PharmSci Undergraduate Admissions FAQs
Students should apply during September through March of their sophomore year. However, students can be considered for admission anytime starting with the next fall semester, if spaces are still available. All applications are reviewed by the Pharmaceutical Sciences Undergraduate Committee. Decision letters are typically sent to applicants during the month of April.
TO APPLY: If you intend to transfer to UB, you should apply to: 1. the Undergraduate Admissions for general admission; and 2. the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences Bachelor of Science Application.
To be considered for admittance to the pharmaceutical sciences major program, applicants should have satisfactorily completed or are currently enrolled in the required courses for the first two years of the program:
Students should have an overall "B-" average or better in the prerequisite courses to be competitive for admission.
Unlike the professional pharmacy (PharmD) program, there are no requirements for entrance exams (PCAT) or letters of recommendation.
Students should not be deficient in more than 2 prerequisite courses. Applicants with 1 or 2 missing prerequisites (biology, calculus, physics) will be considered for the pharmaceutical sciences program. However, students must make up those course deficiencies during the summer and prior to the beginning of the senior year. The pharmaceutical sciences program is sufficiently rigorous, and does not allow for majors to correct for prerequisite course deficiencies during the fall and spring semesters.
Applicants missing Organic Chemistry may be considered if their academic performance is competitive. In this instance, students might be granted provisional status with the requirement that the Organic Chemistry requirement be fulfilled prior to the beginning of the pharmaceutical sciences curriculum.
Applicants with 3 or more unfulfilled prerequisites will not be considered for admission to the program.
Typically, 12-15 students are accepted per year, out of 40-60 applicants. Students with overall GPAs of 2.70 or better are competitive for admission. Students with overall GPAs less than 2.70 tend to struggle with the academic rigors of the math- and science-based curriculum. If you are currently enrolled at UB, you can apply to the pharmaceutical sciences program by submitting a Bachelor of Science Application.
The PHARMACEUTICAL SCIENCES are a unique interdisciplinary field of study focused on the basic and clinical science of drug development and research. Through basic and applied research, pharmaceutical sciences seeks to achieve a better understanding and control of the factors influencing clinical response to drug therapy. Emphasis is given to the application of pharmacometrics and physical-chemical principles to questions of pharmacological and clinical importance.
PHARMACY is an interdisciplinary health science profession that focuses on the provision of pharmaceutical care to patients.
No! Students interested in the professional program in pharmacy (PharmD in pharmacy) are NOT required to have a degree in pharmaceutical sciences. The pharmaceutical sciences undergraduate program is independent of the PharmD - pharmacy program.
If you are interested in the professional Pharmacy program at UB, visit the PharmD Admissions page.
More than 25% of our graduates in pharmaceutical sciences obtain employment in the pharmaceutical industry; 75% go on to graduate or pharmacy school for advanced degrees in a variety of disciplines. Our UB graduates are highly sought after by the pharmaceutical industry. UB's program in the pharmaceutical sciences has a long tradition of educational excellence, and a strong reputation for producing highly qualified graduates. According to the Annual Employment Survey conducted by the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists, a person with a BS and 0-5 years of experience can anticipate an average salary of $50,000 with the pharmaceutical industry.
Typical courses are listed below. Course descriptions are available at through UB's Undergraduate Catalog.
For a list of current course requirements, contact the pharmaceutical sciences department.
Yes, all students are required to take PHC 498, a 3 credit undergraduate research participation project. A laboratory, computer data analysis or library research experience is an important and unique feature of the Pharmaceutical Sciences program at UB. Students with scientific research experience are highly sought after by prospective employers.
For PHC 498, students identify a faculty mentor who will guide the student through their research project. This course is highly flexible and individualized due to the nature of the one-on-one interaction between the student and faculty member. Students are exposed to research methods and hypothesis testing; the role of research methods in experimental design, execution and data analysis; and methods to communicate the research findings.
While each student is required to complete 3 credits of PHC 498, highly interested and motivated students may choose to undertake more research credits, up to a maximum of 10 credits. Students who elect to complete the minimum 3 required credits may choose to enroll in other science elective courses offered by other departments, for a minimum of 6 credits.
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