Biopharmaceutical Sciences - BPS


The information below lists courses approved in this subject area effective Fall 2014. Not all courses will necessarily be offered these terms. Please consult the Schedule of Classes for a listing of courses offered for a specific term.

500-level courses require graduate standing.

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300 Undergraduate Research Experience in Biopharmaceutical Science
1 TO 3 hours. Course supports the academic environment for undergraduate students at UIC. The research experience will be under the guidance of a faculty member who will act as a research supervisor. Satisfactory/Unstatisfatory grading only. May be repeated. Application of credit toward the degree is contingent upon the approval of the student's college and/or department. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor supervising the research experience. Open only to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

325 Drugs and Society
2 hours. Presents factual basis of drug use and abuse. Provides physiological and socio-psychological underpinnings of drug abuse. Evaluates social policies and regulatory issues surrounding drug abuse. Same as PMPR 325. Extensive computer use required. Prerequisite(s): Open only to first year students in the Doctor of Pharmacy program.

360 Survey of Basic and Clinical Pharmacology I
1 hours. Designed to provide an introduction to the major classes of therapeutic agents. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor. Open only to first year students in the Doctor of Pharmacy program.

365 Survey of Receptors and Drug Action
1 hours. The major classes of receptors and their ligands (agonists and antagonists) that result in pharmacological effects and drug action. Prerequisite(s): Open only to first year students in the Doctor of Pharmacy program.

380 Undergraduate Research in Biopharmaceutical Sciences
1 TO 3 hours. Investigation, under the direction of one or more faculty members, of a problem of limited scope. May be repeated. Students may register in more than one section per term. A maximum of 6 hours of credit is allowed per department. A total of not more than 8 hours of 380 and 390 numbered courses in the college may be applied toward the 12 hours of PharmD professional electives. Prerequisite(s): Minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.50 and consent of the instructor, department head, and Associate Dean for Student Affairs.

381 Professional Development Seminar I
1 hours. Weekly seminar series for second professional year pharmacy students. Discusses educational issues related to the second professional year. Students create/update Curriculum Vitae; explore various pharmacy career opportunities. Credit is not given for BPS 381 if the student has credit for PSOP 381 or PMMP 381 or PMPR 371. Prerequisite(s): Student must be listed as an advisee of the instructor.

382 Professional Development Seminar II
1 hours. Weekly seminar series for second professional year pharmacy students. Discusses educational issues related to the second professional year. Students create/update Curriculum Vitae; explore various pharmacy career opportunities. Credit is not given for BPS 382 if the student has credit for PSOP 382 or PMMP 382. Prerequisite(s): Student must be listed as an advisee of the instructor.

383 Professional Development Seminar III
1 hours. Weekly seminar series for third professional year pharmacy students. Discusses relevant educational and professional issues. Update CV/Resume and Portfolio. Explore pharmacy career opportunities with invited guests. Credit is not given for BPS 383 if the student has credit for PSOP 383 or PMMP 383. Prerequisite(s): Student must be listed as an advisee of the instructor.

384 Professional Development Seminar IV
1 hours. Weekly seminar series for third year pharmacy students. Discusses with advisees relevant educational and professional issues. Update Curriculum Vitae or Resume and Portfolio. Explore pharmacy career opportunities with invited guests. Credit is not given for BPS 384 if the student has credit for PSOP 384 or PMMP 384. Prerequisite(s): Student must be listed as an advisee of the instructor.

385 Special Topics of Current Interest in Biopharmaceutical Sciences
1 TO 3 hours. Course offered by faculty or a visiting lecturer on a selected topic of current interest. Available on an experimental basis for one offering only. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor and good academic standing as defined by College of Pharmacy policies.

390 Special Projects in Biopharmaceutical Sciences
1 TO 2 hours. Special projects within the departmental discipline are defined and terminal project goals are achieved through independent study. May be repeated. Students may register in more than one section per term. A maximum of 4 hours of 390 credit is allowed in all departments. A total of not more than 8 hours of 380 and 390 numbered courses in the college may be applied toward the 12 hours of PharmD professional electives. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor, department head, and Associate Dean for Student Affairs.

421 Advanced Dosage Form Design [Compounding]
1 hours. Students attend five recitations and ten labs where they make twenty new dosage formulations. Several dosage formulations are of veterinary products used to treat diseases in dogs, cats, horses, cattle and other large animals. Prerequisite(s): PHAR 321 and PHAR 322.

430 Principles of Toxicology
2 hours. Examines the toxic effects of drugs and chemicals on organ systems. Lectures emphasize basic principles, effects on specific organ systems, major classes of toxic chemicals, and specialized topics such as forensic and industrial toxicology. Same as PCOL 430. Credit is not given for BPS 430 if student has credit for EOHS 457.

480 Application of Science to the Law
4 hours. Issues affecting the development, accessibility and admissibility of forensic science services by the criminal justice system; problems which may compromise the quality, fairness and effectiveness of scientific inquiries. Same as CLJ 480. Prerequisite(s): CLJ 210 and CLJ 260; or graduate standing.

