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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
Dean

Kathleen M. Boje
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Associate Professor

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

  1. Earn minimum grade point averages
    • Prerequisite science and math GPA 3.300
    • Overall GPA 3.300
    • A minimum GPA of 2.000 following the completion of BIO 200, BIO 201, BIO 303 and BIO 305 is required for retention in the Biological Sciences major.
    • Each Pharmacy PharmD prerequisite course must be successfully completed with a grade equal to, or greater than, C (2.000)
  2. Submit an application through the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS) during the fall of the junior year, no later than October 1.
  3. The Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) is required for applicants with a GPA of less than 3.000. The PCAT is waived for candidates who meet the minimum GPA of 3.300 and higher. It is highly recommended for all other candidates.
  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.

For information regarding academic standing and progression through the Biological Sciences portion of this program, contact a Biological Sciences advisor:

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

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 can submit a new request to TAURUS.

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 (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.

There is no minimum residency requirement to study Pharmacy at UB. First-year students must declare the Biological Sciences BS/PharmD major by December 31 of their first semester. All other candidates are considered through the PharmCAS application process. 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
BIO 211 Cell Biology Lab
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 203/CHE 205 Organic Chemistry or CHE 251 Contemporary Organic Chemistry
CHE 204/CHE 206 Organic Chemistry 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

BIO 303 General Physiology
BIO 305 Fundamentals of Biological Chemistry
BIO 319 Genetics
PHY 101/PHY 151 College Physics I (including PHY 151 lab) or PHY 107 General Physics I
PHY 102/PHY 152 College Physics II/Lab or PHY 108/PHY 158 General Physics II/Lab
Four BIO lab 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

The department will consider applications from BS/PharmD students to the Biological Sciences Honors Research program on a case-by-case basis. Students interested in applying to this program must have a minimum GPA of 3.600 and will have to complete the program in their second and third years. For more information, contact the Biological Sciences department: 109 Cooke Hall, North Campus.

Students enrolled in the PharmD curriculum are eligible to receive Latin Honors based on their cumulative professional GPA on the following scale:

  • 3.200-3.490: Cum Laude
  • 3.500-3.740: Magna Cum Laude
  • 3.750-4.000: 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 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 01, 2020 08:22:16