The Department of Pharmacology offers one of the most comprehensive undergraduate programs in this discipline currently available in North America. We offer a number of junior courses in which the basic science of pharmacology can be discovered and more senior courses in which students can specialize in a variety of topics such as cardiovascular, endocrine and central nervous system pharmacology. Importantly, we provide students with the opportunity to gain hands-on research experience by providing a laboratory course and research projects to our fourth-year students. Our degree program also incorporates the sciences of chemistry, physiology and biochemistry so that upon completion of a specialization or honours degree, our students are well-rounded in many facets of the life sciences. Graduates from our program have gone on to careers in industry, academia and health management. Upon completion of a BSc., many of our students have furthered their education in graduate school and have earned both M.Sc. and Ph.D. designations.
"Specializing in pharmacology in my undergraduate degree provided me with enough exposure to the subject, as well as to the faculty, to eventually choose a graduate mentor in the Department to study under for my Ph.D. work."– Dr. Janna Kozuska
"I reflect fondly on my undergraduate degree in Pharmacology from the U of A. It has equipped me for the rigors of medical school and has prepared me well for the practical application of clinical medicine. I have nothing but praise for the faculty, academic and teaching staff"– Dr. Philip D Berry
(MD, Sydney Australia)
"My pharmacology degree prepared me to work successfully in both industry and academic labs, and would have been highly valuable to diverse other industrial positions. Additionally, having returned to school to study pharmacy practice, I feel that my degree in pharmacology has made further learning easier due to my strong foundation in pharmacology."– Owen Degenhardt
Because our programs focus on therapeutic agents, achieving a BSc with a specialization or honours in Pharmacology provides an excellent grounding for those students who eventually wish to pursue a career in medicine or pharmacy. Indeed, each year, graduates from our program gain entrance into these professional programs across the country and here in Alberta.
The Department has an undergraduate COURSE PLANNER (.pdf) with details of entrance requirements, to assist students contemplating Pharmacology in choosing their courses.
Introduction to the Pharmacology of Diabetes
Pharmacology Research Program
Drugs and the Nervous System
Current Topics in Endocrine Pharmacology
Problem Solving in Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Signal Transduction Systems as Pharmacological Targets