Academic Programs Catalog

College of Veterinary Medicine

Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology

Richard R. Neubig, 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 Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degree program in Pharmacology and Toxicology, and a Graduate Certificate in Safety Pharmacology. A Master of Science degree in Integrative Pharmacology is also available for professional laboratory personnel. In addition, the College of Veterinary Medicine offers a Doctor of Philosophy degree program with a major in pharmacology and toxicology—environmental toxicology. 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.

Students who are enrolled in Master of Science degree programs in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology may elect a specialization in food safety.  For additional information, refer to the statement on the specialization.

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 18 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 at least 2 or 3 credits from the following Pharmacology and Toxicology in Context courses:    
  PHM 211 Pharmacology and Toxicology in Society   2
  PHM 454 Leadership and Team Management   3
4. Complete 9 or 10 credits from the following Science courses:    
  CEM 419 Independent Study       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 480 Special Problems       3 to 6
  PHM 487 Current Topics in Pharmacology and Toxicology   2
  STT 464 Statistics for Biologists   3
  ZOL 450 Cancer Biology (W)       3
  Students should consult their academic advisor for section specific information for enrollment in CEM 419 and PHM 480.

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.