Ph.D. Requirements

Ph.D. Course Requirements

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 - 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 - Student Seminar (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)

Preliminary exams

Electives (1 - 3 credits)

Winter Semester

Pharmacology 646, section 001 - Seminar Course (1 credit)

Pharmacology 995 - Pre-candidacy Research (12 credits)

Electives (1 - 3 credits)

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.

Preliminary Examination

The preliminary examination for advancement to doctoral candidacy in Pharmacology is an oral exam based on a short research proposal chosen by the student.  The exam is given in May of year two.

Teaching Requirement

In the third year, students assist in the teaching of pharmacology in the department and will be encouraged to take course work that will complement the chosen field of specialization.

Dissertation Committees

Students should have a doctoral thesis committee formed within three months of completing prelims.  Students are required to have a thesis committee meeting once each year, preferably within two months of their 646 seminar, and submit an Annual Report to the Graduate Chair.