Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology

Research-based Master of Science in Pharmacology and Toxicology

photo of a student using a microscopeStudents will learn the historical contexts of these fields and master hands-on technical skills in state-of-the-art laboratories. This program is typically completed in five semesters. Scroll down for a typical schedule. Faculty engage students in ongoing studies and students are well-supported when taking on new projects and challenges. For information about specific research areas/projects, see the list of Pharmacology & Toxicology Faculty.

Students in this program must:

  • Complete 30 credit hours of graduate-level courses as shown below
  • Give an oral presentation of proposed work to the student's thesis advisory committee. (The oral presentation must be approved by August 31 of the student's first year in the program.)
  • Write and defend the master's thesis. (See the WSU Graduate School's Policies and Procedures Manual.)

Course Requirements

Minimum course requirements for the research-based Master of Science in Pharmacology and Toxicology degree are as shown below:

Common core course requirements

  • PTX 7500: Research Techniques (3 credit hours)
  • PTX 7600: Biostatistics (3 credit hours)
  • PTX 7200: Principles of Biokinetics/Biodynamics (3 credit hours)
  • PTX 7300: Cell Pharmacology  Toxicology (3 credit hours)
  • PTX 7110: Pharmacology Fall Journal Club (1 credit hour)
  • PTX 7120: Pharmacology Spring Journal Club (1 credit hour)
  • PTX 9000: Intro to Pharmacology Graduate Research (3 credit hours)
  • PTX 9100: Pharmacology & Toxicology Graduate Research (1-20 credit hours*)

Total: 27 credits

Choose electives
(If an elective is not listed below, verify with program director)

  • PTX 7130: Laboratory Safety (1 credit hour)
  • PTX 8000 01: Cardiac Function (2 credit hours)
  • PTX 8000 02: Wound Repair  (2 credit hours)
  • PTX 8000 03: Toxicology (web course) (2 credit hours)
  • PTX 8000 06: Intro to Ayurveda (3 credit hours)
  • PTX 8000 07: Cell Culture Training (1 credit hour)
  • PTX 8000 08: Six Sigma Green Belt (3 credit hours)
  • PTX 8110: Medical Chemical, Radiological and Nuclear Defense  (3 credit hours)
  • PTX 8120: Medical Biological Defense (3 credit hours)
  • PTX 8130: Case Studies for Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Defense (3 credit hours)
  • PTX 8200: Communications in Science (web course) (3 credit hours)
  • PTX 8300: Integrative Pharmacology (3 credit hours)
  • PTX 8400: Neuropharmacology (3 credit hours)
  • PTX 8500: Good Laboratory Practices (3 credit hours)
  • PTX 8600: Principals of BioMedical Research (3 credit hours)

Total: 2+

Program Total: 30 credit hours

Program of study requirements = Minimum of 30 credits


Typical Schedule

Fall Semester Year 1

  • PTX 7110: Pharmacology Fall Journal Club
  • PTX 7200: PTX 7200: Principles of Biokinetics/Biodynamics
  • PTX 7500: Research Techniques
  • PTX 9000: Intro to Pharmacology Graduate Research

Spring Semester Year 1

  • PTX 7120: Pharmacology Spring Journal Club
  • PTX 7300: Cell Pharmacology Toxicology
  • PTX 7600: Biostatistics
  • PTX 9100: Pharmacology & Toxicology Graduate Research (4 credit hours)*

Summer Semester Year 1

  • PTX 9100: Pharmacology & Toxicology Graduate Research (8 credit hours)*
  • Elective (3 credit hours)

Fall Semester Year 2

  • PTX 9100: Pharmacology & Toxicology Graduate Research (8 credit hours)*

Spring Semester Year 2

  • PTX 9100: Pharmacology & Toxicology Graduate Research*
    (minimum 1 credit hour in the semester that student defends thesis)

*For every three hours you spend in the lab per week, you sign up for 1 credit hour of Pharmacology & Toxicology Graduate Research. Course descriptions are listed in the online catalog.

The research-based Master of Science in Pharmacology & Toxicology program accepts students for fall semester admission only.

Last edited on 01/28/2015.