494 Special Topics of Current Interest in Biopharmaceutical Sciences
1 TO 3 hours. Courses offered by faculty or a visiting Lecturer on a current topic of selected interest. Topics are available on an experimental basis for one offering only. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor; good academic standing as defined by UIC policies.

501 Biopharmaceutical Sciences I
4 hours. First part of the fundamental didactic core courses in biopharmaceutical sciences including fundamental principles of pharmaceutics, pharmacokinetics, scientific ethics and research design. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing; or consent of the instructor.

502 Biopharmaceutical Sciences II
4 hours. Second part of fundamental didactic core courses in biopharmaceutical sciences; fundamental principles of cell and molecular biology and pharmacogenomics, pharmacodynamics including toxicology, research communication and regulatory processes. Prerequisite(s): BPS 501; and graduate standing in the biopharmaceutical sciences program; or approval of the department.

506 Industrial Experience
4 TO 10 hours. Recommended to graduate students with no industrial experience. Students spend time working in the pharmaceutical, imaging or cosmetic industry under academic supervision to obtain practical experience. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only.

507 Drug Discovery, Design and Development
3 hours. Overview of drug development process from target identification and screening through clinical trials and FDA evaluation. Same as MDCH 507 and PMPG 507.

508 Concepts in Drug Development: From Bench to Bedside
3 hours. Designed to give clinicians an overview of the drug development process from bench to bedside. Emphasis will be placed on the regulatory aspects of drug development including clinical trials, FDA approval and post marketing surveillance. Offered online only. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

510 Principles of Interfacial Phenomena
3 hours. Quantitative and theoretical principles of physical and chemical sciences as applied to pharmacy. Thermodynamics, kinetics, colloid and surface chemistry in evaluation of pharmaceutical formulations. Prerequisite(s): MATH 480.

515 Dissolution and Bioavailability of Dosage Forms
2 hours. Theories and testing of the release of drug from solid dosage forms including the effect of dissolution rate on bioavailability. Prerequisite(s): PHAR 323; and approval of the department.

518 Controlled Drug Delivery
3 hours. Controlled drug delivery systems utilizing polymers, synthesis of different types of devices, and the delivery expected from these devices, and mathematical modeling of delivery systems. Same as BIOE 518. Prerequisite(s): MATH 220 or approval of the department.

519 Percutaneous Drug Delivery
2 hours. Modern methods of drug delivery covering the use of enhancers, prodrugs, iontophoresis and ultrasound are presented. Toxicity testing, regulatory issues for successful marketing and production issues. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

520 Lipid Based Drug Delivery Systems
2 hours. The preparation, characterization, stability, pharmaceutical cosmetic and diagnostic applications of lipid based drug delivery systems including liposomes, micelles and emulsions prepared with phospholipids. Prerequisite(s): PHAR 323; and approval of the department.

522 Principles of Polymeric Science and Engineering
3 hours. Intermediate polymer science, thermodynamics of polymer solutions, phase separations, MW determination, crystallization, elasticity, kinetics and processing. Same as BIOE 522. Prerequisite(s): MATH 220 or consent of the instructor.

539 Biopharmaceutical Sciences Research Rotation
3 hours. Research rotation course in which first year students from the BPS program will undertake projects in laboratories affiliated with this program. May be repeated to a maximum of 9 hours. Animals used in instruction. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

542 Pharmacodynamics of Substance Abuse
2 hours. Considers the mechanisms of action, responses, pharmacokinetics and dependence factors of substance abuse. Emphasis will be placed on research strategies in studying the biological aspects of drug abuse. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor and a course in basic pharmacology.

545 Advanced Pharmacokinetics
3 hours. Kinetics of absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion of drugs factors affecting these kinetics and their relationship to pharmacodynamics. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

553 Cancer Biology and Therapeutics
2 hours. Fundamentals of cancer biology with emphasis on biological, hormonal and chemotherapeutic drug therapies currently used and in development. Specific treatment approaches to breast, ovarian, prostate and colon cancers will be explored. Same as MDCH 553 and PMPG 553. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor. Recommended background: Molecular and Cellular Biology.

555 Principles of Pharmacogenomics
2 hours. Concept and application of pharmacogenomics in disease diagnosis, prevention, and treatment. Prerequisite(s): BPS 502 or consent of the instructor.

570 Foundations of Forensic Toxicology
2 hours. Survey of forensic toxicology, with emphasis on analytical and interpretive aspects; unique characteristics, underlying philosophies, ethics; analytical methods, nontraditional matrices, interpreting the significance of results. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

573 Drug Identification Chemistry
4 hours. In-depth treatment of classes of commonly encountered drugs of abuse and the analytical methods used in their screening, identification and quantitation. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

574 Forensic Toxicology
4 hours. In-depth treatment of techniques used in forensic toxicology, including specimen preparation, drug or toxin isolation, and analytical methods for screening, identification and quantitation; interpretation, reporting and testifying as to results. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

580 Forensic Science: Survey and Foundations
2 hours. Survey course for forensic sciences with emphasis on criminalistics; unique characteristics, underlying philosophies; nature, analytical methods, significance of results with chemical, biological, trace, pattern evidence. Same as CLJ 580. Prerequisite(s): Approval of the department.

