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Course Requirements

In the first year, students will complete a core curriculum that includes the courses outlined below.

2018-2019 Academic Year

A small group of Pharmacology PhD students meets with the seminar speaker, Dr. Maria Figueroa, on March 30, 2010, to discuss her research in more detail after Dr. Figueroa's seminar. This is part of the Pharmacology Seminar Series course directed by Dr. Rifkind. 


Students will also complete one 2-quarter elective and a one 1-quarter required course, titled, Quantatitive Biology by course director, Dr. Jason Banfelder, by June of their second year. The 2-quarter elective must be selected from the following:

Additional Courses

Students may take additional courses chosen from any of the courses offered by the Graduate School.

The Graduate School also has an Exchange Program/Inter-University Registration with CUNY. Please use the following URL to search for graduate courses: Course Listings and Schedule

If you are interested in registering for any of the CUNY courses please contact The Graduate School registrar directly.

Journal Club and Research Symposium

In addition to coursework, students are required to participate in a bi-weekly, student-run Pharmacology Journal Club and the annual Vincent DuVigneaud Research Symposium, held every May. During the period of thesis research, students continue to register for and participate in the Pharmacology Seminar Series and attend all Pharmacology Program seminars, including the WMC Department of Pharmacology Seminar Series and the SKI Molecular Pharmacology & Chemistry Seminar Series. Students are also required to attend the Pharmacology Program retreat, usually held int he spring of each year.

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