Undergraduate Minor

The Department of Pharmacology is committed to providing high-quality teaching of the principles of pharmacology and the application of pharmacology to the biomedical sciences for undergraduate students. We also offer research opportunities and support student activities.

The Pharmacology minor (12-credit, free-standing minor) is offered through the College of Biological Sciences (CBS).

View requirements

To add the Pharmacology minor, please fill out the appropriate form:

What is pharmacology?

Pharmacology is a scientific discipline that studies how drugs affect biological systems. Pharmacology is the foundation of medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, veterinary medicine, nursing and many other healthcare professions.

The pharmacology minor may help your career:

Research opportunities

Pharmacology is an interdisciplinary research discipline that employs scientific principles and experimental techniques of its own, as well as various other disciplines such as physiology, biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, microbiology, immunology, genetics, and structural biology.

Many undergraduate students are working in our research laboratories.

You may work in the laboratory as a volunteer or a paid undergraduate research assistant. You can also conduct a Direct Research (click here to initiate the Directed Activity Contract) or a UROP project.

Student Activities

  • Pharmacology Club
  • ‘PhUn’ Network
  • Pharmacology Club

    Pharmacology Club is a CLP student group for undergraduate students who are interested in Pharmacology. Pharmacology is an important subject for all biomedical professionals. Our club is composed of students from diverse interests and various backgrounds, including, but not limited to, CBS, CLA, and CSE. We host two types of programs, one scientific presentation and one career development presentation.

    Find meetings and activities on the Pharmacology Club's Facebook page.

    Pharmacology Club Executives

    Pharmacology Club Executives 2018-19

    From left to right: Caitlyn Calso (Events Coordinator), Dina Zheng (Treasurer), Alyssa Butterfield (Secretary), Alec Timp (Vice President), Vincent Zingale (President), and Alison Doyle (Co-Chair)

  • ‘PhUn’ Network

    We are setting up a new professional networking organization, the ‘PhUn' (Pharmacology Undergraduate) network, for undergraduate students in the Pharmacology Undergraduate Program to exchange information on professional schools, graduate programs, and career paths in Pharmacology.

    You can join the PhUn network if you add/declare the Pharmacology Minor, if you are a member of Pharmacology Club, if you work in a pharmacology professor’s laboratory, or if you have taken a pharmacology course(s) because you are interested in Pharmacology!

    If you are interested in joining the executive board of either the Pharmacology Club of the PhUn network, contact the faculty advisor, Dr. Hiroshi Hiasa at hiasa001@umn.edu.