Pharmaceutical Sciences: Medicinal Chemistry Option (Non-Thesis) — MS

Pharmaceutical Sciences Non-Thesis Masters Degree Program — Medicinal Chemistry Option

A. Program Administration

Admission to the program will be accompanied by assignment to a specific Medicinal Chemistry faculty member, who will serve as the research mentor for the student. Thus, admission to the program will be offered only upon approval of that faculty member. Upon acceptance of admission, the student will work with the faculty member to formulate an advisory committee. This advisory committee will consist of no fewer than three members and a majority of members must come from the Medicinal Chemistry option. This committee will assist the faculty mentor in the selection of coursework and in oversight of the student’s research activity. In particular, the committee will assist the faculty member in evaluating the student’s performance in the non-thesis research course (DRDD 7980). Because of the demands of this program, students will not be permitted to engage in outside employment while enrolled in the program.

B. Program Curriculum

1.  Curricular Overview

The required courses of this curriculum are aligned with the three core competencies of the graduate program: Scientific Communications, Data Analyses and Interpretation, and Experimental Design. The Scientific Communications requirement (3 credits) is to be fulfilled by DRDD 7950 (1 credit per semester). The Data Analyses and Interpretation requirement (3 credits) is to be fulfilled by DRDD 7230 (3 credits). The Experimental Design requirement (3 credits) is to be fulfilled by DRDD 7980 (1–3 credits per semester).

Additional required courses for this option are listed below. DRDD 7950 (1 credit per semester) is required for each Fall and Spring semester enrolled in the program. Four credits of DRDD 7980 (1–3 credits per semester) are required for graduation; furthermore, DRDD 7980 is required for each semester enrolled in the program.

CodeTitleHours
DRDD 7090Pharmaceutical Science I: Targets4
DRDD 7100Pharmaceutical Science II: ADME4
DRDD 7230Advanced Medicinal Chemistry I3
DRDD 7260Separation Science4
DRDD 7950Seminar (May be repeated multiple times for credit.)1
DRDD 7980Non-Thesis Research (Total of 4 CR required)1–6

In addition to the specific core and option course requirements listed above, students must complete committee approved graduate electives (6000–8999) to reach the 30 hour degree requirement.