Pharmacology is the study of the effects of drugs on living organisms where a drug can be broadly defined as any chemical substance, natural or synthetic, which affects a biological system.

Studies may involve gaining knowledge of the mechanism of drug action, drug toxicity, the use of drugs as tools to delineate biological processes during health and disease, identification and validation of new cellular targets for drug action, and the design and development of new drugs. 

Because of its scope, pharmacology is an inter-disciplinary science employing experimental approaches from many other scientific disciplines. 

Major research of the faculty is in the areas of neuro-pharmacology, cardiovascular Pharmacology, retinopathy, inflammation, obesity, aging and gene therapy. Extramural research support is provided from, private and industrial sources.

The department maintains a separate animal house. This facility has been recognized by CPSCEA.