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Analytical Chemistry Graduate Certificate

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Learn the fundamentals of separation techniques, spectroscopic methods, physical characterization of materials, and analytical method development procedures.

Analytical chemistry is a field of science that focuses on obtaining qualitative and quantitative information about the composition and structure of material. The analytical chemistry graduate certificate program provides students with a solid foundation in analytical chemistry. Students will learn fundamentals of separation techniques, spectroscopic methods, physical characterization of materials, and analytical method development procedures.

The courses in this certificate are taught by experts in the pharmaceutical/biotechnology industry with decades of real-world experience in major pharmaceutical companies. The instructors that participate in the program include, Dr. Gary Martin, a distinguished fellow at the Merck Research Laboratories with expertise in NMR spectroscopy and medicinal chemistry, and Dr. Sheo Singh, with over 30 years of drug discovery and development experience (24 years at Merck).

Courses of this certificate program will count toward students’ master’s degree in chemistry or chemical biology either as core or elective courses.

Who should consider this program?

The certificate program is designed for students who would like to acquire and/or improve specific professional and technology skillsets that are valued by the following healthcare sectors:

  • Biotechnology

  • Pharmaceutical Consumer Products

  • Diagnostics Labs

  • Environmental Labs

  • Forensic labs Regulatory - Food, Drug, Environment

  • Research Labs in Universities and institutes

Educational Objectives

  • Design and develop analytical methods, and analyze chemical samples from pharmaceutical and other industries, research institutions, or academic and contract laboratories.

  • Conduct qualitative characterization and quantitative determination of targeted and non-targeted small molecules, proteins, protein targets, inorganic chemicals, and biomaterials.

  • Develop and improve chemical protocols used for analysis of healthcare and pharmaceutical products.

Educational Outcomes

  • Combine basic knowledge of life sciences, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, and critical thinking skills to design, and develop protocols to analyze chemical samples. Design, develop and validate analytical procedures.

  • Collect and analyze samples using modern experimental techniques such as mass spectrometry, gas chromatography, liquid chromatography, etc.

  • Formulate questions; plan, conceive and execute experiments to develop, design and test compounds for various applications.

  • Apply effective problem-solving skills to develop and test samples.

  • Use complex experimental software and equipment in the lab for designing, developing, or testing compounds. Participate as a capable leader or a functional member of an experimental or research team.

  • Understand and address current issues in the field and be aware of any ethical or moral implications of these issues.

  • Understand the basics of GLP (Good Laboratory Practice), SOP (Standard Operating Procedures), and cGMP (Current Good Manufacturing Practices) procedures, Analytical Method Validation and achieve compliance with WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems) regulations.

  • Write and prepare professional written reports, deliver effective oral presentations and publish scientific journal articles regarding analytical, research, and experimentation.