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​Faculty instruct and help facilitate many courses through the Department and in collaboration with other departments across the university. Please use the links to the left to find out more about the various courses we offer.​


BIOPHRM 3311: Fundamentals of Medical Biochemistry I

Cross Listing: None

Description: Includes organic chemistry necessary for biochemistry. Basic structures and interactions of biomolecules in health and disease. Topics essential to human nutrition, dietetics, clinical chemistry, & paramedical fields. Proteins, enzymes, and vitamins.

Prerequisite(s): Chemistry 1110 or 1210 or 1220

Semester Offered:

Credits: Undergraduate 3 units

Course Director: Lai Chu Wu, PhD

Textbook(s): "Fundamentals of General, Organic and Biological Chemistry" by John McMurry, Mary E. Castellion and David S. Balantine, Prentice Hall, 6th edition. (IBSN: 0-13-605450-1)​


BIOPHRM 3312: Fundamental of Medical Biochemistry and Molecular Biology II

Cross Listing: None

Description: A continuation of MOLBIOC 3311. Energy production; the chemistry and metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids and amino acids; nucleic acids and protein biosynthesis; integration and control of metabolic pathways, and the biochemistry of body fluids.

Prerequisite(s): MOLBIOC 3311

Semester Offered:

Credits: Undergraduate 3 units

Course Director: Lai Chu Wu, PhD

Textbook(s): "Fundamentals of General, Organic and Biological Chemistry" by John McMurry, Mary E. Castellion and David S. Balantine, Prentice Hall, 6th edition. (IBSN: 0-13-605450-1)


BIOPHRM 4250: Undergraduate Independent Studies

Cross Listing: None

Description: Research for thesis or dissertation purposes only. This course is graded S/U.

Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing.

Semester Offered: Offered all semesters

Credits: Graduate 1-10 units

Course Director: Various faculty

Textbook(s): TBD


BIOPHRM 4998: Undergraduate Research

​Cross Listing: None

Description: Undergraduate research or study in an area of biological chemistry and pharmacology under the direction of a department faculty member.

Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor. Repeatable to a maximum of 10 credits or 3 completions.

Semester Offered: AU, SP, SU

Credits: Undergraduate 1-10 units

Course Director: Various faculty

Textbook(s): None​


BIOPHRM 4999:Thesis Research in Biological Chemistry and Pharmacology

Cross Listing: None

Description: A program of reading and research for each student with individual conferences and reports, culminating in the preparation of an honors thesis.

Prerequisite(s): GPA 3.0 and above, and permission of instructor under whose supervision the work is to be completed. Repeatable to a maximum of 10 credits or 3 completions.

Semester Offered: AU, SP, SU

Credits: Undergraduate 1-10 units

Course Director: Various faculty

Textbook(s): None


BIOPHRM 5050: Molecular Basis of Oxidative Stress

Cross Listing: None

Description: The interrelationships between reactive species and development of human diseases will be the highlight of lectures and discussions.

Prerequisite(s): Chem 2520, 2620, or 292OH

Semester Offered: SP

Credits: Graduate 2 units

Course Director: Frederick Villamena

Textbook(s): TBD


BIOPHRM 5193: Individual Studies

​Cross Listing: None

Description: Qualified students can conduct a minor investigation under the direction of a faculty member.

Prerequisite(s): Course work in Biochemistry and permission of instructor. Repeatable to a maximum of 10 credits or 4 completions. This course is graded S/U.

Semester Offered: AU, SP, SU

Credits: Undergraduate 1-10 units

Course Director: Various faculty

Textbook(s): None


BIOPHRM 5250: Wrangling NGS Data

Cross Listing: None

Description: Intended for chemists, mathematicians, information scientists and engineers with an interest in working with and understanding next generation sequencing data; students will utilize these data to identify systemic failures important to health and disease.

Prerequisite(s): Introductory Calculus

Semester Offered: SP

Credits: 3 units

Course Director: Handelman

Textbook(s): TBD


BIOPHRM 5600: Introduction to General Pharmacology

Cross Listing: None

Description: Introductory course emphasizing the general principles of pharmacology using a systems-based and mechanism-based approach. The course provides a simple overview of the subject.

