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2021-2022 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
  Jul 20, 2024
2021-2022 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Pharmaceutical Sciences - Biochemical Pharmacology Track, MS

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Biochemical Pharmacology

The biochemical pharmacology track focuses on the biochemical mechanisms responsible for drug and other xenobiotic, and gene actions on living systems, both healthy and compromised.

  • You will have the opportunity to study with faculty in multiple areas including behavioral, cardiovascular and endocrine pharmacology, neuropharmacology, immunopharmacology, chemotherapy, toxicology, and metabolic diseases.
  • Your research opportunities include studying the biochemical mechanism of drugs and genes in cell cultures and/or healthy and compromised animal models.
  • You will have the opportunity to create and/or use genetically engineered animals that include transgenic and knockout mice, as well as to integrate disease models into the animal models in order to study the gene function in diseases.
  • You will develop a broad knowledge of the regulation of drug metabolizing enzymes and transporters and the implications of this regulation in drug metabolism.

MS Core Curriculum


Students must complete a total of 30 credit hours to fulfill the requirements for the MS. Required courses for all MS students are listed below. Students who have had prior course work or extensive experience in a given area may be exempted from the required course at the discretion of the faculty. The remaining credit requirements are completed through elective courses and thesis research. The specific plan of study is developed by the student and their faculty advisor and committee. Courses should be selected to assure an adequate breadth of knowledge as well as depth in the student’s focus area.

MS Comprehensive Exam and Thesis

The thesis for the MS must represent an original research project or a comprehensive and detailed survey of some topic of current interest in the pharmaceutical sciences. It must be defended in an oral examination.

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