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Program Highlights

About the Program

The program in Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology is responsible for recruiting prospective students and for mentoring them during their first year of study.  First-year graduate students take core courses in pharmacology, physiology, biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, and ethics along with elective courses and three research rotations. At the end of their first year, students can elect to pursue a Ph.D. degree in Pharmacology or Physiology..


Students entering this program should have a four-year baccalaureate degree in the basic or applied sciences, for example, Biology, Chemistry, or Biomedical Engineering. Students with degrees in other disciplines may also apply, but should have some basic training in the biological sciences, chemistry, or physics. Two to four semesters of college-level mathematics is also encouraged.

Important Dates

A complete application must be received by January 1 for consideration for the fall semester. 


Students trained in the research areas of this cluster have found employment in academia, industry (particularly the pharmaceutical industry), and in government. Most take postdoctoral positions to broaden their research experiences before beginning their own independent careers. Recent graduates of the Pharmacology and Physiology degree programs have taken a variety of positions. Read what some of them are doing now.