College of Pharmacy
Chair: M. O. James.
Graduate Coordinator: H. Luesch
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The College of Pharmacy offers the Doctor of Philosophy degree in pharmaceutical sciences with a concentration in medicinal chemistry. Medicinal chemistry is a unique blend of the physical and biological sciences. The scope of the field is sufficiently broad to give students with many different science backgrounds a rewarding and challenging program of study. Areas of active research include organic synthesis of medicinal agents, metal chelate design, prodrugs and topical drug delivery, drug metabolism, molecular toxicology, molecular biology, combinatorial chemistry, neurochemistry, analytical chemistry, molecular modeling, natural products, and drug discovery.
The applicant should have an undergraduate degree in pharmacy, chemistry, biology, or premedical sciences. A background in calculus and physical and organic chemistry is required. In addition to graduate medicinal chemistry courses in the College of Pharmacy, graduate courses in chemistry and biochemistry are required for the program.
The College also offers the Master of Science in Pharmacy degree in pharmaceutical sciences (nonthesis option) with concentrations in both forensic drug chemistry and forensic serology and DNA in a distance learning format. Minimum requirements for the M.S.P. and Ph.D. degrees are described in the General Information section of this catalog.
The Department participates in the interdisciplinary concentration in toxicology. For more information, see the Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies section of this catalog.