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

Course# Course Name Cr.
PHRM.6100 Principles of Pharmaceutical Sciences 4 credits
CHEM.5500 Biochemistry I 3 credits
HSCI.5500 Human Development and Pathophysiology 3 credits

Semester 2

Course# Course Name Cr.
CHEM.5620 Pharmaceutical Biochemistry 3 credits
BIOL.5420 Cell Biology 3 credits
PHRM.6200 Pharmacokinetics 3 credits

Semester 3

Course# Course Name Cr.
CHEM.6310 Principles of Medicinal Chemistry I 3 credits
PHRM.7070 Drug Metabolism 3 credits
PHRM.6300 Pharmaceutical Research Design and Ethics 3 credits

Semester 4

Course# Course Name Cr.
PHRM.6400 Pharmaceutical Analysis 4 credits
PHRM.6410 Drug Delivery 3 credits
PHRM.7100 Advanced Topics in Pharmaceutical Sciences 2 credits
Exit point for Master's Degree: 37 credits

Semester 5

Course# Course Name
Option course 3 credits
Dissertation and seminar 3 to 6 credits
Total: 6 to 9 credits

Semester 6

Course# Course Name
Option course 3 credits
Dissertation and seminar 3 to 6 credits
Total: 6 to 9 credits

Semester 7

Course# Course Name
Option course 3 credits
Dissertation and seminar 3 to 6 credits
Total: 6 to 9 credits

Semester 8

Course# Course Name
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

Course# Course Name Cr.
PHRM.7110 Clinical Research Design and Methodology 3 credits
PHRM.7120 Pharmacoepidemiology 3 credits
PUBH.5770 Introduction to Biostatistics 3 credits
PHRM.7130 Applied Clinical Pharmacokinetics 3 credits

Nanopharmacology Option

Course# Course Name Cr.
CHEM.5660 Nanomaterials and Nanostructures 3 credits
PHRM.7140 Nanotechnology and Drug Delivery 3 credits
BIOL.5760 Cell Culture 4 credits
BIOL.5880 Structural Biology 3 credits

Nuclear Pharmacology and Imaging Option

Course# Course Name Cr.
RADI.5980 Introduction to Medical Imaging 3 credits
RADI.5340 Internal Radiation Dosimetry & Bioassay 3 credits
RADI.5410 Radiochemistry 3 credits
RADI.5620 Radiation Biology 3 credits

Medicinal Chemistry Option

Course# Course Name Cr.
CHEM.6320 Principles of Medicinal Chemistry II 3 credits
PHRM.7080 Mechanisms of Drug Action 3 credits
CHEM.5510 Biochemistry II 3 credits
CHEM.XXXX Chemistry elective (see choices below) 3 credits

Pharmacogenomics/Personalized Pharmacotherapy Option

Course# Course Name Cr.
PHRM.7090 Pharmacogenomic Principles and Applications 3 credits
MLSC.5510 Advanced Pathophysiology 3 credits
MLSC.5800 Clinical Applications of Molecular Genetics 3 credits
PHRM.XXXX Pharmaceutical Sciences elective 3 credits

Drug Discovery Option

Course# Course Name Cr.
BIOL.5280 Molecular Biotechnology: Recombinant Protein Production 3 credits
BIOL.5760 Cell Culture 4 credits
BIOL.5880 Structural Biology 3 credits
PHRM.7080 Mechanisms of Drug Action 3 credits
SubTotal # Option Credits Required: 12 -13 credits

Dissertation and Seminar Courses (Total courses required = 4)

Courses Cr.
4 courses 12 - 24 credits
SubTotal Dissertation & Seminar Credits Required: 12 - 24 credits

Other/Elective Course Choices (Total courses required = 0 to 1)

Course# Course Name Cr.
BIOL.5670 Molecular Biology 3 credits
BIOL.5690L Molecular Techniques 2 credits
BIOL.5760 Cell Culture 4 credits
BIOL.5320 Genomics 3 credits
BIOL.5340L Genomics Laboratory 1 credit
MLSC.7100 Nutrigenomics 3 credits
MLSC.5600 Molecular Pathology 3 credits
CHEM.5380 Biochemical Mechanisms 3 credits
CHEM.5600 Advanced Physical Biochemistry 3 credits
CHEM.5680 Structural Analysis 3 credits
CHEM.5700 Protein Chemistry 3 credits
CHEM.5140 Advanced Analytical Chemistry 3 credits
RADI.6980 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.