Medicinal Chemistry, MS

This Master of Science program integrates aspects of contemporary medicinal chemistry and pharmacology, emphasizing topics most relevant to therapeutics design, discovery, and action. The core curriculum is an interdisciplinary combination of synthetic organic chemistry, bioorganic chemistry, analytical chemistry, and pharmaceutical sciences courses. In-depth electives are available in these areas. The program offers students the opportunity to develop knowledge of medicinal chemistry that can be applied to a practice-oriented career in the pharmaceutical industry.

Undergraduate prerequisites are general chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, or cell/molecular biology.

Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.

Core Requirements

A grade of C– or higher is required in each course.

Required Core
PHSC 5100Concepts in Pharmaceutical Science2
PHSC 5102Concepts in Pharmaceutical Science 22
PHSC 6212Research Skills and Ethics1
or BIOL 6381 Ethics in Biological Research
CHEM 5612Principles of Mass Spectrometry3
CHEM 5626Organic Synthesis 13
CHEM 5628Principles of Spectroscopy of Organic Compounds3
CHEM 5672Organic Synthesis 23
CHEM 5676Bioorganic Chemistry3
PHSC 5400Principles of Drug Design3
PHSC 6222The Chemistry and Biology of Drugs of Abuse2
PHSC 6224Behavioral Pharmacology and Drug Discovery2


Complete 6–7 semester hours in the following subject areas:6-7

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

33 total semester hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required