NIGMS T32 Program in Biomolecular Pharmacology
Students receive their PhD in Neuroscience via the university-wide Graduate Program for Neuroscience. During their first year they take core neuroscience coursework that spans all areas of neuroscience including behavioral, cognitive, computational, molecular and systems. During their second year they have the option to specialize in neuropharmacology by joining the NIGMS Biomolecular Pharmacology Training specialization.
Course Requirements for GPN Students in the Pharmacology Specialization:
Students can take pharmacology curriculum during years 1, 2 and/or 3. Pharmacology requirements fulfill 10 credits of the elective coursework requirement in the Graduate Program for Neuroscience (GPN).
A potential scheduling of pharmacology academic requirements (presented in bold lettering) in relationship to the GPN required curriculum is presented below. Dissertation thesis credits are not represented in the requirements on this page and make up the 64 credits needed for partial fulfillment of the PhD. degree. There is a total of 36 credits listed below that include core GPN and Pharmacology offerings, special training modules in computational neuroscience, a year- long professional development class that emphasizes oral presentation skills, critical review of the literature and grant writing. There is also credit for clinical rounds that take place at the VA hospital. Students can take additional academic credits as represented below by italicized “optional” coursework after consultation with their GPN advisors.
Year 1 Fall (12 cr)
Year 1 Spring (10 cr)
Year 2 Fall (10 cr)
Year 2 Spring (4 cr)
List of Pharmacology Curriculum Requirements (10 credits total)
- GMS PM 701 Molecular Neurobiology & Pharmacology I (2 cr, sem I (year 1 or 2))
- GMS PM 702 Molecular Neurobiology & Pharmacology II (2 cr, sem II (year 2))
- GMS FC 707 Physiology of Specialized Cells (2 cr, sem II) (year 2 or 3)
- GMS PM 801 Systems Pharmacology & Therapeutics I (2 cr) (year 2 or 3)
- GMS PM 802 Systems Pharmacology & Therapeutics II (2 cr) (year 2 or 3)
In addition to the core coursework in neuroscience and the requirements to remain in good standing within GPN, GPN/Pharmacology students are expected to attend at least 50% of the weekly pharmacology seminar series that is held almost every Wednesday at 2:00 pm on the MED campus. If GPN students successfully compete for a slot on the NIGMS T32 Training Grant in Biomolecular Pharmacology, they are also required to take a 7-week summer rotation at Pfizer or Biogen during their training at BU. These rotation experiences are open to all GPN students dependent on availability.