Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology

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

students in lab M.S. Thesis Option

Students will learn the historical contexts of these fields and master hands-on technical skills in state-of-the-art laboratories. This option 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 the M.S. (thesis option) 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 Master of Science in Pharmacology and Toxicology (thesis option) 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 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

Thesis Option Typical Schedule

Fall Semester Thesis 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 Thesis 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 Thesis Year 1
  • PTX 9100: Pharmacology & Toxicology Graduate Research (8 credit hours)*
  • Elective (3 credit hours)
Fall Semester Thesis Year 2
  • PTX 9100: Pharmacology & Toxicology Graduate Research (8 credit hours)*
Spring Semester Thesis 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 Pharmacology and Toxicology M.S. program accepts students for fall semester admission only.