PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Molecular Medicine


Our program has a wide range of courses to ensure our graduates have a well-rounded experience. Students are required to complete 24 graded credits (13 required, 11 elective) within the program. Below are the required and elective courses we offer.

To view the general requirements for a PhD degree consult the WSU Graduate School Policies & Procedures Manual.

Required Core Courses

13 graded credits and 3 non-graded credits are required.

  • PharmSci 520, Foundations of Molecular and Cellular Regulations (4 credits)
  • PharmSci 577, Responsible Conduct in Biomedical Research (3 credits)
  • PharmSci 578, Applied Biostatistics (3 credits)
  • PharmSci 579, Principles of Pharmacology (3 credits)
  • PharmSci 590, Journal Club (each semester, first year required) (1 credit S/F)
  • PharmSci 597, Graduate Research Seminar (each semester) (1 credit S/F)
  • PharmSci 800, Doctoral Research / Dissertation (variable credits)


A minimum of 11 credits are required from the following.

  • PharmSci 512, Topics in Pharmacology (3 credits)
  • PharmSci 560, Molecular and Cellular Methods (3 credits)
  • PharmSci 565, Drug Delivery (3 credits)
  • PharmMeds 544, Toxicology: Assessing Drug Side Effects (3 credits)
  • PharmSci 571, Computer-Aided Drug Design (3 credits)
  • PharmSci 572, Fundamentals of Oncology (3 credits)
  • PharmSci 573, Principles of Pharmacokinetics and Toxicokinetics (3 credits)
  • PharmSci 576, Biophysical methods (3 credits)

Additional Approved Electives

We offer additional electives to meet your career goals. View the list of these approved electives in our Student Handbook.

Transfer Courses

Our program accepts transfer credits from other institutions. To obtain these credits a student must contact the graduate program coordinator for the process.