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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

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

Completing the Biomedical Sciences BS/PharmD Program

Academic Requirements

  1. Earn minimum grade point averages
    • Overall GPA 3.300
    • Minimum GPA of 3.200 in the Biomedical Sciences BS Major courses 
    • Each Pharmacy PharmD prerequisite course must be successfully completed with a grade grater than or equal to a 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.

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. First-year/freshman 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

There are no prerequisite courses required for admission into the Biomedical Sciences BS/PharmD program.

Required Courses

Biomedical Sciences BS Major 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
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 major GPA of 3.200  in all of the above Biomedical Sciences BS courses is required to remain in the program.

Pharmacy PharmD Prerequisite Courses:

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

Each Pharmacy PharmD prerequisite course must be successfully completed with a grade greater than or equal to a C (2.000).

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 275 Introduction to Medical Anthropology
  • APY 348 Forensic Anthropological Osteology
  • APY 349 Human Genetics
  • APY 476 Health Care in the United States
  • AS 492 Poisons, Drugs and Panaceas
  • 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
  • PSY 322 Abnormal Psychology
  • PSY 325 Health Psychology
  • PSY 336 Developmental Psychology
  • PSY 351 Biopsychology
  • PUB 340 Introduction to Epidemiology
  • SOC 304 Sociology of Aging
  • SOC 322 Introduction to Medical Sociology
  • SPA 324 Medical and Health-Related Spanish

Advanced Elective options:

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:

  • 3.200-3.490: 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 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.

* Any student who was admitted into UB before the fall 2020 semester will need to follow the acceptance criteria and program requirements that can be found in the 2019-2020 undergraduate catalog.

Published: Dec 01, 2020 08:24:37