2018-19
Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

Pharmaceutical Sciences (PHC)

Pharmaceutical Sciences

270 Kapoor Hall
South Campus
Buffalo, NY 14214-8033
Ph: 716-645-2825
F: 716-829-6568
W: pharmacy.buffalo.edu
Kathleen M. K. Boje, RPh, PhD
Associate Dean, Academic Affairs, and Associate Professor; Undergraduate Director and Advisor
Sara Robinson
Academic Advisor for Pre-Pharmaceutical Science Students

The Learning Environment

The Pharmaceutical Sciences BS program was one of the first discipline specific undergraduate programs in the country, founded in the early 1960’s. The fundamental scientific principles of pharmaceutical sciences were pioneered here at UB. Our department has upheld a tradition of excellence with national and international distinction for over 50 years.

Students learn through small group classes, flipped classrooms, hybrid courses, group discussion, case studies, hands on laboratory experiments, hands on laboratory research projects, student scientific poster presentations, and computer data analysis using scientific software. Experiential education consists of a required undergraduate research project, where the capstone is submission of a student–written paper on the scientific research, and presentation of a scientific poster at our school’s poster day. 

Class sizes range from one-on-one instruction, small groups (10-20), intermediate groups (40-50) and large groups (140-150).

About Our Facilities

Kapoor Hall, home of the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, opened in 2012, and includes many green-design features, such as maximizing natural daylight, while offering warm and inviting social and study spaces. Kapoor Hall integrates the latest technologies into its classrooms and provides ample teaching, educational and research laboratory space for undergraduate, graduate and professional education and research.

About Our Faculty

Founded in 1886, our school is recognized for a history of excellence in the pharmaceutical science disciplines of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. Our tradition continues today through notable education and research in protein therapeutic drugs, and drug discovery and action. Our outstanding faculty are nationally and internationally recognized as innovative leaders in our field, garnering numerous SUNY faculty awards, as well as national and international accolades. Fifteen full-time faculty and 2 research assistant faculty mentor undergraduates and provide undergraduate research opportunities. Faculty instruct undergraduates in formal courses, and are readily available for students. Teaching assistants provide help with office hours, recitations, laboratory experimental guidance and tutoring. Approximately 1-2 teaching assistants are assigned tutorial responsibilities per course, and are closely supervised by faculty. Adjunct faculty are not involved in the undergraduate program.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the Pharmaceutical Sciences department website for additional information about our faculty.

PHC Courses


  • PHC 250SEM Apothecarial Adventures
    Seminar

    Honors seminar focusing on the pharmaceutical and pharmacotherapuetic sciences behind well known (and not so well known) drugs that are widely used by society.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • PHC 330DIS Pharmaceutical Sciences Writing Lab
    Discussion

    PHC 330 Writing Lab is taken in conjunction with PHC 331. Successful completion of PHC 330 and PHC 331 will fulfill UBs communicative literacy 2 requirement. This course focusses on building written and oral communication skills needed for the pharmaceutical sciences.

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: Completion of Communication Literacy 1 or completion of Writing Skills 1 (ENG 101 or placement into ENG 201)
    Corequisites: PHC 331
  • PHC 331LEC Case Studies in Pharmaceutical Sciences
    Lecture

    This course introduces the pharmaceutical sciences as a scientific discipline. It explores various topics related to pharmaceutical organizations, pharmaceutical resources, research ethics and scientific misconduct, elements of the scientific method, and contemporary issues facing the discipline.

    Credits: 2
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: Completion of Communication Literacy 1 or completion of Writing Skills 1 (ENG 101 or placement into ENG 201)
    Corequisites: PHC 330
  • PHC 332LEC Introduction to Research
    Lecture

    Introduces research methods and hypothesis testing; the role of research methods in experimental design, execution, and data analysis; and consideration of the research process in research proposals.

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • PHC 401LR Pharmaceutical Chemistry: The Chemical Basis of Drug Action
    Lecture

    The goal in this course is to build upon the student?s knowledge in chemistry and biochemistry, to provide insight into concepts relating to the chemical basis of drug action in order to make drug therapy decisions. The relationship between the biological target and the drug entity that produces a biological response requires an integrated knowledge of the drug target, the manner in which the drug interacts with the target and factors that provide the drug with a measure of specificity. The course will emphasize the significance of chemical and physicochemical properties as these factors influence the stability, solubility, bioavailability, metabolism, elimination, potency, drug half-life, drug interactions and target interactions (covalent and noncovalent binding) of the drug. The chemical and physicochemical properties of functional groups in drug and ?target? structures will be emphasized. The course in not intended to cover all drugs and drug classes but will instead cover representative classes that provide broad examples of the fundamental principles associated with the chemical basis of drug action. ?Top 200 drugs? (http://www.drugs.com/top200/) will be used as examples where appropriate. The course is intended to complement material presented in other pharmaceutical sciences, pharmacology, and disease and therapeutics courses.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Other Requisites: Pre-requisite - CHE 201 and CHE 202 or permission of the instructor.
  • PHC 407LEC Selected Topics
    Lecture

    Covers selected topics, particularly the more recent advances in pharmaceutics.

