Ph.D. Coursework and Research Overview
The Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry offers a number of core courses designed to hone the student's skills in aspects of physical/organic chemistry, chemical kinetics and equilibrium phenomena, which we consider essential in understanding problems of any origin, including biological processes on a molecular level. Accordingly, every student entering the program is expected to successfully complete these core courses during their first year in the program.
Realizing that the research in the department has become increasingly multidisciplinary, students have the option to subsequently focus their didactic training in two unique areas of specialization, referred to as tracks. These tracks are Pharmaceutical Biotechnology and Physical/Analytical Pharmaceutical Chemistry. Students can choose from a wide variety of elective courses that allow them to gain knowledge and skills in areas that are very specific to their individual research project/interests.
The department also places a great deal of emphasis on excellence in research. We make every effort to ensure students are able to commit as much time as possible on their research projects, which allows them to earn their Ph.D. degree in a timely fashion. To make this possible, the departmental core courses are taught every year and are designed to be completed in just two semesters. Our students are fully supported by the department throughout their time in the program and are not burdened with time-consuming teaching responsibilities.
Incoming students are expected to be competent in basic principles of physical/organic chemistry and mathematics. These requirements are typically satisfied with most degrees in the basic or pharmaceutical sciences.
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