Undergraduate Programs

To receive an Honours B.Sc. degree in the Faculty of Arts and Science, students must complete either: one Specialist program, two Major programs, or one Major program and two Minor programs.  A Specialist program in pharmacology and/or toxicology has more required courses and is intended to give students greater depth of study in the subject area. Major programs are intended for undergraduate students who want to have a solid knowledge in pharmacology or toxicology, allowing students to combine different and complimentary areas of expertise in life sciences. This approach contributes to a broader multi-disciplinary undergraduate training that is particularly relevant for students interested in pursuing further studies in professional health sciences programs.

Undergraduate Specialist Programs

Students who are considering applying to graduate school after completing their undergraduate studies are encouraged to apply to one of our Specialist programs because of the extra opportunities for hands-on laboratory and research experience in these programs.  Senior Specialist students work with a faculty member on a research project for eight-months during the school year or in the summer.  This research may be conducted on campus or locally at one of the participating hospitals or research institutes.  Students may also apply to participate in a professional experience year between their third and fourth years of study.  Students selected for positions in this program work full-time for a 12-16 month period rather than taking courses and they are paid by their employer (e.g., a pharmaceutical company, governmental agency, etc.).

The Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology offers the following Specialist and Major programs:

General Specialist in Pharmacology and Toxicology
This program is the second year entry point for students interested in our Specialist programs. Following completion of second year courses, and PCL201H, students will choose a specific Specialist stream from below to focus their studies.  

Specialist Program in Pharmacology
Pharmacology is the study of the interactions of chemical substances with living systems, with a view to understanding the properties of drugs and their actions from the molecular level to whole body systems. The objectives of this program are to provide a structured introduction to the scientific aspects of the discipline with exposure to some investigational and research problems in preparation for advanced graduate studies and research in Pharmacology. Students are provided with the opportunities to learn about pharmacology and related areas through lectures, tutorials, small group sessions, laboratories, and independent research projects. Pharmacology (and its application in clinical therapeutics) plays a prominent role in Medicine, Dentistry, and Pharmacy. However, the Pharmacology Specialist program is distinct from the professional Pharmacy program that prepares students to be licensed to dispense drugs. 

Specialist Program in Biomedical Toxicology
This specialist program explores the study of the harmful effects of chemicals on the health and behaviour of individuals and society. This program focuses on the application of toxicological knowledge and data and not only serves as preparation for advanced graduate study, and research in toxicology, but also toxicology plays an important role in forensic science, nutrition and food science, governmental agencies, consulting agencies, industrial settings, including pharmaceutical industry. Students are exposed to modern experimental techniques utilized in toxicology, and have opportunities for independent research under the supervision of a faculty member. Students interested in environmental toxicology should consider enrolling in the Specialist Program in Environment and Toxicology, jointly sponsored by the Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology and Centre for Environment.

Double Specialist in Pharmacology and Biomedical Toxicology
This program provides specialist training in both pharmacology and toxicology.  As there are 15 required full course equivalents.

Specialist in Environment and Toxicology
This program is jointly sponsored by the Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology and the Centre for Environment. The Environment and Toxicology program examines the adverse effects of chemicals on human beings and ecosystems.  This program prepares students for advanced graduate study and research in environmental toxicology, and for consultative positions in governmental agencies and industry.

Undergraduate Major Programs

General Major in Pharmacology and Toxicology
This program is the second year entry point for students interested in our Major programs. Following completion of second year courses, and PCL201H, students will a specific Major stream from below to focus their studies.

Major Programs in Pharmacology
Enrollment in all programs is limited. Minimum cGPAs are required in specific first year pre-requisite courses are required for application to these programs.

Major Program in Biomedical Toxicology

Enrollment in all programs is limited. Minimum cGPAs are required in specific first year pre-requisite courses are required for application to these programs.

Read more about our Program Requirements.

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