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2014-2015 Graduate Catalog 
2014-2015 Graduate Catalog [Not Current Academic Year. Consult with Your Academic Advisor for Your Catalog Year]

Pharmaceutics, Ph.D.

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Admission Requirements

General Admissions Requirements

All graduate program applicants must have at least a Bachelor of Science degree from either an accredited academic or professional institution comparable to the Bachelor of Science degree awarded at the University of Houston.  Students must submit satisfactory scores on the general aptitude portion (verbal, quantitative and analytical writing) of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and have a minimum 3.0 (A=4.0) grade point average on all work attempted, graduate and undergraduate, beginning with the semester in which the student took the first of the 60 most recently earned semester hours.  GRE scores are evaluated as one information source in the total graduate application.

Applicants must have taken 3 credit-hour undergraduate courses in biochemistry and in human physiology.  These also may be taken the summer before entry to the program.

Applicants also may be asked to take placement examinations given by the department in order to determine eligibility for admission or to indicate deficiencies in undergraduate course work.  A test for English proficiency may be required for international applicants.  For additional specific admission requirements, applicants should visit Admission to the Program in Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

General Degree Requirements

The degree tracks in Pharmaceutics and Pharmacology consist of courses common to both tracks and specialty course tracks in Pharmaceutics or Pharmacology.  These specialty tracks provide essential training in the elected major discipline.  The course of study to complete the degree is anticipated to take approximately five years after obtaining the Bachelors degree.

In addition to the course work shown below, students in both Pharmacology and Pharmaceutics must pass oral and written qualifying exams, complete a research project, and write and defend a dissertation.  If a student completes coursework but cannot complete these other requirements, he/she may be able to finish with a contingent Master’s degree.

Ph.D. In Pharmaceutics

Pharmaceutics is a multidisciplinary science which focuses on the study of the physical, chemical and biological properties of drugs and dosage forms.  Cutting across the traditional disciplinary boundaries, pharmaceutics examines the relationship of drug properties to dosage form design, fabrication, evaluation and therapeutic efficacy.  Students in the pharmaceutics program may develop research programs in the areas of drug delivery systems, drug stability, dosage forms, drug absorption and disposition, and pharmacokinetics.

Pharmaceutics faculty, located in the facility in the Texas Medical Center, engage in collaborative research projects with other Texas Medical Center institutions.  This environment provides students with a wide range of basic and clinical research experience and opportunities to conduct animal and human research.  Course work available from other University of Houston departments and Texas Medical Center institutions provides didactic backgrounds which meet the needs of individual students.

Research Requirements

In addition to course work, the students must complete an original research project, write a doctoral dissertation and successfully defend the dissertation before their doctoral dissertation committee to meet the requirements of the doctoral degree.  A minimum of 18 credit hours of Doctoral Research (PCEU 8X98)/ Doctoral Dissertation (PCEU 8X99) is required as part of this requirement.

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