Courses

Undergraduate Courses

Pharmacology 350 – Drug Actions and Reactions
Mechanisms of drug action, concepts of drug toxicity, resistance, tolerance, and drug interactions. Examples of how drugs affect the autonomic and central nervous systems, the cardiovascular and endocrine systems, and how drugs treat infection and cancer. This course is designed for both science and nonscience majors, but preference will be given to junior biology majors concentrating in Pharmacology. Prerequisite: introductory biology (Biology 20; Biology 201L recommended) and chemistry (Chemistry 210DL). Instructor: Schwartz-Bloom.

Pharmacology 360 – Drugs, Brain, and Behavior
Mechanisms by which psychoactive drugs act. Changes that occur with chronic use of drugs; drug abuse and dependence. Social and legal implications of psychoactive drugs. Designed for both science and non-science majors. Emphasis on the reasoning, research designs, and methods for understanding drug effects. Prerequisite: introductory biology (Biology 20; Biology 201L recommended) and chemistry (Chemistry 210DL). Instructor: Kuhn

Pharmacology 370 – Pharmacogenomics and Personalized Medicine
Introduction to human genetic and genomics and how the topics relate to modern medicine and treatment. Special emphasis placed on principles of human genomics (including human genome organization, complex disease and large scale genomic analysis) and how they relate to the field of translational genomics (bridging human genetics to drug design). Discussion of ethical and societal issues concerning personalized medicine as well as future implications to modern health care. Current journal articles highlighting new genomic treatments will be presented and discussed. Prerequisite: Biology 201L or Biology 202L. Instructor: Kwatra

Pharmacology 393/394 – Research Independent Study
Individual research in a Pharmacology-related area under the supervision of a faculty member, resulting in a substantive paper or written report containing significant analysis and interpretation of the study results. Open to first-year students and sophomores with consent of supervising instructor.

Pharmacology 293/294 – Research Independent Study – Science Education
Individual research in a field of science education (with reference to Pharmacology) at the precollege level, under the supervision of a faculty member, resulting in a substantive paper or written report containing significant analysis and interpretation of study results. Open to (juniors and seniors) with consent of supervising instructor. Instructor: Schwartz-Bloom

Pharmacology 471S – Reward and Addiction
Biological and psychological mechanisms of reward and addiction from a “molecules to mind” perspective. Topics include: neural mechanisms of reward, vulnerability to addiction, self-medication, addiction as a learning process, animal models of addiction, gateway drugs, roles of stress and impulsivity, adolescence, genetic vs. environmental predisposition, neural alterations resulting from drug intake. Prerequisite: Psychology 106 or Psychology 275/Biology 224/Neuroscience 114. Instructor: Schramm-Sapyta.

Pharmacology 493/494/495 – Research Independent Study
Individual research in a Pharmacology-related area under the supervision of a faculty member, resulting in a substantive paper or written report containing significant analysis and interpretation of the study results. Open to juniors and seniors, with consent of supervising instructor. Instructor: Staff

Graduate Courses Open to Undergraduates

Pharmacology 533 – Essentials of Pharmacology and Toxicology
Drug absorption, distribution, excretion, and metabolism. Structure and activity relationships; drug and hormone receptors and target cell responses. Consent of instructor required. Prerequisite: Biology 201L; Chemistry 201DL; Mathematics 122; Pharmacology 350. Instructor: Slotkin and staff

Pharmacology 534 – Interdisciplinary Approach to Pharmacology
Several model systems (cancer, immunological disorders, and infectious diseases) will be used to explore the molecular, biochemical, and physiological basis of drug action. Consent of instructor required. Prerequisite: Pharmacology 350. Instructor: Wang

Pharmacology 554 – Mammalian Toxicology
Principles of toxicology as related to humans. Emphasis on the molecular basis for toxicity of chemical and physical agents. Subjects include metabolism and toxicokinetics, toxicologic evaluation, toxic agents, target organs, toxic effects, environmental toxicity, management of poisoning, epidemiology, risk assessment, and regulatory toxicology, Prerequisite: Biology 19; Biology 201L recommended, and Chemistry 201DL, or consent of instructor. Instructor: Abou-Donia and staff

Pharmacology 693/694 – Research Independent Study – Science Education
Individual research in a field of science education (with reference to Pharmacology) at the precollege/college level, under the supervision of a faculty member, resulting in a substantive paper or written report containing significant analysis and interpretation of study results. Open to all qualified seniors and graduate students with consent of supervising instructor. Instructor: Schwartz-Bloom