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Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmacology

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Ph.D. Degree Requirements

In addition to general requirements, students must meet the following departmental requirements:

Course Requirements for the Ph.D. in Pharmacology

  1. Credit hours equivalent to at least 3 full academic years.
  2. All courses of the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences core curriculum, which covers biochemistry, molecular biology, and cell biology.
  3. PHCL 880 Essentials of Pharmacology, PHCL 898 Principles of Pharmacology, PTOX 917 Disposition of Xenobiotics, PTOX 918 Toxicology.
  4. At least 2 elective courses (at least 2 credit hours each).
  5. Other courses considered necessary by sponsor and dissertation committee.

All students in doctoral programs must meet the research skills and responsible scholarship requirement of the university.

Pharmacology Ph.D. students meet these requirements during their IGPBS year of study by taking GSMC 857 Biographics, GSMC 852/GSMC 855 Introduction to Biomedical Research I and II, and GSMC 856 Introduction to Research Ethics.


  1. Oral comprehensive examination. To be taken after completion of most course requirements and after the research skills and responsible scholarship requirement has been met (normally the exam takes place during the third year of full-time graduate study).
  2. Final examination. To be taken after all other requirements, including the dissertation, are completed.

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