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Pharmacology and Toxicology Minor

(HEGIS: , CIP: 26.1007 Pharmacology and Toxicology)

Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology

955 Main Street
3rd Floor, Suite 3102
Buffalo, NY 14203

Arin Bhattacharjee, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies

David Dietz, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chair

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Why study Pharmacology and Toxicology Minor at UB?

*Not a baccalaureate degree program

A minor in pharmacology and toxicology is offered to science and non-science majors interested in acquiring an introductory understanding of the actions of drugs and toxic agents on living cells and tissues.

Learning Outcomes

The overall goal of the program in Pharmacology and Toxicology is to prepare students with a comprehensive understanding of the interactions of drug and toxin actions with living cells and tissues. Majors in our program are expected to master both the conceptual and practical aspects of pharmacology and toxicology, as well as fundamental laboratory techniques used in assessing drug action. This training provides students with an array of career opportunities including advanced study in either graduate or professional schools or for scientific careers in regulatory affairs, production analysis, product safety or sales, or as research scientists and/or drug information specialists.

The Learning Environment

Research Oriented Curriculum

During your studies, you can work with our highly accomplished faculty at every stage of experimental, hands-on research; studying biological processes, modeling novel compounds, synthesizing these compounds and testing their effects.

We cultivate a positive, supportive academic environment that enables you to thrive.

About Our Facilities

Conducting lab research as an undergraduate lays the groundwork for a successful career in Pharmacology and Toxicology, Neuroscience and related fields in the Biomedical Sciences.

Our majors get hands-on research experience in PMY 409 (Experimental Pharmacology). We also offer lab research to majors and interested non-majors via PMY 498.

About Our Faculty

Our faculty has extraordinarily broad and diverse areas of research interest. These areas include, neuropharmacology, behavioral pharmacology, hormone mechanisms, drug use and abuse, toxicology, biophysics and genetics of ion channels, pharmacogenomics & toxicogenomics, circadian rhythms, neuroscience, and cancer.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the Pharmacology and Toxicology department website for additional information about our faculty.

Career Outlook

The broad academic background provides students with a wide array of career opportunities. Many graduates enter medical or dental schools or pursue graduate studies in pharmacology or other biochemical sciences. Pharmacology graduates find employment in technical, production/analytical, or sales positions as research scientists or drug information specialists in the pharmaceutical industry, government, university laboratories, and hospitals.

Alumni in Pharmacology and Toxicology have been employed in the following fields:

  • Administrator
  • Armed forces services
  • Biochemist
  • Educator
  • Health careers
  • Manufacturer's representative
  • Marketing
  • Pharmacologist
  • Research scientist
  • Sales
  • Toxicologist

Academic Advising

Intended students in their first two years will work with the Biomedical Undergraduate Office to create an academic plan, discuss course selection and workload management. Advisor assignments are determined by students’ academic year.

The purpose of advisement is to provide students with guidance in course sequencing and selection. In-person advisement is required in your first year at the University to develop an appropriate academic plan to facilitate a timely graduation. Students are required to meet with their advisor in the first year of study and are encouraged to meet with their advisor at least once a semester. In addition to assisting students in completing their degree in a timely manner, advisors also connect students to campus resources that can aid in their academic success and meeting their post graduate or professional goals.

Academic Advising Contact Information

Shannon Brown
Undergraduate Academic Advisor
Email Shannon Brown

The Director of Undergraduate Studies, Dr. Arin Bhattacharjee, is regularly available to discuss the program.

Scholarships and Financial Support

Pharmacology and Toxicology offers The Mary Rosenblum Somit Scholarship which was initiated by Albert Somit, former UB executive vice president, to benefit “hard-working and deserving undergraduate students” in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Learn more about The Mary Rosenblum Somit Scholarship, view eligibility criteria and access the application.

In addition, Pharmacology and Toxicology students are also eligible for the Corder Family Scholarship. This scholarship, made possible through an endowment by Linda (Lyn) Corder, former Associate Dean for Advancement and Alumni Affairs for the Jacobs School of Medicine, in memory of her parents, will benefit deserving undergraduate students. Learn more about the Corder Family Scholarship, view eligibility criteria and access the application.

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Published: Jan 25, 2023 07:59:35