Prerequisite(s): Prior coursework in physiology, or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for Pharmcol 600.

Semester Offered: AU, SP, SU

Credits: Undergraduate and Graduate 3 units

Course Director: Frederick Villamena, PhD & Kirk Mykytyn, PhD

Textbook(s): TBD


BIOPHRM 5700: Introduction to Personalized Therapeutics and Pharmacogenomics

Cross Listing: None

Description: Exploration of the trend to therapy tailored to the individual patient rather than "one drug fits all;" inter-individual differences in drug responses, with emphasis on genetic and genomic factors; ethical, regulatory and economic issues that impact drug therapies.

Prerequisite(s): Introductory biology course recommended.

Semester Offered: SP

Credits: Graduate 3 units

Course Director: Papp

Textbook(s): TBD


BIOPHRM 5733

Cross Listing: None

Description: The principles of human genetics covering mapping of disease genes, defects causing human disease, the cloning of disease genes, gene therapy, transgenes, and specific pathological disorders. Open to seniors who have completed the prerequisites.

Prerequisite(s): MolGen 4500 or 4606, or equiv. Not open to students with credit for MolGen 6733or Pathol 6733. Cross-listed in Pathol and MolGen.

Semester Offered:

Credits: Graduate & Medical 2 units

Course Director: Arthur Burghes, PhD

Textbook(s): None


Stem Cell Biology and Applications for Human Regenerative Medicine

Cross Listing: None

Description: Basics of stem cell biology, as applied to multiple disease models of the brain and other organs, cancer research and aging. Practical examples and models from patients with neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative diseases. Demonstration of laboratory strategies and techniques will be presented.

Prerequisite(s): One year of basic biology, or permission of instructor.

Semester Offered: SP

Credits: 3 units

Course Director: Rene Anand

Textbook(s): None​


BIOPHRM 5852: Biology of Aging

Cross Listing: None

Description: Covers molecular, cellular and organismal aspects of aging. Experimental evidence as well as current and historically important theories of again will be discussed. The course will rely on analysis of original peer-reviewed publications.

Prerequisite(s): Not open to students with credit for 5852 (852). CT Admis Cond course.

Semester Offered: AU

Credits: Graduate 2 units

Course Director: Andrej Rotter

Textbook(s): TBD


BIOPHRM 6250: Undergraduate Independent Studies

Cross Listing: None

Description: Offers undergraduate students the opportunity to gain research experience in laboratories in Pharmacology/Pharmacogenomics and learn the latest techniques and approaches.

Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor.

Semester Offered: Offered all semesters

Credits: Graduate 1-10 units

Course Director: Kirk Mykytyn

Textbook(s): TBD


BIOPHRM 6761: Advanced Biochemistry, Proteins and Macromolecular Structures

Cross Listing: BIOCHEM 6761

Description: An advanced treatment of the physico-chemical properties of proteins and nucleic acids and their polymers; chemistry, biochemistry and structural biology of DNA and RNA.

Prerequisite(s): Biochem 5615, Chem 2520, Chem 2550, Chem 4210, or equivalent, or permission of instructor.

Semester Offered:

Credits: Graduate 3 units

Course Director: Charles Bell, PhD

Textbook(s): None


BIOPHRM 6762: Advanced Biochemistry, Enzymes

Cross Listing: BIOCHEM 6762

Description: The advanced treatment of enzymology and enzyme mechanisms.

Prerequisite(s): Biochem 5615, Chem 2520, Chem 2550, Chem 4210, or equivalent, or permission of instructor.

Semester Offered:

Credits: Graduate & Medical 1.5 units

Course Director:

Textbook(s): None


BIOPHRM 6763: Advanced Biochemistry, Membranes and Lipids

Cross Listing: BIOCHEM 6763

Description: The advanced treatment of membrane structures, function, and lipids.

