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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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A study of the biochemical principles of macromolecular structure and function, molecular communication, and the metabolism of nutrients and xenobiotics as applied to problems of medicinal and pharmacological significance. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in MDCM 602 Lab. LEC
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Laboratory exercises illustrating the application of chemical principles to biochemical processes of medicinal, pharmacological, and clinical significance. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in MDCM 601. LAB
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A study of the biochemical principles of macromolecular structure and function, biosynthesis, molecular communication, and the metabolism of nutrients and xenobiotics as applied to problems of medicinal and pharmacological significance. Prerequisite: CHEM 626 and MDCM 601. LEC
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This course will cover indigenous wisdom, ethnobotany, natural products chemistry and biotechnology to detail discoveries that are producing safe and effective medicines. The student will get familiarized with pharmacologically active compounds that were discovered from animals (frogs, leeches, insects, snakes); plants (terrestrial and marine); microorganisms (fungi and bacteria) as well as marine organisms. Prerequisite: MDCM 626 or instructor permission. LEC
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This course will cover indigenous wisdom, ethnobotany, natural products chemistry and biotechnology to detail discoveries that are producing safe and effective medicines. The student will get familiarized with pharmacologically active compounds that were discovered from animals (frogs, leeches, insects, snakes); plants (terrestrial and marine); microorganisms (fungi and bacteria) as well as marine organisms. Prerequisite: MDCM 601. LEC
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A study, from the molecular viewpoint, of the organic substances used as medicinal agents, including consideration of their origins, chemical properties, structure-activity relationships, metabolism and mechanisms of action; this course emphasizes drugs affecting the central nervous system. Prerequisite: CHEM 626 and MDCM 601. LEC
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A continuation of MDCM 625 with emphasis on autonomic and cardiovascular agents and peripherally-acting hormones. Prerequisite: MDCM 625. LEC
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A continuation of MDCM 625 and MDCM 626 with special emphasis on vitamins and anticancer, antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal agents. Prerequisite: MDCM 625. LEC
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A discussion of the principles of contemporary drug design with specific examples chosen from the original literature. Prodrugs: bioisosteres; modulation of drug absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion; molecular dissection; rigid analogs; pharmacophores; etc., will be treated. Prerequisite: MDCM 627. LEC
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Research in medicinal chemistry. Students will be assigned to a laboratory research problem. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. IND
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A lecture course designed to acquaint beginning research students with basic laboratory techniques, principles of laboratory safety, use of instrumental methods for structure elucidation, and the writing of scientific reports. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. LEC
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This course encompasses original work on a laboratory problem of limited scope, honors reading assignments from medicinal chemistry literature, or in-depth discussions of assigned topics. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. IND
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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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Students in this class will read about and discuss some of the latest research on the basic pathophysiology of these disorders and potential links between them. Efforts to test novel drug interventions will then be discussed and related to the new insights into the disease mechanisms. 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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PHAR 500 is a didactic course designed to introduce the student pharmacist to the concepts of Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiential Education, fulfill pre-requisites needed prior to IPPE site placement and to prepare the student for participation in the Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences. The course will address topics such as professionalism, confidentiality, patient interaction, medical and drug histories, blood borne pathogens and CPR. Students must be accepted to the school of pharmacy to be eligible to enroll. FLD
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Introduction to the prescription dispensing process within health-system pharmacies (hospital, nursing home, home health, HMO) with an emphasis on distribution systems, parenteral, and sterile products. Incorporates lectures, case studies, pharmacy visits and laboratory experience. Prerequisite: PHPR 502. LEC
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This course will provide students with the training and resources/materials necessary to: a) identify at-risk patient populations needing immunizations, b) work with other health-care professionals to establish and promote a successful pharmacy-based immunization service, c) act as either vaccine advocate or immunizer when appropriate, and d) promote public health by helping the patients they serve avoid vaccine-preventable communicable diseases. LEC
