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Cell and Molecular Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics

Masters Program

Required Courses (10 credits)

Masters students are required to take ten credits from the First Year Curriculum

1) CGS 701L Macromolecules: Proteins (2 credits)  Fall

2) CGS 701G Receptors and Signaling (2 credits)  Fall

3) CGS 701K Macromolecules: Nucleic Acids (2 credits)  Fall

4) CGS 701N Regulation of Gene Expression (2 credits)  Fall

5) CGS 710 Essential Scientific Practices I (1 credit)

6) CGS 762 Scientific Writing for MS Students (1 credit)

CGS 762 Scientific Writing for MS Students is a required course that is geared for Masters students during the first summer after the first year. This streamlined eight-week, one-credit summer course is specifically designed to foster scientific writing, a skill essential for effective grant preparation and scientific proposals, including writing a thesis.


Additional courses (three credits)

Students should consult their advisors to choose between the following two electives:

1) PCOL 724/PHMSC 712 Drug Discovery and Molecular Pharmacology (3 credits)

This eight-week spring elective explores the scientific principles underlying targeted drug design. Medicinal chemistry is integrated with molecular biology in the context of identifying tomorrow’s best-in-class drugs. The interdependence of pharmacodynamic and pharmacokinetic structure-activity relationships will be discussed as a prominent feature of drug discovery.

2) PCOL 721  Principles of Pharmacology (4 credits)

This fall elective develops an understanding of the principles required for conducting research studies involving the use of pharmacological agents as tools for understanding basic biological processes. The course covers basic principles of receptor theory, analysis of dose-response relationships, data interpretation, and the relationship between the chemistry of biological molecules and their cellular actions. These principles are developed in relation to signal transduction /cancer biology, functional genomics, and drug metabolism/toxicology. The course will impart an essential understanding of how pharmacological agents interact with living systems and how such actions are examined from an experimental point of view.

3) PCOL 725 Advanced Topics in Cell Signaling (3 credits)

4) PCOL 726 Mass Spectrometry and Proteomics (3 credits)

5) PCOL 744 Pharmacology Cell Signaling JC (1 credit)


Summer review (optional)

1) CGS 650 Summer Review

This optional three-week, one-credit summer course is for incoming Masters students who feel they would benefit from a refresher on molecular biology techniques and basic concepts