In addition to course requirements, to remain in the program students must maintain a cumulative Penn State Behrend GPA of 3.3 or better on a 4.0 scale and earn a grade of C or better in all Penn State Behrend courses. Students will meet with a program adviser who will provide counseling, evaluate performance, and monitor student progress on application documentation. Penn State Behrend reserves the right to dismiss students for academic or disciplinary reasons.
Typical Course Sequence
Students in Phase I of the Accelerated Program in Pharmacy must follow the Recommended Academic Plan for the Health Professions option of the Biology degree.
|Semester 1||Credits||Semester 2||Credits|
|Biology: Basic Concepts and Biodiversity||4||Biology: Function and Development of Organs||4|
|Rhetoric and Composition||3||Calculus with Analytic Geometry I||4|
|Chemical Principles I||3||Experimental Chemistry II||1|
|Experimental Chemistry I||1||Chemical Principles II||3|
|Health and Physical Activity||1.5||Health and Physical Activity||1.5|
|Arts course||3||Humanities course||3|
|Total Credits||16.5||Total Credits||16.5|
|Semester 3||Semester 4|
|Biology: Populations and Communities||4||Biology: Molecules and Cells||4|
|Organic Chemistry I||3||Organic Chemistry II w/lab||5|
|Calculus with Analytic Geometry II||4||Effective Speech||3|
|Social and Behavioral Science course||3||Introduction to Biostatistics||3|
|Humanities course||3||Arts Course||3|
|Total Credits||17||Supporting Course from School Approved List||1|
|Semester 5||Semester 6|
|Genetic Analysis||3||General Biochemistry w/lab||4|
|Introductory Microbiology w/lab||5||Approved supporting course||3|
|Introductory Physics I||4||Effective Writing: Technical Writing||3|
|Approved supporting course||3||Introductory Physics II||4|
|Comparative Anatomy of Vertebrates||4||Social and Behavioral Science course||3|
|Total Credits||19||Total Credits||17|
Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT): Students must take the PCAT no later than October of the junior year and earn minimum scores of 400 (computed by combining the percentile scores in verbal ability, reading comprehension, biology, chemistry, and quantitative ability). A maximum of two (2) test administrations will be allowed.
The first year in the Pharm.D. program at the University at Buffalo will include science courses or their equivalents listed in the academic year program: biochemistry (4 credits), medicinal chemistry (3), pharmacy calculations (3), human physiology I (3), human physiology II (3), microbiology (4)and physical pharmacy (3). Only grades of C or better will transfer from the University at Buffalo to Penn State Behrend. University at Buffalo courses and credits, but not grades, will be listed on the Penn State Behrend transcript.
Conferral of B.S. Degree: Penn State Behrend will confer the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Biology to students in the program who have successfully completed the Penn State Behrend courses in Phase I (minimum 103 credits) and 23 science credits at the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.