The interdisciplinary curriculum features a mix of required and elective courses from various departments that provide a strong foundational base of knowledge along with options for a tailored experience for students.  
The curriculum includes 24 semester hours (s.h.) total with 14 s.h. of required courses and 10 s.h. (minimum) of electives as shown below. 

Required Courses (14 s.h.)

PHAR 6515        Perspectives in DDET (2 s.h.) 

PHAR 5510        Graduate Student Seminar (1 s.h.) 

PHAR 5545        Current Medicinal Chemistry (3 s.h.) 

BIOS 4120          Introduction to Biostatistics (3 s.h.; Spring semester) 

PCOL 4130         Drug Mechanisms and Actions (3 s.h.) 


PHAR 7101        Principles of Experimental Therapeutics (3 s.h.) 

PHAR 8148        Introduction to Pharmacokinetics/Pharmacodynamics (2 s.h.)   
(or 4146)

Elective Courses (10 s.h. minimum)

BIOS 5120          Design Analysis Biomed Stud.  

BIOL 5512          Fundamental Genetics (lecture)               

BIOS 5512          Fundamental Genetics (discussion)

PHAR 5537        Enz Basis Drug Metab   

PHAR 5541        Total Synthesis Nat’l Prod    

PHAR 5542        Enz Kinetics Enz Mechanism 

PHAR 5512        Drug Disc Mechanisms   

PHAR 5549        Analytical Biochem  

PHAR 6501        Pharm Chem Toxicology 

PHAR 6700        Pharmaco-kinetics/dynamics                             

PHAR 7101        Principles of Therapeutics                         

PHAR 7102        Appl Clin Translational Science             

CHEM 5321       Spec Methods Org Chem   

CHEM 5328       Mech of Org Reactions                        

More About Electives
  • Note that the above list of electives is not exhaustive, and others may be selected by a student and advisor to best fit the needs of the student and their research goals.  
  • Additional electives to meet the 10 s.h. (minimum) can be selected at the discretion of the student in consultation with their advisor: Chemistry, Genetics, Pharmacology, Neuroscience, Biochemistry.
Research Rotations

All students entering the program will participate in a minimum of two rotations, each lasting 6-8 weeks, prior to joining a research group. Assignment of a student to a research group/mentor will occur following the completion of rotations based on mutual agreement by the student, advisor, and subprogram director.