Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

Pharmacy - Degrees & Policies

Degrees Offered

Graduate: PharmD (Pharmacy)
Dual: PharmD/MBA; PharmD/MPH; PharmD/MS; PharmD/PhD; PharmD/JD

Acceptance Information

As a renowned center for education and groundbreaking research, admission to the PharmD program is competitive. Approximately 125 students are selectively admitted to the program each fall after completion of the pre-pharmacy course requirements. Incoming freshmen entering UB directly from high school who indicate pharmacy as their intended major are automatically admitted to UB's Doctor of Pharmacy through our prestigious Early Assurance ( EA) Program. This program gives talented freshmen the heightened advantage of securing a seat in our PharmD degree after completing two years of prescribed undergraduate course work.

All other applicants are accepted into the program through the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS) process, a centralized application service to apply to multiple degree programs offered by schools and colleges of pharmacy. PharmCAS applicants may complete their prerequisites at UB or they may complete their prerequisites at another accredited institution. While a bachelor's degree is not required, applicants having earned this degree are encouraged to apply. Candidates should apply well in advance of posted deadlines to allow ample time to process their applications, as a rolling admissions policy is in effect.

PharmCAS Selection is based on
  • Prerequisite Courses, GPA, and PCAT
  • Reference Letters, Experience, Essay, and Interview
In addition to intellectual and academic competence, the school's admissions committee considers communication skills, leadership ability, community service, health care-related or research experience, and motivation for pursuing a career in pharmacy.

The faculty of the UB SPPS have established Personal Attributes and Capabilities Essential for Admission, Progression, and Graduation (Technical Standards) for our Doctor of Pharmacy Degree.

For further information regarding admission requirements and career information, students are strongly advised to contact the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Office of Admissions and Advisement in 270 Kapoor Hall, at (716) 645-2825 or via prepharm@buffalo.edu.

Transfer Policy

The School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences does not have a limit for the number of transfer students who may be admitted. Transfer students are expected to meet the same criteria for admission as non-transfer students. The School does not have a requirement for quarter or semester credit hour completion since credit hours vary among institutions. The School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences does not articulate courses or evaluate transcripts. To find equivalent courses, please refer to UB's online articulation system TAURUS or refer to the course descriptions on UB's undergraduate catalog.

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Acceptance Criteria

Please contact the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Office of Admissions and Advisement for information (270 Kapoor Hall, 716-645-2825, prepharm@buffalo.edu) or visit our website

Advising Notes

*This is not a baccalaureate degree program; instead, it is a four-year graduate-level professional doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) degree preceded by a minimum of two years of undergraduate coursework. An undergraduate degree is not required prior to admission into this graduate/professional program, but is encouraged.

Prerequisite Courses

BIO 200 Evolutionary Biology
BIO 201 Cell Biology
CHE 101 General Chemistry I or CHE 105 Chemistry: Principles and Applications I
CHE 102 General Chemistry II or CHE 106 Chemistry: Principles and Applications II
CHE 201 Organic Chemistry I or CHE 251 Contemporary Organic Chemistry
CHE 202 Organic Chemistry II 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
ANA 113 Human Anatomy or ES 207 Human Anatomy & Physiology (EA candidates only)
BIO 205 Fundamentals of Biological Chemistry (EA candidates only)
BCH 403 Biochemical Principles (not required of EA candidates)
MIC 401 Biomedical Microbiology or MIC 301 Microbiology for Allied Health Professionals
PGY 300 Human Physiology (EA candidates only)
PGY 451 Human Physiology I (not required of EA candidates)
PGY 452 Human Physiology II (not required of EA candidates)
PHY 101 College Physics I or PHY 107 General Physics
STA 119 Statistical Methods or PSY 207 Psychological Statistics
Social and Behavioral Sciences course
English Composition
NOTE: English Composition must be completed in the US, Canada, UK, Australia, or New Zealand and approved by the University at Buffalo.

