Feb 29, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Pharmacology and Toxicology BS

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How does binge drinking affect teenagers’ brains? How do hormones affect our bodies? What effect do toxic chemicals have on our immune system? How can we replace addictive opioids with other pain management therapies? If these are the types of questions you’re interested in, then welcome to pharmacology-a program designed for students who are interested in the science behind drug therapy. As one student said, “The more I learned, the more I wanted to learn.”

Visit the Pharmacology and Toxicology academic program page for more information about the academic experience, who you will learn from, opportunities outside of class and what you can do with this degree.

Visit the Pharmacology and Toxicology department page  for contact information, a brief overview of the department and the curricular options.

Admission Criteria

  • Minimum 2.700 GPA in major courses

Current UB students who are interested in applying to the Pharmacology and Toxicology BS in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences should submit the Program Application.

Course Requirements

Pharmacology and Toxicology Core (84 credits)

Science Electives (3 courses, 9 credits minimum)

  • At least 2 Science Electives must be completed at the 300/400 level


*Only one Physics Lab is required for the major

Total Credits Required for Major: 93

Additional Degree Requirements Include:

  • Additional coursework to fulfill UB Curriculum requirements
  • Elective courses as needed to complete the 122 credit hour total

Total Credits Required for Graduation: 122

Total Credit Hours Required represents the minimum credits needed to complete this program, and may vary based on a number of circumstances. This should not be used for financial aid purposes.

Program Honors

Students must complete a minimum of 12 hours of approved 498 credit (with 9 credits coming from the same lab experience) and present their research at a department approved research presentation. Students must also meet the remaining criteria outlined in the Academic Honors policy. Students who successfully complete the honors program and meet the criteria will have the appropriate notation on their official transcript.

Curricular Plan

A Curricular Plan provides a roadmap for completing this academic program and the UB Curriculum on time. Your actual plan may vary depending on point of entry to the university, course placement and/or waivers based on standardized test scores, earned alternative credit and/or college transfer credit.

Total Credits: 17

Total Credits: 17

Second Year Fall

Total Credits: 15

Second Year Spring

Total Credits: 16

Third Year Fall

Total Credits: 17

Total Credits: 14

Fourth Year Fall

Total Credits: 14

Fourth Year Spring

Total Credits: 12

Total Credits Required: 122

Note: Some classes may count toward both a major and UB Curriculum requirement.

Learning Outcomes

The overall goal of the B.S. program in Pharmacology and Toxicology is to prepare students with a comprehensive understanding of the interactions of drug and toxin actions with living cells and tissues. Majors in our program are expected to master both the conceptual and practical aspects of pharmacology and toxicology, as well as fundamental laboratory techniques used in assessing drug action. This training provides students with an array of career opportunities including advanced study in either graduate or professional schools or for scientific careers in regulatory affairs, production analysis, product safety or sales, or as research scientists and/or drug information specialists.


(HEGIS: 04.00 BIOLOGICAL SCI UNCLASSFD, CIP26.1007 Pharmacology and Toxicology)


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