Electives

Graduate students in Pharmaceutical Sciences choose a research area to specialize in: Drug Action, Drug Delivery, or Drug Discovery. Beyond required courses, each student is expected to attain a depth of knowledge in their area of expertise. Students are expected to work with their thesis committee to identify elective course(s) to provide this desired depth.

Three (3) additional credits in the biological/chemical/physical sciences, in engineering, or in clinical investigation, are part of the Pharmaceutical Sciences PhD requirements and must be completed before one’s preliminary exam. Note that courses in more than one category are acceptable, if taking more than one course to meet this credit requirement. Course(s) must count “toward the 50% graduate coursework requirement” as denoted in the university’s Course Guide. Students may consult with the School of Pharmacy’s Graduate Coordinator or the Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies to assess whether a given course(s) will meet this requirement. Presented below is a list of common elective courses at this level taken by recent Pharmaceutical Sciences graduate students. Students are not restricted to this list; it is provided for information purposes.

Pharmaceutical Sciences Division Courses (Graduate Level)

Course Title Course Number CR Semester When Offered
Biological Mass Spectrometry,
   Fundamentals & Applications
Pharmaceutical Sciences 493
(meets with Chemistry 622)
2 fall, odd years
Molecular Recognition Pharmaceutical Sciences 766 2-3 fall, odd years
Molecular Solids Pharmaceutical Sciences 773 2 spring, even years
Polymeric Drug Delivery Pharmaceutical Sciences 775 2 spring, even years

Elective graduate courses outside of the Pharmaceutical Sciences Division are listed below by hosting department. Courses mentioned here have been commonly enrolled in by recent Pharmaceutical Sciences graduate students. Within the department header, they are listed in order of popularity by our graduate students, not in numerical order.

Biochemistry

Course Title Course Number CR Semester When Offered
Chemical Biology Biochemistry 704 2 fall

Biomedical Engineering

Course Title Course Number CR Semester When Offered
Introduction to Biological and Medical Microsystems BME 550 3 fall

Biostatistics & Medical Informatics

Course Title Course Number CR Semester When Offered
Introduction to Clinical Trials I BME 542 3 spring
Introduction to Biostatistics BME 541 3 fall
Introduction to Clinical Trials II BME 544 3 fall

Cell & Regenerative Biology

Course Title Course Number CR Semester When Offered
Fundamentals of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology CRB 640 3 spring

Chemistry

Course Title Course Number CR Semester When Offered
Advanced Organic Chemistry Chem 841 3 spring
Topics in Chemical Instrumentation:
   Introduction to Mass Spectrometry
Chem 638 1 spring
Advanced Organic Chemistry Chem 641 3 fall
Physical Chemistry of Macromolecules Chem 664 2-3 spring
Selected Topics in Physical Chemistry Chem 860 1-3 varies
Spectrochemical Measurements Chem 605 3 spring
Physical Chemistry of Surfaces Chem 777 2-3 fall
Chemical Crystallography Chem 613 3 spring
Instrumental Analysis Chem 621 3-4 fall
Separations in Chemical Analysis Chem 625 2-3 fall
Materials Chemistry of Polymers Chem 654 2-3 spring
Biophysical Chemistry Chem 665 4 spring
Organometallic Chemistry of the Transition Elements Chem 714 2-3 fall

Family Medicine

Course Title Course Number CR Semester When Offered
Perspectives on Multidisciplinary
   Clinical & Translational Research
Fam Med 701 2 spring

Materials Science & Engineering

Course Title Course Number CR Semester When Offered
Transmission Electron Microscopy Laboratory MSE 758 1 spring, even years

Microbiology

Course Title Course Number CR Semester When Offered
Microbial Symbiosis Micro 710 3 spring

Molecular & Cellular Pharmacology

Course Title Course Number CR Semester When Offered
Molecular & Cellular Principles in Pharmacology MCP 781 4 spring

Molecular & Environmental Toxicology

Course Title Course Number CR Semester When Offered
Toxicology I MET 625 3 fall
Toxicology II MET 626 3 spring

Neuroscience Training Program

Course Title Course Number CR Semester When Offered
Systems Neuroscience NTP 611 4 spring
Neurobiology of Disease NTP 735 2 spring, even years
Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience NTP 610 4 fall
Special Topics: Molecular Approaches to Neuroscience NTP 675 1-3 varies

Oncology

Course Title Course Number CR Semester When Offered
Advanced or Special Topics in Cancer Research
   Topic: Core Techniques in Protein and Genetic Engineering
Onc 675 3 varies
Carcinogenesis and Tumor Cell Biology Onc 703 3 fall

Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Course Title Course Number CR Semester When Offered
Cellular and Molecular Biology/Pathology Path 750 2-3 spring
Pathogenesis of Major Human Diseases Path 803 3 fall

Plant Pathology

Course Title Course Number CR Semester When Offered
General Virology—Multiplication of Viruses Plant Path 640 3 fall

Statistics

Course Title Course Number CR Semester When Offered
Special Topics in Statistics Stat 679 1-3 varies

Pharmaceutical Sciences graduate students are also encouraged to consider taking School of Pharmacy courses that will grow their background knowledge and may complement their research which will not fulfill the above elective requirement. Some of these courses include:

Pharmaceutical Sciences Division (and “Pharmacy” heading) Courses

(not graduate level; part of the professional PharmD program)

Course Title Course Number CR Semester When Offered
Medicinal Chemistry I PharmSci 531 3 spring
Medicinal Chemistry II PharmSci 532 2 spring
Drug Delivery Systems for Pharmacotherapy PharmSci 540 3 fall
Pharmaceutical Biotechnology & Pharmacogenomics Pharmacy 645 2-3 fall