Pharmaceutical Sciences : About The Program

About Our Degrees

The pharmaceutical sciences are interdisciplinary fields of study which seek to achieve better understanding and control of the factors influencing clinical response to drug therapy. Emphasis is given to the application of pharmacokinetics and physical-chemical principles to questions of pharmacological and clinical importance.

The Pharmaceutical Sciences major program is a four-year program leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences. While the program is structurally a basic science program (like biochemistry, biology, and so forth), it uniquely offers an interdisciplinary field of study which seeks to achieve better understanding and control of the factors influencing clinical response to drug therapy.

Areas of interest in pharmaceutics include the physical chemistry of pharmaceutical systems, which is concerned with the development and optimization of the physical/chemical properties of traditional and novel drug delivery systems; biopharmaceutics, which encompasses the study of the relationship between the nature and intensity of biologic effects of drugs and various dosage formulation factors; pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, which are the sciences of the quantitative analyses of drug concentrations and therapeutic effect, respectively, in the body; and clinical pharmacokinetics and clinical pharmacodynamics, which are concerned with the application of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics to the safe and effective therapeutic management of individual patients.

Pharmaceutical Sciences - B.S.

This four-year degree program educates students to be pharmaceutical research scientists engaged in drug discovery and development research.

Pharmaceutical Sciences - B.S./M.S.

This combined degree program for academically qualified students allows for completion of both B.S. and M.S. requirements in the pharmaceutical sciences in less than six years. Students must be enrolled in the Pharmaceutical Sciences B.S. program. Students in this program will be awarded one degree only (B.S./M.S.), and therefore do not graduate with a separate B.S.

Acceptance Criteria - B.S.

Minimum GPA of 2.5 in all prerequisite science courses.
Application to the department with a UB DARS report is recommended early in the second semester of the second year.

Acceptance Information

Deadline: March 15 for the following Fall semester

Number of applicants (2008-2009): 150
Number of accepted majors: 15-20
Total number of majors currently enrolled: 30

Degree Requirements

Please see Degrees and Policies.

About Our Courses

The typical class size for:

Upper level/advanced courses is: 12-15

In the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, what do teaching assistants (TA's) do?

They assist in laboratories and recitations.

For course descriptions, please see Courses.

About Our Faculty

See a list of our Undergraduate Faculty.

Practical Experience and Special Academic Opportunities

All students are required to take PHC 498, a 3-credit undergraduate research participation project. A laboratory, computer data analysis, or library research experience is an important and unique feature of the Pharmaceutical Sciences program at UB. Students with scientific research experience are highly sought after by prospective employers.

For PHC 498, students identify faculty mentors who will guide them through their research projects. This course is highly flexible and individualized due to the nature of the one-on-one interaction between the student and faculty member. Students are exposed to research methods and hypothesis testing; the role of research methods in experimental design, execution and data analysis; and methods to communicate the research findings.

While each student is required to complete 3 credits of PHC 498, highly interested and motivated students may choose to undertake more research credits, up to a maximum of 10 credits. Students who elect to complete the minimum 3 required credits may choose to enroll in other science elective courses offered by other departments, for a minimum of 6 credits.

Extracurricular Activities

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Updated: 13 Nov 2012 06:01:54 EST