Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology

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

students in lab Research-based M.S. in Pharmacology & Toxicology

Students will learn the historical contexts of these fields and master hands-on technical skills in state-of-the-art laboratories. This program is typically completed in five semesters. Scroll down for a typical schedule. Faculty engage students in ongoing studies and students are well-supported when taking on new projects and challenges. For information about specific research areas/projects, see the list of Pharmacology & Toxicology Faculty.

Students in this program must:

  • Complete 30 credit hours of graduate-level courses as shown below
  • Give an oral presentation of proposed work to the student's thesis advisory committee. (The oral presentation must be approved by August 31 of the student's first year in the program.)
  • Write and defend the master's thesis. (See the WSU Graduate School's Policies and Procedures Manual.)

Course Requirements

Minimum course requirements for the research-based Master of Science in Pharmacology and Toxicology degree are as shown below:

Common core course requirements
Credits

PTX 7500: Research Techniques

3

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 9000: Intro to Pharmacology Graduate Research

3

PTX 9100: Pharmacology & Toxicology Graduate Research

1-20*

Total:
27
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 8000 06: Intro to Ayurveda

3

PTX 8000 07: Cell Culture Training

1

PTX 8000 08: Six Sigma Green Belt

3

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

3

Total
2+
Program Total:
30
Program of study requirements = Minimum of 30 credits

Typical Schedule

Fall Semester Year 1
  • PTX 7110: Pharmacology Fall Journal Club
  • PTX 7200: PTX 7200: Principles of Biokinetics/Biodynamics
  • PTX 7500: Research Techniques
  • PTX 9000: Intro to Pharmacology Graduate Research
Spring Semester Year 1
  • PTX 7120: Pharmacology Spring Journal Club
  • PTX 7300: Cell Pharmacology Toxicology
  • PTX 7600: Biostatistics
  • PTX 9100: Pharmacology & Toxicology Graduate Research (4 credit hours)*
Summer Semester Year 1
  • PTX 9100: Pharmacology & Toxicology Graduate Research (8 credit hours)*
  • Elective (3 credit hours)
Fall Semester Year 2
  • PTX 9100: Pharmacology & Toxicology Graduate Research (8 credit hours)*
Spring Semester Year 2
  • PTX 9100: Pharmacology & Toxicology Graduate Research*
    (minimum 1 credit hour in the semester that student defends thesis)

*For every three hours you spend in the lab per week, you sign up for 1 credit hour of Pharmacology & Toxicology Graduate Research. Course descriptions are listed in the online catalog.

The research-based Master of Science in Pharmacology & Toxicology program accepts students for fall semester admission only.