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Medicinal Chemistry BS/MS - Program Requirements

(HEGIS: 19.10 PHARMACEUTICAL CHEMISTRY, CIP: 40.0599 Chemistry, Other)

Department of Chemistry

363 Natural Sciences Building
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-3000

Javid Rzayev

Troy Wood
Director of Undergraduate Studies, Associate Professor, Undergraduate Advisor

Katie Stanton
Undergraduate Secretary

Associated Programs

Associated Subjects

Completing the Medicinal Chemistry BS/MS Program

Transfer Credit Policy

Prerequisite courses taken by students at other institutions are generally accepted as equivalent to University at Buffalo courses that have comparable titles (e.g., general chemistry, organic chemistry, calculus).

Prerequisite Courses

Students can be admitted at any time. It is recommended that students complete the following courses before applying:
CHE 101/CHE 113-CHE 102/CHE 114 or CHE 105-CHE 106 Chemistry: Principles and Applications (recommended) or CHE 107-CHE 108 General Chemistry for Engineers
MTH 141 College Calculus I
MTH 142 College Calculus II
BIO 201 Cell Biology
BIO 211 Cell Biology Lab

Required Courses

BIO 201 Cell Biology
BIO 211 Cell Biology Lab
CHE 101LR General Chemistry 1 and CHE 113LAB General Chemistry laboratory 1 or CHE 105 Chemistry: Principles and Applications
CHE 102LR General Chemistry 2 and CHE 114LAB General Chemistry laboratory 2 or CHE 106 Chemistry: Principles and Applications
CHE 203/CHE 205 Organic Chemistry or CHE 251 Contemporary Organic Chemistry
CHE 204/CHE 206 Organic Chemistry or CHE 252 Contemporary Organic Chemistry
CHE 301 Intermediate Organic Chemistry Laboratory
CHE 312 The Chemistry of Biological Systems or BCH 403 Principles of Biochemistry
CHE 314 Introduction to Analytical Chemistry
CHE 315 Introduction to Analytical Chemistry Laboratory
CHE 319 Physical Chemistry I
CHE 320 Physical Chemistry II
CHE 321 Inorganic Chemistry I
CHE 455 Synthetic Organic Chemistry
MCH 498 Undergraduate Research Participation in Medicinal Chemistry* (6 credit hours)
CHE 501 Organic Chemistry for Graduate Students
MCH 501 Medicinal Chemistry
MCH 615-MCH 616 Graduate Research (12 credit hours)
MCH 700 Thesis Guidance
MTH 141 College Calculus I
MTH 142 College Calculus II
PHY 107 General Physics I
PHY 108 General Physics II
PHY 158 General Physics II Lab

Chemistry lab elective chosen from the following list:

Elective undergraduate science course (3 credit hours)-see advisor for details.

4 elective graduate chemistry/medicinal chemistry graduate lecture courses (12 credit hours):

  • One elective chosen from:
  • Two elective courses chosen from:
    • CHE 502 (Synthetic Organic Chemistry) or MCH 517 (Heterocyclic Chemistry)
    • MCH 502 (Medicinal Chemistry 2)
    • MCH 524 (Mechanisms of Drug Action)
    • MCH 525 (Molecular Modeling)
    • MCH 527 (Combinatorial Chemistry)
    • PHC 531 (Intro to Pharmacokinetics and Biopharmaceutics 1) or PHC 630 (Drug Metabolism and Disposition)
  • One graduate CHE/MCH lecture course

*MCH 498 is recommended, not required.

Total Credit Hours Required

Total credit hours required for the Medicinal Chemistry BS/MS degrees
Credits Required for Major (Undergraduate)69
Credits Required for Major (Graduate)30
Additional Credits Required for UB CurriculumĀ  29
Additional Credits Required for Electives3
Total Credits Required for Degree131

Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Refer to the Graduate School's Policies and Procedures Manual for requirements for master's degree candidates.

Total Credit Hours Required represents the minimum credits needed to complete this program, and may vary based on a number of circumstances. This chart should not be used for financial aid purposes.

Published: Jan 25, 2023 07:59:25