M.S., Pharmacology and Neuroscience

Master of Science, Pharmacology and Neuroscience: (Minimum of 30 Credits)

The M.S. program in Pharmacology & Neuroscience is an excellent method for students to receive additional preparation for pursuit of a M.D. or Ph.D. degree.  The M.S. program emphasizes a combination of course work, laboratory experience and training in the scientific method.

For those students intending the M.S. as a terminal degree, the Objectives of the program include preparation of the student for the following career paths:

  1. Teaching of Pharmacology and/or Neuroscience at the undergraduate level.
  2. Participation in team research in universities, industry or government.

The student will select a major adviser and assemble a thesis committee. The student, adviser and committee will formulate a plan of study. The adviser and committee will assist the student during the entire course of the program.

Required Didactic Courses
IDC 601Responsible Conduct of Research1
IDC 625Introduction to Biostatistics for the Biomedical Sciences3
PHR 536Drugs and Drug Targets2
PHR 537Fundamentals of Neuroscience3
PHR 715Foundational Science4
Required Seminar and Topical Courses
PHR 531Topics in Pharmacology and Drug Discovery Journal Club2
PHR 532Hot Topics in Neuroscience Journal Club2
PHR 750Research Discussions In Pharmacology & Neuroscience4
PHR 760Research Rounds In Pharmacology & Neuroscience4
PHR 791Pharmacology & Neuroscience Seminar3
Required Research Courses
PHR 795Directed Independent Study6
PHR 797Master's Directed Independent Research16-20
PHR 799Master's Thesis3-6
Research Methods
Research Writing
Integrative and Alternative Medicine
Medical Pharmacology I
Medical Pharmacology II
Introduction to Neuropharmacology
Developmental Biology
Receptor and Molecular Pharmacology
Fundamentals of Brain Imaging, Recording, and Stimulation
Research Laboratory Rotations (up to 3 credits)
Special Topics in Pharmacology & Neuroscience

The student must maintain at least a B (3.0) average throughout the MS program, with no more than six credits with a grade below B-.

Thesis: Master of Science students must present and defend a thesis. The defense is open to the public, but only the student's thesis committee may directly participate in the examination. Copies of the thesis must be presented to the committee at least 30 days prior to the defense.