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Undergraduate study opportunities at the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology

Overview

A good knowledge of pharmacology is an important part of the training of pharmacologists, medical doctors, pharmacists, dentists, nurses, veterinarians, and toxicologists.

Aside from pharmacologists who study drug action for its own sake, other scientists often find pharmacology useful in their own area of specialisation. For example, physiologists, biochemists, zoologists, and psychologists may use drugs in order to define the function of a biological system that they are studying.

In addition, many other people are interested in pharmacology simply because drugs occupy such a prominent place in everyday life: not only does much of modern medicine consist of drug prescription, but a number of recreational drugs (eg alcohol) are used and abused in modern society.

There are four ways in which you can study Pharmacology and Toxicology at a undergraduate level:

Furthermore, you could also spend their summers doing summer studentships.

Information for new applicants

Pharmacology is the science of the effects of drugs and other chemicals on biological systems, whilst, toxicology is closely related to pharmacology but specialises in the study of the harmful effects of drugs and other chemicals on biological systems.

The Bachelor of Science (BSc) is a three-year undergraduate degree that emphasis both pharmacology and toxicology. The application form should be submitted via eVision.

Course advising at the University of Otago

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Contact details

Please email pharmacology@otago.ac.nz for further information.

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Programme requirements

Bachelor of Science majoring in Pharmacology

YearPapersPoints
100 level

BIOC 192 Foundation of Biochemistry

CHEM 191 The Chemical Basis of Biology and Human Health

At least two of:

CELS 191 Cells and Molecular Biology

HUBS 191 Human Body System 1

HUBS 192 Human Body System 2

18

18

36

200 level

PHAL 211 Introductory Pharmacology

PHAL 212 Introductory Therapeutics and Toxicology

At least one 200 level ANAT, BIOC, GENE, MICR, or PHSL paper

18

18

18

300 level

PHAL 303 Neuropharmacology

PHAL 304 Human Pharmacology

PHAL 305 Molecular and Immunopharmacology

PHAL 306 Human Toxicology

18

18

18

18

Plus162 further points; must include 54 points at 200-level or above.
Up to 90 points may be taken from outside Science
162
Total360

Bachelor of Science minoring in Pharmacology

Pharmacology can also be a minor subject for a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Theology (BTheol), Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc), Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), or Bachelor of Tourism (BTour) degree.

LevelPapersPoints
100 levelSee below
200 levelPHAL 211 Introductory Pharmacology

PHAL 212 Introductory Therapeutics and Toxicology

At least one 200 level ANAT, BIOC, GENE, MICR, or PHSL paper

Prerequisites for PHAL 211 and PHAL 212 are BIOC192, CHEM191, and two of CELS191, HUBS191, HUBS192

18

18

18

300 level

Two of:

PHAL 303 Neuropharmacology

PHAL 304 Human Pharmacology

PHAL 305 Molecular and Immunopharmacology

PHAL 306 Human Toxicology

32

Total

90

Bachelor of Science minoring in Environmental Toxicology

Environmental Toxicology examines the impact of environmental pollutants on humans and wildlife. Exactly how these chemicals modify normal function will be learned as well as how they are transported throughout the environment. In order to understand these concepts the student will have a background in both chemistry and pharmacology.

Environmental Toxicology can be a minor subject for Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Theology (BTheol), Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc) or Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) degree.

LevelPapersPoints
100 levelSee below
200 levelPHAL 211 Introductory Pharmacology

PHAL 212 Introductory Therapeutics and Toxicology

One 200 level CHEM paper

Prerequisites for PHAL 211 and PHAL 212 are BIOC192, CHEM191, and two of CELS191, HUBS191, HUBS192

18

18

18

300 level

Two of:

PHAL 306 Human Toxicology

CHEM 304 Environmental Chemistry

CHEM 306 Forensic Chemistry

36
Total
90

Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences (BBiomedSc) majoring in Drugs and Human Health

The Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences (BBiomedSc) degree was introduced in 2002 with the aim of providing a better-integrated and more flexible programme for the training of graduates in the biomedical sciences.

The degree is complementary to traditional discipline-based majors (e.g. Anatomy, Biochemistry, Genetics, Human Nutrition, Microbiology, Pharmacology, Physiology) currently offered within the Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree, but allows a more comprehensive and integrated approach to the field as a whole, along with a greater freedom of choice from a wider diversity of papers.

The biomedical sciences and related areas in biotechnology have experienced unprecedented growth in recent years, both within New Zealand and internationally. This degree aims at producing graduates with a sound and comprehensive grounding in the key principles underpinning modern biological and medical research and their potential applications in biotechnology
Drugs and Human Health is available as a major subject for the degree of Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences (BBiomedSc).

LevelPapersPoints
100 levelBIOC 192 Foundation of Biochemistry

CHEM 191 The Chemical Basis of Biology and Human Health

CELS 191 Cells and Molecular Biology

HUBS 191 Human Body System 1

HUBS 192 Human Body System 2

PHSI 191 Biological Physics

18 further points

18

18

18

18

18

18

18

200 levelPHAL 211 Introductory Pharmacology

PHAL 212 Introductory Therapeutics and Toxicology

PHSL 232 Cardiovascular and Respiratory Physiology, or PHSL 233 Cellular, Gastrointestinal and Renal Physiology

At least 54 further points from ANAT 241, BIOC 223, CHEM 205, MICR 221, MICR 223, PATH 201, PHSL 232, PHSL 233

18 further points

18

18

54

18

300 level

PHAL 304 Human Pharmacology

PHAL 306 Human Toxicology
At least 36 points from ANAT 332, BIOC 353, CHEM 305, MICR 334, PATH 302PHA L303 (or PHAL 305), PHSL 343, PHSL 344, PHSL 345
36 further points

18

18

36

36

Total360