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Department of Chemistry

MEDICINAL CHEMISTRY AND PHARMACOLOGY

 

The Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacology Emphasis Program is designed for students interested in applying for Pharmacy School, Medical School, Dental School, or continuing on to Graduate School in focus areas such as Medicinal Chemistry, Biochemistry, Cancer Research, Toxicology, and Pharmacology. Thus, the entry requirements for several medical schools, dental schools, pharmacy schools, and graduate programs, nation-wide, have served as the basis for the development of the program. This has resulted in a multi-disciplinary degree plan that incorporates key elements of the chemical, physical, and biological sciences. The primary focus of this program is to apply chemistry to the study of biologically and clinically active substances. Course study will focus on biological and pharmacological interactions of drugs and natural substances, rational drug design, the biochemistry of enzymes and receptors, molecular toxicology and the biological mechanisms of drug action, molecular graphics and rational drug design, quantitative structure-activity relationships, organic chemistry, molecular biology, and analytical chemistry techniques used in natural product isolation and drug development.


Students majoring in this emphasis area will receive a B.S. or B.A. degree in Chemistry with a minor in Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmcology – Natural Science Track. This degree plan provides a broad education in both the biological and chemical sciences, requiring 39 credits of biology coursework and 64 credits of chemistry coursework. The Natural Science Track minor option may be taken by majors in scientific disciplines other than Chemistry providing they complete the general chemistry series, CH221-223. The Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacology Minor – Health and Community Track will provide a scientific foundation in biological chemistry for students majoring in the Health Sciences, Gerontology, Psychology, or other health-related fields. Emphasis-specific courses will also provide elective course offerings that will be of high interest and relevance to Nursing majors.

 


CHEMISTRY MAJOR – MEDICINAL CHEMISTRY AND PHARMACOLOGY OPTION (75 Credits):

 

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours Frequency
CH221,222,223 General Chemistry Series 15 (5-5-5) twice annually (fall-winter-spring or winter-spring-fall)
CH312 Quantitative Analysis 4 annually (winter term)
CH313 Instrumental Analysis 4 annually (spring term)
CH334,335, 336 Organic Chemistry Lecture Series 9 (3-3-3) annually (fall-winter-spring)
CH337 & CH338 Organic Chemistry Lab 3 (1-2) annually (winter-spring)
CH340 Elementary Physical Chemistry 4 alt years*
CH350W Chemical Literature 1 annually (winter term)
CH407W Chemistry Seminar 1 annually (spring term)
CH450 & CH451 Biochemistry Series 6 (3-3) annually (fall-winter terms)
CH461-462 W Experimental Chemistry 4 (2-2) alt years (even fall-winter)*
PH201,202,203 or PH211,212,213

General Physics (Algebra-Based) or

General Physics (Calculus-Based)

12 (4-4-4) annually (fall-winter-spring)
BI334 & BI335 Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology 8 (4-4) annually (fall-winter)
BI336 Human Histology and Physiology 4 annually (spring)

*even and odd designations refer to the fall term calendar year (example: Fall 2013-Winter 2014-Spring 2014 is an odd calendar year)

 

Both the B.A. and B.S. degrees require the completion of MTH 251Calculus I, MTH252 Calculus II, and either CS 121 Computer Applications or 161 Computer Science I. The six hours of writing intensive course work should come from CH 350W, CH 407W, CH 461W and CH 462W. The sequence BI 211, 212, 213 Principles of Biology is to be completed as the LACC science requirement. Pre-professional students should take EC 201 Introduction to Microeconomics or EC202 Introduction to Macroeconomics as part of their LACC requirements. Students selecting this major must complete the Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacology Minor (Natural Science Track) and maintain a C average in their major and minor coursework. The B.A. degreee also requires the completion of the third term of the second year of a modern language course.

 

 

 

MEDICINAL CHEMISTRY AND PHARMACOLOGY MINOR: Natural Science Track - 29 Credits

 

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours Frequency
CH322 Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacology 3 alt years (odd winter terms)*
CH345 Introduction to Toxicology 3 alt years (even spring terms)*
CH347 Biochemistry of Complementary and Alternative Medicines (CAM) 3 alt years (odd spring terms)*
CH452 Biochemistry Lab 3 alt years (odd spring terms)*
MTH243 Introduction to Probability and Statistics 4 quarterly
BI314 Introductory Genetics 4 annually (fall term)
BI315 Cell Biology 4 annually (winter term)
BI331 General Microbiology 4 annually (spring term)

*even and odd designations refer to the fall term calendar year (example: Fall 2013-Winter 2014-Spring 2014 is an odd calendar year)


This minor must be completed by students pursuing the Chemistry Major - Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacology Option. This minor may also be taken by majors in scientific disciplines other than Chemistry providing they complete CH221-223. Biology majors selecting this minor option should select Math option C in their major course requirements and substitute CH334-338 and CH313 for BI314, BI315, BI331, and MTH243 in the minor option. Pre-professional Biology Majors should complete PH201-203 or PH211-213 as their LACC science requirements.

 

 

 

MEDICINAL CHEMISTRY AND PHARMACOLOGY MINOR: Health and Community Track – 26 credits

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours Frequency
CH104,105,106 Introductory Chemistry 12 (4-4-4) twice annually (fall-winter-spring or winter-spring-fall), also typically offered during summer term.
HE325 Nutrition 4 annually
CH322 Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacology 3 alt years (odd winter terms)*
CH345 Introduction to Toxicology 3 alt years (even spring terms)*
CH347 Biochemistry of Complementary and Alternative Medicines (CAM) 3 alt years (odd spring terms)*

*even and odd designations refer to the fall term calendar year (example: Fall 2013-Winter 2014-Spring 2014 is an odd calendar year)


Contact

Department of Chemistry (503) 838-8207 | or e-mail: courtna@wou.edu

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