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Bachelor of Science in Pharmacology and Toxicology

Location: Boston
Start Term: Fall

Bachelor of Science in Pharmacology and Toxicology

The study of pharmacology and toxicology prepares students for a career in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry or the research and development sector. It also provides a competitive edge on all pre-professional tracks, whether you want to pursue medical, veterinary, or pharmacy school. As an undergraduate student, you will attain a high-level understanding of advanced sciences that will set you apart from other post-baccalaureate or pre-professional students. The curriculum prepares you with courses, such as Basic Pharmacology, Principles of Toxicology, and Analytical Methods in Pharmacology & Toxicology, that you would otherwise only be introduced to in a professional program.

A unique quality of the Bachelor of Science in Pharmacology and Toxicology is that it provides students the option to become a board-certified toxicologist without needing to obtain a graduate-level degree. With this bachelor’s degree, you would be eligible to become a board-certified toxicologist after just 10 years of relevant toxicological work experience—and with a master’s degree, just five years of experience.

During this full-time, four-year undergraduate program, you will have the opportunity to work alongside professional experts in modern laboratories designed for the study of drugs and environmental chemicals, as well as drug and chemical safety. This program will provide students with the tools needed to develop strong analytical, technical, and presentation skills.

What is pharmacology? “Pharmacology is the science of how drugs act on biological systems and how the body responds to the drug. The study of pharmacology encompasses the sources, chemical properties, biological effects, and therapeutic uses of drugs. . . . Pharmacology integrates the knowledge of many disciplines, including medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, nursing, and veterinary medicine. This integrative nature allows pharmacology to make unique and significant contributions to human health.” – American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics

What is toxicology? “Toxicology is the study of adverse effects of chemical, physical, or biological agents on living organisms and the ecosystem, including the prevention and amelioration of the effects.” – Society of Toxicology

First-year applicants can view their admission requirements on the Undergraduate Applicants page.  

Students with 12 or more college credits may transfer in to the first, second, or third year of the program. Courses must have been completed at a regionally accredited college or university with a grade of C or better for transfer. Math and science courses taken more than ten years prior to the anticipated date of matriculation to MCPHS will not be accepted.

While there are no specific required courses for entry into the first year of our program, the admission committee will look for success in any math and science courses you have already taken. If you complete any of the courses listed below, you may receive transfer credit and your first year course load may be lighter. However, due to the block registration nature of MCPHS programs, entering the first year of the program with transfer credits will not change the total length of your program. Courses, other than elective courses, may not be moved forward in your schedule.

For Admission To Year II of the Program, An Applicant Must Have:

Linked courses are available through the MCPHS School of Professional Studies. 

For Admission To Year III of the Program, An Applicant Must Have:

Year I-Fall

COURSE

TITLE

SEMESTER HOURS

BIO 150L

Biology I Laboratory

1

BIO 151

Biology I: Cell and Molecular Biology

3

CHE 131

Chemical Principles I

3

CHE 131L

Chemical Principles I Laboratory

1

ITM 101

Introduction to the Major

1

LIB 111

Expository Writing I

3

MAT 151

Calculus I

3

TOTAL

 

15

Year I-Spring

COURSE

TITLE

SEMESTER HOURS

BIO 152

Biology II: Biology of Organisms

3

BIO 152L

Biology II: Biology of Organisms Laboratory

1

CHE 132

Chemical Principles II

3

CHE 132L

Chemical Principles II Laboratory

1

LIB 112

Expository Writing II

3

LIB 120

Introduction to Psychology OR

3

LIB 133

American Culture, Identity, and Public Life

 

MAT 152

Calculus II

3

TOTAL

 

17

Year II-Fall

COURSE

TITLE

SEMESTER HOURS

CHE 231

Organic Chemistry

3

CHE 231L

Organic Chemistry Laboratory

1

LIB 120

Introduction to Psychology OR

3

LIB 133

American Culture, Identity, and Public Life

 

LIB 252

Introduction to Speech

3

PHY 270

Foundations of Physics I**

3

PHY 272L

Foundations of Physics I Laboratory**

1

 

Distributive Elective

3

TOTAL

 

17

Year II-Spring

COURSE

TITLE

SEMESTER HOURS

BIO 255

Medical Microbiology

3

BIO 255L

Medical Microbiology Laboratory

1

BIO 260

Molecular Biology

3

CHE 232

Organic Chemistry II

3

PHY 274

Foundations of Physics II**

3

PHY 274L

Foundations of Physics II Laboratory**

1

TOTAL

 

