Courses | MS in Pharmacology

The M.S. Pharmacology program is designed to be completed in two full-time semesters (one academic year, fall and spring). Students are required to complete 30 credits of coursework, including 23 credits of required courses and 7 credits of electives (either coursework option or laboratory research option).

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

   4 Required Courses (23 credits)

   Electives (7 credits)


Required Core Courses

Course Directors: Dr. Patrick Forcelli & Dr. John Partridge
Mon & Wed, 3:00–5:00pm

This course focuses on the most basic principles of pharmacology and covers, in detail, molecular and cellular drug targets, drug-receptor interactions, agonism, antagonism, drug metabolism, pharmacogenomics, and pharmacokinetics. Quantitative problem solving regarding these topics will be required. An introduction to several important neurotransmitter/receptors and their signaling mechanisms is included.  This course is meant to prepare the student for Graduate Pharmacology (PHAR 504) in the spring and is its pre-requisite.

Course Directors: Dr. John Partridge & Dr. Ghazaul Dezfuli
Mon–Fri, 9:45–11:50am

This course covers the major pharmacology of the peripheral and central nervous system, cardiovascular system, endocrine system, immune system, and basic cancer pharmacology. Throughout the course, both normal function (covered previously in Physiology) and pathophysiology will be emphasized where appropriate. The course focuses on mechanisms of drug action above and beyond simple memorization of pharmacological agents. Throughout the semester, methods and models in pharmacology are emphasized to aid understanding of the drug development process.

Course Directors: Dr. Jennifer Whitney
Mon, Wed, & Fri, 10:00am–12:00pm

This course is designed to provide students with a basic overview of the function of human body systems. The presentations will include cellular and molecular concepts but the emphasis will be on the integrated regulation among systems.

Course Director: Dr. Thomas Sherman
Mon & Wed, 1:00–2:50pm

This course covers the principles of biochemistry. The first section examines protein structure/function and enzymology; the middle section focuses on cell signaling, and the final section integrates it all in the context of metabolism. Current concepts regarding physiological processes at the cellular and molecular levels are investigated.


Laboratory Research

PHAR 906: Research in Pharmacology 
2 credits | Fall Semester

PHAR 907: Research in Pharmacology 
5 credits | Spring Semester


Recommended Fall Electives

Below are elective courses that previous students have taken and enjoyed. Students are welcome to explore the course catalog for other biomedical courses that suit their particular interests. Permission of the program director should be sought for any desired electives not listed below. Additionally, some courses may also require permission of instructor.

Note: Certain courses may not be offered every year or may be offered at different times that conflict with core courses; please check course schedule for available course offerings.

PHAR 604: Medicinal Plants and Pharmacognosy

MICB 606: Public Policy for Scientists

CLTR 501: Introduction to Biostatistics in Clinical Research

TBIO 508: Cellular and Molecular Aspects of the Transformed Cell

TBIO 523: Cancer Epigenetics

TBIO 525: Cancer Genetics 

NSCI 425:  Topics in Neuroscience: Diseases, Research & Treatment

NSCI 521: Functional MRI: Theory & Practice  

NSCI 558: Molecular Mechanisms of Neurodegeneration
*Permission of Instructor Required; strong background in neuroscience required.

INNS 520: Translational Neuroscience

Note: Certain courses may not be offered every year or may be offered at different times that conflict with core courses; please check course schedule for available course offerings.


Recommended Spring Electives

Below are elective courses that previous students have taken and enjoyed. Students are welcome to explore the course catalog for other biomedical courses that suit their particular interests. Permission of the program director should be sought for any desired electives not listed below. Additionally, some courses may also require permission of instructor.

Note: Certain courses may not be offered every year or may be offered at different times that conflict with core courses; please check course schedule for available course offerings.

PBIO 529: Human Nutrition and Health

PHAR 592: Introduction to Toxicology

PHAR 605: Advanced Topics in Nutrition

INNS 531: Neurobiology of Drug Addiction* 
*Permission of Instructor Required; strong background in neuroscience required.

GLOH 708: Access to Pharmaceuticals

TBIO 536: Cancer Pharmacology 

CLTR 506: Study and Clinical Trial Design

CLTR 507: Epidemiologic Methods

CLTR 700: Aspects of Drug Development*
*Permission of Instructor Required

BCHB 522: Drug Targets/Drug Design

MICB 660: Concepts of Immunotherapy*
*Permission of Instructor Required

MICB 705: Science Diplomacy and World Health

Note: Certain courses may not be offered every year or may be offered at different times that conflict with core courses; please check course schedule for available course offerings.