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.
Pharmaceutical Science Core 5-7 SH
PHSC 5100 / Concepts in Pharmaceutical Science / 2 SH / (Formerly PSC G100)
PHSC 6210 / Drug Design, Evaluation and Development / 2 SH / (Formerly PSC G210)
PHSC 6212 / Research Skills and Ethics / 1 SH / (Formerly PSC G212) or
CHEM 5600 / Research Skills and Ethics in Chemistry/ 3 SH / (Formerly CHM G200) or
BIOL 6381 / Ethics in Biological Research / 2 SH / (Formerly BIO G381)
Interdisciplinary Specialization Core at least 16-20 SH
PHSC 6214 / Experimental Design and Biometrics / 2 SH / (Formerly PSC G214)
PHSC 6216 / Human Physiology and Pathophysiology / 2 SH / (Formerly PSC G216)
BIOL 6300 / Graduate Biochemistry / 4 SH / (Formerly BIO G300)
or PHSC 5300 / Pharmaceutical Biochemistry / 2 SH
BIOL 6301 / Molecular Cell Biology / 4 SH / (Formerly BIO G301)
or PHSC 5310 / Cellular Physiology / 2 SH
Any PMCL or PMST course
BIOL 5579 / Biochemistry Methods Laboratory / 5 SH / (Formerly BIO G279)
CHEM 5612 / Principles of Mass Spectrometry / 3 SH / (Formerly CHM G212)
CHEM 5626 / Organic Synthesis I / 3 SH / (Formerly CHM G266)
CHEM 5628 / Spectroscopy of Organic Compounds / 3 SH / (Formerly CHM G268)
CHEM 5676 / Bioorganic Chemistry / 3 SH / (Formerly CHM G376)
PhD Core 12 SH minimumPHSC 6300 / Pharmaceutical Science Seminar 1 SH / (Formerly PSC G300) (must be taken more than once)
PHSC 8940 / Doctoral Training & Research 1 SH / (Formerly PSCG 800 Qualifying Exam Preparation)
PHSC 9681 / Doctoral Proposal 2 SH / (Formerly PSC G681)
PHSC 6810 / Pharmaceutical Science Colloquium / 1 SH / (Formerly PSC G810)
PHSC 9990 / Dissertation 3 SH / (Formerly PSC G892) (must be taken twice)
General Elective Core 4-10 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.