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 and II with Laboratory|| |
AP Chemistry accepted: Score 4-5
Must be the same course required for Chemistry majors.
Organic Chemistry I and II with Laboratory
Must be the same course required for Chemistry majors.
|Introductory Biology I and II with Laboratory|| |
AP Biology accepted: 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
|Microbiology||Complete one Microbiology course.|
Complete one Biochemistry course.
Online courses, such as SUNY Broome CHM 247 via Open SUNY, are accepted.
Complete one Human Anatomy course.
A combined Anatomy and Physiology course is accepted.
|Physiology I and II|| |
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 and Physiology I and 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 and II|| |
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 and II based on placement.
|Social Science|| |
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).
All prerequisite courses must be completed by the end of the summer and prior to fall matriculation within 5 years preceding admission.
All applicants must complete their prerequisite courses within five (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):
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.
Complete prerequisite courses by the end of the summer prior to fall entry into the PharmD program.
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. 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.
Do you attend a college in the State University of New York (SUNY) or City University of New York (CUNY) system? View our Advising Guides to learn which courses you should take as part of your undergraduate degree to satisfy UB SPPS prerequisite courses.
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.
Scores at or above the national average are considered highly competitive for entry.
Effective Fall 2021:
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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
A minimum of two (2) professional and/or academic letters of reference (evaluations) must be received by PharmCAS. We do not accept letters from the following: teaching assistants, politicians, friends, family members, co-workers or clergy.
Experience is not required, however, you are expected to be able to demonstrate your motivation for pharmacy.
Consider volunteering or shadowing at a pharmacy, hospital, nursing home, medical office, or other related health care facility or organization. Understand how professionals interact with patients and their colleagues, assess your dedication to the field, and gain valuable interpersonal and leadership skills. Consider becoming a member or leader of a club or organization.
Your personal essay is considered carefully by our Admissions Committee.
Convince the reader of your desire for a career in pharmacy by including events that strongly influenced or matured you, special attributes that make you an asset to the field, a unique reason to pursue pharmacy, or areas of interest within the profession. Ask your evaluators, peers, advisors, counselors, friends and family to read your essay to critique the content, grammar and spelling.
Selected applicants will be contacted by email for an invitation to interview.
The admissions interview process is a mutual selection process where students have the opportunity to assess their compatibility with UB SPPS, and where we can assess the student's skills and abilities.
Selection is based on scholastic achievement, aptitude, personal qualifications, and evidence of motivation toward pharmacy. These are judged from the college record, grade point average, the PCAT, letters of reference and evaluation, and a personal interview. In addition to intellectual and academic competence, the school's Admissions Committee considers communication skills, leadership ability, community service, health care-related or research experience, and motivation for pursuing a career in pharmacy.
Students who have an immediate family member* who is an alumnus of our school (PharmD or Pharmaceutical Sciences) are guaranteed an interview by the Admissions Committee. Applicants supply this information on their PharmCAS application and may alert us by emailing email@example.com.
*Includes a person's parents, spouses, siblings, children. It can contain others connected by birth, adoption, marriage, civil partnership, or cohabitation, such as grandparents, great-grandparents, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, aunts, uncles, siblings-in-law, half-siblings, cousins, adopted children and step-parents/step-children, and cohabiting partners.
Students who do not demonstrate these proficiencies and attributes will not be eligible for admission.