Pharmacognosy Curriculum

Students entering the graduate program in pharmacognosy may have undergraduate degrees that satisfy all the prerequisites for these programs. However, in some instances the graduate program director will need to assign appropriate undergraduate courses to ensure that students are properly prepared for the graduate courses in their particular program.

For detailed course descriptions and other information about the curriculum, see the University Catalog.

Pharmacognosy–Analytical and Natural Products Chemistry Option

Course Prerequisites (all tracks)

Each student must present transfer credit, earn advanced placement credit by examination (the Qualifying Exams) or obtain credit in the following:

1 semester of Analytical Chemistry
2 semesters of Calculus
1 semester of Cell Biology or Biochemistry
1 semester of English Composition
1 semester of Literature of Chemistry
2 semesters of Organic Chemistry with laboratory
1 semester of Organismal or Population Biology
1 semester of Statistics

MS (Thesis) Track

BS736 Advanced Pharmacognosy

3 credits

CH718 Heterocyclic Chemistry

3 credits

CH799 Research (credits are variable, minimum of 10)

10 credits

CH802 Research Seminar

2 credits

CH805 Critical Evaluation of Literature

1 credit

CH870 Current Research in Pharmacognosy

2 credits

CH878 Introduction to Research

2 credits

CH880 Current Literature

2 credits

Additional 700- or 800-level chemistry or biology courses (must be approved)

3 credits

Additional 700- or 800-level chemistry courses (must be approved)

3 credits

Analytical Chemistry Graduate Course

3 credits

Total Thesis Requirement

34 credits

PhD Track

BS736 Advanced Pharmacognosy

3 credits

CH718 Heterocyclic Chemistry

3 credits

CH802 Research Seminar

2 credits

CH805 Critical Evaluation of Literature

1 credit

CH870 Current Research in Pharmacognosy

2 credits

CH878 Introduction to Research

2 credits

CH880 Current Literature

2 credits

CH885 Grant Proposal Writing

1 credit

CH899 Doctoral Research (credits are variable, minimum of 20)

20 credits

Additional 700- or 800-level chemistry or biology courses (must be approved)

3 credits

Additional 700- or 800-level chemistry courses (must be approved)

3 credits

Analytical Chemistry Graduate Course

3 credits

Total PhD Requirement

45 credits

Pharmacognosy–Biotechnology and Metabolic Engineering Option

Course Prerequisites (all tracks)

Each student must present transfer credit, earn advanced placement credit by examination (the Qualifying Exams) or obtain credit in the following:

  • 2 semesters Calculus
  • 2 semesters Organic Chemistry (with laboratory)
  • 1 semester Analytical Chemistry
  • 1 semester Literature of Chemistry
  • 1 semester English Composition

Applicants should have a bachelor of science or bachelor of arts degree in a scientific or health program, and background in two or more of the following areas:

  • Genetics
  • Cell Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Biochemistry

In addition, you must demonstrate previous laboratory experience in at least two of these areas. You may substitute relevant work experience for formal coursework at the discretion of the program director.

MS (Thesis) Track

BS736 Advanced Pharmacognosy

3 credits

BS764 Biotechnology

3 credits

BS765 Biotechnology Laboratory

2 credits

BS785 Introduction to Research

2 to 4 credits

BS799 Master’s Research (credits 1 to 12, minimum of 10)

10 credits

BS898 Graduate Seminar (summer)

1 credit

CH870 Current Research in Pharmacognosy

2 credits

ST702 Statistical Principles in Bioassay

3 credits

CH or BS 800-level elective (minimum)

3 credits

Additional 700- or 800-level BS and CH courses (minimum)

3 credits

PhD Track

BS736 Advanced Pharmacognosy

3 credits

BS764 Biotechnology

3 credits

BS765 Biotechnology Laboratory

2 credits

BS785 Introduction to Research

2 to 4 credits

BS887 PhD Colloquium (fall)

1 credit

BS898 Graduate Seminar (summer)

1 credit

BS899 Doctoral Research (credits 1 to 12, minimum of 10)

20 credits

CH870 Current Research in Pharmacognosy

2 credits

ST702 Statistical Principles in Bioassay

3 credits

Biology or Chemistry Elective (700- or 800-level)1

3 credits

Analytical chemistry graduate course. Choose one of:
CH714 Structure-Activity Relationships
CH762 Analytical Separations Chemistry
CH767 Applied Spectroscopy
CH863 Special Topics in Analytical Chemistry

3 credits

Advanced cell/molecular course. Choose one of:
BS761 Advanced Cell Biology
BS820 Advanced Ethnobotany
BS850 Metabolic Engineering
CH728 Advanced Biochemistry

2-3 credits

Total PhD Requirement

45 credits

1Requires approval of advisor or Advisory Committee. A minimum of 6 credits at 800 level is required for the degree.