Prerequisite(s): Biochem 5615, Chem 2520, Chem 2550, Chem 4210, or equivalent, or permission of instructor.

Semester Offered:

Credits: Graduate & Medical 1.5 units

Course Director:

Textbook(s): None


BIOPHRM 6785: DNA Microarray Technology

​Cross Listing: BIOCHEM 6762

Description: Covers the major areas of microarray technology, including theory, target preparation and labeling, manufacturing methods imaging, analysis and mining of data.

Prerequisite(s): Biochem 4511 or equivalent.

Semester Offered: Offered every other year

Credits: Graduate 1.5 units

Course Director: Chandan Sen, PhD

Textbook(s): None


BIOPHRM 6824: Foundations of Neuropharmacology

Cross Listing: None

Description: Pharmacological agents are valuable tools with which to probe the molecular and cellular basis of brain function. The scientific rational underlying the use of drugs to treat a wide range of neurologic and psychiatric disorders will be examined.

Prerequisite(s): Undergraduate Pharmacology or Neuropharmacology (or equivalent), or permission of instructor.

Semester Offered: AU, SP

Credits: 2 units

Course Director: Andrej Rotter

Textbook(s): None


BIOPHRM 6850: Research in Progress Seminar

Cross Listing: None

Description: Seminar presentations from faculty laboratories of ongoing research.

Prerequisite(s): Graduate level standing. Repeatable to a maximum of 8 units. This course is graded S/U.

Semester Offered:

Credits: Graduate 1 unit

Course Director: Qianben Wang, PhD

Textbook(s): None


BIOPHRM 7050: Neurobiology Disease

Cross Listing: Cross-listed in NeuroSc 7050 (705)

Description: Neurobiology of Disease will explore the basis of major diseases affecting the nervous system.

Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for Pharmcol 705. Admis Cond course.

Semester Offered: SP

Credits: 3 units

Course Director: Andrej Rotter

Textbook(s): TBD


BIOPHRM 7193: Individual Studies in Pharmacology

Cross Listing: None

Description: Individual study in digitalis pharmacodynamics, neuropharmacology, endocrine pharmacology, cardiovascular pharmacology, autonomic pharmacology, clinical pharmacology, biochemical pharmacology, pharmacogenomics, or toxicology. This course is graded S/U.

Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor.

Semester Offered: Offered all semesters

Credits: Graduate 1-30 units

Course Director: Various faculty

Textbook(s): TBD


BIOPHRM 7510: Professional and Ethical Issues in Biomedical Sciences

Cross Listing: VETBIOS 751

Description: A discussion course based on case scenarios dealing with ethical issues facing biomedical researchers such as publishing practices, confidentiality, and mentoring. This course is graded S/U.

Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing and enrollment in Biomedical Sciences Program.

Semester Offered: SP

Credits: Graduate 2 units

Course Director: Frederick Villamena, PhD

Textbook(s): TBD


BIOPHRM 7550: Research Applications of Clinical Pharmacology

​Cross Listing: None

Description: Application of basic and advanced concepts in pharmacology to contemporary research literature to solidify understanding of the pharmacologic principles underlying the individualization of drug therapy and contemporary drug development. Fundamentals of clinical pharmacology for the development evaluation, and clinical use of pharmaceutical products.

Prerequisite(s):

Semester Offered: SU

Credits: Graduate 3 units

Course Director: Joseph Kitzmiller, PhD

Textbook(s): TBD


BIOPHRM 7596: Clinical Pharmacology Capstone

Cross Listing: PHARMAC 7596

Description: Capstone project or internship for students in Clinical Pharmacology specialization of the MS Applied Clinical and Preclinical Research Program. Culminating learning activity integrating core and specialization coursework. Capstone project or internship performed at an organization involved with clinical research drug studies with the oversight of a faculty advisor and a site mentor.

Prerequisite(s): Completion of all required didactic clinical pharmacology courses in the Master of Applied Clinical and Preclinical Research program, or permission of program director.

