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Principal Course Distribution Requirement

Principal courses offer introductions to the breadth of disciplines in the College. They acquaint students with the subject matter in an area, with the types of questions that are asked about that subject matter, with the knowledge that has been developed and is now basic to the area, and with the methods and standards by which claims to truth are judged.

Students must complete courses in topical groups in three major divisions (humanities, natural sciences and mathematics, and social sciences). For the B.A., three courses are required from each division, with no more than one course from any topical group. The B.G.S. requires two courses from each division, with no more than one from any topical group. To fulfill the requirement, a course must be designated as a principal course according to the codes listed below.

These are the major divisions, their topical subgroups, and the codes that identify them:

Humanities

  • HT: Historical studies
  • HL: Literature and the arts
  • HR: Philosophy and religion

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

  • NB: Biological sciences
  • NE: Earth sciences
  • NM: Mathematical sciences
  • NP: Physical science

Social Sciences

  • SC: Culture and society
  • SI: Individual behavior
  • SF: Public affairs

No course may fulfill both a principal course distribution requirement and a non-Western culture or second-level mathematics course requirement. Laboratory science courses designated as principal courses may fulfill both the laboratory science requirement and one of the distribution requirements. No free-standing laboratory course may by itself fulfill either the laboratory science requirement or a principal course requirement. Students should begin taking principal courses early in their academic careers. An honors equivalent of a principal course may fulfill a principal course requirement.

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Non-Western Culture Requirement

A non-Western culture course acquaints students with the culture, society, and values of a non-Western people, for example, from Asia, the Pacific Islands, the Middle East, or Africa. Students must complete one approved non-Western culture course.

One approved non-Western culture course is required. Occasionally courses with varying topics fulfill the non-Western culture course requirement. See the Schedule of Classes for details. These courses are coded NW.

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Transfer and Earned Credit Course Codes

These codes are used to evaluate transfer credit and to determine which academic requirements a course meets.

  • H: Humanities
  • N: Natural Sciences and Mathematics
  • S: Social Sciences
  • W: World Civilization and Culture
  • U: Undesignated Elective Credit (course does not satisfy distribution requirement)