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An introduction to the profession of pharmacy addressing issues such as 1) academic expectations, 2) professional expectations, 3) ethics, 4) various career pathways, and 5) medical communication. Students must be accepted to the school of pharmacy to be eligible to enroll. LEC
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Exercises that reinforce the concepts taught in pharmacy practice, pharmaceutical chemistry, medicinal chemistry, and pharmacology courses. Includes exercises in compounding, dispensing and patient counseling. LAB
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Exercises that reinforce the concepts taught in pharmacy practice, pharmaceutical chemistry, medicinal chemistry, and pharmacology courses. Includes exercises in compounding, dispensing, and patient counseling. LAB
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Exercises that reinforce the concepts taught in pharmacy practice, pharmaceutical chemistry, medicinal chemistry, and pharmacology courses. Includes exercises in compounding, dispensing, and patient counseling. LAB
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Exercises that reinforce the concepts taught in pharmacy practice, pharmaceutical chemistry, medicinal chemistry, and pharmacology courses. Includes exercises in compounding, dispensing, and patient counseling. LAB
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Exercises that reinforce the concepts taught in pharmacy practice, pharmaceutical chemistry, medicinal chemistry, and pharmacology courses. Includes exercises in compounding, dispensing, and patient counseling. LAB
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A required four credit hour experiential course involving 160 hours of on-site experiential education. The course is designed to provide the student pharmacist with exposure to the practice of pharmacy in either an independent community or chain pharmacy in either a rural or urban setting within the state of Kansas. Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. Prerequisite: Completion of PHAR 500 or instructor consent. FLD
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A required four credit hour experiential course years involving 160 hours of on-site experiential education. The course is designed to provide the student pharmacist with exposure to the practice of pharmacy in an institutional health-system (hospital) environment in either a rural or urban setting within the state of Kansas. Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. Prerequisite: Completion of PHAR 502 or instructor consent. FLD
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An introduction to the health care system of the United States. On completion of the course the student will better understand the impact on pharmacy of changes in financing and technology. Enrollment limited to pharmacy majors. LEC
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In Physical assessment, students will learn how to utilize the available instruments to take blood pressures, temperatures, doing eye/ear exams, palpate/ausculate internal organs, and the most common skin conditions seen by a pharmacist. Chemical assessment will involve the students learning how drugs and disease change physiological fluid content, identification methods, and therapeutic monitoring through case study discussion and presentations. Prerequisite: Admission into the Non-traditional Pharm.D. program. LEC
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This course presents discussions on physiological and disease state variables in pharmacokinetics for selected drugs and drug classes, and instructs students in the use of physiological and disease state pharmacokinetic information to develop individualized therapeutic regimens. Prerequisite: PHCH 625 and PHCH 626. LEC
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This course presents discussions and clinical examples on physiological and disease state variables in pharmacokinetics for selected drugs and drug classes, and instructs students in the use of physiological and disease state pharmacokinetic information to develop or individualized therapeutic regimens. Delivery of this course will involve some aspects of distance learning. Prerequisite: Admission into the Non-traditional Pharm.D. program. LEC
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This elective class will explore emerging areas of research currently impacting the pharmaceutical industry. Potential topics include; biologicals as therapeutics, drug targeting, prodrugs, nanotechnology, biological barriers, gene therapy, transporters, vaccines, intracellular drug trafficking, controlled release drug delivery, cancer therapy, analytical biotechnology and many others. The class will be team taught by PHCH faculty and guest speakers. Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. Prerequisite: Must be accepted to the Pharmacy Program. LEC
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This elective class will explore emerging areas of research currently impacting the pharmaceutical industry. Potential topics include; biologicals as therapeutics, drug targeting, prodrugs, nanotechnology, biological barriers, gene therapy, transporters, vaccines, intracellular drug trafficking, controlled release drug delivery, cancer therapy, analytical biotechnology and many others. The class will be team taught by PHCH faculty and guest speakers. Prerequisite: Must be accepted to the Pharmacy Program. LEC
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This class will explore both the costs and time lines required for the approval of both new as well as generic drug products from identification of drug targets to FDA approval, and Phase 4 studies. Included will be a short history of the establishment of the FDA and its evolving role. The contributions of Frances Kelsey, the FDA scientist who fought the approval of thalidomide in the USA and thus saved many from the trauma of birth defects caused by the drug will be discussed. The class will be team taught by pharmaceutical chemistry faculty and guest speakers. Graded on a satisfactory/fail basis. Prerequisite: Completion of PHCH 626 or instructor permission. LEC
