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BIOL 383: Seminar: Illicit Pharmacology: The Biochemistry and Molecular Mechanisms of Recreational Drugs

This seminar will explore the molecular mechanisms, cellular signaling, and metabolism of recreational drugs. With a focus on recent scientific literature, we will unravel the mechanisms of action of these substances (to the extent that they are known) and will use this knowledge to better understand their physiological effects. While our main emphasis will be on scientific advances, we will also investigate cultural and social justice issues related to drug use and drug enforcement. Prerequisite: CHEM 233 and 234 or instructor consent
6 credits; NE, QRE; Offered Winter 2022; A. Grenfell