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Pharmacology and Toxicology, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

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, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Degree:

Ph.D.
Semester(s)
of entry:

Fall preferred
Deadline
dates:

Jan 15
Test
requirements:

GRE
Special requirements:
See website for more information

Applications for the program should be submitted to the Biomedical Sciences Doctoral Portal – School of Medicine-PhD selected from the drop-down menu of programs on the VCU online application form.

The Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology offers a program of graduate study leading to the Doctor of Philosophy. The broad base offered in pharmacology and toxicology, together with basic training in physiology and biochemistry, provides the background for a successful career in academic institutions, industry or government. Students customarily complete formal course work in pharmacology and biochemistry during the first year of study. Participation in research also is begun early in the first year. Students and faculty members join together in a seminar program, which includes distinguished visiting scientists from the U.S. and abroad. Following completion of a qualifying examination, a degree candidate is required to submit and defend a thesis embracing an original research project conducted under the guidance and supervision of an adviser. There is no foreign language requirement. The research program of the department is sufficiently broad to provide an adequate basis for entry into a wide variety of interesting areas of modern biology and medicine.

Student learning outcomes

Curriculum

A typical course plan for the full-time doctoral student is described below.

  Credits
Fall 1  
BIOC/MICR 503 Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology 5
PHTX 690 Pharmacology Research Seminar or IBMS 690 Basic Health Sciences Research Seminar* 1
PHTX 691 Special Topics in Pharmacology (basic principles of pharmacology for graduate students) 3
Courses required by Biomedical Sciences Doctoral Portal* 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 or IBMS 690 Basic Health Sciences Research Seminar* 1
Courses required from Biomedical Sciences Doctoral Portal* 4
   
Summer 1  
PHTX 697 Directed Research in Pharmacology 3 to 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 3 to 6
   
* Note: With few exceptions, Ph.D. students are enrolled in the Biomedical Sciences Doctoral Portal from matriculation until the spring semester of the second year and must meet the requirements of that program. Students not committed to an area of research will take a variety of courses but must take the above listed courses if they eventually chose the pharmacology doctoral program. Students interested or committed to pharmacology should take the listed courses during their portal period as suggested above to assure rapid progress toward the degree.

 

 

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