Have you ever had a student come into your office who is strong in math and the sciences, but cringes at the suggestion of working directly with patients? Or maybe the student is detail-oriented, inquisitive, and more interested in how drugs work rather than administering them to patients. This is the type of student who may want to learn more about the pharmaceutical sciences.
The pharmaceutical sciences program at UB is structurally a basic science program (like biochemistry, biology, etc.), but it offers a unique interdisciplinary field of study which seeks to achieve better understanding and control of the factors influencing clinical response to drug therapy. While the PharmD degree requires a minimum of two years of undergraduate study followed by four years of pharmacy studies to become a pharmacist, students have the opportunity to pursue a career as a research scientist by obtaining various pharmaceutical sciences degrees: Bachelor of Science (4 years); Master of Science (BS + 2-3 years); combined BS/MS (5 years); or Ph.D. (BS + 5-6 years).
Pharmaceutical scientists are involved in all areas of drug discovery and development research. Simply put, they are interested in learning how drugs affect the body – how they move and are absorbed, how genetic factors play a role, and how dosages are defined. All students in the major undertake an undergraduate research project. This research could be lab-based, analysis of computer data, or literature review. This important and unique feature of the program at UB is noteworthy, as graduates with scientific research experiences are sought-after by prospective employers.
If you or your students would like to learn more about the field, please feel free to contact Sara Robinson, academic advisor and assistant director of admissions and advisement for the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, by email (email@example.com) or by calling 716-645-2825 (option 1). You can also visit us on the web to learn more about the overview and history of the program and potential careers.