Pharmacology & Neuroscience (PhD)

Ph.D., Pharmacology & Neuroscience (Minimum of 90 credits)

The Pharmacology and Neuroscience doctoral program is research-intensive providing in-depth understanding of the chosen field of interest and the scientific method. This program will prepare the student for a career in research or as a leader in academia or the pharmaceutical/biotech industries.

The student will select a major adviser and assemble a dissertation 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
IDC 701Research Writing3
PHR 536Drugs and Drug Targets (Research Courses)2
PHR 537Fundamentals of Neuroscience3
PHR 715Foundational Science4
Required Seminars and Topical Courses
PHR 531Topics in Pharmacology and Drug Discovery Journal Club4-5
PHR 532Hot Topics in Neuroscience Journal Club4-5
PHR 750Research Discussions In Pharmacology & Neuroscience10-14
PHR 760Research Rounds In Pharmacology & Neuroscience8-12
PHR 791Pharmacology & Neuroscience Seminar7
Required Research Courses
PHR 595Directed Independent Study11-15
PHR 597Directed Independent Research18-20
PHR 795Directed Independent Study22-40
PHR 897Doctoral Directed Independent Research24-40
PHR 899Doctoral Dissertation4-12
Research Methods
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
Special Topics in Pharmacology & Neuroscience

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

Comprehensive Examinations: Doctoral students are required to pass comprehensive and qualifying examinations in order to advance to candidacy according to the guidelines of the graduate school.

Dissertation: Ph.D. candidates must present and defend a dissertation. The defense is open to the public, but only the student’s dissertation committee may directly participate in the examination. The written dissertation must be presented to the committee at least 30 days prior to the defense.