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Bachelor of Science in Medicinal Chemistry

Bachelor of Science in Medicinal Chemistry at Illinois Tech in Chicago

Medicinal chemistry is a specialized area of chemistry with an emphasis on the study of drug design, drug synthesis, and pharmaceutical and biomedical analysis. The program will provide you with a strong background in traditional chemistry areas as well as a fundamental understanding of chemistry and biological and pharmacological actions of pharmaceuticals and biomedical products. You will learn to apply biological, chemical, and data science to computer-aided design, synthesis, evaluation, and analysis of structurally diverse drugs for the detection, treatment, and cure of human diseases. You will learn various hands-on techniques by taking lab courses customized for industrial needs in addition to standard lecture-based courses. You will be trained for chemical and instrumental analysis, drug design and synthesis, separation and purification of small molecules and biomolecules, pharmaceutical quality control and assurance, and understanding of drug action and safety.

The only program of its kind in Illinois, and one of only a handful in the country, Illinois Tech’s B.S. in medicinal chemistry will provide you with the technical skills to develop a career in biomedical science, bioanalytical science, biotechnology, medicine, or pharmaceutical science.

You will conduct undergraduate research under the direction of chemistry faculty working on cutting-edge medicinal and pharmaceutical chemistry including cancer drug discovery, computational drug design and modeling, and microscopic characterization of biomaterials for regenerative medicine.

Program Requirements

Semester 1 Credits
CHEM 124 General Chemistry I 4
CS 105 or Intro to Computer Programming 2
CS110 Computing Principles  
MATH 151 Calculus I 5
Humanities-200 level course 3
    14
Semester 2  
CHEM 100 Introduction to Profession 2
CHEM 125 General Chemistry II 4
MATH 152 Calculus II 5
PHYS 123 General Physics I 4
Social Sciences Elective 3
    18
Semester 3  
CHEM 237 Organic Chemistry I 4
BIOL 107 or General Biology Lectures 3
BIOL 115 Human Biology  
MATH 251 Multivariate and Vector Calculus 4
PHYS 221 General Physics II 4
Humanities or Social Sciences Elective 3
    18
Semester 4  
CHEM 239 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHEM 240 Organic Chemistry Lab 2
CHEM 247 Analytical Chemistry 3
MATH 252 Introduction to Differential Equation 4
Humanities Elective (300+) 3
    15
Semester 5  
CHEM 321 Instrumental Analysis 4
CHEM 343 Physical Chemistry I 3
IPRO Elective I 3
Free Elective2 3
Social Sciences Elective (300+) 3
    16
Semester 6  
CHEM 344 Physical Chemistry II 4
CHEM 434 Spectroscopic Methods 4
CHEM 485 Chemistry Colloquium 1
CHEM 467 Medicinal Chemistry 3
Humanities Elective (300+) 3
    15
Semester 7  
CHEM 415 Inorganic Chemistry 3
BIOL 401 Introduction to Biochemistry 4
OR    
BIOL 403 Biochemistry 3
CHEM 456 Computational Biochemistry and Drug Design 3
CHEM 463 Analytical Method Development Lab 3
Free Elective2 3
    15/16
Semester 8  
Medicinal Chemistry Elective1 3
Medicinal Chemistry Elective1 3
CHEM 495 Seminar in Special Topics 1
IPRO Elective II 3
Free Elective2 3
Social Sciences Elective (300+) 3
    16
Total Credit Hours 127-128

1Medicinal Chemistry Electives (Select at least 2 courses, 6 Credits):

  • CHEM 455 Advanced Organic Chemistry
  • CHEM 460 Bioanalytical Chemistry
  • CHEM 461 Bioanalytical Chemistry Lab
  • CHEM 472 Environmental Analytical Chemistry Lab
  • CHEM 475 Forensic Chemistry
  • CHEM 476 Forensic Chemistry Lab
  • CHEM 452 Cheminformatics
  • CHEM 513 Statistics for Analytical Chemists
  • CHEM 538 Physical Biochemistry
  • CHEM 416 Inorganic Chemistry Lab (Required for ACS-Accredited BS Degree)

2Free Electives (Suggested, Select 3 courses, 9 credits):

  • BIOL 210 Microbiology
  • BIOL 445 Cell Biology
  • BIOL 514 Toxicology
  • BIOL 527 Immunology and Immunochemistry
  • BIOL 550 Bioinformatics
  • ITMD 521 Client/Server Technologies and Applications
  • ITMD 525 Topics in Data Science and Management
  • ITMD 527 Data Analytics
Medicinal Chemistry Requirements 57
CHEM100, 124, 125, 237, 239, 240, 247, 321, 343, 344, 415, 434, 485 41
CHEM 467 Medicinal Chemistry 3
CHEM 456 Computational Biochemistry and Drug Design 3
CHEM 463 Analytical Method Development Lab 3
CHEM 495 Seminar In Special Topics 1
Medicinal Chemistry Electives 6
Biology Requirements 6-7
BIOL107 or 115, BIOL 401 or 403  
Mathematics Requirements 18
MATH 151, 152, 251, 252  
Physics Requirements 8
PHYS 123, 221  
Computer Science Requirements 2
CS 105 or 110  
Humanities and Social Sciences Requirements 21
Interprofessional Projects (IPRO) 6
Free Electives 9