Course Selection

During welcome week, you should plan to meet with an academic advisor for each program that you wish to consider joining to discuss classes and rotations. In order to remain flexible, you must agree on first semester courses with the advisor or grad chair from each and every program of interest.  

Typical Curriculum

Year One

Fall Semester

PIBS 503 - Research Responsibility and Ethics (1 credit)
PIBS 600 - Biomedical Sciences Independent Study (3 credits)
PIBS 800 - PIBS Seminar Series (1 credit)
Pharmacology 601 - From Molecules to Patients: Basic Quantitative Principle of Pharmacology (3 credits)
Pharmacology 603 - Practical Statistics (1 credit)
Pharmacology 614 - Seminars in Autonomic Pharmacology (3 credits)
Pharmacology 646, section 002 - Student Seminars (1 credit)

Electives (1 - 3 credits)

Winter Semester

PIBS 600 - Biomedical Science Independent Study ( 3 credits)
PIBS 800 - PIBS Seminar Series (1 credit)
Pharmacology 612 - Antimicrobial & Cancer Pharmacology (2 credits)
Pharmacology 615 - Seminars in Molecular Neuropharmacology (2 credits)
Pharmacology 616 - Seminars in Cardiovascular Pharmacology (2 credits)
Pharmacology 617 - Endocrine Pharmacology (2 credits)
Pharmacology 646, section 002 - Student Seminars (1 credit)

Electives (1 - 3 credits)

Year Two

Fall Semester

Pharmacology 502 - Introduction to Scientific Communication/Grant Writing (2 credits)
Pharmacology 646, section 001 - Seminar Course (1 credit)
Pharmacology 990 - Pre-candidacy Research (3 credits)

Electives (1 - 3 credits)

Winter Semester

Pharmacology 646, section 001 - Seminar Course (1 credit)
Pharmacology 990 - Pre-candidacy Research (8 credits)

+ Prelims

Electives (1 - 3 credits)

Year Three +

Fall/Winter Semesters

Pharmacology 646, section 001 - Seminar Course (1 credit)
Pharmacology 995 - Candidacy Research (12 credits)

Reminders:

  • Candidates may take up to 4 non-research credits per semester.
  • Meet at least once per year with your dissertation committee. 
  • Submit an Annual Report and CV after your committee meeting.
  • You must be registered for the semester in which you defend.

Electives

Popular Choices

PHRMACOL 621 – Translational Pharmacology (2 credits)
PHRMACOL 622 – Translational Research (2 credits)
PHRMACOL 625 – Translational Pharmacology Journal Club (1 credit)
PHYSIOL 510 – Systems and Integrative Physiology (4 credits)
BIOLCHEM 515 – Introduction to Biological Chemistry (3 credits)
BIOLCHEM 550 – Macromolecular Structure & Function (3 credits)
CDB 530 – Cell Biology (3 credits)
HUMGEN 541 – Molecular Genetics (3 credits).

 

 

Note: Students must take a minimum of 9 credits per term (pre-candidacy) or 8 credits per term (candidacy) in order to be considered full-time. 

PSTP students should also refer to the training program course requirements.