A grade of C or higher is required in all enrolled courses for Early Assurance (EA) eligibility. EA applicants are allowed to take ES 207, BIO 205, and PGY 300 (PharmCAS candidates are required to take ANA 113, BCH 403, and PGY 451/PGY 452). EA students must complete the required science and math prerequisites by the end of the spring semester prior to fall entry of the first professional (P1) year of the PharmD program; UB Curriculum (general education) requirements must be complete by the end of the first summer session prior to fall enrollment in the P1 year. See the Early Assurance website for additional information on grade and GPA requirements for Early Assurance.

PharmCAS applicants must complete Prerequisite Course and general education requirements with a grade of C- or higher by the end of the first summer session prior to starting the doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) program first professional (P1) year. Visit PharmCAS Admissions for more information on prerequisite grade requirements as well as the additional components of the PharmCAS application process.

Required Courses

The professional curriculum involves graduate/professional-level courses. Information regarding these courses may be obtained in the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Office of Admissions and Advisement in 270 Kapoor Hall (716) 645-2825, via prepharm@buffalo.edu or online at pharmacy.buffalo.edu.

Combined Degree Credit Requirements Chart
Credits Required for Major (Undergraduate) 69
Credits Required for Major (Graduate) 146
Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum 19
Additional Credits Required for Electives 0
Total Credits Required for Degree 234

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.

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

View the Curricular Plan, which is a recommended sequence of courses to help achieve this degree in five years.
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Electives and Course Groupings

These electives are not required for PharmD admission consideration. However, it is highly recommended that students with room in their schedule consider adding courses of interest at the upper-division level to help prepare them for the academic rigors of the PharmD curriculum.

PHM 201 Orientation in Pharmacy
AMS 260 Women and Health
APY 248 Human Genetics
APY 275 Introduction to Medical Anthropology
APY 345 Comparative Primate Anatomy
APY 346 Dissections in Comparative Primate Anatomy
APY 348 Forensic Anthropological Osteology
APY 448 Human Genetics/Legal and Ethical Issues
BIO 302 Introduction to Molecular Biology
BIO 317 Medical Entomology/Parasitology
BIO 319 Genetics
BIO 401 Advanced Biological Chemistry
BIO 417 Neurobiology
BIO 448 Endocrinology
CHE 312 Chemistry of Biological Systems
CHE 349 Physical Chemistry for Life Sciences
COM 225 Interpersonal Communication
COM 326 Public Speaking
COM 380 Health Communication
ECO 181 Introduction to Macroeconomics
ECO 182 Introduction to Microeconomics
ECO 411 Health Economics
ENG 202 Advanced Writing: Technical
GEO 412 Geography of Health
GGS 260 Women's Health: Problems and Practices
HIS 215 Death in America
JDS 396 Jewish Medical Ethics
MFC 250 Introduction to Health Care in the United States
MFC 358 Introduction to Medical Devices and Implants
MT 401 Clinical Biochemistry
MT 402 Clinical Immunology
MT 407 Clinical Chemistry
MT 409 Clinical Microbiology
MT 422 Biomolecular Technology and Diagnostics
NTR 401 Nutrition and Health
NTR 402 Nutrition in the Life Cycle
PGY 405 Cell & Membrane Physiology
PHI 237 Social and Ethical Values in Medicine
PHY 102 College Physics II
PHY 108 General Physics II
PHY 151 College Physics I Lab
PHY 152 College Physics II Lab
PHY 158 General Physics II Lab
PMY 302 Introduction to Pharmacology
PMY 311 Chemistry of Drug Action
PMY 405 Essentials of Pharmacology I
PMY 406 Essentials of Pharmacology II
PMY 455 Toxicology Fundamentals
PSY 322 Abnormal Psychology
PSY 325 Health Psychology
PSY 351 Biopsychology
PSY 404 Alcohol and Health
PSY 419 Biological Bases of Memory
PSY 422 Anxiety Disorders
PSY 423 Mood Disorders
PSY 424 Abnormal Child Psychology
PSY 426 Biological Bases of Mental Disorders
PSY 451 Drug Addiction
SOC 304 Sociology of Aging
SOC 311 Drugs and Society
SOC 322 Medical Sociology
SSC 407 Health Care and the Elderly
SSC 413 Addictions Treatment
SSC 420 Child Mental Health

Last updated: February 22 2022 21:08:39