Academic Programs Catalog

College of Veterinary Medicine

Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology

Anne McLaren Dorrance, Chairperson

The Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology is administered jointly by the colleges of Human Medicine, Osteopathic Medicine, and Veterinary Medicine. The College of Veterinary Medicine is the primary administrative unit. All three colleges offer a Master of Science degree program in Laboratory Research in Pharmacology and Toxicology, a Doctor of Philosophy degree program in Pharmacology and Toxicology, and a Graduate Certificate in Safety Pharmacology. The College of Osteopathic Medicine offers an online Master of Science degree program in Pharmacology and Toxicology, an online Master of Science degree program in Integrative Pharmacology, and an online Graduate Certificate program in Safety Pharmacology. For additional information about the department and its graduate degree programs, refer to the statement on the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology in the College of Osteopathic Medicine section of this catalog.

The department is responsible for teaching the fundamental and applied aspects of pharmacology and toxicology and offers courses at the undergraduate, professional, and graduate levels. The principal objective of the departmental Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program is to prepare students for pharmacology- and toxicology-related careers. 

A Minor in Pharmacology and Toxicology is available to undergraduates through the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Minor in Pharmacology and Toxicology

The Minor in Pharmacology and Toxicology is designed to introduce science-oriented students to the field of pharmacology and toxicology. It provides student an opportunity to enhance their career and better position students for entry into professional programs including medical, veterinary, pharmacy schools, and to graduate programs in biomedical disciplines and careers within research.

The minor is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs at Michigan State University. With the approval of the department and college that administers the student’s degree program, the courses that are used to satisfy the minor may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the bachelor’s degree.

Students who plan to complete the requirements for the minor should consult an undergraduate advisor in the department.

Requirements for the Minor in Pharmacology and Toxicology

Students must complete a minimum of 15 credits from the following:

1. One of the following courses (3 credits):
PHM 350 Introductory Human Pharmacology 3
PHM 430 Human Pharmacology 3
2. The following course (3 credits):
PHM 450 Introduction to Chemical Toxicology 3
3. Complete 9 or 10 credits from the following Science courses:
IBIO 450 Cancer Biology (W) 3
PHM 211 Pharmacology and Toxicology in Society 2
PHM 321 Common Drugs 3
PHM 351 Fundamentals of Drug Safety 2
PHM 421 Clinical Toxicology 3
PHM 422 Fundamentals of Neuropharmacology 2
PHM 431 Pharmacology of Drug Addiction 3
PHM 454 Leadership and Teams for Scientists and Health Professionals 3
PHM 461 Tropical Medicine Pharmacology 2
PHM 480 Special Problems 3 to 6
PHM 483 Chemotherapy of Infectious Diseases 3
PHM 487 Current Topics in Pharmacology and Toxicology 2
STT 231 Statistics for Scientists 3
STT 464 Statistics for Biologists 3
Students should consult their academic advisor for section specific information for enrollment in PHM 480.
Students who complete PHM 211 in item 3. must complete 10 credits to fulfill this requirement.
Students who complete PHM 454 in item 3. must complete 9 credits to fulfill this requirement.

BioMolecular Science Gateway - First Year

Students are encouraged to apply for admission to the Ph.D. program through the BioMolecular Science Gateway – First Year, where students choose a doctoral major from any of six Ph.D. programs: biochemistry and molecular biology, cell and molecular biology, genetics and genome sciences, microbiology and molecular genetics, pharmacology and toxicology, or physiology. For additional information refer to the College of Natural Science section of this catalog.