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College of Pharmacy
School of Basic Pharmaceutical and Toxicological Sciences

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Pharmacy with Research Focus in Toxicology


General Toxicology Toxicology 4011 and 4012 or equivalent
Organic Chemistry Chemistry 3003, 3005 and Chemistry 3004, 3006 or equivalents
Biochemistry Pharmacy 4007 or equivalent
Statistics Math 1016 or equivalent

Core Courses

Biochemical Toxicology Pharmacy 5050
Advanced Toxicology Pharmacy 5081
Advanced Toxicology Lab Pharmacy 5082
Seminar Pharmacy 5052
Statistics Math 5021
Methods and Principles of Toxicology Pharmacy 5090
Dissertation Pharmacy 6099

Other classes will be decided between the student, the major professor and the advisory committee. The student will select a major advisor (if not admitted specifically to a faculty member's program) and, no later than the second semester of enrollment, select an advisory committee. For the Ph.D. student, the committee will consist of a minimum of 4 members (including the major professor), at least 3 of which must be from the Department of Toxicology.

A comprehensive written examination will be administered after the student has completed approximately 80% of his/her coursework. For the majority of candidates, this turns out to be approximately two years after they have been in the Pharmacy Graduate Program. The examination is divided into two sections: Core and Advanced.

The Core examination is administered during the first day of the Comprehensive Examination to all graduate degree candidates (Ph.D.)  In general, the Core examination is intended to test competency in graduate educational enrichment offered through various formal courses. Factual and conceptual areas of competency are tested in this examination.

The Advanced examination is administered to the doctoral (Ph.D.) candidates during the second day of the two-day Comprehensive Examination. In this section, in addition to testing the candidate's competency in the conceptual areas of learning enrichment, the candidates are tested for their competency in synthetic, analytical, data interpretation and critical conceptualization skills as future researchers.