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • PHC 409LR Pharmacy Calculations
    Lecture

    Pharmacy Calculations (PHC 409 and PHM 529) is a class taken by incoming pharmaceutical sciences and pharmacy majors. The course provides the foundational knowledge that prepares students to take licensing examinations and to be efficient, effective and accurate practicing pharmacists in diverse practice settings. It develops competencies in techniques for identifying, analyzing and solving real-life pharmaceutical and pharmacy problems involving calculations. The material covered provides the prerequisite background for other courses such as Physical Pharmacy and Pharmacokinetics. This course is the same as PHC 311 and PHM 311 and course repeat rules will apply. Students should consult with their major department regarding any restrictions on their degree requirements.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • PHC 410LEC Physical Pharmacy
    Lecture

    Covers physical chemical properties of drugs, theory and practice applicable to design and evaluation of drug dosage forms, principles of solubility, solution equilibria, chemical kinetics, heterogeneous systems, and solids.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: PHC 409
  • PHC 411LR Introduction to Pharmacokinetics and Biopharmaceutics I
    Lecture

    Examines factors influencing the absorption, distribution, excretion, and metabolism of drugs in humans; also studies the roles these processes play in therapeutic and adverse effects of drug products.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • PHC 413SEM Pharmaceutics Seminar
    Seminar

    Students, faculty, and visiting scientists discuss the latest developments in pharmaceutical research.

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Pass/Not Pass (PNP)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • PHC 414SEM Pharmaceutics Seminar
    Seminar

    Students, faculty, and visiting scientists discuss the latest developments in pharmaceutical research.

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Pass/Not Pass (PNP)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • PHC 417LEC Pharmacogenomics and Molecular Approaches to Personalized Medicine
    Lecture

    Introduction to the principles and concepts in pharmacogenomics and personalized medicine, as related to the application of this knowledge to patient care and preclinical and clinical pharmaceutical drug development.

    Credits: 2
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: PHC majors only and senior level standing required.
  • PHC 420LEC Pharmaceutical Analysis
    Lecture

    Reviews modern methods used in analyzing drugs and drug products, focusing on HPLC.

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • PHC 421LAB Pharmaceutical Principles
    Laboratory

    Examines drug degradation kinetics, drug dosage formulation, solid drug dosage form dissolution kinetics, and pharmacokinetics. There is a fee associated with this course.

    Credits: 2
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Corequisites: Student must register for PHC 421LEC and PHC 421LAB in the same term.
  • PHC 421LEC Pharmaceutical Principles
    Lecture

    Examines drug degradation kinetics, drug dosage formulation, solid drug dosage form dissolution kinetics, and pharmacokinetics.

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Corequisites: Student must register for PHC 421LEC and PHC 421LAB in the same term.
  • PHC 425LEC Pharmaceutical Biotechnology: From Bench to Bedside
    Lecture

    This course covers the drug development process of protein therapeutic drugs, as distinct from small chemical molecules. The course briefly reviews recombinant DNA techniques relevant to pharmaceutical biotechnology. The course covers topics of pharmaceutical chemistry, basic pharmaceutical sciences, pharmacokinetics, pharmacology, and pharmacotherapeutics of selected biopharmaceuticals.

    Credits: 2
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • PHC 426DIS Pharmaceutical Biotechnology Virtual Laboratory
    Discussion

    A discussion-based course that incorporates a virtual, interactive software program to illustrate the biopharmaceutical drug discovery, research, and development process.

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • PHC 431LEC Important Advances in Pharmaceutical Sciences
    Lecture

    Examines classical and contemporary advances in the drug-development process, including drug analysis, drug delivery, biopharmaceutics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacodynamics.

    Credits: 2
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • PHC 432DIS Methods of Scientific Communication
    Discussion

    This course strives to meet two objectives-- The first being to help develop the students? writing and analytical skills in Scientific Communications, and the second objective being to help develop the students? skills in several areas of presentation.

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • PHC 488SEM Faculty Research Seminar
    Seminar

    Faculty members of the department will present their research to facilitate research mentorships and laboratory selection.

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Pass/Not Pass (PNP)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • PHC 497TUT Departmental Honors Thesis or Project
    Tutorial

    Department honors or thesis project.

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • PHC 498TUT Undergaduate Research and Creative Activity
    Tutorial

    Involves lab and/or literature research participation on current problems.

    Credits: 1 - 8
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • PHC 499TUT Independent Study
    Tutorial

    Involves development and assessment, through literature review and discussions, of a topic of student interest.

    Credits: 1 - 5
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Pharmaceutical Sciences

270 Kapoor Hall
South Campus
Buffalo, NY 14214-8033
Ph: 716-645-2825
F: 716-829-6568
W: pharmacy.buffalo.edu
Kathleen M. K. Boje, RPh, PhD
Associate Dean, Academic Affairs, and Associate Professor; Undergraduate Director and Advisor
Sara Robinson
Academic Advisor for Pre-Pharmaceutical Science Students
Published: October 05, 2018 09:47:42 AM