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MCDB establishes Interdisciplinary Emphasis in Pharmacology and Biotechnology within the M.A. degree
 

Summary: MCDB establishes Interdisciplinary Emphasis in Pharmacology and Biotechnology
within the M.A. degree
MCDB is proud to announce the establishment of an Emphasis in Pharmacology
and Biotechnology within the M.A. degree. The proposal for the new degree was jointly
drafted by Tanja Stoyan, Ph.D. and Doug Thrower, Ph.D., and was approved last week
by the Graduate Council and Letters and Science Executive Committee. The new degree
is in effect immediately.
The new interdisciplinary Master's Emphasis is designed to take advantage of the
many interdisciplinary opportunities in the fields of pharmacology and biotechnology on
the UCSB campus. Students have the option of enrolling in a wide variety of courses
offered through three UCSB departments, MCDB, Chemistry and Biochemistry, and
Psychology. Additional summer internships in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries,
or a thesis projects in an academic setting give students an opportunity to gain experience
in the field.
The new Emphasis in Pharmacology and Biotechnology emphasizes basic research
as a means of identifying drug targets and understanding drug mechanisms. In contrast,
most other pharmacology graduate programs are associated with medical schools, and are
designed to prepare students to become pharmacists and teach clinical applications of
drugs. The interdisciplinary nature of the program will allow students to gain a broad
understanding of topics relevant to the pharmaceutical/biotech industries including

  

Source: Akhmedov, Azer - Department of Mathematics, University of California at Santa Barbara
Becker, Luann - Institute for Crustal Studies, University of California at Santa Barbara

 

Collections: Geosciences; Mathematics