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Pharmaceutical Sciences (PHD) - Pharmacokinetics/Pharmaceutics 
Program Description

Pharmaceutics Track

The mission of this program is to educate and prepare students for work in the pharmaceutical industry and in academia. The specific fields of study are physical Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Pharmacokinetics.  These disciplines of pharmaceutics and pharmacokinetics are unique and exist only in Colleges of Pharmacy. The average time to graduation is approximately four and one half years.

Department/Academic Unit(s)

Pharmaceutical Sciences -

The College of Pharmacy offers a graduate program leading to a Doctor of Philosophy and/or a Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences.  Over twenty faculty participate in the program. 

Faculty research interests are in various areas of:

(1) Drug Discovery and Development

(2) Health Pharm Outcomes Research

(3) Pharmaceutics

College of Pharmacy  
Campus where offered
Main Campus - Tucson  
Admissions Contact
Sonya M Flores-Basurto
Graduate Program Coordinator
Sonya M Flores-Basurto
Director of Graduate Studies
Nathan J Cherrington
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Christina M Inocencio
Tuition and Fees
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Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements

GPA 3.0 or higher
TOEFL 550 paper based or 79 intenet based (international students)
GRE is required, but no minimum requirement
3 letters of recommendation
Statement of purpose
Official Transcripts
Bachelor's degree in pharmacy, chemistry, or the biological sciences or Pharm.D. degree and adequate preparation in mathematics is a prerequisite to admission.

Standardized Tests

Required test(s): GRE
Required GRE Subject tests:
Recommended tests:
Recommended GRE Subject tests:
Minimum GRE Verbal: 513
Minimum GRE Quantitative: 679
Minumum GRE Written: 4.5
Minimum GMAT:
Minimum MAT:
Minimum TOEFL:79
Minimum IELTS:

Financial Aid

Research Assistantships available on a competative basis
Graduate Registration and Tuition Scholarships available on a competitive basis

Admissions Deadlines

Domestic Applicants:

  • Fall: December 1

International Applicants:

  • Fall: December 1
International Conditional Admission
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832
ETS Major Field Code(s) for this program: 4832
NRC Taxon(a) for this program: Pharmacology, Toxicology and Environmental Health

Completion Requirements

Degree Requirements

Pharmaceutics Ph.D. Coursework

*CHEM480a           Physical Chemistry  (3 units)

PHSC 502              Pharmaceutics  (3 units)

PHSC 507a,508a    Pharmacokinetics\Discussion  (3 units,1 unit)

PHSC 555              Drug Delivery Systems (3 units)

PHSC 601              Advanced Physical Pharmacy  (3 units)

PHSC 602              Physical Chemical Factors influencing Drug Action  (3 units)

PHSC 603              Topics in Pharmaceutics (2 units)

PHSC 610              Topics in Pharmaceutical Solids, Nanotechnology and Solid-State Particle Engineering Design in Drug Delivery (3 units)

PHSC 596C            Pharmaceutics Research -Lab Meeting, (4 units)

PHSC 596D            Pharmaceutics Seminar (4 units)

PHSC 599 / 602      Independent Study or PHSC 602 (3 units)

EPID 576a             Bio Statistics (3 units)

MCB 695e              Science, Ethics and Society (1)

Choose one elective course from the list below                                  

CHEM 501A           Instrumental Analysis (3 units)

CHEM 502A           Introduction to Organic Reaction Mechanisms (3 units)

CHEM 503             Intermediate Physical Chemistry  (3 units)

CHEM 521A           Advanced Analytical Chemistry  (3 units)

CHEM 521B           Advanced Analytical Chemistry  (3 units)

CHEM 527             Analytical Separations  (2-3 units)

CHEM 541             Mechanisms of Organic Reactions  (3 units)

CHEM 543             Structural Organic Chemistry  (3 units)

MSE 503                Applied Surface Chemistry

MSE 512                Physical Chemistry of Materials  (3 units)

PCOL 537A            Medicinal Chemistry II (3 units)

PCOL 537B            Medicinal Chemistry III (2 units)

PCOL 571A            Pharmacology I (4 units)

PCOL 571B            Pharmacology II (3 units)

PCOL 574              Clinical Toxicology (2 units)

* Credits do not count towards major




Minor Requirements

Pharmaceutics Majors - Suggested Minor Programs

One minor is required. Students may choose from among the following approved minor list. Other options will be considered but must be approved individually by the Pharmaceutics Executive Committee and Track Director of the Program.

  1. Chemistry
  2. Biochemistry
  3. Pharmacology
  4. Drug Discovery and Development
  5. Materials Science and Engineering
  6. Cancer Biology
  7. Applied Biosciences
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Last revised 13 Dec 2016