M.S. in Medicinal Chemistry
The M.S. degree in Medicinal Chemistry is a separate degree program from that of the M.A. degree program in Chemistry. The Department of Chemistry also offers a combined BS/MS Program in Medicinal Chemistry.
M.S. in Medicinal Chemistry: Prerequisites and admission procedures for the M.S. in Medicinal Chemistry are identical to those required for admission to the M.A. Program in Chemistry. Although a B.S. degree in chemistry is an optimal prerequisite, students with bachelor degrees in pharmacy, pharmaceutical or biological sciences may qualify if their background in the chemical sciences is of sufficient scope and depth.
There are no entrance examination requirements for students entering the Medicinal Chemistry program. A minimum of 30 semester credit hours are required for the degree. A total of six courses (18 credit hours) are required. From these, three courses must be specific core courses and the remaining three must be chosen from a specified list of electives. The remaining 12 credit hours are devoted to creative research. This research may incorporate collaborative aspects with other different research groups in a multidisciplinary approach to drug discovery/development. At the conclusion of the work, a thesis must be written and orally defended before the student’s research committee of at least two members of the faculty.
Combined BS/MS Program in Medicinal Chemistry: There has been explosive growth in the need for students with a multidisciplinary background. This is never more apparent than in Medicinal Chemistry. Given this, we have developed a 5 year combined BS/MS degree program in Medicinal Chemistry where students take courses and laboratories in biochemistry, chemistry, medicine, and pharmacology plus perform undergraduate research. This is an exciting, streamlined program that provides students with a rigorous education in a wide range of disciplines.
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