Pharmaceutical Sciences (BS, BS/MS, MS and PhD)

Pharmaceutical Sciences.

The founding principles of pharmaceutical sciences were pioneered here at UB and we have upheld this tradition of excellence and international distinction for over 50 years. Pharmaceutical sciences is a STEM program.


Our programs provide instruction and research training in diverse aspects of drug action including drug discovery and drug evaluation, examined at the molecular, genomic, biochemical, biological, and clinical levels through an interdisciplinary curriculum individualized to the needs of each student. There is an emphasis on clinical and laboratory research focusing on pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, dosage form design, physiochemical and biological aspects of drug action, drug metabolism, and drug toxicity.

Students interested in the pharmaceutical sciences can choose to enter our department via an undergraduate BS degree or through various graduate programs such as BS/MS, MS, PhD and post doctoral positions.

Contact Us

Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

University at Buffalo
445 Pharmacy Building
Buffalo, NY 14214

Areas of study

We offer a number of professional, undergraduate, and graduate programs directed at several areas of the pharmaceutical sciences such as:

  • Drug Delivery Systems: Development and optimization of the physical/chemical properties of traditional and novel drug delivery systems
  • Biopharmaceutics: The study of the relationship between the nature and intensity of biologic effects of drugs and various dosage form formulation factors
  • Clinical Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics: The sciences of the quantitative analyses of drug concentrations and therapeutic effects, respectively, in the human body. The application of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics for safe and effective therapeutic patient management.
  • Pharmacogenomics and Bioinformatics: (1) How an individual's genotype governs his/her drug concentrations and therapeutic response; and (2) How drugs may alter a person's gene expression
  • Pharmacometrics: Fusing pharmacology, computer sciences, mathematics and statistics to analyze diverse data in large populations of diverse patients
  • Protein and Antibody Therapeutics: Pharmaceutical issues in the development of protein and antibody drugs. Topics include protein production and analysis, formulation and dosage forms, physical and chemical stability, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, immunogenicity and biosimilars.    

Our graduates maintain leadership positions in academia, industry and government. Different to many PhD’s in other fields of science, our graduates are highly sought after for employment by industry, without the need for post-doctoral training. Graduates who prefer an academic career also find many offers of postdoctoral fellowships.