• The effects of drugs on the human body from a biological perspective.
  • Semester Offered: Spring
  • Credits: 3
  • Course URL: Sakai
  • Core Curriculum: Natural Sciences


This course is intended for non-science majors.

This course can be used to meet the new SAS Core Curriculum goal in Natural Sciences.

This course CANNOT be used to fulfill the requirements of the Biological Sciences major or the Cell Biology & Neurosciences major.







Course Description

The effects of drugs on the human body from a biological perspective.

Topics include:

  1. Drug use in society
  2. How drugs work
  3. Effects of specific drugs including:
  • Stimulants
  • Depressants
  • Medications for psychiatric disorders
  • Alcohol
  • Tobacco
  • Caffeine
  • Opioids
  • Hallucinogens
  • Marijuana                    

Course URL


Course Satisfies SAS Core Curriculum Learning Goals

1. Natural Sciences (NS): Understand and apply basic principles and concepts in the physical or biological sciences.

2. Natural Sciences(NS): Identify and critically assess ethical and societal issues in science.

Course Satisfies Learning Goals

  1. Students are expected to develop academic skills that will provide a foundation for life-long learning.  
  2. To understand and to appreciate the process of science. 
  3. To acquire the ability to use scientific reasoning as embodied by the structured process commonly known as the scientific method.
  4. Students are expected to learn basic terms, concepts and theories in pharmacology.
  5. Students are expected to apply those terms, theories and concepts of social, ethical and legal issues of human use of prescribed drugs and drugs used for recreational purposes.

Exams, Assignments, and Grading Policy

Weekly quizzes and three multiple choice exams

Course Materials

Required Text:

Drugs, Society, and Human Behavior (15th edition), Hart & Ksir,  2013   ISBN-0073529745

Course Closed?

 If you have any questions, please contact the Division of Life Sciences -Office of Undergraduate Instruction at 848-445-2075 or visit our office at Nelson Biological Laboratories B112, Busch Campus.


Dr. Sidney B. Auerbach
Phone: (732) 445-3441

** All information is subject to change at the discretion of the course coordinator.