Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology

Norma C. Adragna, Ph.D., Interim Chair

M.S. Non-Thesis Option

teacher at blackboardThe non-thesis program requires didactic classes, a scientific review and a final, oral exam. Scroll down to view a typical schedule. The program director will act as advisor until the student's advisory committee is formed. Students in the M.S. (non-thesis option) program must:

  • Complete 30 credit hours of graduate-level courses as shown below
  • Submit a critical scientific review (See Literature Research Project below)
  • Pass an oral examination

Literature Research Project

A library research project is a requirement of the master's non-thesis degree program. Students are required to write a scientific review on a current topic in pharmacology and toxicology under the supervision of a faculty advisor. The topic will be chosen by the student and advisor. The review paper should be based on information provided and synthesized from primary, contemporary literature. The paper is meant to provide an overview of the topic. It should be 10-15 pages in length with at least 25 references. A desirable goal would be submission of the review for publication.

Oral Examination

The oral, final exam for the master's non-thesis degree program will be conducted by the advisory committee. The exam will be based on the topic of the literature review. The committee will judge as to the acceptability of the student's performance.


Course Requirements

Minimum course requirements for the Master of Science in Pharmacology and Toxicology (non-thesis option) degree are as shown below:

Common core course requirements
Credits

PTX 7600: Biostatistics

3

PTX 7200: Principles of Biokinetics/Biodynamics

3

PTX 7300: Cell Pharmacology Toxicology

3

PTX 7110: Pharmacology Fall Journal Club

1

PTX 7120: Pharmacology Spring Journal Club

1

PTX 7400: Laboratory Management

3

PTX 9120: Effective Scientific Writing: Part 1

3

PTX 9220: Effective Scientific Writing: Part 2

3

PTX XXXX: Out of department Journal Club

1

Total:
21
Choose electives
(If an elective is not listed below, verify with program director)
Credits

PTX 7130: Laboratory Safety

1

PTX 8000 01: Cardiac Function

2

PTX 8000 02: Wound Repair

2

PTX 8000 03: Toxicology (web course)

2

PTX 8110: Medical Chemical, Radiological and Nuclear Defense

3

PTX 8120: Medical Biological Defense

3

PTX 8130: Case Studies for Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Defense

3

PTX 8200: Communications in Science (web course)

3

PTX 8300: Integrative Pharmacology

3

PTX 8400: Neuropharmacology

3

PTX 8500: Good Laboratory Practices

3

PTX 8600:  Principals of BioMedical Research

1

Total required:
9+
Program total:
30
Program of study requirements = Minimum of 30 credits

Typical Schedule

Non-thesis option typical schedule:

Fall Semester Non-thesis Year 1
  • PTX 7110: Pharmacology Fall Journal Club
  • PTX 7200: Principles of Biokinetics/Biodynamics
  • Elective (3 credit hours)
  • PTX 9120: Effective Scientific Writing: Part 1
Spring Semester Non-thesis Year 1
  • PTX 7120: Pharmacology Spring Journal Club
  • PTX 7300: Cell Pharmacology Toxicology
  • PTX 9220: Effective Scientific Writing: Part 2
  • PTX 7400: Laboratory Management
  • PTX 7600: Biostatistics
Summer Non-thesis Year 1
  • Remaining electives

This schedule allows students to complete the degree in one year. It is not required that students complete in one year. Course descriptions are listed in the online catalog.

The Pharmacology and Toxicology M.S. program accepts students for fall semester admission only.