Pharmacology

What is Pharmacology?

Pharmacology is a subject that integrates knowledge of biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, physiology, and chemistry to study the relationship between biological processes and therapeutic agents. Pharmacologists investigate the active effects and mechanisms of drugs and chemical agents within living organisms. The areas of pharmacology are many and diverse, and include the therapeutic and toxicological actions of drugs on humans, animals and microorganisms; the influence of chemicals upon the environment and biological ecosystems and; the use of drugs as research tools for the elucidation of molecular and biochemical mechanisms.

In 1974, UCSB became the first campus in the nation to offer an undergraduate pharmacological sciences curriculum. In contrast to professional programs in medicine, nursing, and pharmacy, which emphasize the therapeutic principles and applications of pharmacology, UCSB emphasizes pharmacology as a basic science. UCSB's Pharmacology major is designed for students with research interests in all areas of the health sciences and is not related to pharmacy training.

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