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Physiology & Pharmacology

Ph.D. Requirements

Doctoral Comprehensive Examination

To become a candidate for the Ph.D. degree, the student must first pass both a written and an oral comprehensive examination. The comprehensive examinations are designed to ensure that the student has gained a thorough knowledge of his/her chosen major field.

The examinations are administered by the student's Advisory Committee. The Advisory Committee will decide the time and place for each written examination and for oral examination.

The comprehensive examinations should be administered when the student completes most or all course work requirements. When the written comprehensive examinations have been passed, the graduate coordinator will notify the Graduate School of the date, time, and place for the comprehensive oral examination. The Graduate School must be notified at least two weeks prior to the oral examination.

Dissertation Approval and Defense

When the major professor is satisfied with the completed dissertation, he/she will certify that it is ready to be read. The major professor will then distribute copies of the dissertation to the remaining members of the Advisory Committee and will schedule a final oral defense and notify the Graduate School. Subsequently, the Graduate School will announce the time and place of the defense of the dissertation to the University community. The committee members will have three weeks to read and evaluate the completed dissertation.

Written assent of a majority of committee members (other than the major professor) will be required before a dissertation will be approved as ready for a final defense. If the Advisory Committee declines to approve the dissertation as ready for the final defense, the major professor will notify the student and the Graduate School.

The defense of the dissertation will be chaired by the student's major professor. In addition to the major professor, a majority of the remaining Advisory Committee must approve the student's dissertation and defense and must certify their approval in writing. The results of the defense of the dissertation must be reported to the Graduate School at least one week prior to graduation. The dissertation must be submitted to the Graduate School for final approval no later than the last day of classes of the following semester. If this deadline is missed, the dissertation must be defended again and reapproved by the Advisory Committee.

Department Seminar Program

Department seminars are considered an important part of the training of all graduate students. It is here that one learns to communicate in scientific language and learns to critically review scientific literature and scientific presentations. Furthermore, the seminar permits a significant broadening of the knowledge of all in attendance by bringing together the newest information on the particular subject of the day. For these reasons, ALL GRADUATE STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO ATTEND ALL SEMINARS.

For the Ph.D. degree, the candidate is required to present at least three 40 to 50 minute seminars. Credit is given in the semester in which the student presents the seminar. It is suggested that the first seminar deal with a minor project that the candidate performed while becoming familiar with ongoing projects in the major professor's laboratory. The second seminar should include a review of the pertinent literature, the experimental design and preliminary results of the dissertation project. All remaining seminars should report the results of the dissertation research.

Program of Study for the Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Integrative Physiology and Pharmacology

The program of study shall be compiled by the Advisory Committee and candidate. The Graduate School requires a total of 16 semester hours of 8000- or 9000- level courses (excluding of 9000 research and 9300 dissertation writing hours). Also, a minimum of 3 semester credit hours of dissertation research (VPHY 9300), a total of at least 30 semester credit hours of course work including VPHY 9000, or VPHY 9300, and at least two consecutive semesters of full-time work in resident study on campus is required. If not already taken as part of the course requirements for the M.S. degree at the University of Georgia, the following courses must be included in the Program of Study for the Ph.D.*

Departmental Course Requirements

VPHY 7111 and 7112 (or equivalent). Principles of Physiology I and II (7 semester hours)
BCMB 8010 (or BCMB 8020). Advanced Biochemistry (3 semester hours) 
BCMB 8010 (or BCMB 8020). Advanced Biochemistry (3 semester hours)
VPHY 8010. Mammalian Cell Physiology
VPHY 8900. Physiology and Pharmacology Seminar
VPHY 8901. Physiology and Pharmacology Seminar Presentation (3 semester hours)
STAT 6210 and 6220 (or equivalent) Statistical Methods (6 semester hours) 

And one of the following:

VPHY 8000. Cardiovascular Physiology
VPHY 8100. Comparative Medical Endocrinology
VPHY 8120. Renal and Fluid-Electrolyte Physiology
VPHY 8200. Animal Molecular Biology: Concepts and Current Literature
VPHY 8330. Laboratory Apprenticeship in Physiology and Pharmacology
VPHY 8400  Neurophysiology
VPHY 8450. Advanced Clinical Pharmacology (Chemotherapy)
VPHY 8960.  Molecular Toxicology
VPHY 8940 Organ System Toxicology
ADSC 8400. Advanced Animal Reproduction
PHRM 8420. Cardiovascular Pharmacology
GENE 8920. Nucleic Acids
PHRM 8430. Advanced Neuropharmacology
PHRM 7210. Special Topics in Pharmacy: Neurophysiology/Neuropharmacology of the Synapse

*Substitution of other courses is allowed if approved by the Advisory Committee, Department, and Graduate School.

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