The Doctor of Philosophy program is being revised for fall 2016 admission. Details about the program are not yet available.

The Doctor of Philosophy program in pharmacology requires a minimum of 72 s.h. of graduate credit. The program requires the following core courses.

PCOL:5135Principles of Pharmacology1
PCOL:5136Pharmacogenetics and Pharmacogenomics1
PCOL:5137Neurotransmitters1
PCOL:5204Basic Biostatistics and Experimental Design1
PCOL:6080Pharmacology Seminar1
PCOL:6090Graduate Research in Pharmacologyarr.
PCOL:6203Pharmacology for Graduate Students6
PCOL:6207Ion Channel Pharmacology1
PCOL:6208G Proteins and G Protein-Coupled Receptors1
PCOL:6209Steroid Receptor Signaling1
PCOL:6250Advanced Problem Solving in Pharmacological Sciences1
BIOC:5243Biophysical Chemistry I, Module I1
BISC:5201Fundamentals of Gene Expression1
BISC:5203Fundamentals of Dynamic Cell Processes1
MCB:6225Growth Factor Receptor Signaling1
MPB:5153Graduate Physiology4

Individual faculty research advisors may require additional courses.

During the first year of the program, students are required to work in three different faculty laboratories before selecting a laboratory in which to pursue thesis research. Students then are expected to gain maximum laboratory research experience while completing course work. The Ph.D. comprehensive examination (written and oral) is given at the end of the fourth semester. Satisfactory preparation and oral defense of the thesis and publication of their work in a peer-reviewed journal complete the program.

There is no departmental world language requirement.

Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate College; see the Manual of Rules and Regulations of the Graduate College. They should have a g.p.a. of at least 3.00 and a combined verbal and quantitative score of at least 312 on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test. Applicants should have completed undergraduate courses in chemistry, biology, biochemistry, and mathematics.

Admission to the graduate programs is determined by the faculty after receipt of a completed formal application and interview (if appropriate) by faculty members or other designated individuals. Each application is reviewed individually. Some standard admission criteria may be waived for applicants who possess outstanding credentials in other areas.

The department provides all Ph.D. students with financial support in the form of stipends and tuition support. Support is renewed annually based on satisfactory progress toward meeting degree requirements.