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Pharmacology, Toxicology, and Therapeutics

Pharmacology, Toxicology, and Therapeutics


Courses in this learning track cover both fundamental and advanced pharmacological and toxicological principles. Specifically, these courses examine the mechanism of action and resultant physiological effects of drugs and chemicals on the body, as well as how the body handles these drugs and chemicals. Adverse effects of drugs and toxicants, as well as best methods of assessing these detrimental effects are also taught.

This track requires students to take a total of 7 courses; 5 Required and 2 Additional

Track Coordinator: Dr. Jeanne Mulder

Required Courses

All of these courses must be taken for this track to be completed

PHAR 100, Introductory Pharmacology is designed as a general interest course that introduces the subjects of pharmacology and toxicology, with emphasis on common drugs used and abused by society. No prior knowledge of physiology is required to understand the drug action described in this course.

Prerequisites: None (4U Biology recommended)

Instructors: Dr. Jeanne Mulder, Dr. William Racz

PHAR 370, Fundamentals of Pharmacology and Therapeutics introduces the basic principles and clinical applications of pharmacology.

Corequisite: PHGY 215/3.0 and PHGY 216/3.0; KNPE 225

Instructor: Dr. Jeanne Mulder

PHAR 380, Drug and Environmental Toxicology explores the human toxicology associated with both pharmaceutical and environmental exposures. Topics include metabolism and mechanisms of toxicity of various pharmaceuticals and environmental pollutants.

Prerequisites: Minimum 3rd year (Level 3) standing and one of (BCHM 270/3.0, BCHM 315/3.0, BCHM 316/3.0, BCHM 218/3.0 or BIOL 334/3.0)

Instructor: Dr. Nikki Philbrook

REPD 473, Developmental Origins of Health and Disease covers how the early-life environment contributes to later-life health.

Prerequisites: Minimum 4th year (Level 4) standing and PHAR 100/3.0 and BMED 372/3.0, or equivalent courses with permission from the instructor.

Instructor: Dr. Nikki Philbrook

PHAR 480, Drug Discovery and Development covers the life-cycle of pharmaceutical product including drug discover, development, and its transition to a generic or over-the-counter medication.

Prerequisites: Minimum 4th year (Level 4) standing and one of (PHAR 230/3.0; PHAR 270/3.0; PHAR 340/3.0) and one of (PHAR 380/3.0; PHAR 416/3.0)

Instructor: Dr. Terence Ozolins

Additional Courses

Students must take at least TWO (2) of the following courses to complete this track

BMED 390, Integrative Laboratory Studies is a two-week intensive multidisciplinary laboratory course. Students will learn a number of different laboratory techniques, developing skills in scientific methodology, data acquisition, and interpretation.

Prerequisites: Minimum 3rd year (Level 3) standing and (one of ANAT 100/3.0 OR ANAT 101/3.0), and (one of PHGY 210/6.0 OR PHGY 214/6.0 OR [PHGY 215/3.0 and PHGY 216/3.0]), and (one of MICR 270/3.0 OR MICR 271/3.0 OR MICR 221/3.0), and (one of PHAR 230/3.0 OR PHAR 270/3.0 OR PHAR 340/3.0), and (one of BCHM 270/3.0 OR BCHM 218/3.0), or equivalent courses with permission from the instructor.

BMED 483, Advanced Topics in Infectious Disease examines basic principles of infectious diseases. Selected infectious disease syndromes will be examined to explore unique host microbe interactions.

Prerequisites: Minimum 4th year (Level 4) standing and one of (MICR 270/3.0 OR MICR 271/3.0 OR MICR 221/3.0), and one of (MICR 382/3.0 OR MICR 320/3.0), and one of (BMED 386/3.0 or MICR 360/3.0), or equivalent courses with permission from the instructor.

Instructor: Dr. Prameet Sheth

CRSS 454, Cardiovascular Sciences will cover the physiology, pharmacology, and anatomy of the cardiovascular system. Topics include integrative mechanisms and pharmacotherapy involved in short-term and long-term control of the circulation in health and disease.

Prerequisites: Minimum 4th year (Level 4) standing and registration in a LISC Major or Specialization Plan, or Bachelor of Health Sciences program, and a GPA of 2.50 or permission from the instructor.

Instructor: Dr. Michael Adams

NSCI 483, Neurobiology in Learning and Memory will introduce the human nervous system at an advanced level, with an emphasis on the brain systems supporting learning and memory. The underlying anatomy, physiology, and pharmacology of these systems will be discussed.

Prerequisites: Minimum 4th year (Level 4) standing and PHGY 215/3.0 and PHGY 216/3.0; or permission of the instructor.

Instructor: Dr. Susan Boehnke

MICR 290, Antibiotic Resistance Lab : This immersive laboratory course is designed to give students the opportunity to develop basic research skills, learning about important microbiological and biochemical research techniques and applying them to the study of antibiotic resistance.

Corequisites:Minimum 2nd year (Level 2) standing, registration in a Health Sciences, Life Sciences, or Biochemistry degree plan, and one of (MICR 270/3.0; MICR 271/3.0).

Instructor: Dr. Christopher Lohans