Courses for Master of Science in  Pharmacology (MSP) Program

The MSP degree program requires 39 units of coursework, including 3 units of a capstone project.  All courses in the program are required.

Online Courses

PHARM 271   Principles of Pharmacology (3 units). Online.
Principles of pharmacology: pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, pharmacogenetics, drug interactions and toxicity.

PHARM 272   Receptors and Drug Targets (3 units). Online.
Molecular basis of drug-receptor interaction. Receptor properties including gene and protein structure, signaling mechanisms, trafficking and physiological effects: G-protein linked receptors, ligand-gated ion channels, receptor tyrosine kinases, nuclear receptors, and ligand regulated transcription factors.

PHARM 274   Research Techniques in Pharmacology (3 units). Online.
Experimental techniques and model systems used in pharmacological research. Receptor analysis, bioassay, molecular biology, in vitro pharmacology, biochemical pharmacology, imaging, electrophysiology, in vivo pharmacology, disease models.

PHARM 276   Experimental Design and Data Analysis (3 units). Online.
Experimental design, data analysis and interpretation. Population and sample statistics, hypothesis testing, analysis of variance, nonparametric statistics, and power calculations.

PHARM 277   Ethics in Scientific Research (3 units). Online.
Ethical conduct in research including data handling, authorship, conflict of interest, animal rights and handling of misconduct.

PHARM 278   Concepts in Drug Discovery (3 units).
Online. Critical steps involved in discovery and optimization of a new drug.  Target selection, relationship of molecular structure to pharmacological activities, screening methods, strategies to identify lead compounds, and preclinical characterization necessary for development of the drug for clinical trials.

PHARM 279   Special Topics in Pharmacology (3 units). Online.
Topics of current interest in pharmacology; discussion of recent research publications.

PHARM 280   Masters Project in Pharmacology (3 units). Online.
Capstone research paper on topic of interest in pharmacology.

PHARM 281   Neuropharmacology (3 units). Online.
Autonomic and central nervous system pharmacology, including major drug classes and therapeutic uses.  Mechanisms underlying chemical signaling processes in the brain and peripheral nervous system, including neurotransmitter synthesis, inactivation and receptor action.

PHARM 282 Behavioral Pharmacology (3 units). Online.
Pharmacology of integrative function and behavior.  Drug treatment of pain. Mechanisms of reward, addiction and drugs of abuse.

PHARM 283  Cardiovascular Pharmacology (3 units). Online.
Basic understanding of drugs used in the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease.  Mechanisms of action, clinical and adverse effects.

PHARM 284  Endocrine, Respiratory and Gastrointestinal Pharmacology (3 units). Online.
Basic understanding of drugs used in endocrine, respiratory and gastrointestinal conditions, including hormone replacement, contraceptives, and drugs for diabetes, asthma, obesity, ulcer and gastric reflux.  Mechanisms of drug action, clinical and adverse effects.