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Pharmacology is a broadly based and integrative discipline of biology dealing with the properties of chemical compounds and their interactions with living systems. It provides the scientific basis and principles for the study of drug actions in the health sciences, the use of drugs as therapeutic agents or as tools in scientific research, the development and control of pharmaceuticals, the investigation and control of pollutants and poisons in natural and social environments, etc. The Department of Pharmacology, University of Toronto, offers two programs of study:
1. Pharmacology. This program is specifically concerned with the study of chemical (drug) actions on body fluids, cells, tissues and organ systems. Although Pharmacology (and its application in clinical therapeutics) plays a prominent role in Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmacy, there is no equivalence between the professional Pharmacy degree and this Arts and Science program. 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 and opportunities in preparation for advanced graduate study and research in Pharmacology.
2. Toxicology. This program deals with the study of harmful effects of chemicals and drugs on the health and behaviour of individuals and society. Participating in the program are Pathology, Pharmacology and Pharmacy. This program serves not only as preparation for advanced graduate study and research in Toxicology, but also for toxicological work in forensic science, nutrition and food science, governmental agencies, industry, etc. Students interested in environmental toxicology should consider enroling in Environment and Toxicology, a program offered in conjunction with the Division of the Environment.
Enrolment in all programs is limited.
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Pharmacology and Toxicology ProgramsEnrolment in these Programs is limited. Selection is based on GPA in required courses.
Pharmacology (Science program)
Toxicology (Science program)
Double Specialist in Pharmacology and Toxicology (Science program)
May require an extra year for completion. Consult the Department for details prior to applying.
Toxicology and Environment: see Division of the Environment
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