Minor Pharmacology (24 credits)

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Offered by: Pharmacology and Therapeutics     Degree: Bachelor of Science

Program Requirements

The Minor Pharmacology is intended for students registered in a complementary B.Sc. program who are interested in a focused introduction to specialized topics in pharmacology to prepare them for professional schools, graduate education, or entry into jobs in industry or research institutes. Students should declare their intent to enter the Minor in Pharmacology at the beginning of their U2 year. They must consult with, and obtain the approval of, the Coordinator for the Minor Program in the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics. (Please contact the coordinator: Dr. Terry Hébert; terence.hebert [at] mcgill.ca; 514-398-1398). All courses in the Minor program must be passed with a minimum grade C or better. Generally, no more than 6 credits of overlap are permitted between the Minor and the primary program.

Required Courses (12 credits)

  • PHAR 300 Drug Action (3 credits)

    Offered by: Pharmacology and Therapeutics (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Pharmacology and Therapeutics : Principles of pharmacology and toxicology. Frequently encountered drugs will be used as a focus to illustrate sites and mechanisms of action, distribution, metabolism, elimination and adverse side effects.

    Terms: Fall 2011

    Instructors: Edith Zorychta (Fall)

  • PHAR 301 Drugs and Disease (3 credits)

    Offered by: Pharmacology and Therapeutics (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Pharmacology and Therapeutics : This course further explores the basic principles of pharmacology as illustrated by drugs used in the treatment of disease. Emphasis is placed on drugs used for diseases prevalent in North America.

    Terms: Winter 2012

    Instructors: Géraldine Delbès, Paul Clarke, Derek Bowie (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Prerequisite: PHAR 300 or permission of instructor.
  • PHAR 562 General Pharmacology 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Pharmacology and Therapeutics (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Pharmacology and Therapeutics : Topics in pharmacology with an emphasis on molecular aspects and the nervous system; topics include molecular mechanisms of drug-action, cellular targets and rationale for therapeutics.

    Terms: Fall 2011

    Instructors: Guillermina Almazan (Fall)

    • Fall
    • Prerequisite: PHAR 301.
    • Restriction: Open to U3 students in the minor, major or honours program in Pharmacology, or with permission of instructor.
  • PHAR 563 General Pharmacology 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Pharmacology and Therapeutics (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Pharmacology and Therapeutics : Selected topics in pharmacology of the endocrine, metabolic, and cardiovascular systems. Additional topics include: pharmacogenetics/pharmacogenomics, chronopharmacology, molecular structure in pharmacology, epigenetic targets in cancer chemotherapy, and stem cell therapies.

    Terms: Winter 2012

    Instructors: Daniel Bernard (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Prerequisite: PHAR 301.
    • Restriction: Open to U3 students in the minor, major or honours program in Pharmacology, or with permission of instructor.

Complementary Courses (12 credits)

12 credits selected as follows:

3 credits, one of:

  • BIOC 212 Molecular Mechanisms of Cell Function (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biochemistry (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biochemistry : An introductory course describing the biochemistry and molecular biology of selected key functions of animal cells, including: gene expression; mitochondrial production of metabolic energy; cellular communication with the extra-cellular environment; and regulation of cell division.

    Terms: Winter 2012

    Instructors: Arnim Pause, Maxime Bouchard, Jason Young (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Prerequisite: BIOL 200
    • Restrictions: A non-terminal course intended to be followed by BIOC 311; BIOC 312 in the U2 year. Not open to students who have taken or are taking BIOL 201 or ANAT 212.
  • BIOL 200 Molecular Biology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : The physical and chemical properties of the cell and its components in relation to their structure and function. Topics include: protein structure, enzymes and enzyme kinetics; nucleic acid replication, transcription and translation; the genetic code, mutation, recombination, and regulation of gene expression.

    Terms: Fall 2011

    Instructors: Thomas E Bureau, Richard D W Roy, Francesco Fagotto, Monique Zetka (Fall)

    • Fall
    • 3 hours lecture, 1 hour optional tutorial
    • Prerequisite: BIOL 112 or equivalent
    • Corequisite: CHEM 212 or equivalent
  • BIOL 201 Cell Biology and Metabolism (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : This course introduces the student to our modern understanding of cells and how they work. Major topics to be covered include: photosynthesis, energy metabolism and metabolic integration; plasma membrane including secretion, endocytosis and contact mediated interactions between cells; cytoskeleton including cell and organelle movement; the nervous system; hormone signaling; the cell cycle.

    Terms: Winter 2012

    Instructors: Gary Brouhard, Richard D W Roy, Tamara Western (Winter)

    • Winter
    • 3 hours lecture, 1 hour optional tutorial
    • Prerequisite: BIOL 200.
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken or are taking ANAT 212 or BIOC 212

3 credits, one of:

6 credits, chosen from:

* PHAR 504 can be taken with PHAR 503 only.

  • PHAR 303 Principles of Toxicology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Pharmacology and Therapeutics (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Pharmacology and Therapeutics : Fundamental mechanisms by which toxic compounds damage a biological system (organelle, cell, organ, organism, ecosystem). Detection and quantification of toxicity and risk/benefit analysis are considered. Selected agents of current risk to human health or the environment are evaluated in depth.

    Terms: Winter 2012

    Instructors: Martine Culty, Edith Zorychta, Géraldine Delbès (Winter)

  • PHAR 503 Drug Design and Development 1 (3 credits) *

    Offered by: Pharmacology and Therapeutics (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Pharmacology and Therapeutics : Chemistry, mechanisms of action and steps in drug development.

    Terms: Fall 2011

    Instructors: Dusica Maysinger (Fall)

  • PHAR 504 Drug Design and Development 2 (3 credits) *

    Offered by: Pharmacology and Therapeutics (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Pharmacology and Therapeutics : Possible untoward effects and reasons for drug (dis)approval.

    Terms: Winter 2012

    Instructors: Dusica Maysinger (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Prerequisites: PHAR 503, or permission of coordinator
    • Restriction: U3 and graduate students. Students can register only with permission of coordinators.
  • PHAR 558 Pharmacology Selected Topics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Pharmacology and Therapeutics (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Pharmacology and Therapeutics : Changing nature of selected drug targets in light of advances in studying proteins in their native cellular milieu, in the context of intact tissues, organs and whole animals, highlighting several conceptual advances in pharmacological theory with bearing on how drug targets are viewed and characterized.

    Terms: Winter 2012

    Instructors: Terence Hebert, R. Anne McKinney (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: PHAR 562 or permission of the instructor.
    • Corequisite: PHAR 563 or permission of the instructor.
  • PHAR 599 Pharmacology Research Project (6 credits)

    Offered by: Pharmacology and Therapeutics (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Pharmacology and Therapeutics : Mechanisms involved in different pathologies and drug actions.

    Terms: Fall 2011, Winter 2012, Summer 2012

    Instructors: R. Anne McKinney, Dusica Maysinger (Fall) Dusica Maysinger, R. Anne McKinney (Winter) Dusica Maysinger, R. Anne McKinney (Summer)

    • Minimum of 18 hours/week to be spent in the lab and/or library.
    • Pre-/Co-requisite: PHAR 562 and PHAR 563.
    • Restrictions: U3 students with permission of instructors; students should consult instructors 3 - 4 weeks before registration.
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