Curricula by discipline

Medicinal Chemistry, including Bioorganic Chemistry and Natural Products Chemistry

Course requirements for two possible tracks within medicinal chemistry, bioorganic chemistry or molecular biology/biochemistry, are detailed below. Students will need to consult with their major advisor to discuss tracking and choice of electives.

Required courses for all medchem/natural products graduate students

  • PHAR 601 3 research rotations each fall, winter, spring 3 – 5 credits (year 1)
  • PHAR 507 Seminar, every academic term, every year 1 credit
  • PHAR 735 Foundations of Drug Action 3 credits (fall)
  • PHAR 669 Introduction to Grant Proposal Writing 1 credit (fall)
  • MCB 557 Scientific Skills and Ethics 3 credits (spring) OR GRAD 520 Responsible Conduct of Research 1 credit BB 590, 591 Biochemistry (fall, winter) 6 credits
  • CH 535 Structure Determination by Spectroscopic Methods 3 credits (fall)
  • PHAR 537 Bioorganic Chemistry (Biosynthesis) (spring) 3 credits

Pharmacology, Ph.D. Requirements

  • Required Curriculum for Pharmacology Students
  • Minimum 3 research rotations (PHAR 601) of 3 – 5 credits each fall, winter, spring, year 1
  • Seminar (Phar 507, 1 credit) every academic term, every year
  • Biochemistry I, II and III (BB 590, 591, 592, 3 credits each), fall, winter and spring terms respectively, in year 1.
  • Foundations of Drug Action I and II: (PHAR 735, 527/737, 3 credits each, fall and winter terms, respectively) in year 1
  • A scientific ethics course, e.g. Scientific Skills and Ethics (MCB 557, 3 credits), spring term; or Responsible Conduct of Research (GRAD 520, 1 credit), offered most terms
  • Introduction to Grant Proposal Writing (PHAR 669, 1 credit), fall term

Pharmaceutics Ph.D. Requirements

Students must be proficient in using computers. Insufficient computer skills may be remedied with undergraduate coursework, e.g., CS101. Students whose undergraduate degree is not in the pharmaceutical sciences or pharmacy must take Phar 733 and/or 734 to increase their background knowledge. Students are also expected to have or obtain a math background equivalent to the courses listed below.

The required curriculum for Pharmaceutics student is:

  • Minimum 3 research rotations (PHAR 601) of 3 – 5 credits each fall, winter, spring in year 1
  • Foundations of Drug Action I: (PHAR 735, 3 credits)
  • Seminar (PHAR 507, 1 credit) every term every year
  • A scientific ethics course, e.g. Scientific Skills and Ethics (MCB 557, 3 credits), spring term; or Responsible Conduct of Research (GRAD 520, 1 credit), offered most terms
  • Introduction to Grant Proposal Writing (PHAR 669, 1 credit), fall term