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Biomedical Sciences BS/PharmD

(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

School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

270 Pharmacy Building
South Campus
Buffalo, NY 14215-8033

Sara Robinson
Associate Director of Admissions and Advisement, Academic Advisor

Associated Programs

Associated Subjects

Why study Biomedical Sciences BS/PharmD at UB?

The Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences enables students to increase the breadth of their undergraduate experience, combine courses from various departments within the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, and focus their undergraduate experience in preparation for professional studies.

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 biomedical 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

To achieve the mission of our PharmD program, students must develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that enable them to competently perform these functions. The following outcomes reflect the terminal skills that all UB PharmD graduates should be able to demonstrate upon program completion.

  • Patient/Pharmaceutical Care
  • Medical and Science Foundations
  • Practice Based Learning and Improvement
  • Interpersonal and Communication Skills
  • Professionalism
  • Systems Based Practice and Management

The Learning Environment

Biomedical Sciences is an interdisciplinary major that pulls courses from various departments across the university. Basic science courses are taught by department faculty in large lecture halls. As upper-division students, courses are primarily housed within the school of medicine and offer smaller class sizes.

The PharmD curriculum includes the latest technologies throughout. The coursework integrates progressive patient-centered practice experiences. It is capped by a 9-month experiential program.

Visit the Mission, Vision and Values page to learn more.

About Our Facilities

Students in biomedical sciences share labs and facilities with a variety of programs and departments within the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Throughout these lab environments, students have the opportunity to examine the structure and function of microorganisms by microscope. Additional laboratory exercises allow for hands-on experience involving the isolation and characterization of microorganisms.

The Pharmacy Building integrates the latest technologies into its classrooms and provides teaching, educational and research laboratory space.

  • simulated hospital pharmacy complete with a drug information center and an IV preparation area
  • professional practice lab and a sterile preparation laboratory
  • community pharmacy area
  • patient assessment rooms for clinical counseling and assessment
  • video monitoring facility for immediate feedback
  • pharmacogenetics laboratory

Visit the Pharmacy Building page to learn more about the PharmD facilities.

About Our Faculty

Our faculty hold appointments in the various basic science departments in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Numerous faculty hold patents, teaching awards, and appointments on editorial boards associated with professional scientific organizations.

Visit the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences News page to learn about our faculty.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the Biomedical Sciences department website and the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences website for more information on our faculty and their research and teaching specializations.

Career Outlook

Pharmacists are the drug experts among healthcare professionals. They understand how a drug heals and how it can hurt, how it reacts with foods and other drugs. They know its desired effects and its side effects. Tens of thousands of medications, herbals and supplements are available in the United States, and particularly because of the newer more potent drugs that have highly specific cellular targets, the management of drug therapy is one of the most important challenges in health care.

Pharmacy is a well-respected profession for individuals with an aptitude in science and a desire to apply their knowledge of drug therapies to patient care in a variety of settings.

Visit the PharmD Career Services to learn more.

Academic Advising

Students in their first two years will work with the Biomedical Undergraduate Education office to create an academic plan, discuss course selection and workload management. Advisor assignments are determined by students’ last name. Students should also meet with Sara Robinson, the pre-pharmacy advisor, regarding the Pharmacy prerequisite course and admission requirements.

The purpose of advisement is to provide students with guidance in course sequencing and selection. In-person advisement is required in your first year at the university to develop an appropriate academic plan to facilitate a timely graduation. Students are required to meet with their advisor in the first year of study and are encouraged to meet with their advisor at least once a term. In addition to assisting students in completing their degree in a timely manner, advisors also connect students to campus resources that can aid in their academic success and meeting their post graduate or professional goals.

Academic Advising Contact Information

Sara Robinson, Academic Advisor/Associate Director of Admissions and Advisement
270 Pharmacy Building, South Campus
(716) 645-2825
Email Pre-Pharmacy

Scholarships and Financial Support

Biomedical Sciences offers The Mary Rosenblum Somit Scholarship which was initiated by Albert Somit, former UB executive vice president, to benefit “hard-working and deserving undergraduate students” in the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Learn more about the scholarship, view eligibility criteria and access the application.

Pharmacy students are eligible for scholarship consideration upon entering into the first professional (P1) year. A number of outside scholarships are also available.

Visit the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Student Scholarship site to learn more.

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Published: Dec 01, 2020 08:24:37