Curriculum

The Pharmaceutical Sciences and Drug Design program offers M.S. and Ph.D. degrees to develop highly trained pharmaceutical and biomedical scientists.

Curriculum for the Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Drug Design:

Ph.D. students are expected to complete degree training within five years. Degree requirements include:

Core Courses:

BMED 615 Molecular Pharmacology
BMED 621 Medicinal Chemistry I – Drug Design, Development and Discovery
BMED 632 Advanced Pharmacokinetics
BMED 594 Seminar (informational seminar and research progress seminar)
BMED 605 Biomedical Research Ethics
BMED 609 Biomedical Statistics
BMED 627 Professional Development (taken in the first three semester of the program)
BMED 637 Topics in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Drug Design (taken every semester of the program)
BMED 697/699 Research/Dissertation

Elective Courses:

Specialized electives chosen based on research interests may include classes offered in Biomedical Sciences (pharmacology, medicinal chemistry, neuroscience, toxicology), Biological Sciences, and Chemistry/Biochemistry.

Research Rotations:

Graduate students will rotate through the laboratories of at least three faculty members during their first year in the program, after which students will choose a faculty research advisor, advisory committee, and a dissertation research project.

Proposed Plan of Study for Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Drug Design:

Year 1:

Core course work
Research rotations
Selection of research advisor
Selection of advisory committee
Approval of Plan of Study

Year 2:

Completion of core and elective course work
Informational Seminar
Dissertation research

Year 3:

Approval of Research Proposal
Research Progress Seminar
Comprehensive Exam
Dissertation research

Year 4:

Dissertation research
Preparation of manuscript submissions

Year 5: 

Dissertation research and writing
Preparation of manuscript submissions
Dissertation defense

Curriculum for the M.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Drug Design:

M.S. students are expected to complete degree training within two years. Degree requirements include:

Core Courses:

BMED 615 Molecular Pharmacology
BMED 621 Medicinal Chemistry I - Drug Design, Development and Discovery
BMED 632 Advanced Pharmacokinetics
BMED 594 Seminar (information seminar)
BMED 609 Biomedical Statistics
BMED 637 Topics in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Drug Design (taken every semester of the program)
BMED 597/599 Research/Thesis

Research Rotations:

Graduate students will rotate through the laboratories of at least two faculty members during their first year in the program, after which students will choose a faculty research advisor, advisory committee, and a thesis research project.

Proposed Plan of Study for M.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Drug Design:

Year 1:

Core course work
Research rotations
Selection of research advisor
Selection of advisory committee
Approval of Plan of Study

Year 2: 

Informational Seminar
Approval of Research Proposal
Preparation of manuscript submissions
Thesis research and defense