Pharmaceutical Sciences Undergraduate Programs
BS in Pharmaceutical Sciences
The Pharmaceutics Major Program (PMP) is a four-year program leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in pharmaceutics. While the PMP is structured much like a basic science program, it emphasizes the foundational principles of science and research relevant to the pharmaceutical sciences discipline and features a unique interdisciplinary curriculum that helps students achieve better understanding of the factors influencing clinical response to drug therapy.
Areas of interest in pharmaceutics include the physical chemistry of pharmaceutical systems, which is concerned with the development and optimization of the physical-chemical properties of traditional and novel drug dosage forms and systems; biopharmaceutics, which encompasses the study of the relationship between the nature and intensity of biologic effects of drugs and various dosage formulation factors; pharmacokinetics, which is the science of the quantitative analysis of drug concentration and drug effects in the body; and clinical pharmacokinetics, which is concerned with the application of pharmacokinetics to the safe and effective therapeutic management of individual patients.
The program was one of the first in the country, with the first degree conferred in the 1960s. The program's comprehensive approach to educating students has led to an outstanding reputation throughout the world. The pharmaceutical sciences program emphasizes a laboratory research experience by requiring a structured laboratory course (PHC 421), participation in a research project (PHC 498), and presentation of research results (PHC 431). Graduates of this program are well educated and well prepared to fulfill positions within the pharmaceutical industry, sales, or graduate studies.
Minor in Pharmaceutical Sciences
The minor program emphasizes the principles of basic science relevant to the pharmaceutical sciences discipline. A minor in pharmaceutical sciences combined with a major in a scientific or clinical discipline (e.g., biology, chemistry, biochemistry, biochemical pharmacology, medicinal chemistry) provides a unique interdisciplinary education.
Departmental Honors Program
Honors are noted on transcripts as either Highest Distinction (GPA of 3.75 to 4.0), High Distinction (GPA of 3.5 to 3.74), or Distinction (GPA of 3.25 to 3.49). Students enrolled in the BS Pharmaceutical Sciences program may participate in the departmental honors program during their senior year. Honors students are expected to do the following:
- Maintain a GPA of 3.25 or higher (overall UB GPA or in all required pharmaceutical sciences curricular courses)
- Fulfill a minimum of six credits of undergraduate research (PHC 408), 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.
- Have the support and nomination of the supervising faculty research advisor.
- Complete PHC 409 Seniors Honor Thesis (1 credit) with a minimum grade of B.
See the UB's Undergraduate Catalog for current information on the program degree and course requirements.
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