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Pharmaceutical Chemistry Major - Curriculum & Duration

Pharmaceutical chemistry students at University of the Sciences receive a comprehensive education in an uncommon undergraduate program, one that will introduce you to all aspects of drug development, from initial design of a new drug to delivery of the drug to the patient.

The following is a typical curriculum for pharmaceutical chemistry students entering USciences in Fall 2020; other students should refer to their advisor for their curricula.

First Year

Introductory Biology I
Introductory Biology Lab I
Principles of Chemistry I, II
Principles of Chemistry Lab I, II
Orientation for the Chemical Sciences
Precalculus, Calculus I
Writing and Rhetoric I, II
Physical Education I, II
General Education Humanities or Social Science Requirement

Second Year

Principles of Organic Chemistry I, II
Principles of Organic Chemistry Lab I, II
Literature of Chemistry
Basic Inorganic Chemistry
Calculus II, III
Physics I, II
Multidisciplinary Inquiry Requirement

Third Year

Discussions in Chemistry
Physical Chemistry I, II
Molecular Structure in Biochemistry
Principles of Analytical Chemistry
Analytical and Physical Methods Lab I, II
Intermediary Metabolic Biochemistry
Instrumental Analysis
Public Speaking
Multidisciplinary Inquiry Requirement
General Education Humanities or Social Science Requirement

Fourth Year

Seminar in Chemistry I, II
Physical Chemistry Lab I
Medicinal Chemistry
Pharmaceutical Analytical Chemistry
Pharmaceutical Analytical Chemistry Lab
Pharmaceutical Chemistry Program Electives
Free Elective
General Education Humanities or Social Science Requirements

Learning Outcomes

Each program at USciences has developed student learning goals. Graduates of the pharmaceutical chemistry program will achieve these learning outcomes.


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