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Graduate Committee

Dr. Aaron Mohs (Chair & Graduate Program Director), Dr. Corey Hopkins, Dr. Ram Mahato, Dr. Luis Marky, and Dr. DJ Murry

Pharmaceutical Science is an interdisciplinary field the utilizes a diverse group of scientific disciplines (e.g., biology, chemistry, engineering, and physics).  The Pharmaceutical Sciences PhD program provides instruction and training in drug discovery, drug delivery and targeting, biophysical chemistry, bio-materials nanotechnology, nanomedicine, biopharmaceutics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacodynamics. Students are mentored by members of the faculty whose research interests reside in developing new drugs to treat malaria and diseases of the eye as well as delivering and/or targeting small and large molecular weight drugs or genes to treat cancer, ophthalmic, lung, bone, cardiovascular and other diseases.

Degree Tracks

PhD students in Pharmaceutical Sciences must choose 1 of the following tracks:

  • Drug Delivery & Biopharmaceutics;
  • Biophysics;
  • Medicinal Chemistry; or
  • Clinical Pharmaceutical Sciences

General Requirements

  • Completion of coursework. 
  • Completion of the comprehensive examination.
  • Completion of a research project consistent with a PhD level of achievement.
  • Completion and successful defense of a doctoral dissertation.
  • Concurrence of the mentor and the student's Supervisory Committee.

The coursework requirements for the Pharmaceutical Sciences PhD program are detailed provided below. The need for any additional courses beyond this curriculum will be determined by the student's Supervisory Committee.

Core Curriculum (all tracks)

Required courses for all tracks
IPBS 801FUNDAMENTALS OF BIOMOLECULES3
PHSC 845QUANTITATIVE PHARMACUETICAL ANALYSIS3
PHSC 960CURRENT TOPICS IN THE PHARMACEUTICAL SCIENCES (each fall and spring semester)1
PHSC 970SEMINAR (each fall and spring semester)1
PHSC 999DOCTORAL DISSERTATION1-15
The student's Supervisory Committee will assist in selecting appropriate electives
Responsible Conduct in Research (RCR)/Ethics Training

 Drug Delivery & Biopharmaceutics Track

Required: Select 2 of the following 4 courses
PHSC 885PHYSICAL PHARMACY3
PHSC 852PHARMACEUTICAL CHEMISTRY FOR DRUG DELIVERY AND NANOMEDICINE3
PHSC 910PHARMACOKINETICS AND BIOPHARMACEUTICS3
BIOS 806BIOSTATISTICS I3
Two elective courses

 Biophysics Track

Required: Select 2 of the following 3 courses
PHSC 885PHYSICAL PHARMACY3
PHSC 848NANOIMAGING/BIOIMAGING3
PHSC 921BIOPHYSICAL CHEMISTRY3
Two elective courses

Medicinal Chemistry Track

Required courses
CHEM 8246 (ADV. ORG. CHEMISTRY MECH - This course is offered at the University of Nebraska - Omaha)
PHSC 830ADV MEDICINAL CHEM3
Two elective courses

Clinical Pharmaceutical Sciences Track

Required courses
BIOS 806BIOSTATISTICS I3
BIOS 808BIOSTATISTICS II3
PHSC 905APPLIED PHARMACOGENOMICS3
PHSC 920APPLIED PHARMACOKINETICS IN TRANSLATIONAL RESEARCH AND DRUG DEVELOPMENT3
One elective course

General Requirements

  • Completion of coursework. 
  • Completion of the comprehensive examination.
  • Completion of a research project consistent with a PhD level of achievement.
  • Completion and successful defense of a doctoral dissertation.
  • Concurrence of the mentor and the student's Supervisory Committee.

Coursework

MD/PhD students in Pharmaceutical Sciences must complete the following courses. 

Core Curriculum
PHSC 845QUANTITATIVE PHARMACUETICAL ANALYSIS3
PHSC 852PHARMACEUTICAL CHEMISTRY FOR DRUG DELIVERY AND NANOMEDICINE3
PHSC 885PHYSICAL PHARMACY3
PHSC 960CURRENT TOPICS IN THE PHARMACEUTICAL SCIENCES (every spring and fall semester)1
PHSC 970SEMINAR (every spring and fall semester)1
PHSC 999DOCTORAL DISSERTATION1-15
Choose ONE of the following 2 courses
IPBS 801FUNDAMENTALS OF BIOMOLECULES3
IPBS 802MOLECULAR CELL BIOLOGY2
Electives (minimum of 2 courses)
The student's Supervisory Committee will assist in selecting appropriate electives
Responsible Conduct in Research (RCR) / Ethics Training