Pharmacology and Physiology

Major: Pharmacology and Physiology
Degree Awarded: Master of Science (MS) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Calendar Type: Semester
Total Credit Hours: 43.0-60.0 (MS); 96.0 (PhD)
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 26.1002
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code:
19-1042

About the Programs

The Department of Pharmacology and Physiology offers graduate programs leading to the MS and the PhD degrees. The programs require independent research under the direction of departmental faculty members who are engaged in highly active research programs involving molecular, cellular, and behavioral approaches to experimental pharmacology and physiology in a strongly collaborative environment.

Students in both the PhD and MS programs begin their coursework with a core curriculum in biomedical sciences, and immediately start laboratory rotations. Intensive graduate level pharmacology, physiology and neuropharmacology courses round out the core programmatic courses. Specialization in ion channel physiology, smooth muscle physiology, behavioral pharmacology and signal transduction processes may involve the taking of several elective courses. Each program requires the defense of a thesis based on original research.

About the MS Program

The MS program, requiring two years of full-time study, provides a broad knowledge and technical expertise in pharmacology and physiology, allowing graduates to become partners in research in either an academic or an industrial environment. Students who wish to continue their graduate studies after the MS degree may apply to the PhD program, and their course credits may be applied to the doctoral program.

About the PhD Program

PhD candidates must pass a qualifying examination by November of their third year and they must have one accepted co-author manuscript and one submitted first-author manuscript in peer-reviewed journals during the course of the program.

Admission Requirements

Drexel University College of Medicine has a rolling admissions policy, which means that complete applications are reviewed as they are received. Applicants are therefore advised to apply early, as decisions to accept or deny admission may be made before the official deadlines.

To learn more about applying to Drexel College of Medicine programs visit the Drexel College of Medicine's Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies website.

Degree Requirements (MS)

About the Curriculum

The core curriculum is a comprehensive interdisciplinary program of study for all first-year research master’s students in the Biomedical Graduate Studies programs. The goal of the core curriculum is to provide a broad foundation in biomedical sciences and serve as a framework for advanced study in more specialized areas.

Courses Repeatable for Credit

As well as taking all required courses, students may re-enroll in courses having the status “repeatable for credit”  (such as journal club, seminar and research courses) for the duration of their program in order to meet the total number of credits required for graduation.

Additional Information

For more information about scheduling and developing a plan of study, visit the College of Medicine's Pharmacology and Physiology web page.

Program Requirements

Non-Thesis Option

Required Courses
IDPT 500SResponsible Conduct of Research2.0
IDPT 501SBiostatistics I2.0
or NEUR 500S Statistics for Neuro/Pharm Research
IDPT 521SMolecular Structure and Metabolism5.0
IDPT 526SCells to Systems5.0
IDPT 850SLiterature Review Non-Thesis MS4.0
PHRM 502SCurrent Topics in Pharmacology & Physiology *4.0
PHRM 507SPrin of Neuropharmacology3.0
PHRM 512SGraduate Pharmacology3.0
PHRM 516SAdvanced Topics in Physiology1.0
PHRM 517SAdvanced Topics in Pharmacology1.0
PHGY 503SGraduate Physiology4.0
Advanced Electives9.0
Select at least three Advanced Electives for a minimum of nine credits.
Cancer Biology
Immunology I
Biotechniques I
Animal Models for Biomedical Research
Graduate Neuroscience I
New Frontiers in Therapy
Methods in Biomedical Research
Drug Discovery and Development I
Drug Discovery and Development II
General Electives
Teaching Practicum I
Teaching Practicum II
Teaching Practicum III
Thesis Defense
Epidemiology
Pharmaceutical R&D: Business Process and Information Flow
World Wide Regulatory Submissions
Intro to Clinical Trials
Applications of Clinical Research Biostatistics
Scientific Writing and Medical Literature
Tech Transfer
Current Federal Regulatory Issues in Biomedical Research
Pharmaceutical Law
Leadership Skills
Compliance & Monitoring Issues
Principles and Practice of Pharmacovigilance
Designing the Clinical Trial
Innovative Product Development
Fundamentals of Compliance
Pharmacotherapy in New Drug R&D
Intro to Therapeutic Products
Informatics in Pharm Res & Development
Total Credits43.0
*

Taken each semester.

