- Core Courses
700: Biopharmaceutics and Drug Disposition
701: Pharmaceutical Design, Delivery, and Targeting- Physical-Chemical Concepts
702: Pharmaceutical Design, Delivery, and Targeting- Biolobical-Molecular Concepts
Biostatistics or Statistics
Medicinal Chemistry 660: Responsible Conduct of Research and Scholarship in Pharmaceutical Sciences (RCRS)
Students will complete a total of 13 credits in core courses
- Restricted Electives
Students are required to elect 6 credits of the following:
550: Macromolecular Structure and Function
Cell and Developmental Biology:
530: Cell Biology
541: Molecular Genetics
601: From Molecules to Patients: Basic Quantitative Principle of Pharmacology
614: Autonomic Pharmacology
510: Principles of Systems and Integrative Physiology
533: Survey of Medicinal Chemistry
520: Biophysical Chemistry I
463: Physical Chemistry II
- Elected Courses
Students must obtain 6 credits from courses outside the Pharmaceutical Science Department.
Students are also expected to present a minimum of two seminars to the faculty and students prior to graduation. The first seminar should be given soon after advancing to Candidacy. The second seminar should be given within one year of the dissertation defense. Additional seminar presentations are encouraged but not required.
- Research Rotation
During their first fall semester, graduate students are advised to visit each faculty member in the Pharmaceutical Sciences Department to discuss possibly research rotations. Students will then take 3 research rotation during the winter term (January-March). The duration, scheduling and learning objectives of each research rotation will be decided upon by the student and advisor
- Advancement to Candidacy
Students begin doctoral programs as precandidates. It takes about two years for students entering with a B.S. degree to satisfy course work requirements. Toward the end of this period, the student, aided by his or her research advisor, prepares a proposal outlining the research that will be done to satisfy the research requirements. The student also assembles a Ph.D. committee consisting of at least three faculty in Pharmaceutical Sciences and a U-M graduate faculty member in a companion field. The student then presents the project to the committee for its evaluation as a Ph.D. project. A chairperson is selected to lead this session. The student's research advisor attends the session as a research resource.
Although a student is not expected to have preliminary experimental results at the time of the preliminary exam, he or she is responsible for locating relevant background information in preparing the research proposal. If the student's background appears weak in an essential area, the committee may suggest taking additional courses.
The committee's acceptance of the student's proposal and academic preparation results in Ph.D. candidate status. The student must meet with the committee at least once a year (Research Update Meeting) so it can review research progress and advise on possible alternatives or new directions. A full-time student starting with a B.S. degree is expected to take the candidacy exam about two years into the program, and then spend two to three years conducting intensive laboratory research. Since individual students vary in their research progress, this is only an estimate of the time required.
- Academic Standing and Discipline for Graduate Students
For graduate studies, a minimum cumulative GPA of at least “B” (5.00) is required for good standing. To maintain satisfactory academic standing, a student must have a minimum cumulative GPA of “B” for all graduate courses taken for credit and applied toward the degree program in which the student is enrolled. A clear and concise description of academic standards, as relating to GPA, is available in the Student Handbook issued by the Rackham School of Graduate Studies. In addition to the minimum cumulative standards, degree programs may require that students achieve certain minimum grades in the overall program of study and/or in particular courses.
In this regard, the Pharmaceutical Sciences faculty has adopted the following policy:
- When a student’s overall GPA falls below 5.00, the student is no longer in good standing and will be placed on academic probation. The student will then have one semester to make up the deficiency and will be eligible for financial support.
- If a student’s overall GPA falls below 5.00 for a second time, the student will be asked to leave the program.
- If a student’s semester GPA falls below 5.00, the student’s overall academic performance will be reviewed by the faculty and he/she may be placed on academic probation.
- Any student who is not making satisfactory progress in his/her coursework, or who has failed to demonstrate satisfactory progress in his/her research, may be asked to leave the program.
- Financial support is a privilege and will be determined for each student, regardless of performance, on a case by case basis.