Course Description

Principles of Pharmacology & Toxicology, VMB 101V

Online course provides training in core concepts of pharmacological and toxicological sciences and prepares to develop higher-order problem solving and critical thinking skills. Designed for advanced undergraduate students with interests in pursuing graduate degrees in pharmacology, toxicology, physiological sciences, and for students with an interest in pursuing D.V.M., M.D., Pharmacy, Dentistry and Nursing professional degrees. Students who pursue careers in environmental sciences, public health management, and epidemiology may also benefit from the subject matter presented in this course.

Key Information

Credit: 3 quarter units / 2 semester units credit
UC Davis, MBSC

Course Credit:

Upon successful completion, all online courses offered through cross-enrollment provide UC unit credit. Some courses are approved for GE, major preparation and/or, major credit or can be used as a substitute for a course at your campus.

If "unit credit" is listed by your campus, consult your department, academic adviser or Student Affairs division to inquire about the petition process for more than unit credit for the course.

UC Berkeley:
Unit Credit

UC Davis:
General Education: OL, SE, SL.—III. (III).

UC Irvine:
Major Requirement: Can be used by non-Pharm Sci majors for U/D credit and as prereq for 170B in place of UCI 170A. Student can not get credit for both this and 170A.

UC Los Angeles:
Unit Credit

UC Merced:
Units toward degree (see your adviser)

UC Riverside:
General Education: Elective Units

UC San Diego:
Unit Credit

UC San Francisco:
Unit Credit

UC Santa Barbara:
Unit Credit

UC Santa Cruz:
Unit Credit

Prerequisites

Consent of Instructor. Upper division standing in a science major; chemistry through organic chemistry, general biology, or consent of instructor; good standing with the university; computing capability (use MS Word®, Excel®, PowerPoint®, menu driven software programs, Course LMS); own a computer or have ready access to a computer with broadband Internet access; NPB 101 and BIS 104 recommended.

More About The Course

This fully online course will provide training in core concepts of pharmacological and toxicological sciences and prepare students to develop higher-order problem solving and critical thinking skills. This course will also apply pharmacology and toxicology concepts in a practical context, such as: comparing beneficial versus toxic effects of drugs in clinical practice, applying toxicology knowledge toward developing public health policy, and understanding how to clinically treat people, pets or livestock that were poisoned.

The course is designed for advanced undergraduate students with interests in pursuing graduate degrees in pharmacology, toxicology, physiological sciences, and for students with an interest in pursuing DVM, MD, Pharmacy, Dentistry and Nursing professional degrees. Students who pursue careers in environmental sciences, public health management, and epidemiology may also benefit from the subject matter presented in this course.

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Course Creators

Birgit Puschner
Dr. Puschner received her veterinary degree in 1992 from the University of Munich, Germany. In 1995, she completed her dissertation at the University of Munich, Germany and continued her research interest by joining the University of Michigan as a post-doctoral fellow. From 1996 to 1999 she specialized in veterinary toxicology in a residency training program at UC Davis, which she successfully completed with the Board Examination by the American Board of Veterinary Toxicology. In 2000, Dr. Puschner joined the faculty of the School of Veterinary Medicine at UC Davis and is currently a Professor of Veterinary Toxicology, and Chair of the Department of Molecular Biosciences. She splits her time between diagnostic toxicology in the California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory System, and teaching and research. Although the past 18 years of her career have been in academia, Dr. Puschner previously practiced both large and small animal clinical medicine and thus, understands what is needed to effectively connect clinical medicine with basic science and public health implications. Dr. Puschner’s research focusses on the enhanced recognition of exposures and diagnosis of intoxications in companion animals, livestock and humans. Dr. Puschner received her veterinary degree in 1992 from the University of Munich, Germany. In 1995, she completed her dissertation at the University of Munich, Germany and continued her research interest by joining the University of Michigan as a post-doctoral fellow. From 1996 to 1999 she specialized in veterinary toxicology in a residency training program at UC Davis, which she successfully ...

Dr. Puschner received her veterinary degree in 1992 from the University of Munich, Germany. In 1995, she completed her dissertation at the University of Munich, Germany and continued her research interest by joining the University of Michigan as a post-doctoral fellow. From 1996 to 1999 she specialized in veterinary toxicology in a residency training program at UC Davis, which she successfully completed with the Board Examination by the American Board of Veterinary Toxicology. In 2000, Dr. Puschner joined the faculty of the School of Veterinary Medicine at UC Davis and is currently a Professor of Veterinary Toxicology, and Chair of the Department of Molecular Biosciences. She splits her time between diagnostic toxicology in the California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory System, and teaching and research. Although the past 18 years of her career have been in academia, Dr. Puschner previously practiced both large and small animal clinical medicine and thus, understands what is needed to effectively connect clinical medicine with basic science and public health implications. Dr. Puschner’s research focusses on the enhanced recognition of exposures and diagnosis of intoxications in companion animals, livestock and humans.

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