Online Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry – Medicinal Chemistry
The online Bachelor of Science in biochemistry with a concentration in medicinal chemistry degree teaches you about the chemical reactions of living organisms. You'll explore how medicine influences human health at the molecular and atomic levels. The program provides an in-depth understanding of chemical and drug synthesis. You’ll be prepared for health-related graduate studies and diverse careers in medicine, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology.
Next start date: 06/29/2022
Total classes: 33
Weeks per class: 7.5
Total credit hours: 120
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What is medicinal chemistry?
Medicinal chemistry is a field focused on the research and development of drugs and pharmaceuticals. It takes an interdisciplinary approach to natural science, combining biology, chemistry and pharmacology. Medicinal chemists investigate chemical compounds to discover new drugs, refine current medicines and develop more effective manufacturing processes at scale.
The Bachelor of Science in biochemistry with a concentration in medicinal chemistry degree can ignite your passion for treating diseases. You’ll explore the fundamentals of biological systems from the molecular perspective. You'll discover how these systems play a role in the context of health science from the initial diagnosis to bioengineering treatment.
As a medicinal chemistry student, you’ll learn about the chemical reactions of living organisms in the context of medicine. Through hands-on experimentation, you’ll apply the principles of biochemistry to the design of medicines. You’ll build critical thinking and problem-solving skills to position you for success in health-related graduate schools and careers in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry.
What do medicinal chemistry concentration students study?
You’ll take courses in biology, chemistry, organic chemistry, physics and medicinal chemistry. These courses will provide a foundation in biomolecules and the mechanisms of cellular function. With a concentration in medicinal chemistry, you’ll also learn how to apply chemical and biochemical thinking to the design and function of medicines.
Does my medicinal chemistry degree say 'online'?
No, Arizona State University’s diplomas don’t specify whether you earn your degree online or in person. All diplomas and transcripts simply say “Arizona State University.” That’s because ASU Online students learn from the same faculty and receive the same course content as in-person students receive.
Please note your diploma will state the degree you earn: Bachelor of Science in biochemistry. Your concentration in medicinal chemistry will not appear on your diploma, but it will be noted on your transcripts.
What do you learn in a medicinal chemistry degree concentration?
You’ll take a range of courses and labs in the medicinal chemistry program. These include biology, chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, medicinal chemistry and more. The medicinal chemistry coursework will give you a wide range of skills, including technical lab competencies, communication, reasoning, problem-solving, scientific writing and more.
CHM 433: Advanced Organic Chemistry I
CHM 435: Medicinal Chemistry
BCH 341: Physical Chemistry with a Biological Focus
BCH 461: General Biochemistry
BCH 462: General Biochemistry
BCH 463: Biophysical Chemistry
BCH 467: Analytical Biochemistry Laboratory (L)
CHM 113: General Chemistry I (SQ)
Medicinal chemistry jobs
As a graduate of the medicinal chemistry degree concentration program, you’ll be positioned as a competitive applicant to many academic and professional health graduate programs. Further study will prepare you for careers in medicine, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology. You’ll also have the expertise to pursue a range of careers in science and health. Browse your potential career titles below.
How to get into a medicinal chemistry degree concentration
You are considered a first-year student for application purposes if you have not attended college at all, or have fewer than 12 transferable credit hours (with a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA).
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