The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) is the largest university within the Chicago area.  The current enrollment for UIC in 2010 was 16,790 undergraduate students and 7,925 graduate students.

General Information

The University of Illinois-Chicago is the premier place to study pharmacognosy, but you may also find ethnobiological courses of interest in the Department of Anthropology.


Course catalog

Biological Evaluation of Natural Products (PMPG 480, 3 hours)
Short-term procedures useful for the discovery and characterization of natural product drugs, with related laboratory experiments, and principles of more advanced drug development.

A Dynamic Human Habitat: Amazonia Past, Present and Future (ANTH 454, 3 undergraduate hours; 4 graduate hours)
Traces the dynamic interaction of humans and their habitats in Amazonia populations.

Drug Discovery, Design and Development (PMPG 507, 3 hours)
Overview of drug development process from target identification and screening through clinical trials and FDA evaluation. Same as BPS 507 and MDCH 507.

Advanced Pharmacognosy (PMPG 511, 4 hours)
A theoretical and applied course designed to acquaint the student with the occurence, isolation, characterization, identification, biosynthesis and activity profile of biologically active natural products.

Microscopy of Natural Drug Products (PMPG 512, 3 hours)
Use of microscopic methods in the identification of natural drugs and herbal products, with emphasis on the use of light and scanning electron microscopes.

Enthnopharmacology Field Work (PMPG 520, 4 hours)
Studies of plants used by primitive peoples as medicinal agents, in defined geographic areas, primarily through interviews with medicine men and the populace. Plant material will be collected for subsequent study. Contingent on availability of funds for travel support.

Predictive Strategies in Pharmacognosy (PMPG 569, 2 hours)
Consideration of the methods employed for the selection of plants that are most likely to yield biologically active compounds.

Seminar in Cultural Ecology (ANTH 453)
Cultural ecology and cultural evolution, emphasizing peasant farming and other subsistence systems. Soil management under shifting and sedentary agriculture. Same as GEOG 453 (3 undergraduate hours; 4 graduate hours)

Evidence Based Phytotherapy (PMPR 328)
This is a course for 2nd or 3rd year pharmacy students that expands on the basic material on herbal medicine presented in their Non-Prescription Pharmaceuticals and Herbal Medicines course.  After introducing the major types of herbal practice, it applies the principles of evidence-based medicine and critical analysis to the available clinical studies on herbal medicines

Other Links

Vietnam-Laos International Cooperative Biodiversity Group 

Program for Collaborative Research in the Pharmaceutical Sciences
A research center for the study of biologically active natural products.

“NAPRALERT, an acronym for NAtural PRoducts ALERT, is the largest relational database of world literature describing the ethnomedical or traditional uses, chemistry, and pharmacology of plant, microbial and animal (primarily marine) extracts. In addition, NAPRALERT contains considerable data on the chemistry and pharmacology (including human studies) of secondary metabolites of known structure, derived from natural sources.


Department of Pharmacognosy
D. Doel Soejarto (Professor of Pharmacognosy);
Chun-Tao Che;
Charlotte Gyllenhaal;

Department of Anthropology
Molly Doane;
Vince M. LaMotta;
Anna C. Roosevelt