College of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences

BS in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Pharmacology/Toxicology Major

Pharmacology is the science that deals with the origin, nature, chemistry, effects, and uses of drugs; it includes pharmacognosy, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, pharmacotherapeutics, and toxicology. Pharmacology deals with the study of drugs in all aspects: the properties and reactions of drugs, especially with relation to therapeutic value, as well as the discovery, chemistry, composition, identification, biological/physiological effects, uses and manufacture of drugs. Toxicology is the study of the adverse effects of chemical, physical or biological agents and toxic compounds on living organisms and the ecosystem, including the prevention and amelioration of such adverse effects. Pharmacologists and toxicologists study how to develop safe, effective drugs and prevent the harmful effects of chemicals.

What can I do with a major in Pharmacology/Toxicology?

This major prepares students for medical school (Pre-Med). Graduates are also prepared to work as pharmacologists and toxicologists in the biomedical industry, pharmaceutical industry, nutritional industries, environmental conservation and pollution control, scientific civil service, governmental agencies, forensic sciences, and research institutes. Graduates can move on to graduate studies in most biomedical fields.

Career Opportunities

  • Research Associate/Scientist
  • Lab Director
  • Study Director
  • Lab Technician
  • Animal Care Provider
  • Risk Assessment
  • Product Developer
  • Clinical Development and Testing
  • Cancer Researcher
  • Quality Control/Quality Assurance Personnel
  • Regulatory Affairs Specialist
  • Consultant
  • Product Safety Evaluator
  • Patent Attorney

Types Of Employers

Private and Non-profit Organizations

  • Pharmaceutical Industry Companies
  • Biotechnology Companies
  • Colleges/Universities
  • Managed Care Systems
  • Hospitals/Medical Centers
  • Nuclear Pharmacies
  • Clinical Research Organizations
  • Research Foundations

Government Agencies

  • U.S. Public Health Service
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Food and Drug Administration
  • Department of Defense
  • National Institutes of Health
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Utilize a variety of pharmacologic/toxicological laboratory techniques necessary for research



Last Updated: 3/15/21