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The pharmacology series covers the mechanisms by which drugs interact with living organisms. An integrative emphasis will be placed on understanding the molecular basis of drug action with respect to modifying the pathophysiology of specific disease states. Topics in P&TX 630 include, general principles of cell biology, molecular biology, pharmacogenomics, immunology and principles of drug metabolism and disposition. Prerequisite: BIOL 646 or equivalent. LEC
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The pharmacology series covers the mechanisms by which drugs interact with living organisms. An integrative emphasis will be placed on understanding the molecular basis of drug action with respect to modifying the pathophysiology of specific disease states. Topics in P&TX 631 include, hematology, cancer biology and therapeutics, immunopharmacology, infectious diseases and respiratory disease. Prerequisite: P&TX 630 and BIOL 400 or equivalent. LEC
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The pharmacology series covers the mechanisms by which drugs interact with living organisms. An integrative emphasis will be placed on understanding the molecular basis of drug action with respect to modifying the pathophysiology of specific disease states. Topics in P&TX 632 include, cardiovascular diseases, diuretics, autonomic pharmacology and drugs regulating central nervous system function. Prerequisite: P&TX 630 and P&TX 631. LEC
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The pharmacology series covers the mechanisms by which drugs interact with living organisms. An integrative emphasis will be placed on understanding the molecular basis of drug action with respect to modifying the pathophysiology of specific disease states. Topics in P&TX 633 include endocrine disorders, diabetes and obesity, and gastrointestinal pharmacology. Prerequisite: P&TX 630, P&TX 631 and P&TX 632. LEC
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General principles of toxicology, treatment, and management of accidental poisoning, and current topics of interest. Prerequisite: P&TX 630, P&TX 631, and P&TX 632. LEC
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Students will read about and discuss the latest research on new antibiotic targets, therapeutic potential, disease prevention, and the emergence of antibiotic resistance. LEC
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The objective of this course is to provide students with an opportunity to read, examine, and report on a broad array of topics relevant to diabetes and obesity. Students will be given broad latitude to propose topics of interest to them within the area of diabetes and obesity. The format of the course will be group presentations. Groups of 3 students will identify a topic of interest to them in the field of diabetes and obesity, prepare a 30 min presentation and deliver it to the class for discussion. Prerequisite: P&TX 630. LEC
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Neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases, are associated with older age and/or enhanced oxidative stress. The possible causes for the development and progression of these diseases with relation to current research in the field will be discussed. Additionally, a summary of available and suggested future treatments will be given. Prerequisite: P&TX 630. LEC
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Several addictions will be discussed including addictions to alcohol, cocaine, methamphetamine, gambling, and others as time permits. The physiology, biochemistry, pharmacology and available treatments for these addictions will be reviewed. The role of pharmacotherapies will be discussed, particularly as they relate to the molecular basis of addiction. Behavioral and psychological approaches also will be examined. Prerequisite: Completion of P&TX 632 or special permission from faculty. LEC
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Original research on a laboratory problem of limited scope. This course cannot count toward pharmacology and toxicology requirements in the School of Pharmacy. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. IND
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Original library review of a limited special topic in pharmacology and toxicology. The student will write a review in his or her report. This course may count toward pharmacology and toxicology requirements in the School of Pharmacy. Prerequisite: P&TX 635 and consent of instructor. IND
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A course designed to assist doctoral students in the biomedical sciences in their professional development by providing presentations, discussions, and practical experiences related to career planning. Topics include diverse career opportunities and expectations of each, preparation of vitae/resumes and other elements of a successful job search, writing scientific papers and dealing with editors, developing programmatic research programs, balancing professional obligations, advancing through promotions, and related topics. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in pharmacology and toxicology. LEC
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This course will examine the bases for reciprocal dynamic interactions between central nervous system function and structure ("nature") and experience ("nurture"). "Nature" will be explored using principles and methodologies derived from systems and molecular pharmacology, and neurochemistry. The effects of "nurture" on brain will involve issues derived from behavioral pharmacology, environmental enrichment, and human brain imaging. During the course, with the help of the instructor, students will be expected to discuss and critically analyze research articles for subsequent presentation to the class. LEC
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The use of the library as a research tool and the study of bibliographic techniques of literature searching. Emphasis on pharmacological, physiological, biochemical, and medical literature. Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. Prerequisite: Graduate standing. LEC
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A detailed study of the fundamentals of autonomic nervous system, central nervous system, and their pharmacology. The student will attend P&TX 632 lectures and meet separately with the faculty for additional discussions of advanced material on the topics. The students will be examined on the advanced material. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in pharmacology and toxicology. LEC
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A detailed study of the fundamentals of cardiovascular system, renal system and their pharmacology. The student will attend P&TX 632 lectures and meet separately with the faculty for additional discussions of advanced material on the topics. The students will be examined on the advanced material. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in pharmacology and toxicology. LEC
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A detailed study of the fundamentals of hematology, cancer biology and their pharmacology. The student will attend P&TX 631 lectures and meet separately with the faculty for additional discussions of advanced material on the topics. The students will be examined on the advanced material. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in pharmacology and toxicology. LEC
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A detailed study of the fundamentals of infectious diseases, respiratory diseases and their pharmacology. The student will attend P&TX 631 lectures and meet separately with the faculty for additional discussions of advanced material on the topics. The students will be examined on the advanced material. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in pharmacology and toxicology. LEC
