5: Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

General Information | Programs and Degrees Offered | Admission Information
Financial Assistance | Graduate Academic Regulations
Requirements for Specific Graduate Degrees | Departments and Programs | Faculty

Non-Departmental | Anthropology | Art | Asian and Middle Eastern | Asian Studies | Astronomy
Biochemistry | Biology | Biological and Physical Sciences | Biophysics | Cell and Molecular Biology
Cell Biology | Chemistry | Classics | Commerce | Drama | Economics | English | Environmental Sciences
French | German | Government and Foreign Affairs | Health Evaluation Sciences | History | Linguistics
Mathematics | Microbiology | Molecular Physiology and Biological Physics | Music | Neuroscience
Pharmacology | Philosophy | Physics | Psychology | Religious Studies | Russian and East European Studies
Slavic | Sociology | Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese | Statistics | Surgery

Department of Pharmacology
Course Descriptions | Departmental Degree Requirements

Departmental Degree Requirements

The curriculum for each student will be developed with the aid of the graduate committee. During the first year, trainees will rotate through various laboratories in the department, and participate in Journal Club. In addition, the following required courses will be taken: general biochemistry, cell biology, molecular biology, physiology, and pharmacology.

It is emphasized that the program is flexible and with the exception of the required courses above, other course work will be tailored to the needs and desires of the individual student. Advanced graduate courses are available in most areas of pharmacology, as listed above, as well as in allied sciences such as cell biology, biochemistry, anatomy, physiology, microbiology, and medicinal chemistry. Most formal courses, with the exception of seminar and Journal Club, will be completed within the first two years.

Each student is required to present and defend before the staff a detailed research proposal. This proposition defense replaces the qualifying examination required of students in the past.

Research for the dissertation is regarded as the major training of the candidate. An independent research project must be completed under the close supervision of an advisor and a thesis committee. The research is started as early as possible in the candidate’s program, usually in the second year.

The final examination for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy is devoted entirely to defense of the dissertation by the candidate.


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