Pharmacognosy department aims to achieve the Kingdom's 2030 vision of improving health by supplying the country with distinguished national pharmaceutical cadres, who contribute to the application of the scientific and research method based on evidence in the study and exploitation of medicines derived from natural sources and contribute to the knowledge economy, and it also aims to produce qualified pharmacists through Providing high-quality education , and providing an advanced research environment that leads Saudi scientists to benefit from medicinal plants, and the natural products available in the local environment, where pharmacology is concerned with the study of drugs derived from natural sources (plants - animals - microorganisms - marine biology - and some inanimate objects). The department's curricula also include methods of collecting the drug from nature, storing it and separating its components Then preparing them for use in the form of pharmaceutical preparations, and for this purpose the department teaches various fields including: preparing the drug for medicinal use, methods of evaluating it and ( (التشييد الحيوي لبعضها)antibiotics, anticancer , enzymes, vaccines, مصل , vitamins and hormones, and methods for identifying drugs, poisons and stimulants, and during the study, the students learn active medicinal ingredients in the natural product, and Methods of clearing medicinal plants chemically and biologically and the effect of environment on that.
The student studies: nutritional supplements, various alternative medicine methods, and methods of evaluating herbal preparations according to the international principles and standards considered, as well as evidence-based herbal medicine in different courses. In the field of research; The department get benefit from the units attached to it (the garden of medicinal plants, herbal medicine unit and alternative medicine) as well as cooperation with the Medicinal, Aromatic and Toxic Plants Research Center in opening the horizons of scientific research and linking it to reality in the local environment, The department also offers a master's degree program in drugs, It contains twelve advanced specialized courses, in addition to advanced research programs, and another PhD program in drugs, which contains eight specialized courses , such as: studying different modern biotechnology methods for the production of medicines
Dr. Ali Saeed Althabet Alqahtani