: students need to take at least 6 elective courses. The following courses from the Advanced Electives list are required:
PMY 302 Introduction to Pharmacology
PMY 311 Chemistry of Drug Action

The following courses from the PharmD Professional Curriculum will satisfy 2 of the advanced elective requirements:
PHC 501 Pharmaceutical Chemistry
PMY 511 Pharmacology I

The remaining 2 electives may come from either the fundamental or advanced list.

Fundamental Elective options:
AAS 414 Health Problems in the Black Community
APY 248 Human Genetic
APY 275 Introduction to Medical Anthropology
APY 348 Forensic Anthropological Osteology
APY 476 Health Care in the United States
CL 151 Medical Terminology
GGS 260 Women and Health
HIS 144 Introduction to Health, Medicine and Society
HIS 215 Death in America
HIS 392 History of Chinese Medicine
MIC 201 Microbes: We Can’t Live With The or Without Them
NTR 108 Human Nutrition
NTR 401 Nutrition and Health
NTR 402 Nutrition in the Life Cycle
PHI 237 Social and Ethical Values in Medicine
PHI 240 Philosophy of Medicine: Theory and Practice
PMY 309 Introduction to Laboratory Skills
PSY 322 Abnormal Psychology
PSY 325 Health Psychology
PSY 336 Developmental Psychology
PSY 351 Biopsychology
PUB 301 Introduction to Epidemiology
SOC 304 Sociology of Aging
SOC 322 Introduction to Medical Sociology
SOC 378 Social Inequalities & Health

Advanced Elective options:
APY 345 Comparative Primate Anatomy + APY 346 Primate Dissections
BCH 310 Biomedical Genetics
BIO 302 Introduction to Molecular Biology
BIO 319 Genetics
BIO 406 Signal Transduction
BIO 448 Endocrinology
BMS 498 Research
CHE 349 Physical Chemistry for Life Sciences
MIC 406 Composition and Function of the Human Microbiome
MIC 401 Microbiology & Immunology
MT 401 Clinical Biochemistry
MT 402 Fundamentals of Immunology
MT 422 Biomolecular Technology and Diagnostics
MT 428 Forensic Science
PAS 427 Premedical Gross Anatomy
PGY 405 Cell Physiology
PUB 420 Social Determinants of Health

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.

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:

  • 3.20-3.49: Cum Laude
  • 3.50-3.74: Magna Cum Laude
  • 3.75-4.00: 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 Biomedical Sciences BS/PharmD degrees
Credits Required for Major (Undergraduate)85
Credits Required for Major (Graduate)146
Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum19
Additional Credits Required for Electives0
Total Credits Required for Degree250

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 11:40:54