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Undergraduate Courses

PHM 211 Pharmacology & Society   Credits:  2 

  • Semester:  Spring of every year.
  • Description: Introduction for non-science or science students to the field of pharmacology and toxicology. History of pharmacology and toxicology. Present issues and future possibilities. Society and systems of drug development and delivery. Drug abuse and policies.

PHM 321  Pharmacology of Common Drugs  Credits: 3

  • Semester:  Spring of every year.
  • Prerequisite: (PSL 250) or (PSL 431 and PSL 432) or PSL 310
  • Restrictions: Open to juniors or seniors, others with approval of department.
  • Description: Introduction to commonly used drugs. Emphasis on over-the-counter medications and frequently prescribed prescription drugs. Selected natural products also will be covered. How commonly used drugs affect the body to treat or cure various conditions and how the body handles drugs. Principles of appropriate drug use and consequences of misuse.

PHM 350 Introductory Human Pharmacology   Credits:  3 

  • Semester: Fall, Spring, Summer of every year
  • Prerequisite: (PSL 250 or PSL 310) or (PSL 431 and PSL 432)  
  • Restrictions: Not open to freshmen.  
  • Description: General principles of pharmacology. Central nervous system, autonomic nervous system, cardiovascular, renal, cancer, microbial, and endocrine pharmacology.

PHM 351 Fundamentals of Drug Safety   Credits: 2

  • Semester:  Spring of every year.
  • Prerequisites:  (BS 161 and BS 162) or
    • (LB 144 and LB 145) or
    • (BS 181H and BS 182H)
  • Restrictions: Open to juniors or seniors or approval of department.
  • Description: How and why drugs are tested and monitored for safety. The roles of the FDA, USDA, and EPA to ensure drug safety.

PHM 422 Fundamentals of Neuropharmacology   Credits:  2

  • Semester: Spring of every year
  • Prerequisite: NEU 301 or PSL 250 or PSL 310 or PSL 431  
  • Restrictions:  Open to juniors or seniors or approval of department.  
  • Description:  Mechanisms and uses of action of drugs on neurons and neuron-controlled activities.
  • Interdepartmental with Neuroscience; Administered by Pharmacology & Toxicology.

PHM 430 Human Pharmacology   Credits: 3

  • Semester: Fall, Spring, Summer   
  • Recommended Background: Molecular biology, biochemistry, chemistry, physiology, and/or human biology.  
  • Restrictions: Restricted to students enrolled in MS and PSM degree programs offered by MSU units and to undergraduates in MSU's Honors College. Call for approval. Description: General principles of pharmacology. Central nervous system and autonomic nervous system, cardiovascular, renal, cancer, microbial, and endocrine pharmacology.  

PHM 431 Pharmacology of Drug Addiction  Credits: 3

  • Semester: Fall of every year
  • Recommended Background: Zoology or Human Biology or Psychology or Biochemistry or Physiology.  
  • Description: Introduction to pharmacology and neuropharmacology. Understanding of the biological basis for drug abuse and addiction.

PHM 450     Introduction to Chemical Toxicology  Credits:  3 

  • Semester: Spring of every year (on campus).  Fall, Spring, and Summer (online).
  • Prerequisite: BS 161 and BS 162 and CEM 251
  • Restrictions: Not open to freshmen or sophomores.
  • Description: Mammalian toxicology. Disposition of chemicals in the body, detoxication, elimination, and mechanisms of toxicity in major organ systems. Selected toxic agents.

PHM  454   Leaderships and Teams for Scientists    Credits:  3

  • Semester: Fall, Spring of every year
  • Recommended background: Experience supervising others and/or participation in workplace teams is strongly suggested.
  • Not open to students with credit in: 
  • CMBA 804, CMBA805, CMBA 806, CMBA 832 or PHM 854.
  • Description: This course benefits students who will work in science labs and/or will enter the healthcare profession. Students will engage in self-reflection within the context of relating to others within a science team setting as well as within contexts of various leadership models; evaluate change options as a leader in a healthcare setting; and create lifelong learning plans for future leadership development.  In the past, students (have said they) have benefited from taking this course as they interview for medical school, as some of the core competencies of medical students are covered in this course.

PHM 461 Tropical Medicine Pharmacology

  • Semester:  Fall, Spring of every year
  • Pre-requisite:  PHM 350 (or concurrently) Restrictions:  Open to juniors or seniors or MS students. Approval of department.
  • Description: Tropical diseases, epidemiologic and clinical features, and pharmacologic treatments. Multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches, especially in poverty settings.

PHM 480 Special Problems   Credits:  from 1 to 3

  • Semester: Fall, Spring, Summer of every year.
  • Restrictions: Approval of department; must have supporting faculty member.
  • Description: Individual work on selected research problems. 
  • Section 001 - (Research)  Fall/Spring/Summer
  • Section 002 / 003 - (Neurological Disease) Spring only

PHM 483 Microbial Chemotherapy  Credits: 3

  • Semester: Fall of every year(from 2019), Spring of every year
  • Recommended Background: Biology, Microbiology, or Biochemistry.
  • Restrictions: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in PHM 350 and PHM 461; approval of department. 
  • Description: Major human bacterial, viral, and fungal infections including: disease characteristics, epidemiologic and clinical features, pathology, laboratory diagnosis, case reviews, and pharmacologic treatment including drug kinetics, dynamics, drug interactions, and patient considerations. 

PHM 487 Current Topics in Pharmacology & Toxicology Credits: 2 

  • Semester: Fall of every year, Spring of every year
  • Recommended Background: College level physiology and/or biochemistry  
  • Description: Therapeutic drugs for human or veterinary clinical medicine that have generated significant attention in the non scientific news media. Reasons for societal attention, therapeutic breakthroughs, therapeutic needs, drug marketing, and drug regulatory policies.

PHM 492 Pharmacotherapy of Human Viral Infections Credits: 2

  • Semester: Online, Summer of Every Year 
  • Prerequisite: PHM350, PHM 461 or concurrently
  • Recommended Background: Microbiology and physiology
  • Description: PHM492 is an integrated and multidisciplinary online course that outlines general disease characteristics and clinical presentation (signs and symptoms), essentials of diagnosis, pathophysiology, laboratory features, complications, pharmacotherapeutic options, and disease prevention. This course is designed to provide the course participants with a comprehensive understanding of most common human viral infections and their management strategies with emphasis in pharmacologic approaches.