Areas commonly covered in the study of pharmacology include molecular biology, cell biology, physiology and biochemistry, according to the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy. Programs commonly offer research opportunities and chances for students to learn how to give lectures and conduct seminars on their research and findings.
Specifics of what's covered in the study of pharmacology depend on the level of degree the student seeks to obtain and the specific program, notes the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy. A master of science program may place more emphasis on toxicology, neuropharmacology and laboratory research, while a Ph.D. program might focus more on research skills, biomedical sciences, microscopy techniques and molecular modeling procedures.
Pharmacology programs may also teach students how to craft research questions, according to the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy. Students also learn how to conduct experiments in order to develop answers for any questions they might have and properly format the results. Programs usually include a thesis component.
A master's program in pharmacology can be designed to prepare a student to work in a specific industry, such as academia or the government, notes the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy. These programs place more emphasis on providing scholars with hands-on experience in the lab.