581 Forensic Analysis of Biological Evidence
4 hours. Forensic blood and physiological fluid identification; DNA typing of biological evidence; report writing; expert testimony. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

582 Forensic Chemistry and Trace Evidence Analysis
4 hours. Trace evidence: hairs, fibers, glass, soil, paint and miscellaneous; nature, chemical, instrumental, microscopical methods of analysis; interpretation and significance of trace similaries; expert testimony. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the director of graduate studies.

583 Physical Pattern Evidence Analysis
4 hours. Pattern evidence: individualization, reconstruction; fingerprint classification; questioned documents; handwriting comparison; firearms and toolmarks comparisons; scene patterns and reconstruction will be studied indepth. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

584 Forensic Drug Analysis and Toxicology
4 hours. Analysis of commonly abused drugs in their solid-dosage form and in biological media, with emphasis on modern instrumental methods and interpretation of results. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

585 Ethical, Quality, Practice, and Legal Issues in Forensic Science
3 hours. A topical presentation-discussion of ethical, quality control, admissibility and practice topics emanating from the law-science interface integral to forensic sciences.

586 Topics in Specialty Forensic Examinations
1 TO 4 hours. Topics may vary but will revolve around specialty forensic examinations, covering specific evidentiary classes (e.g. drug identification, DNA typing, fingerprints), including forensic laboratory methods, approaches and data interpretation. May be repeated if topics vary. Students may register in more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): BPS 581 or BPS 582 or BPS 583 or BPS 584; and consent of the instructor. Students must have credit in the forensic science program core course that covers the specific topic.

587 Forensic Science Seminar
1 hours. Weekly seminar series on forensic science research and topics, especially those outside the core requirements. Presentations by students, faculty, and guests. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. May be repeated. Prequisite(s): Graduate or professional standing.

588 Expert Witness Testimony and Courtroom Demeanor
3 hours. Trials, hearings, grand jury; expert versus lay witness; personal and behavioral characteristics on the stand; results, reports and courtroom testimony; simulated trial testimony. Prerequisite(s): Approval of the department.

589 Special Topics in Forensic Science
3 hours. Content may vary but will revolve around the philosophic, moral, and managerial problems associated with criminalistics practice. Topics may include evidence collection, analysis, reporting, and testimony to non-criminalistics fields. Same as CLJ 589. May be repeated if topics vary. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

590 Forensic Science Residency
1 TO 8 hours. In-depth training for casework analysis in a specific forensic discipline (e.g. drug identification, DNA typing, fingerprints) in an approved forensic science laboratory. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. May be repeated to a maximum of 24 hours. Prerequisite(s): BPS 581 or BPS 582 or BPS 583 or BPS 584; and consent of the instructor. Students must have credit in the forensic science program core course that covers the specific topic.

591 Topics in Forensic Microscopy
1 TO 4 hours. Topic may vary but will revolve around microscopical characterization of various materials, with emphasis on forensic laboratory methods and approaches, and interpretation of materials comparisons as evidence. May be repeated if topics vary. Students may register in more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): BPS 582 and consent of the instructor.

592 Forensic Science Internship
2 TO 4 hours. Placement in a forensic science or toxicology laboratory or setting, under the supervision of a faculty member, with an accepted research project or paper required. May be repeated to a maximum of 4 hours. Students may register in more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): BPS 580; and consent of the instructor and a minimum of 15 hours of credit earned in the M.S. in Forensic Science program.

593 Research in Biopharmaceutical Sciences
0 TO 16 hours. Research in biopharmaceutical sciences with the guidance of a faculty mentor. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. May be repeated. Prerequisite(s): Approval of the department.

594 Special Topics in Biopharmaceutical Sciences
1 TO 4 hours. Content varies. Special topics in biopharmaceutical sciences not covered in regular core or elective offerings. May be repeated to a maximum of 4 hours if topics vary. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

595 Departmental Seminar
1 TO 2 hours. Weekly seminar series on research and experimental techniques in biopharmaceutical sciences. Also consists of journal club at which students will present an article once a year. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. May be repeated. Weekly seminar and journal club meet separately from one another. Prerequisite(s): Approval of the department.

596 Independent Study in Forensic Science
1 TO 8 hours. Supervised projects may consist of extensive reading or laboratory work, or both, on topics not covered in regular course offerings. Research undertaken for this course may not duplicate that being done for BPS 597 or BPS 598. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. May be repeated. Students may register in more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

597 Forensic Science Project Research
3 hours. Supervised research in forensic science; a research project to be designed and completed within one semester. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. Prerequisite(s): BPS 580; and at least the core course in the M.S. in Forensic Science program covering the subject area in which the research is to be conducted and consent of the instructor.

598 M.S. Thesis Research
0 TO 16 hours. For students doing M.S. thesis research or thesis writing. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. May be repeated to a maximum of 10 hours. A minimum of 6 hours is required. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

599 Dissertation Research
0 TO 16 hours. Ph.D. thesis research. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. May be repeated. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.


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