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Chemistry BA/PharmD - Program Requirements

(HEGIS: 19.05 CHEMISTRY-GEN-NO BIOCHEM, CIP: 40.0501 Chemistry, General)

Department of Chemistry

363 Natural Sciences Building
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-3000

David F. Watson

Troy Wood
Associate Professor, Undergraduate Advisor

Katie Stanton
Undergraduate Secretary

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

Sara Robinson
Associate Director of Admissions and Advisement, Academic Advisor for Pre-Pharmacy and Pre-Pharmaceutical Sciences

Associated Programs

Associated Subjects

Completing the Chemistry BA/PharmD Program

Academic Requirements

  1. Earn minimum grade point averages.
    • Prerequisite science and math GPA 3.300
    • Overall GPA 3.300
    • Each Pharmacy PharmD prerequisite course must be successfully be 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. Maintain the appropriate moral and ethical standards necessary for admission and eventual attainment of professional licensure.
  5. Upon invitation, complete a formal interview.
    • 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

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

Transfer students must complete a minimum of 8 credit hours of UB Chemistry department courses to receive the B.A. degree.

There is no minimum residency requirement to study Pharmacy at UB. First-year/freshman students must declare the Chemistry BA/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
BIO 211 Cell Biology Lab
CHE 105 Chemistry: Principles and Applications I(preferred) or CHE 101 General Chemistry I with CHE 113 General Chemistry I Laboratory (CHE 101 prior to Fall 2019)
CHE 106 Chemistry: Principles and Applications II(preferred) or CHE 102 General Chemistry II with CHE 114 General Chemistry I Laboratory (CHE 102 prior to Spring 2020)
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 or MTH 141 Calculus I
MTH 122 or MTH 142 Calculus II
PAS 113 Human Anatomy
BCH 403 Biochemical Principles
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

CHE 214 Introduction to Analytical Chemistry
CHE 215 Introduction to Analytical Chemistry Laboratory
CHE 321 Inorganic Chemistry 1
CHE 349 Physical Chemistry for Life Sciences
PHY 101-PHY 102 and PHY 151-PHY 152 College Physics I-II w/ lab or PHY 107 and PHY 108/PHY 158 General Physics I-II w/lab
One laboratory course chosen from CHE 301, CHE 322, CHE 329, CHE 330, CHE 350

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 I
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 in the Undergraduate Catalog.

Departmental Honors Requirements

Details regarding requirements for awarding Chemistry departmental honors and distinction.

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 Chemistry BA/PharmD degrees
Credits Required for Major (Undergraduate)86
Credits Required for Major (Graduate)146
Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum19
Additional Credits Required for Electives0
Total Credits Required for Degree251

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 08:23:02