Curriculum

Third Year (TOX-3)

Fall Semester

Course Name & Description Credits
Biochemistry 507 (General Biochemistry I) 3 cr.
Chemistry of biological materials, intermediary metabolism and protein structure. First semester of a year long first course in biochemistry.
Physiology 335 (Physiology [with lab]) 5 cr.
This course presents all of the major systems of the human body, providing a broad, integrated understanding of function from the cellular to the organ-system level.
Pharmaceutical Sciences 558 (Laboratory Techniques in Pharmacology & Toxicology) 2 cr.
Basic laboratory techniques employed in pharmacological and toxicological research.
Statistics* (one 3-4 credit statistics course is required)
See below for course options
Electives**
Spring Semester
Course Name & Description Credits
Botany / Genetics / Zoology 466 (Principles of Genetics) *** 3 cr.
Genetics in eukaryotes and prokaryotes. Includes Mendelian genetics, mapping, molecular genetics, genetic engineering, cytogenetics, quantitative genetics, and population genetics. Illustrative material includes viruses, bacteria, plants, fungi, insects, and humans.
Biochemistry 508 (General Biochemistry II) 3 cr.
Chemistry of biological materials, intermediary metabolism and protein structure. Second semester of a year long first course in biochemistry.
Pathology 404 (Pathophysiologic Principles of Human Diseases) 3 cr.
Primarily for students of therapeutic sciences to provide a basic understanding of the causes, pathophysiology, pathology and clinical manifestations of disease states. Required course for occupational therapy and physical therapy students.
Pharmaceutical Sciences 679 (Pharmacology & Toxicology Seminar) 1 cr.
Senior student presentations of independent research or of published papers on a specific topic approved by the course coordinator. Faculty-led seminars on selected topics regarding responsible conduct of research. The course also provides a venue for career talks by Pharmacology-Toxicology alumni and guests working in a variety of professional settings – research, industry, and healthcare. Junior students participate via seminar observation, discussion, and construction of a written scientific research proposal.
Statistics* (one 3-4 credit statistics course is required)
See below for course options
Electives**
Genetics Curricular Option***

Fourth Year (TOX-4)

Fall Semester
Course Name & Description Credits
Pharmaceutical Sciences 521 (Pharmacology I) 3 cr.
Pharmacological actions of important drugs, including drugs that affect the peripheral nervous system, the central nervous system, and the gastrointestinal tract.
Pharmaceutical Sciences / Molecular & Environmental Toxicology 625 (Toxicology I) 3 cr.
Basic principles of toxicology and biochemical mechanisms of toxicity in mammalian species and man. Correlation between morphological and functional changes caused by toxicants in different organs of the body.
Biochemistry / Zoology 630 (Cellular Signal Transduction Mechanisms)  OR  Pharmaceutical Sciences 623 (Pharmacology III) 3 cr.
Comprehensive coverage of human hormones, growth factors and other mediators; emphasis on hormone action and biosynthesis, cell biology of hormone-producing cells.
Statistics* (one 3-4 credit statistics course is required)
See below for course options
Electives**
Spring Semester
Course Name & Description Credits
Pharmaceutical Sciences 522 (Pharmacology II) 3 cr.
Pharmacological actions of important drugs, including hematopoietic, thrombolytic, antihyperlipidemic, immunopharmacologic, anticancer, anti-inflammatory, diuretic, antihypertensive, antianginal, and anti-arrhythmic agents, and agents used to treat congestive heart failure.
Pharmaceutical Sciences / Molecular & Environmental Toxicology 626 (Toxicology II) 3 cr.
A course surveying the basic methods and fundamental biochemical mechanisms of toxicity. Toxicity in mammalian organ systems, techniques for evaluating toxicity, as well as mechanisms of species specificity, and environmental interactions (with toxicant examples) are presented.
Pharmaceutical Sciences 679 (Pharmacology & Toxicology Seminar) 1 cr.
Senior student presentations of independent research or of published papers on a specific topic approved by the course coordinator. Faculty-led seminars on selected topics regarding responsible conduct of research. The course also provides a venue for career talks by Pharmacology-Toxicology alumni and guests working in a variety of professional settings – research, industry, and healthcare. Junior students participate via seminar observation, discussion, and construction of a written scientific research proposal.
Statistics* (one 3-4 credit statistics course is required during the program
See below for course options
Electives**

*STATISTICS: Pharm-Tox students are required to take one semester of statistics. Students can select:

  • Statistics 371, 3 cr. (Introductory Applied Statistics for the Life Sciences)
  • Statistics 301, 3 cr. (Introduction to Statistical Methods)
  • Statistics 541, 3 cr. (Introduction to Biostatistics)
  • Statistics 571, 4 cr. (Statistical methods for Bioscience I)
  • Botany 575, 3 cr. (Introduction to Modern Statistical Methods for Biologists)

Stat 541 or Stat 571 is recommended for students preparing for graduate studies in the sciences.

The statistics requirement may be fulfilled in the summer before beginning the program or in the first two semesters of the program.

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** Electives consist of 5 credits of electives in the Pharm-Tox major (see approved electives in the major list); any remaining non-major curriculum graduation requirements (i.e., Communications “B”, humanities, ethnic studies, second-semester general physics); and any free-choice electives needed to reach the required total of 120 degree credits.

Most Popular Electives in the Major
Bacteriology 303 (Biology of Microorganisms) 3 cr.
Advanced Independent Study 699 (may be repeated) 1-3 cr.
Kinesiology 337 (Human Anatomy) 3 cr.
Medical Microbiology & Immunology 528 (Immunology) 3 cr.

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***Advanced Independent Study (699) MUST be completed in either semester 1, 2, or 3 of the Pharm-Tox curricular sequence. 699 must be approved by Professor Jeff Johnson to meet Pharm-Tox major curriculum requirements. A web-lab basic science experience available in a variety of academic departments can fulfill the requirement.

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