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2019-2020 University Catalog 
    
2019-2020 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Pharmacology and Toxicology – Master of Science (MS) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


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Programs of advanced study and laboratory research in the disciplines of pharmacology and toxicology, leading to the master of science and doctor of philosophy degrees, are intended to prepare qualified students for professional careers as pharmacologists or toxicologists in academia, private industry, or public service. At the completion of the MS or PhD in pharmacology and toxicology, every student will be able to carry out the following:

  • Conduct experiments using standard written laboratory protocols.
  • Analyze and interpret data from experiments and publications.
  • Design experiments to investigate a question.
  • Present laboratory findings orally as in seminar format and in writing as in a manuscript for publication.
  • As applicable, defend a thesis or dissertation in a public forum.

Graduate coursework emphasizes integration of biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, physiology, pharmacology, toxicology, statistics, and experimental design. Theory and methodologic aspects are considered within the context of current research literature in these fields. At least 20 didactic credits of graduate coursework (700 and 800 level) are required for either degree. Students propose, develop, and perform an independent research project under the guidance of a faculty Advisory Committee and defend their master’s or doctoral thesis before an examination committee of graduate faculty and other expert scientists. Predoctoral students must pass written and oral comprehensive qualifying exams. Publication of research results in peer-reviewed journals is expected. Current research interests of the pharmacology and toxicology faculty encompass cancer pharmacology, metabolism and cellular mechanisms of toxicity of drugs and xenobiotics, cancer cell motility and signaling, and cardiovascular pharmacology and neuropharmacology.

Pharmacology and Toxicology MS Program Requirements


Award of MS degree in pharmacology and toxicology depends on successful completion of both didactic course study and independent research.

The didactic course requirement for the MS degree is to complete a minimum of 20 credits coursework. Courses fulfilling this requirement primarily should be core courses at the 700 or 800 level required by the program and research advisor/advisory committee. A maximum of 6 credits of courses at the 300 or 400 level can be accounted for this requirement.

Courses can be waived or replaced by other courses by the program director.

Required Courses


Research


All MS degree students are required to satisfactorily complete a minimum of 10 research credits and defend Master’s thesis. Submission of peer-reviewed manuscript is strongly recommended.

Elective Courses


Students may take the following courses in the program or courses from other programs as electives. Elective courses may be required by research advisors or program director if it is determined to be necessary for the progression of students.

Pharmacology and Toxicology PhD Program Requirements


Award of PhD degree in pharmacology and toxicology depends on successful completion of didactic course study, comprehensive exams and independent research.

The didactic course requirement for the PhD degree is to complete a minimum of 20 credits coursework. Courses fulfilling this requirement primarily should be core courses at the 700 or 800 level required by the program and research advisor/advisory committee. A maximum of 6 credits of courses at the 300 or 400 level can be accounted for this requirement.

Courses can be waived or replaced by other courses by the program director.

Required Courses


Research


 All PhD degree students are required to satisfactorily complete a minimum of 20 research credits and defend doctoral thesis. Submission of at least one peer-reviewed manuscript is required.

Elective Courses


Students may take the following courses in the program or courses from other programs as electives. Elective courses may be required by research advisors or program director if it is determined to be necessary for the progression of students.

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