LITERATURE-BASED DISTANCE MASTER OF SCIENCE DEGREE IN PHARMACOLOGY AND TOXICOLOGY REQUIRED CLASSES

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION AND INFORMATION

3. Common Required Classes for all M.S. Programs

 

P&TX 750: Pharmacology I- Introduction to Pharmacology. 3 credits.

An introduction to the basic principles of biochemistry and molecular biology as well as pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of drug action. Additional lectures will introduce students to principles of pharmacogenomics and microscopy.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing in either Distance M.S. Program in Pharmacology and Toxicology.

 

P&TX 751: Pharmacology II- Endocrine Pharmacology. 2 credits.

A detailed study of the fundamental concepts of endocrinology with an emphasis on the pathophysiologic details of diabetes and the pharmacology of treatment. Brief discussions on hypothalamic/pituitary, reproductive, thyroid and adrenal endocrinology and pharmacology will be presented.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing in either Distance M.S. Program in Pharmacology and Toxicology and completion of P&TX750.

 

P&TX 752: Pharmacology III- Central Nervous System. 2 credits.

A detailed study of the fundamental concepts of the central nervous system and select diseases of the CNS and their pharmacologic treatment.  

Prerequisite: Graduate standing in either Distance M.S. Program in Pharmacology and Toxicology and completion of P&TX 750.

 

P&TX 753: Pharmacology IV- Cardiovascular and Renal Systems.  2 credits.

A detailed study of the fundamental principles of the cardiovascular system, renal system and their associated pharmacology.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing in either Distance M.S. Program in Pharmacology and Toxicology and completion of P&TX 750.

 

P&TX 754: Pharmacology V- Immunopharmacology, Infectious Diseases and Gastrointestinal Pharmacology. 2 credits.

This course is a detailed study of the fundamental concepts of immunology, inflammatory-related diseases and immunopharmacology, infectious diseases and gastrointestinal pharmacology.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing in either Distance M.S. Program in Pharmacology and Toxicology and completion of P&TX750.

 

P&TX 755: Molecular Toxicology. 2 credits.

A detailed study of the fundamentals of the toxicology, drug transformations and the mode of toxicity of various drug classes.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing in either Distance M.S. Program in Pharmacology and Toxicology and completion of P&TX 750.

 

P&TX 756: Pharmacology VI- Autonomic Nervous System. 2 credits.

A detailed study of the fundamental concepts of the autonomic nervous system and select diseases of the ANS and their pharmacology.  

Prerequisite: Graduate standing in either Distance M.S. Program in Pharmacology and Toxicology and completion of P&TX 750.

 

BIOS 720. Analysis of Variance. 3 credits.

Methods for designed experiments including one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA), two-way ANOVA, repeated measures ANOVA, and analysis of covariance are emphasized. Post- ANOVA tests, power and testing assumptions required in NOVA are discussed and applied. Outlier detection using robust estimators also are incorporated. Boxplots, histograms and scatterplots are used to display data.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing in either Distance M.S. Program in Pharmacology and Toxicology and completion of P&TX 750. Knowledge of statistical software, basic statistical plotting methods, p-values, two-sample t-test and simple linear regression is assumed.

 

P&TX 801: Issues in Scientific Integrity. 1 credit

Lectures on ethical issues in the conduct of a scientific career, with an 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 an author, grantee, reviewer,

employer/employee, teacher, student, and citizen.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing in either Distance M.S. Program in Pharmacology and Toxicology and completion of P&TX 750.

 

3. Required and Elective Classes Specific to the Literature-based M.S. Program

Required Course

 

P&TX 805: Experimental Pharmacology. 3 credits

This course will introduce students to elements of experimental design, provide guidance in topic selection for the capstone project and help students draft a page of specific aims that will serve as the foundation for completing the capstone project.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the Literature-based Distance M.S. Program in Pharmacology and Toxicology and completion of all required and two elective courses.

 

Elective Courses (select any 2 courses)

 

P&TX 757: Receptor Pharmacology and Cell Signaling. 2 credits.

An in-depth presentation of receptor-linked tyrosine kinases and downstream cell signaling pathways linked to cell growth and differentiation with an emphasis on their role in peripheral nerve myelination/demyelination. Discussion of G-protein receptor signaling and ion channel pharmacology.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the Literature-based Distance M.S. Program in Pharmacology and Toxicology and completion of at least 4 courses from the P&TX 750 – P&TX 756 series.

 

P&TX 758: Pharmacogenomics. 2 credits.

An in-depth presentation of pharmacogenomic principles and their application to personalized medicine. 

Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the Literature-based Distance M.S. Program in Pharmacology and Toxicology and completion of at least 4 courses from the P&TX 750 – P&TX 756 series.

 

P&TX 759: Communication in Biomedical Sciences. 2 credits

Lectures and practical experience in written and oral communication skills, featuring various types of scientific writing.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the Literature-based Distance M.S. Program in Pharmacology and Toxicology and completion of at least 4 courses from the P&TX 750 – P&TX 756 series.

 

P&TX 760: Optogenetic, Two Photon Imaging and Microscopy and Image Analysis Techniques in Neuropharmacology. 2 credits.

An in-depth presentation of the use of optogenetics and two photon imaging in exploring synaptic plasticity in the CNS. 

Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the Literature-based Distance M.S. Program in Pharmacology and Toxicology and completion of at least 4 courses from the P&TX 750 – P&TX 756 series.

 

P&TX 806: Literature MS Thesis. 4 credits

This course is intended to be the final course in the program and will be used to complete the literature-based research proposal.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the Literature-based Distance M.S. Program in Pharmacology and Toxicology and completion of at least 26 credit hours.


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