The Department of Pharmacognosy is concerned with the study materials of natural sources (i.e. plant, fungus and animal) in terms of their classification and chemicals of medicinal properties. The Student will recognize the natural sources, environmental and living conditions of such materials in terms of structure and existence and its chemical components and the method of their extractions in addition to recognition of the materials' medicinal uses and their side effects.
The Department aims to introduce students to proper ways to collect the drug from various natural sources, identify, store and separate its components, preparing it for using as pharmaceuticals. For this purpose, the department teaches various courses that include preparing drugs for medicinal use, structural elucidation and testing their biological activities. The study goes further to include bio and new natural drugs