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Pharmaceutical Sciences - About The Program

About Our Degrees

The pharmaceutical sciences
  • are interdisciplinary fields of study, covering a broad range of scientific disciplines
  • focus on new drug discovery, research and development
  • seek to achieve optimized drug therapy for improved patient clinical response

The Pharmaceutical Sciences major program is
  • a four-year program leading to a Bachelor of Science degree program
  • a basic science program, distinct from the pharmacy (PharmD) program
  • educates students for employment in the pharmaceutical sciences or related professions, such as:
    • pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies
    • universities
    • Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
    • US Pharmacopeia
  • educates students for continuing graduate education in the biomedical, health sciences or related disciplines

Areas of interest in pharmaceutics include
  • the physical chemistry of pharmaceutical systems
    • develops and optimizes the physical/chemical properties of traditional and novel drug delivery systems
  • Biopharmaceutics
    • studies of the relationship between biologic effects of drugs and various dosage formulation factors
  • pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics
    • involves computer modelling drug concentrations and therapeutic effects
  • and clinical pharmacokinetics and clinical pharmacodynamics
    • applies pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics for improved patient clinical response

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 five year combined degree program for academically qualified students allows for completion of both B.S. and M.S. requirements in the pharmaceutical sciences.
  • Students must be enrolled in the Pharmaceutical Sciences B.S. program.
  • Students in this program will be awarded two degrees, the B.S. degree and M.S. degree, upon completion of all requirements.

Acceptance Criteria for the major- B.S.
  • Accepted into the University at Buffalo as an undergraduate student.
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5 in all prerequisite science courses.
  • Application to the department with a HUB Academic Advisement Report (AAR) is recommended early in the second semester of the second year.

Acceptance Information for the major
Deadline: February 15. Submit an application to the Pharmaceutical Sciences Major. Late applications may be considered. Decision letters are typically sent to applicants by March.

Number of applicants (2016): 45
Number of accepted majors: 15-20
Total number of majors currently enrolled: 33

Degree Requirements
Please see Degrees and Policies. For double degrees, double majors (programs) or joint majors (programs): No more than two 300- and 400-level courses taken as requirements for one major (program) can also be counted as part of the required courses for the other major (program), including required elective credits.

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

Please visit our departmental website for additional information about our faculty.

Practical Experience and Special Academic Opportunities

All students are required to take PHC 498 Undergraduate Research, a 3-credit undergraduate research participation project.
  • A laboratory, computer data analysis, or library research experience is an important and unique feature of our program.
  • Students are exposed to
    • research methods and hypothesis testing
    • the role of research methods in experimental design, execution and data analysis
    • methods to communicate the research findings
  • Students with scientific research experience are highly sought after by prospective employers.

For PHC 498 Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity
  • students identify faculty mentors who will guide them through their research projects.
    • Students experience one-on-one interaction with a faculty member.
    • This experiential course is highly flexible and individualized
  • Highly interested and motivated students may choose to undertake more research credits.
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    Last updated: February 22 2022 21:08:39