Degree Plan | PhD in Pharmacology

The following is an example of the PhD in Pharmacology course schedule. Students typically complete the program in 5 years. Students are expected to present at the Annual Seminar Presentations.


Year 1

Summer 1

Fall 1

Course Name Credit(s)
NSCI 505: Neuroscience Survey I 2
PBIO 501: Graduate Physiology 5
PBIO 534: Cell & Molecular Physiology 4
PHAR 611: Principles of Pharmacology 4
PHAR 986: Fall Rotation 0
Total 15 Credits

Additional Checklist

  • August – Select 2nd Rotation and send an email to Patrick Forcelli and Mary Wells to inform them
  • Early September – Prepare and present Post-Rotational talk
  • Register for Spring Courses

Spring 1

Course Name Credit(s)
PHAR 612: Graduate Pharmacology & Physiology 10
NSCI 532: Survival Skills & Ethics for Scientists 2
PHAR 987: Spring Rotation 0
Total 15 Credits

Additional Checklist

  • December – Select 3rd Rotation and send an email to Patrick Forcelli and Mary Wells to inform them
  • January – Prepare and present Post-Rotational talk
  • June – Prepare and present Post-Rotational talk
  • Complete Post-Rotation Form for the 3rd Rotation

Year 2

Summer 2

  • Full-time in the lab, either thesis or 4th rotation
  • Begin plans for writing an NRSA, which are can be submitted on August 8th, December 8th or April 8th

Fall 2

Course Name Credit(s)
NSCI 599: Practical Data Analysis and Experimental Design  
PHAR 505: Advanced Pharmacology  
Total Credits

Additional Checklist

  • Almost full-time in the lab
  • Attend any elective courses that are beneficial to your thesis research

Spring 2

  • Continue thesis research
  • Attend any elective courses that are beneficial to your thesis research
  • Take the Oral Comprehensive Exam before June 30 (see handbook for rules) and see the Program Coordinator for an exam ballot beforehand
  • Give your Annual Seminar Presentation
  • Organize the first meeting of your Thesis Advisory Committee
  • Complete and turn in the Thesis Proposal
  • Send in your Thesis Committee Meeting Form

Year 3

  • Continue thesis research
  • Discuss with your mentor and your committee plans for your first manuscript submission
  • Focus your experiments on manuscripts
  • Give your Annual Seminar Presentation
  • Meet with your thesis committee submit your thesis proposal if you have not done so already
  • Send in your Thesis Committee Meeting Form

Year 4 & 5

  • Thesis committee meets every year coinciding with your Annual Seminar Presentation (Thesis Committee Meeting Form)
  • Expect to submit your first manuscript before the end of your 4th year in the program