BCP: Pharmacology

BCP 111: American Drug Use and Abuse: Biomedical, Socio-economic and Political Factors

This course, to be offered primarily online, introduces beginning students to the current pharmacology landscape, both in the United States and abroad. New drug discovery and the US drug approval process, for both over-the-counter and prescription pharmaceuticals, will be considered in detail and will be compared with comparable processes in other parts of the world. The ethics of American direct-to-consumer marketing of prescription pharmaceuticals will be presented and discussed.

DEC:     H
SBC:     STAS

3 credits

BCP 201: Introduction to Pharmacology: Drug Use & Its Molecular Basis

This course, to be offered primarily face-to-face, introduces scientifically sophisticated students to all aspects of modern pharmacology including pharmacodynamics (how drugs elicit biological responses) and pharmacokinetics (drug absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion). We will discuss major classes of drugs commonly used to treat illness in modern medical and veterinary practice. Agents considered will include those acting on the nervous system, the immune system, the cardiovascular, respiratory and gastrointestinal systems, and those used in treating cancer and infectious diseases. We will also consider vaccination to prevent illness.

Prerequisite: BIO 202 and CHE 132

Advisory Prerequisite: BCP 111

DEC:     E
SBC:     STEM+

3 credits

BCP 400: Writing in Pharmacology

See requirements for the major in pharmacology, upper-division writing requirement.

Prerequisites: Pharmacology major; U3 or U4 standing; permission of instructor

SBC:     WRTD

0 credit, S/U grading

BCP 401: Principles of Pharmacology

Basic principles and mechanisms of drug distribution, absorption, metabolism, and elimination. Principles of chemical carcinogenesis and tumor promotion. Autonomic, smooth-muscle, and CNS pharmacology. Pharmacology of specific drugs of historical interest including alcohol, antibiotics, aspirin, nicotine, and morphine. Review of anticoagulants and thrombolytic agents, antiparasitics, and drugs for the treatment of allergic conditions and gout.

Prerequisites: BIO 362; CHE 322 and 327; a g.p.a. of 3.00 or higher in these courses and their prerequisites.

Corequisite for pharmacology majors: BCP 403

4 credits

BCP 402: Advanced Pharmacology

Advanced concepts of drug metabolism, pharmacokinetics, biochemical, and molecular mechanisms of drug action, and drug resistance in human disease states. Toxicological agents and environmental pollutants. The pharmacology of autocoids, anti-inflammatories, immunosuppressants, and antiasthmatics. Rational drug design and drug receptor interactions using computer molecular modeling techniques.

Prerequisites: BCP 401 and 403; minimum of B- in BCP 401

Corequisite: BCP 404

4 credits

BCP 403: Principles of Pharmacology Laboratory

The use of molecular modeling software for the understanding of structure activity relationships. In vivo studies to demonstrate the pharmacological mechanism of action of drugs acting on the autonomic, cardiovascular, and renal systems. Pharmacokinetic studies, using HPLC, to determine the rate of absorption, distribution, and excretion of therapeutic agents. Radio- and enzyme-immunoassays for the detection of circulating hormones. Cell culture techniques for drug determination and evaluation.

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

Corequisite: BCP 401

SBC:     ESI

2 credits

BCP 404: Advanced Pharmacology Laboratory

The use of molecular modeling software for the understanding of structure activity relationships. In vivo studies to demonstrate the pharmacological mechanism of action of drugs acting on the autonomic, cardiovascular, and renal systems. Pharmacokinetic studies, using HPLC, to determine the rate of absorption, distribution, and excretion of therapeutic agents. Radio- and enzyme-immunoassays for the detection of circulating hormones. Cell culture techniques for drug determination and evaluation. This course has an associated fee. Please see www.stonybrook.edu/coursefees for more information.

Prerequisites: BCP 401 and 403; permission of instructor

Corequisite: BCP 402

SBC:     ESI

2 credits

BCP 405: Pharmacology to Pharmacy: Practical Clinical Aspects for Non-Clinicians (Didactic)

This course, to be offered exclusively online, is designed for undergraduates interested in health care (either basic medical science-oriented or clinical). The class introduces many aspects of clinical pharmacology, but is geared toward non-clinicians. Clinical vignettes and case discussions will be presented. Several medical procedures will be first described and then demonstrated. Understanding these procedures will be integral to appreciating the vignettes and clinical case discussions. The multidisciplinary course faculty will include physicians, scientists, educators, nurses and pharmacists. Enrolled students will have the opportunity to ask questions directly through online chats.

Prerequisite: U3 or U4 status or permission of the instructor

SBC:     ESI

3 credits

BCP 406: Pharmacology Colloquium

Seminars on research in pharmacology and toxicology presented by faculty and distinguished scientists from academic and industrial institutions. Students are expected to develop an understanding of the scientific principles presented in the colloquium. Speakers meet with the students after the seminar to discuss research concepts and to answer questions. One hour Journal Club/Discussion followed by one hour seminar. May be repeated.

Prerequisites: BIO 202 and 203; CHE 322; a g.p.a. of 3.00 in these courses and their prerequisites

SBC:     SPK

2 credits

BCP 444: Experiential Learning

This course is designed for students who engage in a substantial, structured experiential learning activity in conjunction with another class. Experiential learning occurs when knowledge acquired through formal learning and past experience are applied to a "real-world" setting or problem to create new knowledge through a process of reflection, critical analysis, feedback and synthesis. Beyond-the-classroom experiences that support experiential learning may include: service learning, mentored research, field work, or an internship.

Prerequisite: WRT 102 or equivalent; permission of the instructor and approval of the EXP+ contract (http://sb.cc.stonybrook.edu/bulletin/current/policiesandregulations/degree_requirements/EXPplus.php)

SBC:     EXP+

0 credit, S/U grading

BCP 475: Undergraduate Teaching Practicum in Pharmacology

Prerequisites: Pharmacology major; U4 standing; permission of department

SBC:     EXP+

3 credits, S/U grading

BCP 480: Introduction to Research Topics in Pharmacology

Introduces undergraduate students to the research that is occurring in the laboratories of Pharmacology faculty. We will discuss experimental techniques and how they are utilized to investigate scientific questions within the various fields under the umbrella of Pharmacological Sciences. Areas covered will include immunology, neuroscience, cancer, development, structural biology, cell signaling, and stem cells. Students will be required to prepare a presentation on research actively occurring within the Pharmacology department.

Prerequisite: BCP 201 or BCP 401 or BIO 310 or BIO 361

SBC:     TECH

1 credit

BCP 487: Research in Pharmacology

Completion of an individual student research project under the supervision of a faculty member. Previously acquired laboratory course techniques and new procedures are utilized. Experimental results must be submitted to the department for grade evaluation in the format of a research report. Not for credit in addition to HBH 396, 398, and 399. May be repeated.

Prerequisites: BIO 202 and 203; CHE 322 and 327; a g.p.a. of 3.00 in these courses and their prerequisites; permission of instructor and department

SBC:     EXP+

0-6 credits

BCP 488: Internship

Research participation in off-campus laboratories, the pharmaceutical industry, and other academic and public agencies. Repeatable up to 12 credits.

Prerequisites: BIO 361; CHE 322; g.p.a. of 3.00 or higher in these courses and their prerequisites; permission of department

SBC:     EXP+

0-6 credits, S/U grading