Pharmacology Minor | University of the Sciences | Philadelphia, PA
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Pharmacology Minor

The minor provides students with a foundation in the interdisciplinary pharmacology field. Students will learn the core concepts of pharmacology, including fundamental methods of pharmacological studies, mechanisms of action drugs to treat varieties of diseases, and toxicity and safety assessment in drug development.   Pharmacology benefits students who will pursue degrees in health professions and who are interested in drug discovery.

Coursework & Duration

Prerequisite Course:

Course Number Course Name Credits
CH 101  and CH 102
or
CH 111  and CH 112 
General Chemistry I, II
or
Principles of Chemistry I, II
6 credits
CH 103 and CH 104
or
CH 113  
and CH 114 
General Chemistry Laboratory I, II
or
Principles of Chemistry Laboratory I, II
2 credits
MA 107 and MA 110 or MA 122
Precalculus and General Calculus or Calculus I 6 or 4 credits
CH 201 and CH 202
or
CH 211
and CH 212
Organic Chemistry I, II
or
Principles of Organic Chemistry I, II
6  credits
CH 203 and CH 204
or
CH 213 and CH 214
Organic Chemistry Laboratory I, II
or
Principles of Organic Chemistry Laboratory I, II
2 credits
BS 205 and BS 206
or
BS 310 and BS 311 
Human Structure and Function I, II
or
Anatomy and Physiology I, II
6 credits

Required Courses:

Course Number Course Name Credits
CH 340 or CH 341 or CH 346 Survey of Biochemistry or Molecular Structure in Biochemistry or Biochemistry 3 or 4 credits
PC 305 Fundamentals of Pharmacology 3 credits
PC 315 Introduction to Toxicology 2 credits
PC 421 Advanced Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacology 4 credits

Elective Courses:

Complete a minimum of 6 credits

Course Number Course Name Credits
BS 306 Human Molecular and Cellular Biology 3 credits
BS 336 Pharmacognosy 2 credits
BS 358 Principles and Applications of Immunology 3 credits
CH 356 or BS 466 or BS 475
Molecular Biology and Genetics or Genetics or Molecular Biology 3 or 4 credits
CH 361 or CH 366 Analytical Chemistry or Principles of Analytical Chemistry
3 credits
CH 363 Analytical Chemistry Laboratory 1 credit
PC 330 Biomethods in Pharmacology and Toxicology 3 credits
PC 340 Introduction to Neuropsychopharmacology 3 credits
PC 350  Toxicology of Drug Abuse  2 credits
PC 422 Special Topics in Pharmacology  4 credits
PC 431 Advanced Toxicology  3 credits
PC 432  Special Topics in Toxicology  3 credits
PC 450 Analysis of Scientific and Medical Publications:
Retractions, Publication Ethics, and Adverse Consequences
2 credits

Total Minimum Credits: 18

Requirements & Expectations

Students must complete 18 credits beyond the prerequisite courses. Of these 18 credits, a minimum of 12 credits of minor coursework must be completed in addition to any courses (required courses or program electives) included in the major curriculum.

Interested students should apply to the pharmacology minor program early in their academic career, usually by the fifth semester of college work, but no later than the end of the drop/add period of the first semester of their last year of didactic work.