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Pharmacology

The Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology, and Therapeutics offers opportunities for study leading to doctoral, master's, and bachelor's degrees. For information on advanced degrees, see graduate Pharmacology. For further information on other courses within the department, see the Faculty of Medicine. All students who intend to take the B.Sc. in Pharmacology must consult the undergraduate advisor.

Enrolment in PCTH 300 is restricted to students in the third year of the various Pharmacology specializations. Students who wish to enter Pharmacology specializations need to have completed all prerequisites and obtained an average of greater than 75% in each of their first and second years.

The aim of the programs is to produce a graduate broadly trained in all aspects of pharmacology. The programs emphasize the experimental and laboratory aspects of pharmacology and students learn both whole animal and isolated tissue techniques, as well as biochemical and chemical procedures. Skills that are stressed include the ability to search for information, design appropriate experiments, carry out experiments individually and as a member of a team, analyse data, and communicate and write effectively.

Co-operative Education Program

The Department offers a five-year Co-operative Education option (honours and major). In addition to classical laboratory-based university instruction, the student will receive 12 to 16 months of work placement (i.e., three to four work terms) in at least two different research areas supervised by scientists in a pharmaceutical company or equivalent. The work placements are arranged by mutual agreement among students, faculty, and employing organizations. Faculty advisors will visit students at their place of work and provide advice on technical reports. Work placement starts in May or September after the completion of third year and continues through fourth year.

Students in the Honours specialization will take additional credits in second, third, and fifth years and will conduct a laboratory-based research project for six months (September to March) during fifth year within the Department and present an Honours thesis (PCTH 449). Students participating in the Co-op option register for PCTH 398, 399, and 498, in addition to the normal academic requirements, and pay the Co-op Education program fee for each course (see Program and Course Fees). PCTH 499 is optional for students who wish to have four work placements.

Admission

Students must apply to the Department for admission to the B.Sc. and B.Sc. Co-op specializations. Selection of students will be based on academic performance and suitability for pharmacological research. Detailed information on the specialization may be obtained from Anesthesiology, Pharmacology, and Therapeutics.

Major (0311): Pharmacology (PCTH)

First Year
Communication requirement1 6
BIOL 112, 1212 6
CHEM 121 (or 111) 4
CHEM 123 (or 113) 4
MATH 100 or 102 or 1043 3
MATH 101 or 103 or 1054 3
PHYS 101, 107 or 1175 3
Total Credits 29
Second Year
BIOL 200 3
BIOL 201 or BIOC 202 (or 203) 3
CHEM 205 3
CHEM 211 4
CHEM 233, 2356 4
MICB 202 3
BIOL 300 (or STAT 200) 3
Electives7 8
Total Credits 31
Third and Fourth Years
BIOC 3018 3
BIOC 3029 3
PCTH 300, 302, 400, 404 18
CAPS 301 (or PHYL 301) 6
Electives7 30
Total Credits 60
Credits for Degree 120
1 For a full list of acceptable courses see Communication Requirements.
2 Students lacking Biology 12 must take BIOL 111 before taking BIOL 121.
3 MATH 110, 120, 180 or 184 may substitute for any of the specified calculus courses. The extra credit for these courses with more than 3 credits would count as part of the elective credit in later years.
4 MATH 121 may substitute for any of the specified integral calculus courses.
5 Students lacking PHYS 12 must take PHYS 100 before taking PHYS 101, 107 or 117.
6 The combination of CHEM 203 and 213 are accepted as a substitute for CHEM 233 and 235 if students have credit for CHEM 203 and 213.
7 Electives include: a) Sufficient courses numbered 300 or higher in Arts or sciences to meet the Faculty requirements for 48 credits of upper-level courses; b) At least 18 credits from the Faculty of Arts which may include ENGL courses used to satisfy the Faculty of Science Communication Requirement; c) At least 9 credits must be Arts or science electives outside the field of the major. Any Arts courses taken to fulfill this requirement are in addition to the required 12 credits of Arts electives and 6 credits of English.
8 Must be taken in third year.
9 BIOC 303 is also acceptable. The extra credits for BIOC 303 instead of BIOC 302 would count as an elective.

Honours (0019): Pharmacology (PCTH)

First Year
Communication requirement1 6
BIOL 112, 1212 6
CHEM 121 (or 111) 4
CHEM 123 (or 113) 4
MATH 100 or 102 or 1043 3
MATH 101 or 103 or 1054 3
PHYS 101 or 1075 3
Electives 2
Total Credits 31
Second Year
BIOL 200 3
BIOL 201 or BIOC 202 (or 203) 3
CHEM 205 3
CHEM 211 4
CHEM 233, 2356 4
MICB 202 3
BIOL 300 (or STAT 200) 3
Electives7 11
Total Credits 34
Third and Fourth Years
BIOC 301, 3038 9
PCTH 300, 302 9
PCTH 400, 402, 404 15
PCTH 449 6
CAPS 301 (or PHYL 301) 6
CAPS 303 (or PHYL 303)9 3
One of CAPS 422 (or PHYL 422), CAPS 423 (or PHYL 423), CAPS 424 (or PHYL 424), CAPS 426 (or PHYL 426) 3
Electives7 16
Total Credits 67
Credits for Degree 132
1 For a full list of acceptable courses see Communication Requirement.
2 Students lacking Biology 12 must take BIOL 111 before taking BIOL 121.
3 MATH 110, 120, 180 or 184 may substitute for any of the specified calculus courses. The extra credit for these courses with more than 3 credits would count as part of the elective credit in later years.
4 MATH 121 may substitute for any of the specified calculus courses.
5 Students lacking PHYS 12 must take PHYS 100 before taking PHYS 101 or 107.
6 The combination of CHEM 203 and 213 are accepted as a substitute for CHEM 233 and 235 if students have credit for CHEM 203 and 213.
7 Electives include: a) Sufficient courses numbered 300 or higher in Arts or sciences to meet the Faculty requirements for 48 credits of upper-level courses; b) At least 18 credits from the Faculty of Arts which may include ENGL courses used to satisfy the Faculty of Science Communication Requirement.
8 Must be taken in third year.
9 Students in the Co-op program can replace CAPS 303 (or PHYL 303) with a 3-credit science elective.

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