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This special topics course will cover the "public's perception" of drug discovery and development. This course is organized around a recently published book entitled "Drug Truths: Dispelling the Myths about Pharma R&D" (John Wiley & Sons, 2009). This book was written by John L. La Mattina, who was formally President of Pfizer Global Research ad Development. The course will address the following public myths about drug discovery and development: Cholesterol drugs are unnecessary, industry is more interested in "me-too" drugs than innovation, it takes industry too long to discover new drugs, drugs are discovered by academia, new medicines add cost but little benefit, big Pharma has failed and should learn from Biotech success, the industry invents diseases, new drugs are less safe than traditional medicine, industry spends more on advertising than R&D, and industry does not care about diseases of the developing world. Prerequisite: Must be accepted to the Pharmacy Program. LEC
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An introduction to the mathematics involved in filling prescriptions and in manufacturing pharmaceuticals. Includes an introduction to standard prescription notation and familiarization with pharmaceutical weights and measures. LEC
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Physical properties of pharmaceutical solutions and their physiological compatibility will be discussed (intermolecular interactions, energetics, colligative properties, isotonicity, pH, buffers and drug solubility). Kinetics and mechanisms of drug degradation in solution will also be introduced. Prerequisite: PHCH 517. LEC
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Vaccines are currently the most powerful therapeutic approach available for infectious disease and promise to become of increasing importance for a wide variety of other pathologies including cancer. This course discusses the immunological basis of vaccinology, types of vaccines currently available and in development and the process by which vaccines are made from the basic research stage through their pharmaceutical development and marketing. Ethical aspects of vaccine use will also be considered. Course graded on a satisfactory/fail basis. LEC
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A discussion of the basic concepts, and some clinical applications, of pharmacokinetics, clearance concepts, extravascular dosing, and the use of pharmacokinetics in dosage regimen design and adjustment. Prerequisite: PHCH 517 and PHCH 518. LEC
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A study of biological barriers to drug delivery, conventional dosage forms, and new and future drug delivery strategies. Prerequisite: PHCH 517, PHCH 518, and PHCH 625. LEC
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A lecture-discussion course concerned with identification of the contents of physiological fluids, changes in physiological fluid content induced by disease and drugs, and therapeutic drug monitoring: case study discussions and presentations are coordinated with the integrated laboratory. Prerequisite: Fifth-year standing and concomitant enrollment in integrated laboratory. LEC
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A study of selected topics of current interest which are pertinent to the area of pharmacy. This course is normally reserved as a didactic one that is offered occasionally when there is a special subject to be taught for one semester only. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. IND
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Student will be assigned a suitable research project in the area of pharmaceutical analysis or pharmaceutics. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. IND
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A student will be assigned a suitable research project in an area of pharmaceutical analysis or pharmaceutics. This course is offered regularly by the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry to meet the special needs of selected students, usually for one of the following two situations: (1) This course may be taken when a student has a special interest in a problem or area of limited scope and desires to pursue that study in depth under supervision of a member of the faculty. (2) This course is sometimes used as a remedial class to provide a mechanism of intensive review and study in an area of weakness. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. IND
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Drug interactions will be presented with an emphasis on evaluating the risk of the interaction in a particular patient. Patient counseling and communication techniques will be covered. Approximately half the class time will be spent covering non-prescription drugs and herbals. Prerequisite: PHAR 500. LEC
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This course is designed to extend the students' understanding of Oncology diseases and treatments beyond what is covered in the Pharmacotherapy series in the School of Pharmacy. Prerequisite: PHPR 646. LEC
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This course provides the fundamentals for developing a medical vocabulary. The student will develop the ability to understand, define and utilize medical terminology and abbreviations used in patient care. LEC
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Students will work at a health-related community center and participate in structured learning exercises. The objectives are to: 1) enable students to learn appropriate strategies to communicate and provide services to people with varying languages, cultures, social, and economic backgrounds, disabilities, illnesses, or impairments, 2) increase social interaction and citizenship, 3) heighten social awareness and understanding of ethical issues, and 4) acknowledge social responsibility and realize personal values. FLD
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