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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Pharmaceutical Sciences BS

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Are you curious about how medications actually work to prevent and treat disease? Do you want to know what makes some medications safer and more effective than others? Are you driven to find new ways to help people with cancer, heart disease or asthma live longer, healthier lives? This program-internationally renowned and one of the first of its kind in the U.S.-is designed specifically for students who want to discover, develop and optimize drugs.

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

Admission Criteria

  • Minimum GPA of 2.500 in all prerequisite science courses
  • Minimum overall GPA of 2.500 required

Current UB students wishing to change their major to Pharmaceutical Sciences BS must satisfy the overall and prerequisite GPA requirements of at least 2.500 to be accepted into the program and submit the UB SPPS Application to Major form. See the complete School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Admissions Policies for details.

Course Requirements

Pharmaceutical Sciences Core (60 credits)

Total Credits Required for Major: 105

Additional Degree Requirements Include:

  • Additional coursework to fulfill UB Curriculum requirements
  • Elective courses as needed to complete the 125 credit hour total

Total Credits Required for Graduation: 125

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.


* See the Academic Advising Report (AAR) for a complete list of course options. Any credits in excess of five credits of PHC 498  are counted.

Academic Requirements

Students will be reviewed each semester after grades are posted and are required to have a minimum GPA of 2.5 in major classes (science and math) and at UB overall to be in good standing and graduate with a BS degree.

Students not meeting benchmarks will be placed in provisional status:

  • Students in provisional status will receive mandatory advisement. Students must complete a self-assessment of the previous semester and develop an action plan.
  • Students in provisional status at the end of their prerequisite courses will be removed from the major, and changed to Exploratory Transitions.
  • Students with 2 semesters of provisional status in the upper division courses will be removed from the major, and changed to Exploratory Transitions.

Program Honors and Program Distinction

Eligible students must maintain a GPA of 3.200 or higher in the required third and fourth-year pharmaceutical sciences courses. Students complete a minimum of six credits of undergraduate research (PHC 498 ), performed under the supervision of one faculty member on one project. This research can be performed over two semesters or full-time during the summer. These credits may be used as electives to fulfill the requirements for the BS degree program. Students must have the support and nomination of the supervising faculty research advisor and complete PHC 497  with a minimum grade of B. Students must also meet the remaining Program Honors criteria outlined in the Academic Honors policy

Majors who do not pursue a thesis but have exceptional grades are eligible for Program Distinction upon degree conferral if the criteria are met.  These criteria are also found in the Academic Honors policy.

Students who successfully complete Program Honors and meet the criteria will have the appropriate notation on their official transcript. Program Distinction is also noted on the 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.

First Year Fall

Total Credits: 16 or 17

First Year Spring

Total Credits: 16 or 17

Total Credits: 16

Total Credits: 17

Total Credits: 17

Total Credits: 15

Total Credits: 14

Total Credits: 13

Total Credits Required: 125

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

Learning Outcomes

The mission of the Pharmaceutical Sciences BS Program is to educate accepted Pharmaceutical Science undergraduate junior and seniors by advancing student knowledge and skills in the pharmaceutical sciences. Graduates will have an understanding of, and be able to apply 1) the principles of the scientific method; 2) fundamentals of current research methodology; 3) core skills needed to manage, evaluate and interpret scientific data; and, 4) scientific communication skills. Graduates of the program will have skills in analytical, quantitative and conceptual thinking and problem solving that will prepare them for employment in the pharmaceutical sciences or related professions, or for continuing graduate or professional education in the biomedical, health sciences or related disciplines.

Upon successful completion of all requirements, the student will have knowledge and skills to:

  • Conduct basic research experiments under appropriate supervision.
  • Communicate scientific information through oral presentations, scientific posters and laboratory reports.
  • Be qualified for employment in pharmaceutical sciences or related professions, or for continuing graduate education in the biomedical, health sciences or related disciplines.
  • Demonstrate a strong knowledge of fundamental scientific principles in the pharmaceutical sciences
  • Demonstrate a basic proficiency at effective scientific oral and written communication skills through:
    • presentation of an original oral podium presentation
    • composition of a scientific research term paper


(HEGIS: 12.11 PHARMACY, CIP51.2010 Pharmaceutical Sciences.)


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