Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry Major

This major is a program that focuses on the application of chemistry to the study of biologically and clinically active substances, biological and pharmacological interactions, and the development of associated research methods, techniques, and clinical trial procedures.

Includes instruction in organic chemistry, biochemistry, molecular graphics, rational drug design, toxicology, molecular biology, pharmacology, enzyme mechanisms, receptor theory, neurochemistry, drug metabolism, drug synthesis, biological mechanisms of drug action, research tools and techniques, and laboratory safety.

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What can you do with a major/degree in Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry Major?

If you work in this field of Pharmacy, you won’t be limited to a career in a laboratory environment.  Aside from a scientist, your job options may include (but are not exclusive to) careers in regulatory affairs, sales and marketing, patent attorney, medical science liaison, and medicine advisor.


Trade Associations and Professional Organizations in Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry Major

Professional associations are groups of professionals dedicated to topics in specific fields. Professional associations provide a wealth of online resources, some of which are geared specifically towards students. These organizations typically also host conferences and events, providing great opportunities for learning and networking across your field of interest.



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