Early Assurance (EA) Program Requirements

Prerequisite Courses

All prerequisite science and math courses must be completed by the end of the spring semester prior to fall matriculation.

  • Prerequisite courses*:
    General Chemistry I and II with Laboratory
    Organic Chemistry I and II with Laboratory
    Introductory Biology I and II with Laboratory
    Microbiology with Laboratory
    Biochemistry
    Anatomy
    Physiology
    Calculus I and II      
    Statistics   
    UB Curriculum
    *See Early Assurance Prerequisite Courses for important notes.
  • Where to complete prerequisites: The following prerequisite courses may be completed prior to high school graduation through AP or IB exam credit articulation: Biology, Chemistry, Calculus, Statistics, and/or UB Curriculum Requirements. Courses may be completed at another SUNY campus or other four-year college or university once enrolled at UB. Non-UB courses must be articulated through UB’s Course Equivalencies Guide.
  • UB Curriculum: The UB Curriculum is a unique program of general education for all undergraduate students at UB. Serving as the core academic experience, it celebrates the joy of intellectual discovery and prepares students for life, career and citizenship in a diverse and dynamic world. Students must  complete the UB Curriculum prior to fall matriculation in the (P1) first professional year of the PharmD program. UB Curriculum courses may be completed during the summer prior to fall entry into the PharmD.

GPA and Grades

A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.30 in all pre-pharmacy science and math courses is required.

  • All science and math prerequisites are included in the EA GPA, including college courses permitted outside UB. Send official college transcripts to UB’s Undergraduate Admissions office (12 Capen Hall).
  • Earn a minimum 3.30 cumulative GPA in all science and math prerequisites by the end of each of your second, third and fourth semesters (spring of first year, fall and spring of second year).
  • Complete ALL enrolled courses with a grade equal to or greater than C.  Repeat grades will not be used in computing the EA GPA.
  • Do not resign from any enrolled course. An R grade on your transcript disqualifies you from EA.
  • Grade changes must be submitted within 10 business days after the University’s first official day of grades posted for the semester.
  • Appeals may be considered.

Additional EA Program Requirements

To best prepare for our pre-pharmacy curriculum, high school students should take math courses and science courses including calculus, biology, chemistry and physics.

Our pre-pharmacy students benefit from many helpful opportunities including orientation, academic advising and our pre-pharmacy student association.

  • It is critical all students possess the ability to communicate effectively using both the oral and written English language. All PharmD students must be interviewed in accordance with the American Council for Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE) Guidelines. The purpose of the interview process is to evaluate verbal communication skills, determine if the candidate has an understanding of the pharmacy profession, and commitment to patient care. Written communication skills will also be assessed in a standardized manner. Applicants will be invited to an interview by email. In preparation for the interview, take advantage of our Career Services Interviewing resources.
  • UB SPPS faculty have established Personal Attributes and Capabilities Essential for Admission, Progression, and Graduation for our doctor of pharmacy Degree: see Technical Standards.
  • See important information on student intern permits and pharmacy practice licensing requirements.
  • Qualified candidates will be invited to interview spring of freshman year in accordance with the American Council for Pharmaceutical Education Guidelines. The purpose is to evaluate verbal and written communication skills while determining understanding of the pharmacy profession as well as commitment to patient care.
  • In preparation for the interview, professional program and career positioning, candidates are advised to pursue activities beyond the classroom and prerequisite coursework. Pharmacy-specific exposure is encouraged, though not required.
  • Students who do not demonstrate these proficiencies and attributes will not be eligible for admission through the EA Program.
  • All admissions requirements are subject to revision and review by the SPPS Admissions Committee and may be revised without extensive notice. 
  • See Non-Discrimination Policy.
  • As a competitive program, admission can be on a space available basis.