14

Year III-Fall

COURSE

TITLE

SEMESTER HOURS

MAT 261

Statistics

3

PSB 326

Principles of Anatomy and Physiology I

3

PSB 331

Biochemistry I

3

PSB 401

Pharmacology & Toxicology Seminar I

1

 

Distributive elective

3

TOTAL

 

13

Year III-Spring

COURSE

TITLE

SEMESTER HOURS

LIB 512

Healthcare Ethics

3

PSB 327

Principles of Anatomy & Physiology II

4

PSB 332

Biochemistry II

3

PSB 370

Analytical Methods in Pharmacology & Toxicology I

3

PSB 402

Pharmacology & Toxicology Seminar II

1

 

Distributive elective

3

TOTAL

 

17

Year IV-Fall

COURSE

TITLE

SEMESTER HOURS

PSB 371

Analytical Methods in Pharmacology and Toxicology II

3

PSB 403

Pharmacology & Toxicology Seminar III

1

PSB 460

Principles of Toxicology I

3

PSB 462

Basic Pharmacology I

3

 

Program electives

6

TOTAL

 

16

Research or Curricular Track

Fourth-year students will be required to designate their selected track (research vs. curricular) by end of add/drop period of the fall semester of senior year to facilitate appropriate course registration. The research track provides students the ability to participate in a senior research project in parallel with a seminar course during the spring semester.

Year IV-Spring (Research Track)

COURSE

TITLE

SEMESTER HOURS

PSB 404

Pharmacology & Toxicology Seminar IV

1

PSB 461

Principles of Toxicology II

3

PSB 464

Basic Pharmacology II

3

PSB 535

Senior Research Project or Industrial Internship

5

TOTAL

 

12

Year IV-Spring (Curricular Track)

COURSE

TITLE

SEMESTER HOURS

PSB/BIO

Course #1

3

PSB 461

Principles of Toxicology II

3

PSB 464

Basic Pharmacology II

3

PSB/BIO

Course #2

3

TOTAL

 

12

*Course #1 and Course #2 would come from the following select list:

  • PSB 440: Molecular Biotechnology – 3 credits – offered in Spring semester
  • PSB 346: Physicochemical Properties of Drug Molecules – 3 credits – offered in Fall semester
  • PSB 430: Pharmacokinetics – 3 credits – offered in Spring semester
  • BIO 434: Immunology – 3 credits – offered in Fall semester
  • PSB 457: Pharmacognosy – 3 credits – offered in Fall semester
  • BIO 430: Molecular Biology of Cancer – 3 credits – offered in Spring semester
  • PSB 420: Pharmaceutical Analysis/Lab – 3 credits – offered in Fall semester

Students selecting the curricular track cannot utilize courses from the above list as additionally fulfilling program elective requirements.

**For students who will be taking professional school entrance exams such as the MCAT, GRE, or OAT, they should take PHY 280/280L & 284/284L in the place of PHY 270/270L & 274/274L. These students should also take CHE 234L in Year II-spring.

Total credits to complete degree requirements: 120 semester hours

Elective Requirements

Students in the Bachelor of Science in Pharmacology and Toxicology program are required to select a minimum of two program elective courses (or at least 6 credits) in areas of pharmacology, biotechnology, or toxicology. The following is a list of acceptable courses. Other courses offered by the Colleges of the Fenway also may be acceptable upon approval of the student’s academic advisor or the program director.

Recommended Electives

  • BIO 430—Molecular Biology of Cancer
  • BIO 434—Immunology
  • BIO 465—Medical Parasitology
  • PSB 210—Economics
  • PSB 261—Management
  • PSB 359—Marketing
  • PSB 375—Fundamentals of Drug Development
  • PSB 410—FDA and Regulatory Affairs
  • PSB 415—Accounting
  • PSB 420—Pharmaceutical Analysis/Laboratory
  • PSB 430—Pharmacokinetics I
  • PSB 440—Molecular Biotechnology
  • PSB 444—Organizational Development
  • PSB 456—Entrepreneurship
  • PSB 530—Undergraduate Research Credit

Our students learn from faculty who are leaders in their fields and are committed to the success of each student. Discover our full list of Pharmacology and Toxicology faculty

 

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