Semester Offered: Offered all semesters

Credits: Graduate 1-12 units

Course Director: Joseph Kitzmiller, PhD & Marjorie Neidecker, PhD

Textbook(s): TBD


BIOPHRM 7600: Principles of Clinical Pharmacology

Cross Listing: None

Description: Introduction and review of basic and advanced concepts in pharmacology for clinical pharmacologists. Overview of pharmacologic principles underlying the individualization of drug therapy and contemporary drug development. Fundamentals of clinical pharmacology for the development, evaluation, and clinical use of pharmaceutical products.

Prerequisite(s): PHARMCL 5600; Admission to the MS Pharmacology program, or the Masters program in Applied Clinical and Preclinical Research, or permission from the instructor.

Semester Offered:

Credits: Graduate 3 units

Course Director: Joseph Kitzmiller, PhD

Textbook(s): TBD


BIOPHRM 7699: Clinical Pharmacology Practicum

​Cross Listing: None

Description: Placement in an organization conducting clinical research drug studies for supervised practice experience. This course is graded S/U.

Prerequisite(s): Enrollment in MS Pharmacology Program, or permission of the program director.

Semester Offered: Offered all semesters

Credits: Graduate 1-8 units

Course Director: Joseph Kitzmiller, PhD

Textbook(s): TBD


BIOPHRM 7764: Advanced Biochemistry: Integration of Metabolism I

Cross Listing: None

Description: An advanced treatment of the regulation and integration of mammalian biochemical systems, including the use of signaling pathways. Part of a two course sequence.

Prerequisite(s): Coursework in biochemistry and graduate level standing, or permission of instructor.

Semester Offered: AU

Credits: Graduate 1.5 unit

Course Director: Douglas Pfeiffer, PhD

Textbook(s): None


BIOPHRM 7765: Advanced Biochemistry, Integration of Metabolism II

Cross Listing: None

Description: A continuation of course MOLBIOC 7764. Regulation and integration of mammalian biochemical systems, including the use of signaling pathways.

Prerequisite(s): MOLBIOC 7764 or permission of instructor.

Semester Offered: SP

Credits: Graduate 1.5 unit

Course Director: Douglas Pfeiffer, PhD

Textbook(s): None


BIOPHRM 7781: Animal Models of Human Disease

Cross Listing: None

Description: Transgenic and knockout mouse technology and examples of models for genetic diseases with each pattern of inheritance. Examples are collagen diseases (osteogenesis imperfecta), Huntington diseases, muscular dystrophy, and Fredereich ataxia.

Prerequisite(s): Current enrollment in a Life Sciences graduate program or permission of the instructor.

Semester Offered:

Credits: Graduate 1 unit

Course Director: Jill Rafael-Fortney, PhD

Textbook(s): TBD


BIOPHRM 7806: Gene Expression, Transcriptional Control

Cross Listing: MOLGEN 7806

Description: Intensive study of problems in the general area of post-transcriptional control of gene expression. The course consist of student presentations and class evaluations of recently published results in these fields.

Prerequisite(s): 6 credits at the Grad level, or permission of instructor.

Semester Offered:

Credits: Graduate 2 units

Course Director: Daniel Schoenberg, PhD

Textbook(s): TBD


BIOPHRM 7807: Gene Expression, Post-Transcriptional Control

Cross Listing: MOLGEN 7807 (880.07) / VETBIOS 7807 (880.07)

Description: Intensive study of problems in the general area of post-transcriptional control of gene expression. The course consist of student presentations and class evaluations of recently published results in these fields.

Prerequisite(s): 6 credits at the Grad level, or permission of instructor.

Semester Offered:

Credits: Graduate 3 units

Course Director: Daniel Schoenberg, PhD

Textbook(s): TBD


BIOPHRM 7823: Control of Cell Growth and Proliferation

​Cross Listing: None

Description: Role of cell stress response, cytoplasmic signaling molecules, transcription factors and chromatin remodeling complexes in the regulation of cell growth, cell death and in mechanisms causing cancer. Lectures and student presentations.

Prerequisite(s): 1 year Grad Biochem, or permission of the instructor.

