Prerequisite Courses, GPA and PCAT

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Prerequisite Courses

All undergraduate prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of C- or better by the end of the summer semester prior to fall matriculation. Prerequisite courses do not have to be completed prior to application.

General Chemistry I with Laboratory

- AP Chemistry accepted: Score 4-5

- Must be the same course required for Chemistry majors.

General Chemistry II with Laboratory

Organic Chemistry I with Laboratory

- Must be the same course required for Chemistry majors.

 

 

 

 

Organic Chemistry II with Laboratory

Introductory Biology I with Laboratory

- AP Biology : Score 4-5 to satisfy BIO I; Score 5 to satisfy BIO II

- If General Biology is not offered at your college or university, you may take Botany, Zoology, Cell Biology, or Genetics.

- Must be the same courses required for Biology majors

Introductory Biology II with Laboratory

Microbiology

- Complete one Microbiology course.

Biochemistry

- Complete one Biochemistry course.

- Online courses, such as SUNY Broome CHM 247 via Open SUNY, are accepted.

Anatomy

- Complete one Human Anatomy course.

- A combined Anatomy & Physiology course is accepted.

Physiology I and II

or  2 semesters

- UB students must take this sequence at UB.

- Complete the highest level of Human and/or Mammalian Physiology offered at your institution.

- Animal Physiology is not permitted.

- A combined Anatomy & Physiology I & II sequence is accepted.

- If your institution offers a Physiology sequence, you must complete the sequence.

Calculus I

- AP Calculus accepted: AB exam (or AB exam sub score): Score 4-5

Calculus II

- AP Calculus accepted: BC exam: Score 4-5

Statistics

- AP Statistics accepted: Score 4-5

English Composition I

 

- Both English courses are waived if entering with a bachelor’s degree or higher. English Composition must be completed in the US, Canada, UK, Australia, or New Zealand and approved by UB.  

- Note for UB students: completion of Communication Literacy I & II based on placement, see catalog.buffalo.edu.

English Composition II

 

Social Science

- See taurus.buffalo.edu/suny-gen-ed.html#ss

- Note for UB students: select a course identified as a Social Science UB Area when satisfying other UB Curriculum requirements.

  • Where to complete prerequisites: Applicants may complete their prerequisites at UB and then apply to our PharmD program using PharmCAS, or they may complete their prerequisites at another accredited institution. To complete prerequisite courses as an undergraduate at UB, apply directly to Undergraduate Admissions (or International Admissions). High school students who enter UB as freshman directly from high school are eligible for our Early Assurance Program.
  • 5 year policy: All prerequisite courses must be completed by the end of the summer and prior to fall matriculation within 5 years preceding admission. For exemptions, see 5 Year Policy.
  • Summer courses: Complete prerequisite courses by the end of the summer prior to fall entry into the PharmD program.
  • Equivalent/transfer courses: UB SPPS does not articulate courses or evaluate transcripts. To find equivalent courses, please refer to UB’s Course Equivalency Guide (CEG) or refer to the course descriptions on UB’s undergraduate catalog. Do you attend a college in the State University of New York (SUNY) or City University of New York (CUNY) system? View these Advising Guides to learn which courses you should take as part of your undergraduate degree to satisfy UB SPPS prerequisite courses. AP or IB exam credit articulation is acceptable. See Alternative/Exam Credit.
  • UB Curriculum/General Education: UB students must also complete the UB Curriculum prior to fall matriculation in the (P1) first professional year of the PharmD program. PharmCAS candidates attending other undergraduate institutions should adhere to any General Education requirements of their home campus.

5 Year Policy

All applicants must complete their prerequisite courses within 5 years preceding admission. If a prerequisite course(s) was completed earlier, the applicant must satisfy one of the following options by the end of the summer semester prior to fall matriculation (the first summer semester is preferred):

  1. Complete one full time (at least 12 credit hours) semester (fall, spring, or summer) including two junior or senior level science courses (typically 300, 400, or higher level at a four-year institution) earning a grade equal to or greater than C-. At least one science course must have a lab.
  2. Complete two part-time (at least 6 credit hours) consecutive semesters (fall, spring, or summer) including all junior or senior level science courses (typically 300, 400, or higher level at a four-year institution) earning a grade equal to or greater than C-. At least one science course must have a lab.
  3. Exemptions to this policy are possible for those on active military duty. Please contact the Office of Admissions for additional information.
  4. If you have never done so, all prerequisite courses must be successfully completed with a grade equal to or greater than C- by the spring semester prior to fall admission. In this case, options (a) and (b) do not apply.
  5. You are eligible to apply for the current application year if you have:
    • graduated with a BA or BS degree within the last 3 years and,
    • prerequisite courses were successfully completed with a grade equal to or greater than C- by the spring semester prior to fall admission within the last 8 years and,
    • you have completed junior or senior level science courses with lab (typically 300, 400, or higher level at a four-year institution) earning a grade equal to or greater than C- within the last 5 years.

Use the PharmCAS Course Subject List as a guide for science courses. Our preferences include science courses grouped within (1) Biology & Other Life Sciences, (2) Inorganic Chemistry, (3) Organic Chemistry, (4) Physics, (5) Biochemistry, (6) Microbiology, and (7) Other Biomedical or Pharmaceutical Sciences courses.

GPA and Grades

A GPA of around a B in pre-pharmacy science and math courses is competitive.

Competitive applicants have around a B average in science and math courses. Applicants with a lower GPA are still considered. All science and math courses are included in the GPA, including repeat courses. All courses must be completed with a grade equal to or greater than C-. The Admissions Committee reserves the right to rescind an offer of admission if grades below C+ are received in multiple courses in the same terms during the fall, spring, or summer semesters prior to fall matriculation in the PharmD program.

PCAT

Scores at or above the national average are considered highly competitive for entry.

Applicants are encouraged to take the Official PCAT Multiple Choice Practice Tests (examinees who take this usually score higher). We will not accept any test scores over three years old. We do accept the February and April PCAT even though PharmCAS will receive the scores after the deadline. For Early Decision (ED) applicants, we do accept the September PCAT. The PCAT is not required for Early Assurance students.

To expedite the review of your application, please scan and email a copy of your unofficial preliminary PCAT Score Report or other graduate standardized admissions exam* that you may have taken to pharm-admit@buffalo.edu or fax it to 716-829-6568.

*If you have taken the GRE, MCAT, DAT, GMAT or LSAT within the last three years, we will accept those test scores in lieu of the PCAT. The PCAT is preferred. If you have not yet taken a graduate standardized admissions exam, you must take the PCAT.