Graduate Bulletin

Spring 2022

Requirements for the Ph.D. Degree in Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology

In addition to the minimum Graduate School requirements, the following are required:

A. Course Requirements 
1. Biomolecular Structure & Analysis (CHE 541)

2. Graduate Physiology (HBY 501)

3. Biochemical Laboratory Techniques (HBH 545, HBH 546) 

4. Cell Biology (MCB 656) 

5. Principles of Pharmacology series (HBH 631, HBH 632) 

6. Integrity in Science (GRD 500) 

7. Proposal Preparation in Regulatory Biology (HBH 560) 

8. One elective 

9. Practicum in Teaching Pharmacology (HBH 601) 

10. Journal Club (HBH 580) 

11. Seminar (HBH 590)—every semester 

12. Research (HBH 599 before advancement to candidacy, HBH 699 after advancement to candidacy).

Depending on prior course work, students may adjust these requirements with the consent of the Steering Committee of the Graduate Program.

B. Research Rotations 
Students are required to complete three rotations in laboratories affiliated with the program during the first two semesters and the following summer. The host laboratory for thesis research is typically selected from one of these three rotations.

C. Qualifying Exam 
In the second year, students are required to write and orally defend a research proposal on a topic unrelated to their thesis research.

D. Thesis Proposal Examination 
In the fall semester of the third year, students select a thesis committee including three program faculty and one extramural faculty member to evaluate their written thesis proposal and their oral defense of the proposal.

E. Advancement to Candidacy 
Following completion of coursework, and satisfactory performance on the qualifying examination and research proposal examination, students will be recommended to the Graduate School for advancement to Ph.D. degree candidacy.

F. Ph.D. Dissertation 
The research for the Ph.D. dissertation is conducted under the supervision of the thesis committee. Upon approval of the completed dissertation by this committee, a dissertation examining committee is appointed by the Dean of the Graduate School. A formal public oral defense of the dissertation is scheduled, at which the student presents his or her findings and is questioned by members of the examining committee and by other members of the audience.

G. Teaching Requirement 
It is expected that each graduate student completing a doctoral degree will have functioned as a teaching assistant during at least one semester of his or her graduate career (HBH 601).

H. Residence Requirement 
The University requires at least two consecutive semesters of full-time graduate study. The demands of the program necessitate a longer period of residence. 

I. Electives 
To complete their course requirements, students must take one elective course. The following is a list of courses offered by other programs in the university. This subset of elective courses represents courses that are recommended or that students have taken in the last several years.

Biology: MCB 657 Principles of Development

Biology: MCB 517 Biomembranes

Biology: MCB 503 Molecular Genetics

Chemistry: CHE 542 Chemical Biology

Genetics: BGE 510 Graduate Genetics

Biochemistry: BMO 512 Physical Biochemistry

Microbiology: HBM 640 Mol. Mechanisms of Microbial Pathogenesis

Pathology: HBP 533 Immunology

Pharmacology: HBH 550 Statistics in the Life Sciences
Pharmacology/Neurobiology: HBH 655 Neuropharmacology
Pharmacology: HBH 585 Advanced Structure Biology/Structural Methods in Drug Discovery

Physiology: HBY 561 Statistical Analysis of Physiological Data

Physiology:  HBY 564 Experimental Techniques in Systems Physiology

Requirements of the MS Degree in Biomedical Science (Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology track)

Completion will require 33 graduate level credits and a thesis.  23-28 credits in required courses, up to 6 credits in electives and 5-10 research credits.  

Thesis-Option Requirements:

1. Principles of Pharmacology (HBH 501)

2. Advanced Pharmacology (HBH 502)

3. Seminar (three times) (HBH 590)

4. Graduate Biochemistry (MCB 520)

5. Cell Biology (MCB 656)

6. Integrity in Science (GRD 500)

7. Lab Methods (HBH 545, HBH 546)

8. Statistics (HBH 550)

9. Research (HBH 599)

Electives (choose 0 to 6 credits)

1. Principles of Development (MCB 657)

2. Signal Transduction (HBH 553)

3. Neuropharmacology (HBH 655)

4. Molecular Genetics (MCB 503)

5. Communicating Science (JRN 501-505)

7. Pharmacology Colloquium (HBH 506)

Final Written Thesis 
In their final semester of the Program, students will select a thesis committee that includes three program faculty to evaluate their written thesis. Students will also give a seminar on their research during their final semester in the program.

Non-Thesis-Option Requirements:

1. Principles of Pharmacology (HBH 501)

2. Advanced Pharmacology (HBH 502)

3. Pharmacology Colloquium (HBH 506)

4. Seminar (three times) (HBH 590)

5. Graduate Biochemistry (MCB 520)

6. Cell Biology (MCB 656)

7. Integrity in Science (GRD 500)

8. Lab Methods (HBH 545, HBH 546)

9. Research (HBH 599)

Electives (choose 0 to 6 credits)

1. Principles of Development (MCB 657)

2. Signal Transduction (HBH 553)

3. Neuropharmacology (HBH 655)

4. Molecular Genetics (MCB 503)

5. Communicating Science (JRN 501-505)

6. Statistics (HBH 550)

The non-thesis option requires a total of 33 graduate level credits and a culminating literature review project that must be developed in consultation with the Program Director. Additional approved elective courses are also required, and must be chosen in consultation with the Program Director.