If you’re interested in pursuing a pharmacology degree, read below to get a feel for Kent State’s Pharmacology Program coursework. We require students to complete a School of Biomedical Sciences core and a Pharmacology core, but you also have the opportunity to select your own set of electives, take a seminar and participate in professional development.
If you have any questions about the Pharmacology Program coursework outlined below or would like additional information about the requirements, please contact the Department of Biomedical Sciences today!
a. Cell Biology
b. General Biochemistry (one of the following):
c. Quantitative Methods and Statistics (one of the following):
e. Professional Development
2. Pharmacology Core (Waivers or substitutions must be approved by the Director)
b. Physiology (one of the following courses):
c. Pharmacology Electives (2 of the following):
3. Concentration or General Electives
These electives should serve primarily as a guide to students. The Guidance Committee will be charged with approving the plan of study including the selection of electives. As part of this plan of study, students will also be expected to participate in Seminars and Special Topics courses and in courses that may be developed in the future where these are appropriate to the student’s research interests.
Concentration Electives may include courses listed above not selected, other pertinent courswork at a consortial institution not otherwise selected, and/or the following:
4. Seminar in Pharmacology (BMS 6/70591 - 1 cr)
The purpose of these seminars is to help the student develop effective oral communication skills in a group setting, as well as demonstrate his/her integrative capacity, mastery of the background literature, and scientific inquiry. Seminars (2/yr) will be presented in years 1 and 2. Informative seminars on pertinent areas of modern pharmacology are expected. The seminars should include:
An additional seminar in each post candidacy year will be used to review the student's current research.
Each seminar presentation will be assessed by a written evaluation from each faculty member in attendance.
5. Individual Investigation in Pharmacology (BMS 6/70596 - 1-3 cr)
The purpose of these laboratories is to expose the student to various laboratory techniques and procedures used in pharmacological research. It also will provide the student with experience in experimental design. Each student will select 3 research projects. These projects will be directed by 3 different faculty members and performed in their respective laboratories. Each project will last a minimum of 10 weeks and the number of credits to be assigned will be agreed upon at the beginning of the semester. At the end of the semester, the student may be required to submit a written laboratory report in a particular journal format. This will be evaluated by the appropriate faculty member. A written summary evaluation will be made and will be based on the student’s laboratory performance. The following semester the student will then rotate to the next laboratory. The rotations are generally completed prior to candidacy.
MASTER OF SCIENCE
The M.S. degree is awarded upon satisfactory completion of the coursework core, appropriate elective courses including research hours, 6 credits of Thesis I (BMS 60199) for a total of 32 hours, and an acceptable research thesis. There is no non-thesis option.
DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY
Admission to doctoral work requires either completion of the master's degree or direct matriculation to the doctoral program following completion of no less than 20 hours of graduate course work (including the core curriculum). Recommendation for matriculation (M.S. degree program to Ph.D. degree program) is accorded by the student’s Guidance Committee and the Director of the School of Biomedical Sciences. The Ph.D. will be awarded upon completion of a minimum of 90 graduate hours post-baccalaureate or 60 hours post-masters including 30 hours of Dissertation I (BMS 80199) and the presentation of an acceptable dissertation.
Candidates for the Ph.D. are expected to engage, to the extent possible, in other activities beneficial to their professional development. The teaching of laboratories and lecture courses, as appropriate, is considered valuable, and each student should have this experience during his or her graduate career, including those on non-teaching scholarships or research appointments for most or all of their tenure. Students should also seek membership in professional organizations, attend meetings to present research results, and maintain currency in the relevant literature.