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

General course requirements

Students in the doctoral program in pharmacology and toxicology rarely take courses designed for students in the professional programs offered by the schools of Allied Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy, and they are rarely allowed to apply PHTX courses designed for these students toward their degrees. A full-time course load is 15 credits in the fall and spring semesters and six credits in the summer. Students in the program must achieve a 3.0 or higher GPA overall in graduate courses and at least a 3.0 GPA in PHTX courses in order to graduate.

The following courses are generally taken before administration of the comprehensive examination:

BIOC/MICR 503 Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology
5
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

Two additional advanced graduate courses also must be taken prior to eligibility for the comprehensive examination. One of the courses must be chosen from the following list. The second advanced course must be taken from this list or from the additional advanced courses in the table below, as deemed appropriate by the students advisory committee.

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 (spring semester)
3
PHTX 632 Neurochemical Pharmacology (spring semester)
3
PHTX 633 Behavioral Pharmacology (fall semester)
3
PHTX 644 Forensic Toxicology
3
PHTX 691 Special Topics in Pharmacology [historical perspectives in pharmacology (fall)]
3
PHTX 691 Special Topics in Pharmacology [physiology and pharmacology of the gastrointestinal system (spring)]
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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