Pharmacology and Neuroscience
Department of Pharmacology and Neuroscience Courses » Synopsis
Program of Study
Department of Pharmacology and Neuroscience offers graduate programs leading to the
M.S. and Ph.D. degree in pharmacology. Graduate study may be pursued in several areas,
including autonomic, cardiovascular, biochemical, molecular pharmacology, neuropharmacology,
The M.S. degree in Pharmacology is a two-year program. The first year consists primarily
of coursework (first year curriculum) as well as lab rotations. The second year consists
almost entirely of research culminating in a master's dissertation and oral defense.
A minimum of three years of graduate study beyond the bachelor's degree is required
for the Ph.D. degree; completion of the requirements generally takes four to five
years. During the period of study the student does the required course work, takes
a qualifying examination, and completes a Ph.D. dissertation based on his or her original
The faculty of the program seeks to foster a creative and productive research atmosphere
and to equip students with the intellectual tools they will need to be good investigators
and teachers. Graduates can expect to enter careers in academic institutions, industry,
or government agencies.
Opportunities are also available for postdoctoral training in the research areas listed
Students enrolled in the graduate program in pharmacology and neuroscience pursue
their research interests under the supervision of a faculty member in modern laboratories
located in the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Building, which opened
in August 1976. The department occupies research and office space in this building
which was completed in the spring of 1995. The department has items of equipment considered
essential for advanced research, such as computers, electrophysiological data acquisition
and data processing systems, spectrophotometers, liquid scintillation counters, a
gamma counter, ultracentrifuges, electrophoresis apparati fraction collectors, high
performance liquid chromatographs, microiontophoresis apparatus, cell culture hoods
and incubators, histology equipment, polygraphs, and a cold room.
Graduate students (Ph.D.) are eligible for financial support in the form of research
assistantships at levels consistent with the policy of the Health Sciences Center
($24,000 per year as of September 1, 2012). For M.S. students financial support is
not contingent upon acceptance into the program. Health insurance is also provided
to research assistants by the school.
Cost of Study
Tuition for the 2012-2013 academic year is $130 per semester hour for Texas residents
and $500 per semester hour for nonresident and foreign students. Students receiving
an assistantship are charged the resident tuition. (Student Business Services for additional information).
Cost of Living
The cost of living in Lubbock is moderate. There are a number of apartments near the
campus with moderate rent.
The enrollment in the graduate programs of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences
Center in 2012 was approximately 110. The Pharmacology and Neuroscience graduate program
currently has 12 students.
Lubbock, the home of Texas Tech University, is a city of approximately 225,000, situated
on the South Plains of West Texas at an altitude of 3,250 feet. A clean, tidy city,
Lubbock has a diverse economy that includes agriculture, manufacturing, and education.
The climate is dry, with abundant sunshine and short winters.
The Texas Tech University campus, a contiguous tract of 1839 acres, lies at the western
edge of the business section of the city. More than 28,000 students are enrolled in
its Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Agricultural Sciences, Business Administration,
Education, Engineering, and Home Economics, Schools of Law, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy
and Allied Health, and Graduate School. Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
is a regional center for the west Texas area. The Health Sciences Centers at Lubbock,
Amarillo, El Paso, and Odessa serve an area of 126,000 square miles in 106 counties
with a total population of 25 million.
The Department of Pharmacology and Neuroscience considers applications from all interested
students who have or expect to receive a bachelor's degree in a scientific discipline.
Application may be made at any time during the year. Acceptance is based on undergraduate
achievement (GPA, GRE score) and, when possible, a personal interview. Applicants
are required to pay a non-refundable processing fee of $45.00. Applications not accompanied
by an International Money Order in the amount of $45 (U.S.) or, in the case of applicants
living in the United States, a Postal Money Order payable to Texas Tech University
will not be considered. To apply for admission online, please visit the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences web page.