Online Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry (Medicinal Chemistry)

The online medicinal chemistry degree will teach you about the chemical reactions of living organisms. You'll explore how medicine influences human health at the molecular and atomic levels. The program will provide 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.

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Next start date: 08/20/2020


Total classes: 33

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours: 120

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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 focus on medicinal chemistry 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 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.

Take a look inside the accelerated, in-person lab experience for online medicinal chemistry students.

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What do you learn in a medicinal chemistry degree?

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 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.

Dentist


Growth: 19.4 %
Salary: $151,440

High School Teacher


Growth: 7.5 %
Salary: $59,170

Medical Doctor (MD)


Growth: 14.6 %
Salary: $192,930

Medical Lab Technician


Growth: 14.0 %
Salary:

Medical Scientist


Growth: 13.4 %
Salary: $82,090

Optometrists


Growth: 17.9 %
Salary: $110,300

Pharmacist


Growth: 5.6 %
Salary: $124,170

Physician Assistant (PA)


Growth: 37.3 %
Salary: $104,860

Scientist/Biochemist


Growth: 11.5 %
Salary: $91,190

Gain insight from scholars in biochemistry at the School of Molecular Sciences

The School of Molecular Sciences is a unit of The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Our faculty includes the best in their respective fields. They have an international reputation for interdisciplinary work and scientific publishing that extends beyond the traditional boundaries of chemistry and biochemistry. Our highly regarded awards, publications and rankings include:

  • Academic Innovator of the Year.
  • Air Force Young Investigator awardees.
  • Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship winners.
  • Fulbright American Scholars.
  • Guggenheim Fellows and MacArthur Fellows.
  • Regents’ Professors and President's Professors.
  • Ranked in the Top 10 of journal citations worldwide among biochemistry departments.
  • Several National Science Foundation and Department of Education Career awardees.

Gain insight from scholars in biochemistry at the School of Molecular Sciences

The School of Molecular Sciences is a unit of The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Our faculty includes the best in their respective fields. They have an international reputation for interdisciplinary work and scientific publishing that extends beyond the traditional boundaries of chemistry and biochemistry. Our highly regarded awards, publications and rankings include:

  • Academic Innovator of the Year.
  • Air Force Young Investigator awardees.
  • Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship winners.
  • Fulbright American Scholars.
  • Guggenheim Fellows and MacArthur Fellows.
  • Regents’ Professors and President's Professors.
  • Ranked in the Top 10 of journal citations worldwide among biochemistry departments.
  • Several National Science Foundation and Department of Education Career awardees.

Admission requirements

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You are considered a freshman 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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You can still gain admission to ASU through Earned Admission. Through this pathway, you can demonstrate your ability to succeed at ASU by completing online courses with a 2.75 GPA or higher.

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Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still gain admission to ASU through Earned Admission. Through this pathway, you can demonstrate your ability to succeed at ASU by completing online courses with a 2.75 GPA or higher.

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Discover medicinal chemistry from the largest college at ASU

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences takes a transdisciplinary approach to education with a vast spectrum of degrees in the social sciences, natural sciences and humanities. We inspire students to be socially aware, critical thinkers and global citizens.

25,500+


currently enrolled students.

$140 million


in research expenditures in 2018.

23


interdisciplinary schools and departments.

95+


undergraduate degrees.

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