Pharmacology Courses Offered

The following course are offered by the Department of Pharmacology (PHRM):

Pharmacology Minor. A total of 15 credits is required for the minor. Prerequisites for all courses are university level introductory biology and chemistry courses; the chemistry courses must include organic chemistry; students must have a B average and junior status to qualify for admission to the minor. Specific Requirements: PHRM 201, PHRM 272, PHRM 290; additional course(s) selected from PHRM 240, 297, 305, 372, 373, 381 or an extradepartmental course approved by the Pharmacology department.

200 Medical CannabisAn introduction to the pharmacology underlying recreational and medicinal uses of Cannabis.  Focuses on Cannabis taxonomy, chemistry of cannabinoids, physiological effects, and emerging therapeutic applications.  Discusses historical, political and socio-economic influences on medical marijuana legislation.  Prerequisite:  BCOR 103, NSCI 110, NSCI 111 or PHRM 201, or Instructor permission.  Three hours.  McHenry.

201 Introduction to Pharmacology. This course will focus on biochemical and physiological actions of prototype drugs used in the treatment and prevention of human diseases. Prerequisites: Introductory courses in Biology and Organic Chemistry. Three hours. Lounsbury.

240 Molecules and Medicine. This course conveys an understanding about drug design and the molecular mechanisms by which drugs act in the body. It highlights the importance of medicinal chemistry as it overlaps with the disciplines of Chemistry, Biolchemistry, Microbiology, Cell Biology, and Pharmacology. May be taken for graduate credit. Prerequisites: Organic Chemistry, Intro to Biology. Permission. Three hours. Dostmann.

272 Toxicology. Provide an understanding of the chemical, biochemical and physiological factors that determine the pathological effects of chemicals in living systems. Prerequisites: Organic chemistry, background in biology, or permission. Three hours. Dostmann.

290 Topics in Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology. Focuses on basic principles, drug interactions with receptors, membranes, synapses, neurotransmitters, macromoles, cytoskeleton, ion channels and pumps, and mechanisms of drug resistance. Prerequisites: Introductory course in organic chemistry, background in physiology or health sciences. Three hours. Brayden.

296 Special Topics. Topics of current interest and importance in pharmacology are considered in depth through presentations by staff, students, and visiting scientists. Prerequisite: Permission. Credit variable, one to three hours.

297 Advanced Pharmacology Research. Independent laboratory research performed under faculty supervision in an area of ongoing pharmacology research. Students must make arrangements with faculty prior to registring. Prerequisite: PHRM 201, permission required. Two hours. Wellman.

301 Summer Medical Pharmacology. This course covers all of the topics presented in a conventional course in Pharmacology for medical students and other students in the health sciences and is equivalent to course material provided to medical students at the University of Vermont. General pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic principles are considered. The rationales for the use of drugs to treat various diseases are addressed as are the adverse effects that are produced by drugs in clinical settings. The course consists of lectures and conferences (no laboratory). Evaluation will be based on exams set by the Department faculty. Prerequisites: Medical Physiology, Biochemistry and Microbiology are recommended. Six hours.

302 Pharmacological Techniques. Experiments conducted under supervision in the areas of drug metabolism, modes of drug action, physicochemical properties of drugs, bioassay, and toxicology. Open to undergraduates with instructor's permission. One to four hours.

305 Milestones in Pharmacology. A critical readings class where students read and present landmark pharmacology papers and link them to modern experiments and clinical applications. Co-requisites: PHRM 201 or Graduate standing. Two hours.

372 Special Topics. Topics of current interest and importance in pharmacology are considered in depth through presentations by staff, students, and visiting scientists. Prerequisite: Permission. Credit variable, one to three hours.

373 Readings in Pharmacology. Intensive directed reading in one area of pharmacology. Pharmacology students must choose a topic outside thesis research area. Term paper and seminar on selected topic required. Prerequisite: Instructor Permission. Two hours.

381 Seminar. Current developments in pharmacology are presented for discussion by students. Prerequisite: Permission. One hour.

391 Master's Thesis Research. Credit as arranged.

491 Doctoral Dissertation Research. Credit as arranged.