Pharmacognosy, MS, PhD - Curriculum & Duration

Students entering the graduate program in pharmacognosy may have undergraduate degrees that satisfy all the prerequisites for these programs. However, in some instances the graduate program director will need to assign appropriate undergraduate courses to ensure that students are properly prepared for the graduate courses in their particular program.

Pharmacognosy–Analytical and Natural Products Chemistry Option

Course Prerequisites (all tracks)

Each student must present transfer credit, earn advanced placement credit by examination (the Qualifying Exams) or obtain credit in the following:

  • 1 semester of Analytical Chemistry
  • 2 semesters of Calculus
  • 1 semester of Cell Biology or Biochemistry
  • 1 semester of English Composition
  • 1 semester of Literature of Chemistry
  • 2 semesters of Organic Chemistry with laboratory
  • 1 semester of Organismal or Population Biology
  • 1 semester of Statistics

MS (Thesis) Track

Course Number Course Name Credits
BS736 Advanced Pharmacognosy 3 credits
CH718 Heterocyclic Chemistry 3 credits
CH799 Research (credits are variable, minimum of 10) 10 credits
CH802 Research Seminar 2 credits
CH805 Critical Evaluation of Literature 1 credit
CH870 Current Research in Pharmacognosy 2 credits
CH878 Introduction to Research 2 credits
CH880 Current Literature 2 credits
  Additional 700- or 800-level chemistry or biology courses (must be approved) 3 credits
  Additional 700- or 800-level chemistry courses (must be approved) 3 credits
  Analytical Chemistry Graduate Course 3 credits
  Total Thesis Requirement 34 credits

PhD Track

Course Number Course Name Credits
BS736 Advanced Pharmacognosy 3 credits
CH718 Heterocyclic Chemistry 3 credits
CH802 Research Seminar 2 credits
CH805 Critical Evaluation of Literature 1 credit
CH870 Current Research in Pharmacognosy 2 credits
CH878 Introduction to Research 2 credits
CH880 Current Literature 2 credits
CH885 Grant Proposal Writing 1 credit
CH899 Doctoral Research (credits are variable, minimum of 20) 20 credits
  Additional 700- or 800-level chemistry or biology courses (must be approved) 3 credits
  Additional 700- or 800-level chemistry courses (must be approved) 3 credits
  Analytical Chemistry Graduate Course 3 credits
  Total PhD Requirements 45 credits

Pharmacognosy–Biotechnology and Metabolic Engineering Option

Course Prerequisites (all tracks)

Each student must present transfer credit, earn advanced placement credit by examination (the Qualifying Exams) or obtain credit in the following:

  • 2 semesters Calculus
  • 2 semesters Organic Chemistry (with laboratory)
  • 1 semester Analytical Chemistry
  • 1 semester Literature of Chemistry
  • 1 semester English Composition

Applicants should have a bachelor of science or bachelor of arts degree in a scientific or health program, and background in two or more of the following areas:

  • Genetics
  • Cell Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Biochemistry

In addition, you must demonstrate previous laboratory experience in at least two of these areas. You may substitute relevant work experience for formal coursework at the discretion of the program director.

MS (Thesis) Track

Course Number Course Name Credits
BS736 Advanced Pharmacognosy 3 credits
BS764 Biotechnology 3 credits
BS765 Biotechnology Laboratory 2 credits
BS785 Introduction to Research 2 to 4 credits
BS799 Master’s Research (credits 1 to 12, minimum of 10) 10 credits
BS898 Graduate Seminar (summer) 1 credit
CH870 Current Research in Pharmacognosy 2 credits
ST702 Statistical Principles in Bioassay 3 credits
  CH or BS 800-level elective (minimum) 3 credits
  Additional 700- or 800-level BS and CH courses (minimum) 3 credits
  Total MS (thesis) Requirements 30 credits

PhD Track

Course Number Course Name Credits
BS736 Advanced Pharmacognosy 3 credits
BS764 Biotechnology 3 credits
BS765 Biotechnology Laboratory 2 credits
BS785 Introduction to Research 2 to 4 credits
BS887 PhD Colloquium (fall) 1 credit
BS898 Graduate Seminar (summer) 1 credit
BS899 Doctoral Research (credits 1 to 12, minimum of 10) 20 credits
CH870 Current Research in Pharmacognosy 2 credits
ST702 Statistical Principles in Bioassay 3 credits
  Biology or Chemistry Elective (700- or 800-level)1 3 credits
  Analytical chemistry graduate course. Choose one of:
CH714 Structure-Activity Relationships
CH762 Analytical Separations Chemistry
CH767 Applied Spectroscopy
CH863 Special Topics in Analytical Chemistry
3 credits
  Advanced cell/molecular course. Choose one of:
BS761 Advanced Cell Biology
BS820 Advanced Ethnobotany
BS850 Metabolic Engineering
CH728 Advanced Biochemistry
2-3 credits
  Total PhD Requirement 45 credits

1Requires approval of advisor or Advisory Committee. A minimum of 6 credits at 800 level is required for the degree.

Contact:

Program Director
James R. McKee, PhD 

Address:

Office Location: Robert McNeil Graduate Study and Research Center Room 201
University of the Sciences
600 South 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495

Phone:

215-596-8847

Email:

j.mckee@usciences.edu