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 med chem / natural products graduate students:

  • PHAR 601 Research rotations (3) in fall, winter and spring, 3 – 5 credits (year 1)
  • PHAR 507 Seminar, every academic term, 1 credit (every term)
  • PHAR 735 / 525 Foundations of Drug Action, 3 credits (fall)
  • PHAR 669 Introduction to Grant Proposal Writing, 2 credits (fall)
  • MCB 557 Scientific Skills and Ethics, 3 credits (spring), OR GRAD 520 Responsible Conduct of Research 2 credits
  • BB 590, 591 Biochemistry, 6 credits, (fall, winter)
  • CH 535 Structure Determination by Spectroscopic Methods 3 credits (fall)
  • PHAR 537 Bioorganic Chemistry (Biosynthesis), 3 credits (winter)

Pharmacology, Ph.D. Requirements

Required curriculum for pharmacology students:

  • Minimum 3 research rotations (PHAR 601) of 3 – 5 credits each fall, winter, spring terms, 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 735/525, 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, 2 credits), offered most terms
  • Introduction to Grant Proposal Writing (PHAR 669, 2 credits), fall term

Pharmaceutics Ph.D. Requirements

Students must be proficient in using computers. Insufficient computer skills may be remedied with undergraduate coursework, e.g., CS 101. 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 mathematics background equivalent to the courses listed below.

The required curriculum for pharmaceutics students is:

  • Minimum 3 research rotations (PHAR 601) of 3 – 5 credits each fall, winter, spring in year 1
  • Foundations of Drug Action I: (PHAR 735/525, 3 credits)
  • Seminar (PHAR 507, 1 credit) every academic 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, 2 credits), offered most terms
  • Introduction to Grant Proposal Writing (PHAR 669, 2 credits), fall term