The program of study for the Ph.D. in Pharmacology degree has an early focus on didactic learning but, overall, emphasizes research. The first year consists of a set of core courses and laboratory rotations. Thesis research is typically begun in the second year along with any elective courses deemed to be important to the student's research topic. By the end of this period, a thesis mentor and an area of thesis research are identified. Throughout the program, students present their current research to the program in post-rotational talks and annual seminars. Upon completion of the research project, a thesis is written and defended, and a Ph.D. degree is awarded.
The Program requires a minimum of 24 credits of graduate coursework which gives a working knowledge of biochemistry, physiology, and pharmacology. Electives can be taken in the first and second year, but are not required.
The training of Ph.D. students in the Pharmacology Program involves an integrated approach to learning. In addition to course work and thesis research, formal and informal learning situations are integrated into the course of study in the form of journal clubs, seminars, and other student-student and student-faculty interactions.
The basic requirements of the program are:
- One year of core courses
- Three research rotations
- Comprehensive oral exam
- Annual seminar presentations
- Thesis research (beginning in the second year)
- Thesis defense