Graduate Programs

Student Learning Outcomes
Pharmacology and Toxicology
Pharmacology, Ph.D. or Toxicology, Ph.D.

The aim of the doctoral programs of the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology is to develop independent investigators in pharmacology and toxicology. To earn a Ph.D. in Pharmacology or Toxicology, a student is required by the graduate faculty of the department to demonstrate proficiency in both conceptual and technical facets of modern biomedical research and to perform meritorious original research on a significant problem in pharmacology or toxicology.

Our goal is to educate our students to pursue successful careers in biomedical sciences as researchers and educators in professional schools, colleges and universities, in the pharmaceutical industry, and in the broader healthcare industry. [Graduate Student Handbook]

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Master of Science in Pharmacology or Toxicology

Pharmacology is the scientific discipline that, in the attempt to improve health and alleviate disease, studies the mechanisms by which drugs alter biological systems. 

Toxicology is the study of mechanisms by which drugs and chemicals in the environment produce unwanted effects.

Together these disciplines encompass the molecular basis of drug action, the actions of drugs on cells, organs, and organisms, genetic variations in drug action, and drug discovery. Since new drugs are being introduced into clinical medicine at a rapid pace, and since there are increasing concerns regarding the impact of environmental pollutants on our health, research in pharmacology and toxicology is at the forefront of medical science.