The Department of Pharmacology graduate program offers courses leading to the degree of Master of Science. Emphasis is placed upon training in research methods including the examination of the action of drugs at the systemic, cellular and subcellular levels, quantitation of responses, statistical analysis, literature search and critical interpretation of data. Special efforts have been made to provide considerable flexibility in determining the student's program based on background, interests and projected aims.
A Master’s degree in pharmacology is good preparation for career opportunities involving research, teaching and administration. Academic positions are found in schools of medicine, pharmacy, dentistry and veterinary medicine. Also, since pharmacology spans many disciplines, academic positions can be found in departments of biology, cell biology, chemistry, biochemistry, pathology, immunology, microbiology and molecular biology. Career opportunities also abound in the pharmaceutical, chemical and biotechnology industries as well as in numerous private and government research institutes. There is and will continue to be a high demand for individuals trained in pharmacology to address problems that lie at the forefront of fields relating to basic and applied biological science. Such careers offer intellectual stimulation and creative expression, and will be of practical importance to the future needs of our society.
Active areas of research in the department include investigation into the therapeutic and pathophysiologic role of bioactive lipids (eicosanoids) in cancer, obesity, opthalmology and cardiovascular diseases including: hypertension, kidney disease, stroke, diabetes, atherosclerosis, pulmonary hypertension, angiogenesis, and the impact of periodontal infection on the pathogenesis of cardiovascular disease.
Further information on admissions and degree requirements, course offerings and research interests are available upon request from the Graduate Program Director.