Computational and Medicinal Chemistry Curriculum Overview

Students graduating with an M.S. in computational and medicinal chemistry for drug discovery are expected to use their knowledge of the life sciences, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, and critical thinking skills to design, develop and analyze compounds in order to solve complex clinical problems which includes targeting specific proteins for drug discovery.

By the end of this program, students will be able to:

  • Design, formulate and refine compounds and test them using computational and experimental techniques
  • Formulate questions, design experiments, and conduct these experiments to develop, design and test compounds for drug discovery applications
  • Use problem-solving skills to develop and test compounds as well as study protein structure and property interactions and ligand and receptor interactions
  • Utilize complex experimental software and equipment in the lab for designing, developing, or testing compounds, ligand and receptor interactions and modification of ligands to better fit receptors
  • Lead an experimental or research team
  • Understand current issues in the field and be aware of any ethical or moral implications of these issues
  • Prepare professional written reports and deliver effective oral presentations regarding drug discovery and development topics, research, and experiments
  • Contribute to scientific knowledge within the field of drug discovery through industry, research, government, or academia

Below are some of the typical courses available in this program.

Core Courses Include:

  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Computational Chemistry
  • Biochemistry II - Bio-Molecular Structure and Function
  • Special Topics in Bioorganic Chemistry
  • Advanced Organic Chemistry

Electives Include:

  • Biochemistry Laboratory Techniques
  • Synthetic Organic Chemistry
  • Bio-Physical Chemistry
  • Advanced Inorganic and Bioinorganic
  • Chemistry of Natural Products
  • Modern Mass Spectroscopy
  • Spectra and Structure Determination
  • Advanced Analysis Laboratory
  • Separation Methods in Analytical and Organic Chemistry

If you have existing graduate credits or experience in this area of study, contact [email protected] to discuss opportunities to include it in the curriculum.