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A detailed study of the fundamentals of endocrinology and associated pharmacology. The student will attend P&TX 631 lectures and meet separately with the faculty for additional discussions of advanced material. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in Pharmacology and Toxicology Program. LEC
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A detailed study of the fundamentals of energy metabolism and obesity, gastrointestinal pharmacology, and vitamins. The student will attend P&TX 633 lectures and meet separately with the faculty for additional discussion of advanced material on the topics. The students will be examined on the advanced material. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in pharmacology and toxicology. LEC
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An examination of basic principles of molecular biology, immunology, and protein chemistry as they apply to the identification, production, stability, delivery, and monitoring of new therapeutic agents provided by the expanding biotechnology industry. Students will attend lectures in P&TX 633 and meet separately with faculty for additional discussions of more advanced material on these topics. The students will be examined on the advanced material. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in Pharmacology and Toxicology. LAB
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Experimental approaches to understanding mechanism of drug action. Use of drugs as tools to understand functioning of biological systems will also be stressed. Historically important experiments will be discussed along with experiments which are currently used to define drug mechanisms. Topics will include: dose-response, drug receptors, drug metabolism, chemotherapy as well as autonomic CNS, cardiovascular and renal pharmacology. (Same as MDCM 742.) Prerequisite: BIOL 600 and BIOL 726 or equivalent, or consent of instructor. LEC
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The molecular basis involved in the poisoning and detoxification process will be covered. Topics will include drug metabolism and disposition, chemical, genetic, and developmental toxicology. Prerequisite: BIOL 600, BIOL 762 or equivalent, or consent of instructor. LEC
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A detailed study of the molecular aspects of nerve transmission will be covered with special emphasis on the uptake, storage, release, biosynthesis, and metabolism of specific neurotransmitters. Drugs affecting these processes and current research on receptor isolation and receptor mechanisms will be discussed from a chemical viewpoint. (Same as BIOL 775, CHEM 775, MDCM 775, NURO 775, and PHCH 775.) Prerequisite: BIOL 600 or equivalent. LEC
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A review of current literature and research in pharmacology and toxicology. Required of all graduate students in the department every fall and spring semester. Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in P&TX. LEC
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This course is to be used by graduate students fulfilling the teaching requirements for the Ph.D. in pharmacology and toxicology. The student will function as a discussion leader and lecturer in a limited number of class sessions. Each student will meet with the faculty whom he or she is assisting. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in pharmacology and toxicology program. RSH
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Lectures and discussion on ethical issues in the conduct of a scientific career, with emphasis on practical topics of special importance in molecular-level research in the chemical, biological, and pharmaceutical sciences. Topics will include the nature of ethics, the scientist in the laboratory, the scientist as author, grantee, reviewer, employer/employee, teacher, student, and citizen. Discussions will focus on case histories. Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. (Same as MDCM 801, NURO 801, PHCH 801 and PHCH 802.) LEC
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This course is designed for graduate students and will fulfill the first written exam requirement for the Ph.D. in pharmacology and Toxicology. The student will research and write a six page literature review by choosing a topic provided by the faculty. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in Pharmacology and Toxicology Program. LEC
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The course will cover basic techniques of moral reasoning, especially as applied to ethical issues in the physical sciences and engineering. Topics covered will include the ethical conduct of research, the federal and professional guidelines for different kinds of research, and the ethical dimensions of publication and professional life. Emphasis will be on practical applications, cases and student involvement. (Same as GS 804, MDCM 804, NURO 804, and PHCH 804.) Prerequisite: Must be admitted to the program or division of Pharmacy to enroll in this class. LEC
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This course is designed for graduate students and will fulfill the second written exam requirement for the Ph.D. in pharmacology and Toxicology. The student will research and write a twelve page literature review by choosing a topic provided by the faculty. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in Pharmacology and Toxicology Program. LEC
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Original investigations at an advanced level in the areas of pharmacology or toxicology or related fields. This research will be performed by graduate students in collaboration with a faculty member. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor. RSH
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Hours and credit to be arranged. Independent investigation of a research problem of limited scope. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in P&TX and consent of instructor. THE
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Through the use of both traditional didactic and student participatory instructional methods, the seminar will address basic pharmacological concepts (i.e., assimilation, distribution, elimination, dose effect analyses, kinetics, etc.), neuropharmacological principles (i.e., neuronal mechanisms of action of psychotropic drugs, animal models of human psychiatric disorders, etc.), and therapeutics (i.e., drug treatment of psychosis, depression, Alzheimer's disease, etc.). Special attention will be devoted to the organism's age (and history) as these may influence psychopharmacological outcomes. LEC
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This course will examine the bases for reciprocal dynamic interactions between central nervous system function and structure ("nature") and experience ("nurture"). "Nature" will be explored using principles and methodologies derived from systems and molecular pharmacology, and neurochemistry. The effects of "nurture" on brain will involve issues derived from behavioral pharmacology, environmental, enrichment, and human brain imaging. During the course, with the help of the instructor, students will be expected to discuss and critically analyze research articles for subsequent presentation to the class. LEC
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A study of drug effects at the cellular, subcellular, and molecular levels, and the correlation with tissue and organ reactions. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in P&TX and consent of instructor. LEC
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Advanced level research in collaboration with a faculty member in the department. Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. Prerequisite: Doctoral degree or equivalent in an appropriate related area, and consent of instructor. RSH
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Hours and credit to be arranged. Original investigation in pharmacology and toxicology. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. THE
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