Pharmacology and Urban Sustainability (Ph.D. Dual-Title)
Students admitted to the Ph.D. program in Pharmacology can apply to earn a Ph.D. in Pharmacology with a dual-title in Urban Sustainability. This dual-title degree is designed to prepare researchers and professionals to solve challenging urban problems that require working across disciplines. Students enrolled in the dual-title program take courses that help develop knowledge and skills relating to urban sustainability. Students in the program also undertake activities such as community service, participate in colloquiums, and prepare a funding proposal related to urban sustainability. The dual-title coursework follows competencies outlined by the Transformative Research in Urban Sustainability training program.
Students in the dual-title program will obtain sufficient grounding in both pharmacology and urban sustainability through the coursework. The urban sustainability core consists of five courses, which are distributed across several departments. The pharmacology core includes: PHC 7410 Principles of Toxicology, at least ten credits of IBS courses, and pharmacology mini-courses and seminars. Students will also take at least two courses from a list of elective courses distributed across several departments. Both elective courses must be from a department other than the Department of Pharmacology.
Core Courses for Urban Sustainability
|Required for Urban Sustainability|
|GS 0900||Essential Research Practices: Responsible Conduct of Research||0|
|BIO 7310||Sustainability of Urban Environmental Systems||2|
|Select three of the following courses:||9|
|Special Topics in Civil Engineering II (Environmental Systems, Economics, and Society)|
|Health and Risk Communication|
|Advanced Survey of Approaches and Techniques of Social Research|
Core Courses for Pharmacology
|Required for Pharmacology|
|PHC 7410/BIO 7011||Principles of Toxicology||3|
|IBS 7015||Interdisciplinary Cell and Molecular Biology||6|
|PHC 7010||Pharmacology Lecture||4|
|IBS Systems of Biology (multiple options)||2|
|PHC 7650||Advanced Topics in Pharmacology (minimum 4 credits total)||4|
|PHC 7700||Recent Developments in Pharmacology (Journal Club; 7 credits total)||7|
|PHC 7710||Individual Studies in Pharmacology (Rotations)||2|
|PHC 7890||Seminar (6 credits total)||6|
|PHC 9991||Doctoral Candidate Status I: Dissertation Research and Direction||7.5|
|PHC 9992||Doctoral Candidate Status II: Dissertation Research and Direction||7.5|
|PHC 9993||Doctoral Candidate Status III: Dissertation Research and Direction||7.5|
|PHC 9994||Doctoral Candidate Status IV: Dissertation Research and Direction||7.5|
|ANT 5565||Urban Archaeology||3|
|ANT 6570||Archaeological Laboratory Analysis||3|
|BIO 5180||Field Investigations in Biological Sciences||0-12|
|BIO 6420||Ecotoxicology and Risk Assessment||3|
|BIO 7540||Landscape Ecology||3|
|CE 6270||Sustainability Assessment and Management||3|
|CE 7280||Applied Environmental Microbiology||3|
|CE 7995||Special Topics in Civil Engineering II 1||1-3|
|COM 6140||Public Relations Theory||3|
|COM 6250||Organizational Communication||3|
|COM 7160||Crisis Communication||3|
|COM 7520||Theories of Media Effects||3|
|ECO 5230||Environmental Economics||4|
|ECO 6200||Advanced Regulation and Regulated Industries||4|
|ECO 6520||Advanced State and Local Public Finance||4|
|ECO 6800||Advanced Urban and Regional Economics||4|
|ESG 5000||Geological Site Assessment||4|
|ESG 5360||Hydrology of Natural and Urban Environments||4|
|ESG 5510||Environmental Fate and Transport of Pollutants||4|
|ESG 5610||Special Topics in Environmental Science and Geology||1|
|FPH 7420||Principles of Environmental Health||3|
|LEX 7231||Environmental Law||2-3|
|PSC/CE 6910||Pharmaceutical Waste: Environmental Impact and Management||2-3|
|SOC 6750||Sociology of Urban Health||3|
|SOC 7350||Urban Poverty and Racial Segregation||3|
|SOC 8802||Topics in Urban Sociology||3|
|SOC 8805||Sociology of Urban and Labor Studies||3|
|UP 5110||Urban Planning Process||3|
|UP 5430||Cities and Food||3|
|UP 6120||Planning Studies and Methods||4|
|UP 6260||Land Use Policy and Planning||3|
|UP 6700||Geographic Information Systems||4|
In order to satisfy the elective requirement, the topic area must be relevant to the program. Students should consult with their advisor for details.
Required and Elective Activities
The following are the required activities for the dual-title degree:
- Community service: Participate in two events per year or an equivalent commitment to citizen science, stewardship or outreach/ education projects with community group partners.
- Participate in Colloquium: Help develop and attend an annual series of talks given by visiting lecturers across disciplines.
- Prepare a proposal to send to an external funding agency.
In addition, dual-title degree students will be strongly encouraged to undertake the following elective activities:
- Participate in an internship in an applied setting with a partner organization in urban sustainability.
- Produce a video documentary with their doctoral research team about the interdisciplinary sustainability problem their research is addressing, translating scientific content for a wider audience.
- Participate in the WSU Research and Academic Development Seminar Series, which provides graduate training and career development workshops, to help prepare students to complete the required funding proposal and to envision perspectives to consider during documentary and publication preparation.
- Produce a collaborative publication with a doctoral research team under the supervision of the doctoral advisor.
- Develop a capstone seminar course in collaboration with other students, including from other departments, pursuing the Urban Sustainability dual-title degree that they will coteach with the guidance of faculty. The capstone course will tie together and demonstrate the interconnected nature of urban sustainability topics and will be available to fellow dual-title degree students and other graduate and undergraduate students.
- Include undergraduate students in data collection, data analysis, and report-writing, both to foster greater participation in later graduate studies by those students, and also to develop the mentoring skills of the doctoral students.