Pharmacology And Toxicology : Degrees & Policies

Degrees Offered

Undergraduate: BS, Minor
Combined: BS/MS
Graduate: MA, PhD, MD/PhD

Advisement

Students are strongly urged to contact Dr. James Olson during their freshman/sophomore years to learn more about the subject, the opportunities that are available in the program and the relevance of these opportunities to students' academic and career aspirations. Information regarding procedural details of admission can be obtained by contacting the Undergraduate Assistant (pmyugrad@buffalo.edu or 716-829-2800), or Ms. Kelli Hickey, Senior Academic Advisor for Biomedical Undergraduate Education (khickey@buffalo.edu or 716-829-3005).

Transfer Policy

Transfer students should obtain admission to the university through the Office of Admissions before applying to the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology. Students must complete their university application (which includes sending official transcripts of the fall semester work) prior to February 14. The department will evaluate prerequisite courses previously taken as possible substitutes for required courses.

Pharmacology And Toxicology - B.S.

Acceptance Criteria

As part of the application review process the Admissions Committee will review the applicant's prerequisite GPA, entire transcript (including non-UB courses), research experience and other application materials.

The Admissions Committee will look at the applicant's GPA for prerequisite courses and other accomplishments. Applicants must have a minimum prerequisite GPA of 2.5 to be considered, but this does not guarantee acceptance into the program.

The program is very competitive as the department receives about 50-80 applications and enrolls about 35-40 per year. The fall 2011 incoming class had an average prerequisite GPA of 3.316.

Advising Notes

The department encourages students to apply by February 14th of their sophomore year. Students can obtain an application on the department website at: www.buffalo.edu/smbs/pmy/education_BS_major.php.

The department strongly encourages all students to complete all general education requirements before they apply to the BS degree program.

Prerequisite Courses

BIO 200 Evolutionary Biology
BIO 201 Cell Biology
CHE 101 General Chemistry or CHE 105 Chemistry: Principles and Applications
CHE 102 General Chemistry or CHE 106 Chemistry: Principles and Applications
CHE 201 Organic Chemistry
CHE 202 Organic Chemistry
MTH 121 Survey of Calculus and Its Applications I or MTH 141 College Calculus I
MTH 122 Survey of Calculus and Its Applications II or MTH 142 College Calculus II
PHY 101/PHY 151 College Physics I/Lab* or PHY 107 General Physics I
PHY 102/PHY 152 College Physics II/Lab* or PHY 108/PHY 158 General Physics II/Lab*

Required Courses

BCH 403 Principles of Biochemistry
PMY 405 Principles of Pharmacology
PMY 406 Principles of Pharmacology
PMY 409 Experimental Pharmacology
PMY 455 Toxicology Fundamentals
BIO 302 Introduction to Molecular Biology
PMY 311 Chemistry of Drug Action
PGY 451 Human Physiology I
PGY 452 Human Physiology II
Science electives**

Summary
Total required credit hours for the major...90-101

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

FIRST YEAR
Fall BIO 200; CHE 101 or CHE 105; MTH 121 or MTH 141
Spring BIO 201; CHE 102 or CHE 106; MTH 122 or MTH 142

SECOND YEAR
Fall CHE 201; PHY 101/PHY 151* or PHY 107
Spring CHE 202; PHY 102/PHY 152* or PHY 108/PHY 158*

THIRD YEAR
Fall BCH 403, PGY 451, science electives**
Spring PGY 452, PMY 311, PMY 409, science electives**

FOURTH YEAR
Fall PMY 405, PMY 455, BIO 302, science electives**
Spring PMY 406, science electives**

*Only one (1) physics lab is required.

**13-23 credit hours of science electives are required; STA 119 Statistical Methods or PSY 207 Psychological Statistics is strongly recommended.

