Pharmacology, PhD

Pharmacological sciences represent an extremely large field of modern science, intertwined with many other biomedical disciplines: cancer and cardiovascular pharmacology, cell signaling, neuropharmacology, pharmacogenetics, pharmacological chemistry, environmental health sciences, and targeted therapeutics. Core courses include Cell Biology, Fundamentals in Pharmacology, Human Physiology, and Medical Pharmacology. Electives are chosen by the student to suit their interests. Pharmacology students may rotate in labs doing very different types of research, to enrich their background and allow unrushed, instructed selection of direction of their future thesis research.

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Required Courses 

BIOM 6000Cell Biology
BIOM 6100Foundations in Statistics 1
PHRM 5320Human Physiology
PHRM 6230Fundamentals of Pharmacology
PHRM 6240Medical Pharmacology
PHRM 9700Candidacy Examination
PHRM 5990Pharmacology Gradute Group Journal Club
Pharmacology Seminar elective
Select two electives
PHRM 6990Laboratory Rotation
PHRM 8990Pre-Dissert Lab Rotation
PHRM 9950Dissertation

Or other statistics course with approval of the Graduate Group.

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2023 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.

Sample Plan of Study

Year 1
Cell Biology
Pharmacology Gradute Group Journal Club
Fundamentals of Pharmacology
Laboratory Rotation (or select electives)
Laboratory Rotation
Foundations in Statistics
Pharmacology Gradute Group Journal Club
Laboratory Rotation
Year 2
Human Physiology
Medical Pharmacology
Pre-Dissert Lab Rotation
Candidacy Examination
Pre-Dissert Lab Rotation
Year 3 and Beyond