Pharmacology and Toxicology, MS, PhD - Curriculum & Duration

Our post-baccalaureate program in pharmacology and toxicology is designed for full or part-time study and research. You should have undergraduate preparation in mathematics through calculus, biology and mammalian anatomy, chemistry, biochemistry, and general physics. Core graduate courses are in medical physiology, pharmacology, toxicology, statistics, and experimental design. Other courses may be taken to complement your individual research interests.

During the first year, coursework and a laboratory rotation enable you to become familiar with the research activities and expertise of the pharmacology and toxicology faculty. You will select a research topic and develop a thesis proposal with guidance from a faculty adviser. You will also complete an independent laboratory research project under the supervision of a research advisory committee.

Master's of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degree requirements include the preparation and defense of a research thesis. You will participate with faculty in intramural seminars and a weekly Journal Club and communicate your research findings at local and national scientific meetings and conferences.

Pharmacology and Toxicology, MS

For the Master of Science degree, you will complete at least 20 credits of approved graduate courses, a laboratory research project in pharmacology or toxicology, and a Master's thesis.  

MS in Pharmacology and Toxicology program combines didactic course study with independent laboratory research to provide students with a solid knowledge foundation and hands-on research skills for a professional career. All graduate courses highlight student active learning and emphasize the integration of biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, physiology, pharmacology, toxicology and statistics. Students propose, develop, and perform an independent research project under the guidance of a faculty Research Advisor and other Research Advisory Committee members. All MS students are required to have thesis defense before a Thesis Examination Committee including Research Advisory Committee members and an external reviewer.

Courses fulfilling the didactic course requirement should be primarily core courses at the 700 or 800 level required by the program and Research Advisor/Advisory Committee. A maximum of 6 credits of courses at the 300 or 400 level can be accounted for this requirement. The following courses are typically required.

Core Courses

Course Number Course Name Credits
PC 701 Physiology I 4 credits
PC 702 Physiology II 4 credits
PC 711 Principles of Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology 4 credits
PC 740 Pharmacology 4 credits
PC 801 Research Literature in Pharmacology and Toxicology. Credits: 1 for 2 semesters’ attendance (required in each semester except the final one)
PC 811 Research Techniques Laboratory 3 credits
PC 821 Molecular Pharmacology 3 credits
PC 880 Pharmacology and Toxicology Graduate Seminar Credits: 1 for 2 semesters’ attendance (required in each semester except the final one)
ST 704 Statistics for Research 3 credits
PC 799 Research (Master's Level) Minimum of 10 credits

All MS degree students are required to satisfactorily complete a minimum of 10 research credits and defend Master’s thesis. Submission of peer-reviewed manuscript is strongly recommended.

Elective Courses

Course Number Course Name Credits
PC 760 Biopharmaceutical Proteins: Principles and Applications 3 credits
PC 851 Advanced Pharmacology and Toxicology I 3 credits
PC 852 Advanced Pharmacology and Toxicology II 3 credits
PC 853 Advanced Pharmacology and Toxicology III 3 credits
PC 854 Advanced Pharmacology and Toxicology IV 3 credits

Duration

It usually takes a full-time student about 2 years to complete MS in Pharmacology and Toxicology.

Pharmacology and Toxicology, PhD

As a doctoral candidate, you will complete at least 20 course credits, pass comprehensive written and oral doctoral qualifying exams administered by the faculty, propose and complete an original research project, and successfully defend your doctoral thesis before an examination committee of faculty and other expert scientists. You will be expected to publish your research findings in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

PhD in Pharmacology and Toxicology program combines didactic course study with an in-depth independent research project to provide students with a solid knowledge foundation and advanced research expertise for being experts in the field. All graduate courses highlight student active learning and emphasize the integration of biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, physiology, pharmacology, toxicology and statistics. Pre-doctoral students must pass written and oral comprehensive qualifying exams to achieve doctoral candidacy. Students propose, develop, and perform an in-depth independent research project under the guidance of a faculty Research Advisor and other Research Advisory Committee members. All PhD students are required to have thesis defense before a Thesis Examination Committee including Research Advisory Committee members and an external reviewer. Publication of research results in peer-reviewed journals is expected.

Courses fulfilling the didactic course requirement for the PhD degree should be primarily core courses at the 700 or 800 level required by the program and Research Advisor/Advisory Committee.  A maximum of 6 credits of courses at the 300 or 400 level can be accounted for this requirement. The following courses are typically required.

Core Courses

Course Number Course Name Credits
PC 701 Physiology I 4 credits
PC 702 Physiology II 4 credits
PC 711 Principles of Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology 4 credits
PC 740 Pharmacology 4 credits
PC 801 Research Literature in Pharmacology and Toxicology. Credits: 1 for 2 semesters’ attendance (required in each semester except the final one)
PC 811 Research Techniques Laboratory 3 credits
PC 821 Molecular Pharmacology 3 credits
PC 880 Pharmacology and Toxicology Graduate Seminar Credits: 1 for 2 semesters’ attendance (required in each semester except the final one)
ST 704 Statistics for Research 3 credits
PC 899 Doctoral Research  Minimum of 20 credits

All PhD degree students are required to satisfactorily complete a minimum of 20 research credits and defend PhD thesis. Submission of at least one peer-reviewed manuscript is required.

Elective Courses

Course Number Course Name Credits
PC 760 Biopharmaceutical Proteins: Principles and Applications 3 credits
PC 851 Advanced Pharmacology and Toxicology I 3 credits
PC 852 Advanced Pharmacology and Toxicology II 3 credits
PC 853 Advanced Pharmacology and Toxicology III 3 credits
PC 854 Advanced Pharmacology and Toxicology IV 3 credits

Duration

It usually takes a full-time student 5-6 years to complete PhD in Pharmacology and Toxicology.

Contact:

Bin Chen, PhD

Address:

Office Location: Pharmacology/Toxicology Center Room 244
University of the Sciences
600 South 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495

Phone:

215-596-7481

Email:

b.chen@usciences.edu