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.

View the University’s Academic Requirements for PhD Degrees.

Required Courses 

BIOM 600Cell Biology
BIOM 611Statistics in Experimental Design and Analysis 1
PHRM 532Human Physiology
PHRM 623Fundamentals of Pharmacology
PHRM 624Medical Pharmacology
PHRM 970Candidacy Examination
Pharmacology Seminar elective
Select two electives
PHRM 699Laboratory Rotation
PHRM 899Pre-Dissertation Lab Rotation
PHRM 995Dissertation

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2020 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.

Sample Plan of Study

Year 1
Cell Biology
Fundamentals of Pharmacology
Laboratory Rotation (or select electives)
Statistics in Experimental Design and Analysis
Laboratory Rotation
Laboratory Rotation
Year 2
Human Physiology
Medical Pharmacology
Pre-Dissertation Lab Rotation
Candidacy Examination
Pre-Dissertation Lab Rotation
Year 3 and Beyond