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Pharmacology and Toxicology, Master of Science (M.S.)

Sawyer, Dr. Stephen T.
Graduate Program Director
ssawyer@vcu.edu
(804) 828-7918

Cox, Sheryol W.
Coordinator, Graduate Programs in Pharmacology and Toxicology
swcox@vcu.edu
(804) 828-8400

Web:
www.vcu.edu/pharmtox/

Admission requirements summary

Pharmacology and Toxicology, Master of Science (M.S.)
Degree:

M.S.
Semester(s)
of entry:

Fall preferred
Deadline
dates:

Apr 15
Test
requirements:

GRE or MCAT
Special requirements:
See Web site for more information

MCAT or DAT acceptable in lieu of GRE for combined professional/academic degree programs

The Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology offers a graduate program leading to the Master of Science degree. This is a research-oriented degree program comprised of graduate course work and supervised research leading to a master’s thesis. The M.S. program will be of interest to individuals planning on technical positions in pharmacology or toxicology research or testing; students interested in the health professions, such as medicine or dentistry, who desire additional research training; and for those interested in a government position, such as those offered with regulatory agencies, who seek training in pharmacology and toxicology.

Student learning outcomes

Curriculum

A typical course plan for the full-time master’s student is described below.

 
credits
Fall 1
BIOC/MICR 503 Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology*
5
PHTX 690 Pharmacology Research Seminar
1
PHTX 691 Special Topics in Pharmacology (basic principles of pharmacology for graduate students)
3
PHTX 697 Directed Research in Pharmacology
6
 
Spring 1
BIOC/MICR 504 Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology
5
PHTX 536 Principles of Pharmacology and Toxicology
5
PHTX 690 Pharmacology Research Seminar
1
PHTX 697 Directed Research in Pharmacology
4
 
Summer 1
PHTX 697 Directed Research in Pharmacology
6
 
Fall 2
PHTX 690 Pharmacology Research Seminar
1
PHTX 697 Directed Research in Pharmacology
8
Advanced PHTX elective
3
Advanced elective
3
 
Spring 2
PHTX 690 Pharmacology Research Seminar**
1
PHTX 697 Directed Research in Pharmacology
variable
Advanced elective (if desired)
3
 
Summer 2
PHTX 697 Directed Research in Pharmacology
6
 
* These are typical requirements. Less advanced courses may be substituted depending on situation.
** M.S. students are required to give a seminar. A student must take an advanced graduate course in their specialty.
 
Advanced PHTX courses
NEUS 609 Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
3
PHTX/PHIS 620 Ion Channels in Membranes
3
PHTX 625 Cell Signaling and Growth Control
3
PHTX 632 Neurochemical Pharmacology
3
PHTX 633 Behavioral Pharmacology
3
PHTX 644 Forensic Toxicology
3
 
Advanced courses in other disciplines may include, but are not limited to:
ANAT 610 Systems Neuroscience
4
BIOC 601 Membranes and Lipids
3
BIOC 602 Physical Properties of Macromolecules
3
BIOC 605 Molecular Biology
3
CHEM 504 Advanced Organic Chemistry I
3
EGRB 603 Biomedical Signal Processing
3
EGRB 610 Microprocessor Interfacing for Biomedical Instrumentation
3
MEDC 541 Survey of Molecular Modeling Methods
3
MEDC 601 Advanced Medicinal Chemistry I
1
MEDC 630 Theoretical Methods in Drug Design
2
MICR 505 Immunobiology
3
MICR/BNFO 653 Advanced Molecular Genetics: Bioinformatics
3
PHIS 604 Cell Physiology: From Molecules to Organisms
4
PHIS 615 Signal Detection in Sensory Systems
3
PHIS 617 Cellular Signaling
3

 

 

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