Thesis Option

Required Courses
IDPT 500SResponsible Conduct of Research2.0
IDPT 501SBiostatistics I2.0
or NEUR 500S Statistics for Neuro/Pharm Research
IDPT 521SMolecular Structure and Metabolism5.0
IDPT 526SCells to Systems5.0
PHRM 502SCurrent Topics in Pharmacology & Physiology *4.0
PHRM 503SPharm & Phys 1st Lab Rotation4.0
PHRM 504SPharm & Phys 2nd Lab Rotation4.0
PHRM 507SPrin of Neuropharmacology3.0
PHRM 512SGraduate Pharmacology3.0
PHRM 516SAdvanced Topics in Physiology1.0
PHRM 517SAdvanced Topics in Pharmacology1.0
PHRM 600SPharmacology Thesis Research **18.0
PHGY 503SGraduate Physiology4.0
Advanced Electives
Select at least two Advanced Electives for a minimum of eight credits.8.0
Cancer Biology
Immunology I
Biotechniques I
Animal Models for Biomedical Research
Graduate Neuroscience I
New Frontiers in Therapy
Methods in Biomedical Research
Drug Discovery and Development I
Drug Discovery and Development II
General Electives
Teaching Practicum I
Teaching Practicum II
Teaching Practicum III
Thesis Defense
Epidemiology
Pharmaceutical R&D: Business Process and Information Flow
World Wide Regulatory Submissions
Intro to Clinical Trials
Applications of Clinical Research Biostatistics
Scientific Writing and Medical Literature
Tech Transfer
Current Federal Regulatory Issues in Biomedical Research
Pharmaceutical Law
Leadership Skills
Compliance & Monitoring Issues
Principles and Practice of Pharmacovigilance
Designing the Clinical Trial
Innovative Product Development
Fundamentals of Compliance
Pharmacotherapy in New Drug R&D
Intro to Therapeutic Products
Informatics in Pharm Res & Development
Pharm & Phys 3rd Lab Rotation
Total Credits64.0
*

Taken each semester. 

**

Taken each semester starting in the second year. 

Degree Requirements (PhD)

About the Curriculum

The core curriculum is a comprehensive interdisciplinary program of study for all PhD students in the Biomedical Graduate Studies programs. The goal of the core curriculum is to provide a broad foundation in biomedical sciences and serve as a framework for advanced study in more specialized areas.

Courses Repeatable for Credit

As well as taking all required courses, students may re-enroll in courses having the status “repeatable for credit”  (such as journal club, seminar and research courses) for the duration of their program in order to meet the total number of credits required for graduation.

Additional Information

For more information about scheduling and developing a plan of study, visit the College of Medicine's Pharmacology and Physiology web page.

Program Requirements

Required Courses
IDPT 500SResponsible Conduct of Research2.0
IDPT 501SBiostatistics I2.0
or NEUR 500S Statistics for Neuro/Pharm Research
IDPT 507STeaching Practicum I1.0-4.0
IDPT 508STeaching Practicum II1.0-4.0
IDPT 509STeaching Practicum III1.0-4.0
IDPT 521SMolecular Structure and Metabolism5.0
IDPT 526SCells to Systems5.0
IDPT 600SThesis Defense9.0
PHRM 502SCurrent Topics in Pharmacology & Physiology *9.0
PHRM 503SPharm & Phys 1st Lab Rotation4.0
PHRM 504SPharm & Phys 2nd Lab Rotation4.0
PHRM 505SPharm & Phys 3rd Lab Rotation4.0
PHRM 507SPrin of Neuropharmacology3.0
PHRM 512SGraduate Pharmacology3.0
PHRM 516SAdvanced Topics in Physiology1.0
PHRM 517SAdvanced Topics in Pharmacology1.0
PHRM 600SPharmacology Thesis Research **63.0
PHGY 503SGraduate Physiology4.0
Advanced Electives8.0
Choose at least two Advanced Electives for a minimum of eight credits.
New Frontiers in Therapy
Methods in Biomedical Research
Drug Discovery and Development I
Drug Discovery and Development II
Cancer Biology
Immunology I
Biotechniques I
Animal Models for Biomedical Research
Neuroscience I
General Electives
Epidemiology
Pharmaceutical R&D: Business Process and Information Flow
World Wide Regulatory Submissions
Intro to Clinical Trials
Applications of Clinical Research Biostatistics
Scientific Writing and Medical Literature
Tech Transfer
Current Federal Regulatory Issues in Biomedical Research
Pharmaceutical Law
Leadership Skills
Compliance & Monitoring Issues
Principles and Practice of Pharmacovigilance
Designing the Clinical Trial
Innovative Product Development
Fundamentals of Compliance
Pharmacotherapy in New Drug R&D
Intro to Therapeutic Products
Informatics in Pharm Res & Development
Biotech/Research
Health Policy and Economics
Strategic Planning
Total Credits130.0-139.0
*

Taken each semester with the exception of the last when only Thesis Defense is taken. 

**

Taken each semester starting in year 2, with the exception of the last semester when only Thesis Defense is taken. 

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