Pharmaceutical Sciences

Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences

Admissions and Degree Requirements

Applicants to the Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences program must have a B.S. or M.S. degree or be in the last semester of their baccalaureate or master’s program. For courses from prior masters’ degrees to be applied toward meeting course credit requirements in the doctoral program, courses must be closely related to courses within the Ph.D. program. 

Beyond the prerequisite courses, the curriculum will consist of a minimum of 49 credits of coursework and 12 credits of dissertation research. Coursework will generally be scheduled in the fall and spring semesters. The expectation is that full-time students will finish the program in 4 to 5 years. The Program Coordinator and advisors in the Ph.D. program will guide graduate students through a full-time program of study. Full-time study is equivalent to 9 credit hours per semester.

Plan of Study by Semester for Ph.D. Students

Semester 1 PHSC.610 – Principles of Pharmaceutical Sciences 4 credits
84.550 – Biochemistry I 3 credits
30.550 – Human Development and Pathophysiology 3 credits
Semester 2 84.562 – Pharmaceutical Biochemistry 3 credits
81.542 – Cell Biology 3 credits
PHSC.620 – Pharmacokinetics 3 credits
Semester 3 84.7xx – Principles of Medicinal Chemistry I 3 credits
36.707 – Drug Metabolism 3 credits
PHSC.630 – Pharmaceutical Research Design and Ethics 3 credits
Semester 4 PHSC.640 – Pharmaceutical Analysis 4 credits
PHSC.641 – Drug Delivery 3 credits
PHSC.710 – Advanced Topics in Pharmaceutical Sciences 2 credits
Exit point for Master's Degree 37 credits
Semester 5 Option course 3 credits
Dissertation and seminar 3 to 6 credits
Semester 6 Option course 3 credits
Dissertation and seminar 3 to 6 credits
Semester 7 Option course 3 credits
Dissertation and seminar 3 to 6 credits
Semester 8 Option course 3 credits
Dissertation and seminar 3 to 6 credits
Total: 6 to 9 credits
Ph.D. degree – minimum credits required 61 credits

Option Course Choices (Total courses required = 4)

Clinical Research Option
PHSC.711 Clinical Research Design and Methodology 3 credits
PHSC.712 Pharmacoepidemiology 3 credits
19.577 Biostatistics for Health Data 3 credits
PHSC.713 Applied Clinical Pharmacokinetics 3 credits
Nanopharmacology Option
84.566 Nanomaterials and Nanostructures 3 credits
PHSC.714 Nanotechnology and Drug Delivery 3 credits
81.576 Cell Culture 4 credits
81.588 Structural Biology 3 credits
Nuclear Pharmacology and Imaging Option
98.596 Introduction to Medical Imaging 3 credits
98.534 Internal Radiation Dosimetry & Bioassay 3 credits
98.541 Radiochemistry 3 credits
98.562 Radiation Biology 3 credits
Medicinal Chemistry Option
84.7xx Principles of Medicinal Chemistry II 3 credits
36.708 Mechanisms of Drug Action 3 credits
84.551 Biochemistry II 3 credits
84.xx Chemistry elective (see choices below) 3 credits
Pharmacogenomics/Personalized Pharmacotherapy Option
36.709 Pharmacogenomic Principles and Applications 3 credits
36.551 Advanced Pathophysiology 3 credits
36.580 Clinical Applications of Molecular Genetics 3 credits
PHSC.xx Pharmaceutical Sciences elective 3 credits
Drug Discovery Option
81.528 Molecular Biotechnology: Recombinant Protein Production 3 credits
81.576 Cell Culture 4 credits
81.588 Structural Biology 3 credits
36.708 Mechanisms of Drug Action 3 credits
SubTotal # Option Credits Required: 12 -13 credits
Dissertation and Seminar Courses (Total courses required = 4)
4 courses 12 - 24 credits
SubTotal Dissertation & Seminar Credits Required: 12 - 24 credits
Other/Elective Course Choices (Total courses required = 0 to 1)
81.567 Molecular Biology 3 credits
81.569 Molecular Biology Laboratory 2 credits
81.576 Cell Culture 4 credits
81.532 Genomics 3 credits
81.534 Genomics Laboratory 1 credit
36.710 Nutrigenomics 3 credits
36.560 Molecular Pathology 3 credits
84.538 Biochemical Mechanisms 3 credits
84.560 Advanced Physical Biochemistry 3 credits
84.568 Organic Structural Analysis 3 credits
84.570 Advanced Protein Chemistry 3 credits
84.514 Advanced Analytical Chemistry 3 credits
98.599 Advanced Medical Imaging 3 credits
SubTotal # Elective Credits Required 0 - 4

Curriculum Summary

Total number of courses required for the degree: 20

Total credit hours required for degree: 61

Prerequisite or Other Additional Requirements:

Qualifying Examination for Doctoral Candidacy after completion of major required courses.