Semester Offered:/p>

Credits: Graduate & Medical 2 units

Course Director: Tsonwin Hai, PhD

Textbook(s): TBD


BIOPHRM 7828: Signaling Pathways and Human Diseases

Cross Listing: None

Description: Current concepts of biological signaling transduction and its role in controlling genes involved in various disease states, including cardiovascular disease, cancer, and neurological diseases.

Prerequisite(s): 1 year Grad Biochem, or permission of the instructor.

Semester Offered: Offered every other year

Credits: Graduate 2 units

Course Director: Kama Mehta, PhD

Textbook(s): TBD


BIOPHRM 7831: Eukaryotic Genome, Structure and Expression

Cross Listing: MVIMG 7831 / MOLGEN 7831

Description: Current research on the structure and expression of genes in higher eukaryotes. Course includes student critiques and presentations of research papers.

Prerequisite(s): Biochem 702 or equivalent

Semester Offered: Offered every other year

Credits: Graduate 2 units

Course Director: Arthur Burghes, PhD

Textbook(s): TBD


BIOPHRM 7840: Practical Macromolecular Crystallography

Cross Listing: None

Description: Practical aspects of using X-ray crystallography to determine the three dimensional structures of macromolecules. Includes use of molecular structuring software.

Prerequisite(s): 1 year of Grad Biochem, or permission of instructor.

Semester Offered: Offered every other year

Credits: Graduate 1.5 units

Course Director: Charles Bell, PhD

Textbook(s): TBD


BIOPHRM 8250: Design of Clinical Trials I

Cross Listing: None

Description: Students learn pertinent aspects of the Code of Federal Regulations related to the conduct of clinical trials. They learn the basics of conducting clinical research and they gain hands-on experience in a 39-bed clinical research facility.

Prerequisite(s): Enrollment in Clinical Pharmacology MS Program.

Semester Offered:

Credits: Graduate 7 units

Course Director:

Textbook(s): TBD


BIOPHRM 8260: Design of Clinical Trials II

Cross Listing: None

Description: Students learn pertinent aspects of the Code of Federal Regulations related to the conduct of clinical trials. They learn the basics of conducting clinical research and they gain hands-on experience in a 39-bed clinical research facility.

Prerequisite(s): PHARMCL 8250, and enrollment in Clinical Pharmacology MS Program.

Semester Offered:

Credits: Graduate 7 units

Course Director:

Textbook(s): TBD


BIOPHRM 8300: Molecular Pharmacology and Human Disease

Cross Listing: PHARMCOL 830

Description: Molecular mechanisms of actions of blockbuster drugs in the treatment of human disease.

Prerequisite(s): PHARMCOL 600, PHARMCOL 600D, or IBGP 702, or permission of the instructor.

Semester Offered: AU

Credits: Graduate 2 units

Course Director: Andrej Rotter, PhD & Frederick Villamena, PhD

Textbook(s): TBD


BIOPHRM 8824: Neuropharmacology

Cross Listing: None

Description: A study of the central nervous system including neurochemistry, neurotransmission, receptors, signal transductions, CNS disorders, treatments and the pharmacology of drugs that act on the CNS.

Prerequisite(s): coursework in Physiology and Biochemistry, or permission of the instructor.

Semester Offered: SP

Credits: Graduate 3 units

Course Director: Andrej Rotter, PhD & Rene Anand, PhD

Textbook(s): TBD


BIOPHRM 8998: Research not for Dissertation or Thesis Purpose

Cross Listing: None

Description: Research for other purposes than dissertation or thesis in this department. Generally for students in other departments needing research experience or study of a specialized nature. This course is graded S/U.

Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing.

Semester Offered:

Credits: Graduate 1-8 units

Course Director: Various faculty

Textbook(s): TBD


BIOPHRM 8999: Research in Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry

Cross Listing: None

Description: Research for thesis or dissertation purposes only. This course is graded S/U.

Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing.

Semester Offered: Offered all semesters

Credits: Graduate 1-12 units

Course Director: Various faculty​​​​​