Coursework For Pharmacology & Neuroscience Graduate Program
The Ph.D. program in Pharmacology and Neuroscience provides an intensive year of didactic coursework, followed by development of a research project and immersion in a research experience. A foundation of coursework in Neuroscience and Pharmacology is coupled with electives in research methods, molecular biology and statistics. Students enroll in Pharmacology Seminar every spring and fall semester to provide experience in giving scientific presentations. There is a major emphasis on research, and most of the students’ time after the first year is devoted to development and completion of a research project.
The comprehensive examination will be developed by faculty members with expertise in each subject matter area (molecular pharmacology, cellular pharmacology, nervous system, cardiovascular system, respiratory system, gastrointestinal system, endocrine system, reproductive system). Students will be required to pass this examination (80% correct responses) upon completion of their course work in order to receive their degree. The examination will be administered at a testing center.
The typical curriculum follows:
Summary of Requirements for the Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Neuroscience
- Maintain a grade point average of at least 3.00 (A = 4.0)
- Complete 24 semester hours in residency
- Pass a comprehensive written preliminary exam covering core course work
- Complete 4 semester hours of PHRM 501 with a grade of B or better
- Be admitted to candidacy
- Present an oral proposal of proposed dissertation research
- Submit at least one manuscript for publication in a peer-reviewed journal
- Complete 24 hours of dissertation research credits
- Defend dissertation
- Deposit dissertation with the graduate school
For more details see the Southern Illinois University Graduate Catalog