Pharmacology, PhD

The PhD in pharmacology specialization allows a student to specialize in the study of the actions of drugs. In addition to developing a sound knowledge base through course work and seminars, the program is designed to strengthen the student’s ability to comprehend and to evaluate critically the current literature, allowing the conduct of significant independent research. Recent graduates with a PhD in pharmacology have found employment in academic or industrial research positions.

Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.


Qualifying examination
Annual review
Dissertation committee
Dissertation proposal
Dissertation defense

Pharmacology Requirements

A grade of C– or higher is required in each course.

Required Core
Complete 13–18 semester hours from the following:13-18
Concepts in Pharmaceutical Science
Drug Design, Evaluation, and Development
Experimental Design and Biostatistics
Human Physiology and Pathophysiology
Pharmaceutical Biochemistry
Pharmaceutical Sciences Laboratory
Cellular Physiology
Research Skills and Ethics
Ethics in Biological Research
PMCL 6260Pharmacology 12
PMCL 6261Pharmacology 22
PMCL 6262Receptor Pharmacology2
Complete 9–14 semester hours from the following subject areas: BIOL, BIOT, CHEM, NNMD, PHSC, PMCL, PMST9-14

Seminar and Colloquium

Complete the following (repeatable) course twice:2
Pharmaceutical Science Seminar
PHSC 6810Pharmaceutical Science Colloquium1

Research and Dissertation

PHSC 8940Doctoral Training and Research1
Proposal Preparation
PHSC 9681Doctoral Proposal2
Complete the following (repeatable) course twice:6

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

45 total semester hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required