Our History

Since 1886, the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences has been a national leader in education and research, playing a major role in transforming pharmacy from a professional practice to a major field of clinical research.

Today, we continue pushing the boundaries in education and research, from pioneering a pharmacogenomics curriculum to originating the nation’s first HIV antiviral treatment certification program.

We are the second-oldest component of the University at Buffalo, which is the largest and most comprehensive university center in the SUNY system and the first public university in New York to be admitted into the Association of American Universities (AAU).

A Legacy of Learning


First class begins studies


First graduating class, including two female students


Master of Pharmacy and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees established


Four-year Bachelor of Pharmacy degree created


Accreditation by the American Council of Pharmaceutical Education


PhD degrees in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Pharmacology created


Department of Biopharmaceutics established by Gerhard Levy, father of pharmacodynamics


Nationally recognized Post-Baccalaureate PharmD program initiated to enhance the clinical education of post-graduate pharmacists


Creation of the first clinical pharmacokinetics lab in the United States


Pharmacotherapy Research Center and Core Analytic Lab created to investigate HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases


Smart Pill developed and patented by professor emeritus Jerome Schentag


UB-University of Zimbabwe Antiretroviral Pharmacology Training Program established


Ranked #1 pharmacy school in New York State by U.S. News & World Report


MS degree in Pharmacometrics and Personalized Pharmacotherapy created, one of the first in the country

Buffalo College of Pharmacy first building.

Buffalo College of Pharmacy original location, Main and Virginia Streets

First graduating class, 1888.

First graduating class, 1888

Pharmacy student, 1950.

Pharmacy student, 1950

Gerhard Levy.

Gerhard Levy

SUNY Distinguished Professor Gene Morse, renowned HIV clinical pharmacology researcher.

SUNY Distinguished Professor Gene Morse, renowned HIV clinical pharmacology researcher

Smart Pill.

Smart Pill

Research Assistant Professor Charles Maponga and Pharmacist Tinashe Mudzviti, University of Zimbabwe.

Research Assistant Professor Charles Maponga and Pharmacist Tinashe Mudzviti, University of Zimbabwe

SUNY Distinguished Professor William Jusko, founder of the Center for Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics

Pharmacy student on medical mission trip to Haiti, 2019.

Pharmacy student on medical mission trip to Haiti, 2019

Pharmacy students, 2019.

Pharmacy students, 2019