The University of Mississippi
School of Pharmacy Department of Pharmacology

Program of Study

The choice of a graduate advisor is to be made within the first year of enrollment. Students are encouraged to make this mutually agreeable selection as soon as they have chosen the research area in which they wish to pursue their thesis or dissertation research. This decision is to be communicated in writing to the Department Chair at that time.

The student's formal course of study should be prepared with the guidance of the graduate advisor and approved by the Department Chair. A student may change advisors at any time during the program if his or her research interests change, or for personal reasons.

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

The following is a list of core courses which must be completed enrolled in Doctoral program.These are in addition to seminar requirements.After a student is admitted to candidacy, enrollment in course work or dissertation must be continuous,including an enrollment of at least 3 hours in the in the term in which the degree is granted.

COURSE TITLE CREDIT HOURS
PCHL 563 Introduction to Pharmacology 4
PHCL 661 and 612 Teaching in Pharmacology and Toxicology 1,1
PHCL 651 Directed Students in Pharmacology and Toxicology 1
PHCL 661 Advanced Physiology 4
PHCL 669 Physiological Chemistry 4
**PHCL 675 General Principles of Pharmacology and Toxicology I 4
PSY 603 Quantitative Methods of Physchology I (or equivalent) 3
PHCL 797 Dissertation 18
*** Electives 9

Minimum of 54 hours of graduate leve course work,and at least 18 hours in continuous enrollment at the University of Mississippi to complete the Ph.D.degree. At least one half of the non-dissertation credits, and at least 36 hours of total course work must be completed from enrollment at the University of Mississippi.

MASTER OF SCIENCE DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

The following is a list of core courses which must be completed by all students enrolled in the Masters program. These are in addition to seminarrequirements.

COURSE TITLE CREDIT HOURS
PCHL 563 Introduction to Pharmacology 4
PHCL 661 and 612 Teaching in Pharmacology and Toxicology 1,1
PHCL 651 Directed Students in Pharmacology and Toxicology 1
PHCL 661 Advanced Physiology 4
PHCL 669 Physiological Chemistry 4
**PHCL 675 General Principles of Pharmacology and Toxicology I 4
PSY 603 Quantitative Methods of Physchology I (or equivalent) 3
PHCL 697 Thesis 6
*** Electives 9

Students enrolled in the Masters Degree Program must complete a minimum of 30 hours of graduate level course work of which no more than 6 hours are in Z graded courses to complete the M.S. degree. Credits for internships, practicums, and directed study courses may not be used to fulfill the course hour requirements.

For a complete description of the graduate school requirements for the master of science degree, the student is referred to the most recent edition of the graduate school catalog which can be found at; http://www.olemiss.edu/depts/graduate_school/catalogs.php

Students should refer to the "Thesis and Dissertation Preparation Manual", which is available from the Graduate School for the purpose of formating of the thesis at; http://www.olemiss.edu/depts/graduate_school/thesis_and_dissertation.php

The thesis defence will consist of two parts: (1) a seminar on the project, open to the public, reviewing background, methods, results and conclusions. At the conclusion of the seminar, the audience will be excused, and (2) the student will then be examined by the thesis committee on his or her project and any general area of training which could pertain to the project. The thesis advisory committee will then vote and may: (a) approve the completed work including the thesis and defense, (b) approve the completed work and thesis, but reject the defense (in which case a second defense would be required), (c) approve the research but not the thesis and defense, or (d) reject the work, thesis, and defense.

SEMINAR REQUIREMENTS

Graduate students are required to enroll in PHCL 643 (seminar) each semester (one credit hour). Graduate students who are performing thesis or dissertation research, or internships at remote locations will be excused from the requirement to enroll in seminar during the full semesters they are physically away from campus. Grading will be on a pass or fail basis. Three unexcused absences will constitute failure. Graduate students will be required to make atleast one presentation per year. The instructor of record for the seminar course will, at his or her discretion, determine the format. Thesis or dissertation prospectus presentations and defenses may be counted toward the annual seminar presentation requirement.

TEACHING REQUIREMENTS

Teaching is an essential component of any career in pharmacology or toxicology. Therefore, students are required to enroll in PHCL 611 and 612, Teaching in Pharmacology and Toxicology, in which they will be required to prepare and deliver 3 lectures in an undergraduate pharmacy course.