Pharmaceutical Sciences (PhD): Interdisciplinary Concentration

The interdisciplinary specialization is intended to meet the needs of students interested in combining courses and skills from two areas of specialization. At least one of the specialization areas must come from within the college. The second area may come from a department in another college at Northeastern University, such as Biology, Chemistry, or Engineering. Dissertation coadvisers are arranged for students who elect this option.

Students may begin to consider this option by discussing it with a faculty member in the college representing one of their areas of interest and by informing the PhD program director’s office. The two areas of academic concentration are reflected in the course work, cumulative exams, and dissertation work undertaken. Students take the usual required courses. Specialization and General Elective Core courses are approved by the coadvisers. Students electing the interdisciplinary option must fulfill the same requirements as all other PhD candidates.

Doctoral students receive tuition waivers and usually receive stipends for research or teaching of $25,000-$30,000/year.

Curriculum

Pharmaceutical Science Core 5-7 SH

PHSC 5100 / Concepts in Pharmaceutical Science / 2 SH
PHSC 6210 / Drug Design, Evaluation and Development / 2 SH
PHSC 6212 / Research Skills and Ethics / 1 SH or
CHEM 5600 / Research Skills and Ethics in Chemistry / 3 SH or
BIOL 6381 / Ethics in Biological Research / 2 SH

Interdisciplinary Specialization Core at least 24 SH

PHSC 7010 / PharmSci Lab / 4 SH
PHSC 6214 / Experimental Design and Biometrics / 2 SH
PHSC 6216 / Human Physiology and Pathophysiology / 2 SH
PHSC 6218 / Biomedical Chemical Analysis / 2 SH
Studenst must take either:
BIOL 6300 / Graduate Biochemistry / 4 SH OR
PHSC 5300 / Pharmaceutical Biochemistry / 2 SH AND
BIOL 6301 / Molecular Cell Biology / 4 SH OR
PHSC 5310 / Cellular Physiology / 2 SH

Any PMCL or PMST course
BIOL 5579 / Biochemistry Methods Laboratory / 5 SH
CHEM 5612 / Principles of Mass Spectrometry / 3 SH
CHEM 5626 / Organic Synthesis I / 3 SH
CHEM 5628 / Spectroscopy of Organic Compounds / 3 SH
CHEM 5676 / Bioorganic Chemistry / 3 SH

PhD Core 12 SH minimum

PHSC 6300 / Pharmaceutical Science Seminar / 1 SH (must be taken more than once)
PHSC 8940 / Doctoral Training & Research / 1 SH  (Qualifying Exam Preparation)
PHSC 9681 / Doctoral Proposal / 2 SH
PHSC 6810 / Pharmaceutical Science Colloquium / 1 SH
PHSC 9990 / Dissertation / 3 SH (must be taken twice)

General Elective Core 4-6 SH

Advisor consultation is required when choosing electives

Total number of credits 45 SH

*Students coming in with a Master’s degree must complete the 12 SH for the PhD core courses and any other courses deemed necessary by the committee members.

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    Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences School of Pharmacy
    Bouvé College of Health Sciences
    Northeastern University
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    Boston, Massachusetts 02115

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