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Curriculum

The curriculum we recommend includes a small set of required graduate level courses to provide broad training in cell biology, biochemistry, and molecular genetics, as well as opportunities to obtain specialized advanced training in areas closely related to the student's interests. The curriculum is designed to be flexible so that the student can choose from the broadest possible selection of research opportunities at the University of Rochester. We anticipate that many of the students choosing to work within this cluster will elect Ph.D. training in Pharmacology or Physiology; however, the flexibility of our recommended curriculum allows requirements for other degree programs to be accommodated.

Pharmacology or Physiology Ph.D. Degree Requirements

Required courses

  • IND 431 Foundations in Modern Biology I (5 credit hours, fall course)
  • IND 432 Foundations in Modern Biology II (5 credit hours, spring course)
  • PHP 403 Human Cell Physiology (4 credit hours, fall course)
  • PHP 404 Principles of Pharmacology (4 credit hours, spring course)
  • PHP 405 Effective Scientific Communication (2 credit hours, spring course)
  • IND 420 Mastering Scientific Information (0 credit hours, fall course)
  • IND 501 Ethics in Research (1 credit hour, fall course)
  • PHP 502 Seminar (1 credit hour/semester, fall/spring course, total of 4 credits required)

Elective Courses (at least 6 credit hours)

  • IND 447/PHP 447 Signal Transduction (4 credit hours, spring course)
  • IND 426 Science Communication for Diverse Audiences (2 credit hours, fall course)
  • PHP 550 Ion Channels and Disease (2 credit hours, spring course)
  • MBI 473 Immunology (3 credit hours, fall course)
  • NSC 525 Biology of Neurological Diseases (3 credit hours, spring course)
  • BST 463 Introduction to Biostatistics (4 credit hours, fall course)
  • PTH 507 Cancer Biology (3 credit hours, spring course)
  • PTH 509 Pathways to Human Disease I (4 credit hours, fall course)
  • PTH 510 Pathways to Human Disease II (4 credit hours, spring course)
  • PTH 571 Molecular Basis of Disease (3 credit hours, fall course)
  • CVS 401 Cardiovascular Biology and Disease (3 credit hours, fall course)

Other Requirements

  • Three laboratory rotations; one elective in 2nd year
  • Students will do three rotations during any of four possible time slots: October 1-December 15, January 1-March 15, April 1-June 15, or July 1-August 31.

Preliminary Examination

No preliminary examination required.

Qualifying Examination

Qualifying exam should be completed before December 1 of 3rd year.

2nd Year

Second-year courses relate to specific degree programs and will be selected from a menu of in-depth electives that will allow each student to tailor his or her area of study to material relevant to their research interests.