Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog
2016-17

Pharmacology And Toxicology - Degrees & Policies

Degrees Offered

Undergraduate: BS, Minor
Combined: BS/MS
Graduate: MS, 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 15th. 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 2015 incoming class had an average prerequisite GPA of 3.282.

Advising Notes

The department encourages students to apply by February 15th of their sophomore year. Students can obtain an application on the department website at: http://medicine.buffalo.edu/departments/pharmtox/education/undergraduate/application.html.

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 Essentials of Pharmacology I
PMY 406 Essentials of Pharmacology II
PMY 409 Experimental Pharmacology
PMY 455 Toxicology Fundamental
PMY 311 Chemistry of Drug Action
PGY 451 Human Physiology I
PGY 452 Human Physiology II
STA 119 or PSY 207 Statistical Methods or Psychological Statistics
Science electives**

Undergraduate Credit Requirements Chart
Credits Required for Major 94
Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum 32
Additional Credits Required for Electives 0
Total Credits Required for Degree 126

Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements (UB Curriculum) for general education and remaining university requirements.

Learning Outcomes

The overall goal of the B.S. program in Pharmacology and Toxicology is to prepare students with a comprehensive understanding of the interactions of drug and toxin actions with living cells and tissues. Majors in our program are expected to master both the conceptual and practical aspects of pharmacology and toxicology, as well as fundamental laboratory techniques used in assessing drug action. This training provides students with an array of career opportunities including advanced study in either graduate or professional schools or for scientific careers in regulatory affairs, production analysis, product safety or sales, or as research scientists and/or drug information specialists.

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 302 Introduction to Molecular Biology
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
MIC 301 Fundamentals of Microbiology
MIC 401 General Microbiology
MIC 412 Fundamentals of Immunology
MT 402 Fundamentals of Immunology
MT 422 Biomolecular Techniques and Diagnostics
MTA 432 Introduction to Medical Genetics
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
SPM 301 Introduction to Epidemiology
STA 427 Introduction to Medical Statistics

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

View the Finish in Four Curricular Plan for the Pharmacology and Toxicology BS which is a recommended sequence of courses to help achieve this degree in four years.

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

Acceptance Criteria

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 April 1st 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 April 1st.

Prerequisite Courses

BCH 403 Biochemistry Principles
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
PMY 409 Experimental Pharmacology
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 455 Toxicology Fundamentals
PMY 503 Principles of Pharmacology I
PMY 516 Principles of Pharmacology II
3 Credit Graduate Research Ethics Course
STA 527 Statistics
Research credits**

Combined Degree Credit Requirements Chart
Credits Required for Major (Undergraduate) 80
Credits Required for Major (Graduate) 49
Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum 32
Additional Credits Required for Electives 0
Total Credits Required for Degree 161

Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements (UB Curriculum) for general education and remaining university requirements.

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

View the Curricular Plan for the Pharmacology and Toxicology BS/MS which is a recommended sequence of courses to help achieve this degree in five years.

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

Minor Credit Requirements Chart
Total Credits Required for Minor/Certificate 46

Minors and certificates must be completed in conjunction with a major and all university degree requirements must be met.

Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

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