Master of Science (M.S.)

The discipline of pharmacology explores the mechanisms by which drugs cause biological effects.  In the broadest sense, pharmacology is the study of how chemical agents, both natural and synthetic (i.e., drugs) affect biological systems. Research of the member of the Pharmacology track (currently 40 investigators) focuses in the areas of Neuropharmacology, Aging and Neurodegeneration, Autonomic and Endocrine Homeostasis, Pain Disorders, and Cancer Biology.  All these areas are explored with an orientation towards drug development.  A wide array of state-of-the-art methodologies including molecular, electrophysiological, neurochemical, genetics, imaging and behavioral techniques are employed.  Pharmacology is often described as a bridge science because it incorporates knowledge and skills from a number of basic science disciplines, including physiology, biochemistry and cell and molecular biology.  The interdisciplinary nature of the field offers pharmacologists a variety of research opportunities not found in other fields of scientific inquiry.  It is this flexibility as well as the potential for the practical application of research (“translational research”) that attracts people into becoming pharmacologists. 

Pharmacology Degree Requirements

A minimum of 30 credit hours and a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 is required for the M.S. degree. In addition, all master’s candidates must register for PHAR 6098 Thesis for at least one semester in order to graduate. The student must successfully defend a thesis and be recommended by their program COGS for approval of their degree to the Dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

Pharmacology Sample Plans of Study

M.S. in Neuroscience1

First Year
FallCredit Hours
IBMS 5000Fundamentals Of Biomedical Sciences 8
IBMS 5008Lab Rotations 2
Spring
INTD 5040
  & PHYL 5041
Fundamentals Of Neuroscience1: Molecular, Cellular, & Developmental Neuroscience 3
IBMS 5008Lab Rotations 2
Second Track course elective (Principles of Pharmacology, Cell Signaling, Aging, Genetics, etc.)  3
IBMS 6090Seminar 1.5
INTD 6002Ethics In Research 0.5
Summer
PHAR 5020Basics Of Research Design (Elective) 2
PHAR 5092Special Problems In Pharmacology: Research Practicum 1-9
INTD 6097Research 0.5-9
Second Year
Fall
INTD 5043Fundamentals Of Neuroscience 2: Systems Neuroscience 3
INTD 5047Neuroanatomy 2
CSBL 5095Experimental Design And Data Analysis 3
IBMS 6090Seminar 1.5
PHAR 6097Research 0.5-9
Spring
Electives - see department  5
PHAR 6097Research 0.5-9
IBMS 6090Seminar 1.5
Summer
PHAR 6097Research 0.5-9
Qualifying Exam  
Third Year
Fall
IBMS 6090Seminar 1.5
PHAR 6098Thesis 1-9
Spring
IBMS 6090Seminar 1.5
PHAR 6098Thesis 1-9
Summer
PHAR 6098Thesis 1-9
Fourth Year
Fall
PHAR 6098Thesis 1-9
IBMS 6090Seminar 1.5
Spring
PHAR 6098Thesis 1-9
IBMS 6090Seminar 1.5
Summer
PHAR 6098Thesis 1-9
Fifth Year
Fall
PHAR 6098Thesis 1-9
IBMS 6090Seminar 1.5
Spring
PHAR 6098Thesis 1-9
IBMS 6090Seminar 1.5
Summer
PHAR 6098Thesis 1-9
 Total Credit Hours: 127.5-135.5
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A minimum of 30 semester hours is required to grant a MS degree, and further requirements are outlined in the Neuroscience handbook.

MS in Pharmacology

First Year
FallCredit Hours
IBMS 5000Fundamentals Of Biomedical Sciences 8
IBMS 5008Lab Rotations 2
Spring
PHAR 5014Integrative Physiology & Therapeutics 4.5
PHAR 5013Principles Of Pharmacology & Physiology 1 3
IBMS 5008Lab Rotations 2
IBMS 6090Seminar 1.5
Summer
PHAR 5020Basics Of Research Design 2
PHAR 5092Special Problems In Pharmacology: Research Practicum 1-9
INTD 6097Research 0.5-9
Second Year
Fall
CSBL 5095Experimental Design And Data Analysis 3
PHAR 5090Seminar 1-9
PHAR 6097Research 0.5-9
PHAR Electives 1 
Spring
INTD 6002Ethics In Research 0.5
PHAR 5090Seminar 1-9
PHAR 6097Research 0.5-9
PHAR Electives 1 
Qualifying Exam  
Summer
PHAR 6097Research 0.5-9
Third Year
Fall
PHAR 6098Thesis 1-9
PHAR 5090Seminar 1-9
Spring
PHAR 6098Thesis 1-9
PHAR 5090Seminar 1-9
Summer
PHAR 6098Thesis 1-9
Fourth Year
Fall
PHAR 6098Thesis 1-9
PHAR 5090Seminar 1-9
Spring
PHAR 6098Thesis 1-9
PHAR 5090Seminar 1-9
Summer
PHAR 6098Thesis 1-9
Fifth Year
Fall
PHAR 6098Thesis 1-9
PHAR 5090Seminar 1-9
Spring
PHAR 6098Thesis 1-9
PHAR 5090Seminar 1-9
Summer
PHAR 6098Thesis 1-9
 Total Credit Hours: 112.0-137.0
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A minimum of 30 semester hours is required to grant an MS degree, and further requirements are outlined in the Pharmacology handbook.

Pharmacology Objectives/Program Outcomes

  • The student will be able to conduct independent research.
  • The student will demonstrate proficiency in core coursework.
  • The student will be able to critically evaluate current scientific literature.
  • The student will be able to communicate effectively in writing.
  • The student will be able to communicate effectively in an oral format.