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Doctor of Philosophy Program


School of Pharmacy Process Handbook 

Department of Pharmaceutics - Rules & Policies for Graduate Students

A minimum of 30 credit hours exclusive of research credits, is generally required. In practice a minimum of 4 years of study, including research, is necessary to complete all requirements.

PREREQUISITES

All students should have prerequisite knowledge in Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology. The following departmental courses or their equivalents are required for admission into the
Department of Pharmaceutics track. If a prospective student has not met any of the prerequisites, the course(s) may be included in the student’s core course requirements upon recommendation by the prospective graduate advisor and approval by the respective course coordinator (see below):

PCEU 507  Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics I (except Pharm Calc)
PCEU 508  Basic Pharmacokinetics
PCEU 509  Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics II

SCHOOL CORE CURRICULUM IN PHARMACEUTICAL SCIENCES

PSCI 607-608  Introduction to Pharmaceutical Sciences from Bench to Shelf                            
PCEU 614  Research Techniques
MICR 510  Scientific Integrity
IMBS 600 Laboratory Safety (or equiv. safety training)

DEPARTMENT OF PHARMACEUTICS CORE CURRICULUM

PSCI 692 Special Topics in Pharmaceutical Sciences (Drug Metabolism Module of PCEU 508)
PCEU 612  Advanced Physical Pharmacy and Biopharmaceutics                                              
PCEU 625  Pharmaceutical Analysis
PCEU 690  Pharmaceutics Research Seminar
BIOS 543  Statistical Methods I
CHEM 409 
  or CHEM 539
Instrumental Analysis
CHEZ 409  Instrumental Analysis Lab
PCEU 697  Directed Research in Pharmaceutics

ELECTIVES

In addition to the core curriculum above, Ph.D. students will be required to take elective courses. These courses will be selected based upon the mutual consent of the student and major advisor.

A Ph.D. student specializing in aerosol drug delivery would typically take the following electives:

PCEU 604

Molecular Pharmaceutics

PCEU 624

Advanced Pharmacokinetics

PCEU 691

Special Topics (Aerosol Research Group)

MEDC 591  Special Topics in Pharmaceutical Sciences

A Ph.D. student specializing in biopharmaceutical analysis would typically take the following electives:

PCEU 604

Molecular Pharmaceutics

PCEU 626

Advanced Pharmaceutical Analysis

PCEU 691

Special Topics (Lab Rotation)

PCEU 691

Special Topics (BAL Research Group)

CHEM 606

Methods of Structural Determination

CHEM 631

Separation Science

MEDC 591 

Special Topics in Pharmaceutical Sciences

A Ph.D. student specializing in drug metabolism or PK/PD would typically take the following electives:

PCEU 604

Molecular Pharmaceutics

PCEU 624

Advanced Pharmacokinetics

PCEU 691

Special Topics (PK/PD Research Group)

BIOS 544

Statistical Methods II

MEDC 591

Special Topics in Pharmaceutical Sciences

School of Pharmacy Graduate Program Core Curriculum