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Pharmacology Ph.D.

Pharmacology
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Contact Information
Department of Pharmacology, 6-120 Jackson Hall, 321 Church Street S.E., Minneapolis MN 55455 (612-626-1248; fax: 612-625-8408)
  • Program Type: Doctorate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2019
  • Length of program in credits: 48
  • This program requires summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Doctor of Philosophy
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
Pharmacology is the study of the interactions of chemicals with biological systems. Courses and research training in biochemistry, biophysics, genetics, and molecular biology provide a solid foundation for performing original research in pharmacology, neuropharmacology, and cancer chemotherapy.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.50.
A four-year BA or BS degree (or its equivalent) in a basic science program is generally required.
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
Candidates for admission are evaluated on the basis of undergraduate record, previous research experience, and letters of recommendation.
Special Application Requirements:
Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation from persons familiar with their scholarship and research potential; a complete set of official transcripts; and a clearly written statement of career interests, goals, and objectives.
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
  • TOEFL
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 100
    • Paper Based - Total Score: 600
  • IELTS
    • Total Score: 7.5
The preferred English language test is Test of English as Foreign Language.
Key to test abbreviations (TOEFL, IELTS).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
24 credits are required in the major.
0 credits are required outside the major.
24 thesis credits are required.
This program may be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses toward program requirements is permitted under certain conditions with adviser approval.
A minimum GPA of 3.00 is required for students to remain in good standing.
Students are required to maintain a GPA of 3.00. Students who fail to maintain this standard must petition the director of graduate studies for permission to remain in the program. For more detailed information, contact the director of graduate studies in pharmacology.
Required Coursework (24 credits)
Take PHCL 8100 twice for a total of eight credits, and PHCL 8200 twice for a total of 2 credits. Take 3 credits of PHCL 8212. All courses, with the exception of PHCL 8100, must be taken A/F and be graded B or higher.
PHCL 5110 - Introduction to Pharmacology (3.0 cr)
PHCL 5112 - A Graduate Toolkit I: An Introduction to the Scientific Research Lab (1.0 cr)
PHCL 5113 - A Graduate Toolkit II: Scientific Speaking and Writing for Graduate Students (2.0 cr)
PHCL 8100 - Laboratory Research in Pharmacology (4.0 cr)
PHCL 8200 - Seminar: Selected Topics in Pharmacology (1.0 cr)
PHCL 8211 - Advanced Medical Pharmacology I (5.0 cr)
PHCL 8212 - Advanced Medical Pharmacology II (0.0-3.0 cr)
Thesis Credits
Take at least 24 doctoral thesis credits.
PHCL 8888 - Thesis Credit: Doctoral (1.0-24.0 cr)
Joint- or Dual-degree Coursework:
Joint Degree Program in Law, Health and the Life Sciences. Students may take a total of 12 credits in common among the academic programs.
 
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PHCL 5110 - Introduction to Pharmacology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Basic principles of Pharmacology. Focuses on molecular mechanisms of drug action. prereq: Grad student or instr consent
PHCL 5112 - A Graduate Toolkit I: An Introduction to the Scientific Research Lab
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Basic operating principles/techniques of scientific research lab. Personnel structure, professionalism, authorship/publication. Recombinant protein production/purification, DNA/RNA purification/methods, molecular biology methods, microscopy, model systems/bioinformatics. prereq: instr consent
PHCL 5113 - A Graduate Toolkit II: Scientific Speaking and Writing for Graduate Students
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Guidance on PowerPoint design, public speaking, question/answer sessions at scientific talks. Practice sessions are videotaped/analyzed to highlight strategies for improvement. Guidance in writing thesis research topic. prereq: Completion of one yr of a grad program
PHCL 8100 - Laboratory Research in Pharmacology
Credits: 4.0 [max 8.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Supervised independent research in pharmacology. Modern biomedical/pharmacology research methodology, data generation/analysis. Formulation/testing of basic science hypotheses. prereq: Grad student or instr consent
PHCL 8200 - Seminar: Selected Topics in Pharmacology
Credits: 1.0 [max 8.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Student-presented seminars. prereq: 5212 or instr consent
PHCL 8211 - Advanced Medical Pharmacology I
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Online content focused on organ system-based study of medical therapeutics. In-class content focused on current biomedical literature. Develop critical reasoning skills needed to interpret/critique basic science, translational, clinical research papers/presentations. prereq: 5110, [grad student or instr consent]
PHCL 8212 - Advanced Medical Pharmacology II
Credits: 0.0 -3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Summer
Online content focused on organ system-based study of medical therapeutics. In-class content focused on current biomedical literature. Develop critical reasoning skills needed to interpret/critique basic science, translational, clinical research papers/presentations. Prereq 8211 or instr consent.
PHCL 8888 - Thesis Credit: Doctoral
Credits: 1.0 -24.0 [max 100.0]
Grading Basis: No Grade
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
(No description) prereq: Max 18 cr per semester or summer; 24 cr required