Electives and Course Groupings

Students may choose from the following science electives:

ANA 113 Anatomy
APY 107 Introduction to Physical Anthropology
APY 275 Introduction to Medical Anthropology
APY 276 Introduction to Ethnomedicine
BIO 319 Genetics
BIO 328 General Physiology
BIO 401 Advanced Biological Chemistry
BIO 461 Basic Radiation Science
BIO 468 Molecular Immunology
BPH 303 Principles of Biophysics
CHE 214 Analytical Chemistry
CHE 312 Chemistry of Biological Systems
CHE 349 Physical Chemistry for Life Sciences
CSE 101 Computers A General Introduction
MCH 300 Herbs and Phytomedicinals
MIC 301 Fundamentals of Microbiology
MIC 401 General Microbiology
MIC 412 Fundamentals of Immunology
MT 402 Fundamentals of Immunology
MT 428 Forensic Science
NTR 108 Human Nutrition
NTR 401 Nutrition and Health
PGY 405 Cell Physiology
PGY 412 Applied Physiology
PHI 337 Social and Ethical Values in Medicine
PMY 498 Undergraduate Research
PSY 207 Psychological Statistics
STA 119 Statistical Methods

Pharmacology And Toxicology - B.S./M.S.

Acceptance Criteria

Minimum GPA of 3.0 overall.
Applicants must have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 to be considered, but this does not guarantee acceptance into the program.

Must be a registered University at Buffalo PMY major during their junior year

Three (3) supportive letters of recommendation from the faculty.
A personal statement from the student.

The department encourages students to apply by February 14 of their junior year. Students should contact the departmental office to obtain application instructions.

Advising Notes

Applications are accepted only from registered University at Buffalo PMY majors during their junior year. The Graduate Record Exam is not a requirement for admission. Forms and applications should be filed by February 14.

Prerequisite Courses

BCH 403 Principles of Biochemistry
BIO 200 Evolutionary Biology
BIO 201 Cell Biology
CHE 101 General Chemistry or CHE 105 Chemistry: Principles and Applications
CHE 102 General Chemistry or CHE 106 Chemistry: Principles and Applications
CHE 201 Organic Chemistry
CHE 202 Organic Chemistry
PMY 311 Chemistry of Drug Action
MTH 121 Survey of Calculus and Its Applications I or MTH 141 College Calculus I
MTH 122 Survey of Calculus and Its Applications II or MTH 142 College Calculus II
PGY 451 Human Physiology I
PGY 452 Human Physiology II
PHY 101/PHY 151 College Physics I/Lab* or PHY 107 General Physics I
PHY 102/PHY 152 College Physics II/Lab* or PHY 108/PHY 158 General Physics II/Lab*

Required Courses

PMY 626 Toxicology Principles and Practice
PMY 627 Target Organ Toxicity
PMY 511 Principles of Pharmacology I
PMY 512 Principles of Pharmacology II
BIO 302 Introduction to Molecular Biology
BMS 501 Cell Biology I
BMS 506 Cell Biology IIB
PHI 640 Graduate Research Ethics
PMY 506 Pharmacology Seminar
Research credits**

Summary
Total required credit hours for the undergraduate portion...77-81

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

FIRST YEAR
Fall BIO 200; CHE 101 or CHE 105; MTH 121 or MTH 141
Spring BIO 201; CHE 102 or CHE 106; MTH 122 or MTH 142

SECOND YEAR
Fall CHE 201; PHY 101/PHY 151* or PHY 107
Spring CHE 202; PHY 102/PHY 152* or PHY 108/PHY 158*

THIRD YEAR
Fall BCH 403, MCH 311, PGY 451, science elective
Spring PGY 452, science electives

FOURTH YEAR
Fall PMY 511, BIO 302, PMY 626/627, thesis research**
Spring PMY 512, GSC 640, thesis research**

FIFTH YEAR
Fall BMS 501, thesis research**
Spring PMY 506, thesis research**
Accepted Thesis

*Only one(1) physics lab is required.

**9-22 credit hours of research are required.

Pharmacology And Toxicology - Minor

About the Minor

A minor in pharmacology and toxicology is offered to science and non-science majors interested in acquiring an introductory understanding of the actions of drugs and toxic agents on living cells and tissues.

Acceptance Criteria

Applications should be made when the student has completed the prerequisite courses or is in the process of completing them during the semester when the application is made.

Minimum GPA of 2.5 in prerequisite courses.
Minimum GPA of 2.0 overall in minor to graduate.

Prerequisite Courses

BIO 200 Evolutionary Biology and BIO 201 Cell Biology
CHE 101-CHE 102 General Chemistry
CHE 201-CHE 202 Organic Chemistry

Required Courses

BIO 205 or BCH 403 Principles of Biochemistry
PMY 302 Introduction to Pharmacology
PMY 455 Toxicology Fundamentals
PGY 300 Human Physiology
One elective science course selected with approval of program director

Updated: 13 Nov 2012 06:01:56 EST