Ph.D. Curriculum

Ph.D in Pharmacology Curriculum                   Ph.D. in Toxicology Curriculum

Our curriculum requires all PhD students to take 28 hours of coursework; of that, 6 hours will be rotations. The remaining 62 hours will be research and seminar, for a total of 90 hours. The courses have been changed to a modular format so that a 5-week course will be devoted to intense study of each topic. This new format better reflects the diversity of scientific inquiry being conducted in all professional settings, and also provides extensive experience in laboratory procedures, thus equipping our Ph.D. graduates with ample knowledge and skill to participate in their choice of professional scientific pursuits. To earn a Ph.D., the student must attain success in each of the following four areas.

- Coursework*
- Candidacy exam
- Research
- Dissertation

*Students must maintain a grade point average (GPA) no less than 3.0, and must not receive a grade lower than a B (3.0) in any required class (including laboratory rotations and elective courses).  

M.S. Curriculum

M.S. in Pharmacology Curriculum               M.S. in Toxicology Curriculum

We accept MS students on a very limited basis. Generally, the MS degree is reserved for students who have started on the PhD course of study and who, for a variety of reasons,  find they must end their studies before they complete their Doctorate. The curricula in for both M.S. programs in the department are formulated by the Curriculum Committee. Students must satisfactorily complete all aspects of the curriculum to obtain the master’s degree.  A student must maintain a grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) and obtain at least the grade of “B” or “P” in all required courses.  If a student earns less than a “B” in a required course, the student will need to repeat the course or take another course that will satisfy the requirement.  A minimum of 35 hours is required to fulfill the graduate requirements for a Master of Science degree in Pharmacology or in Toxicology.  All M.S. students will be required to take a minimum of 15 hours of coursework: of that, 4 hours will be rotations, and a minimum of 20 hours of research and seminar.  In addition to the required credit hours, the student must complete one of the following: 

•  Prepare and defend a Master's thesis OR
•  If approved by the Research and Advisory Committees, a published work may be accepted in  place of a thesis.   

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