Online Bachelor of Science in Pharmacology and Toxicology
Are you interested in how drugs and other chemicals affect humans, animals and the environment? If so, Arizona State University’s Bachelor of Science in pharmacology and toxicology may be an ideal fit. In this biology- and chemistry-intensive program, you’ll gain insight into how chemicals affect living beings from cells to organisms.
Next start date: 10/11/2023
Total classes: 40
Weeks per class: 7.5
Total credit hours: 120
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What is pharmacology and toxicology?
Pharmacology and toxicology both include the study of chemicals and their impact on living systems. Pharmacology is concerned with the chemicals associated with the prevention, treatment and diagnosis of disease, while toxicology focuses on the effects of poisonous chemicals.
Areas of study within these fields include clinical pharmacology, animal pharmacology, forensic toxicology, environmental toxicology and more. As a pharmacology and toxicology major, you’ll have the opportunity to explore these disciplines as you build critical knowledge for your career.
What you’ll learn as a pharmacology and toxicology major
With a combination of coursework and hands-on labs, you’ll learn how drugs, common poisons and environmental pollutants interact with living systems at the physiological, molecular and cellular levels. You’ll also gain a set of transferable skills necessary for pharmacology and toxicology careers, such as:
- Analysis of biological specimens.
- Analytical chemistry techniques, including quantitative and qualitative analysis of chemicals.
- Biomolecular techniques.
- Lethal dose (LD50) and effective dose (ED50) calculations.
- Measurement of enzyme activity.
- Purification and analysis of biological molecules using biochemical techniques.
This program requires a two-week, in-person laboratory experience at ASU’s Tempe and West campuses. This allows you to fulfill the laboratory requirements for organic chemistry I and II, as well as biochemistry.
Pharmacology and toxicology courses
This program is designed to help you build a foundation in biology and chemistry. In your upper-division electives, you’ll also have the opportunity to explore your areas of interest in pharmacology and toxicology. Course topics include the detection of proteins using Western blot, protein purification using ion exchange chromatography, forensic toxicology, psychopharmacology and more. Courses may include:
BCH 371: Modern Concepts in Biochemistry
BCH 372: Modern Concepts in Biochemistry Laboratory
PTX 301: Basics of Pharmacology and Toxicology
PTX 432: Fundamentals of Pharmacology
PTX 450: Pharmacology and Toxicology Laboratory
BIO 201: Human Anatomy and Physiology I (SG)
BIO 202: Human Anatomy and Physiology II (SG)
PTX 475: Principles of Toxicology
Jobs you can get with a pharmacology and toxicology degree
As a graduate, you can enter careers in fields, such as environmental protection, chemical risk assessment, hazardous waste management and environmental justice. Potential job titles range from research technician and hazardous waste technician to environmental risk assessor and pharmaceutical sales specialist. Additional career paths include, but aren’t limited to:
How to apply
You are considered a first-year student for application purposes if you have not attended college at all, or have fewer than 12 transferable credit hours (with a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA).
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