Combined BS/MS in Medicinal Chemistry

Prof. Timothy Cook and student in the lab.

The five-year combined BS/MS in Medicinal Chemistry is an intensive program designed to train laboratory scientists for the pharmaceutical industry. Prospective students should have above-average academic standing, demonstrate an interest in synthetic organic chemistry and be available to work full time in the lab on their Master’s Thesis project during the summer following the fourth year of study.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all requirements, students will:

  • Demonstrate knowledge in the basic sub-divisions of the science (organic, inorganic, analytical, physical and biological chemistry)
  • Use modern instrumentation and classical laboratory techniques
  • Design and conduct scientific experiments for the purpose of solving a scientific problem and to record and analyze the results
  • Understand the proper procedures for safe use of chemicals and can follow the proper procedures for chemical waste disposal
  • Use modern library searching and retrieval methods to obtain information about a topic, chemical, chemical technique, or an issue relating to chemistry
  • Identify and solve chemical problems and explore new areas of research
  • Understand the chemical basis for the rational design, synthesis, and mechanism of action of drugs, and selective metabolic inhibition
  • Find employment in industry or government or be accepted at graduate or professional schools (pharmacy, medicine, etc.)