Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog
2016-17

Medicinal Chemistry - Degrees & Policies

Degrees Offered

Undergraduate: BS, Minor
Combined: BS/MS
Graduate: MS, PhD

Advisement

Students may be referred to Dr. Jerome Keister, the director of undergraduate studies, for advisement regarding the prerequisite courses and any other aspect of the program and discipline. Students are advised to meet with him at least once every semester to discuss career goals and curriculum. Academic progress is evaluated at the end of each semester. Students should apply for admission to the department as early as possible in their academic career.

Transfer Policy

Prerequisite courses taken by students at other institutions are generally accepted as equivalent to University at Buffalo courses that have comparable titles (e.g., general chemistry, organic chemistry, calculus).

Medicinal Chemistry - B.S.

Acceptance Criteria

Minimum GPA of 2.0 overall.

Required Courses

BIO 201 Cell Biology
CHE 101 General Chemistry or CHE 105 Chemistry Principles and Applications
CHE 102 General Chemistry or CHE 106 Chemistry Principles and Applications
CHE 201 Organic Chemistry or CHE 251 Contemporary Organic Chemistry
CHE 202 Organic Chemistry or CHE 252 Contemporary Organic Chemistry
CHE 214 and CHE 215 Analytical Chemistry
CHE 301 Intermediate Organic Chemistry Laboratory
CHE 312 Chemistry of Biological Systems (recommended) or BCH 403 Principles of Biochemistry
CHE 319 Physical Chemistry I
CHE 320 Physical Chemistry II
CHE 321 Inorganic Chemistry I
CHE 455 Synthetic Organic Chemistry
MCH 401 Principles of Med Chem I
MCH 498 Undergraduate Research Participation in Medicinal Chemistry*
MTH 141 College Calculus I
MTH 142 College Calculus II
PHY 107 General Physics I
PHY 108 General Physics II
PHY 158 General Physics II Lab
One chemistry laboratory elective course chosen from: CHE 322, CHE 329, or CHE 330
15 credit hours of science electives (approximately 5 courses - see advisor for details)

* MCH 498 is recommended, not required.

Undergraduate Credit Requirements Chart
Credits Required for Major 84
Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum 32
Additional Credits Required for Electives 4
Total Credits Required for Degree 120

Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements (UB Curriculum) for general education and remaining university requirements.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all requirements, the student will have knowledge to:

  • Demonstrate foundational knowledge in the fundamentals in the basic sub-divisions of the science (organic, inorganic, analytical, physical and biological chemistry) and in the application of this knowledge
  • Use modern instrumentation and classical laboratory techniques
  • Design and conduct scientific experiments for the purpose of solving a scientific problem and to record and analyze the results
  • Understand the proper procedures and regulations for safe handling and use of chemicals and can follow the proper procedures and regulations for chemical waste disposal
  • Use modern library searching and retrieval methods to obtain information about a topic, chemical, chemical technique, or an issue relating to chemistry
  • Problem solve, critically think and analytically reason
  • Identify and solve chemical problems and explore new areas of research
  • Understand the chemical basis for the rational design, synthesis, and mechanism of action of drugs, and selective metabolic inhibition
  • Communicate the results of their work to other chemists
  • Find employment in industry or government or be accepted at graduate or professional schools (pharmacy, medicine, etc.)

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

View the Finish in Four Curricular Plan for the Medicinal Chemistry BS which is a recommended sequence of courses to help achieve this degree in four years.

Medicinal Chemistry - B.S./M.S.

Acceptance Criteria

Students must see the graduate secretary ([716] 645-6807) of the Department of Chemistry for admission to the program.

Required Courses

BIO 201 Cell Biology
CHE 101 General Chemistry or CHE 105 Chemistry: Principles and Applications
CHE 102 General Chemistry or CHE 106 Chemistry: Principles and Applications
CHE 201 Organic Chemistry or CHE 251 Contemporary Organic Chemistry
CHE 202 Organic Chemistry or CHE 252 Contemporary Organic Chemistry
CHE 214 and CHE 215 Analytical Chemistry
CHE 301 Intermediate Organic Chemistry Laboratory
CHE 312 The Chemistry of Biological Systems or BCH 403 Principles of Biochemistry
CHE 319 Physical Chemistry I
CHE 320 Physical Chemistry II
CHE 455 Synthetic Organic Chemistry
MCH 498 Undergraduate Research Participation in Medicinal Chemistry* (6 credit hours)
CHE 501 Organic Chemistry for Graduate Students
MCH 501 Medicinal Chemistry
MCH 615-MCH 616 Graduate Research (12 credit hours)
MCH 700 Thesis Guidance
MTH 141 College Calculus I
MTH 142 College Calculus II
PHY 107 General Physics I
PHY 108 General Physics II
PHY 158 General Physics II Lab
Chemistry lab elective chosen from CHE 322 Inorganic Chemistry II, CHE 329 Physical Chemistry Lab I or CHE 330 Physical Chemistry Lab II

Elective undergraduate science course (3 credit hours)-see advisor for details.
4 elective graduate chemistry/medicinal chemistry graduate lecture courses (12 credit hours):
One elective chosen from CHE 503 (Inorganic Chemistry), CHE 505 (Physical Chemistry I), CHE 506 (Physical Chemistry II), CHE 507 (Analytical Chemistry) or CHE 508 (Statistics & Instrumentation); two elective courses chosen from: {CHE 502 (Synthetic Organic Chemistry) or MCH 517 (Heterocyclic Chemistry}, MCH 502 (Medicinal Chemistry 2), MCH 524 (Mechanisms of Drug Action), MCH 525 (Molecular Modeling), MCH 527 (Combinatorial Chemistry), {PHC 531 (Intro to Pharmacokinetics and Biopharmaceutics 1) or PHC 630 (Drug Metabolism and Disposition)}; one graduate CHE/MCH lecture course


Combined Degree Credit Requirements Chart
Credits Required for Major (Undergraduate) 72
Credits Required for Major (Graduate) 31
Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum 31
Additional Credits Required for Electives 3
Total Credits Required for Degree 134

Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements (UB Curriculum) for general education and remaining university requirements.

Refer to the Graduate School's policies and procedures manual for requirements for master's degree candidates.

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements & Learning Outcomes

View the Finish in Four Curricular Plan for the Medicinal Chemistry BS/MS which is a recommended sequence of courses to help achieve this degree in five years.

Learning Outcomes
  • Show proficiency in four areas of chemistry
  • Be able to demonstrate an understanding of chosen research field of specialization
  • Be successful and effective in oral communication of research performed and will be able to explain its significance
  • Be successful and effective in written communication of research performed
  • Be able to conduct experiments particular to their research field
  • Be able to devise and plan experiments independently, in their chosen area of research
  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills

Medicinal Chemistry - Minor

Acceptance Criteria

Minimum GPA of 2.0 overall.
Minimum GPA of 2.0 in prerequisite courses.

Prerequisite Courses

CHE 101-CHE 102 General Chemistry
CHE 201-CHE 202 Organic Chemistry

Required Courses

BCH 403 Principles of Biochemistry or CHE 312 Chemistry of Biological Systems
CHE 301 Intermediate Organic Chemistry Laboratory
CHE 349 Physical Chemistry for Life Sciences or CHE 319 Physical Chemistry 1
MCH 401 Principles of Medicinal Chemistry I
MCH 402 Principles of Medicinal Chemistry 2

Minor Credit Requirements Chart
Total Credits Required for Minor/Certificate 36

Minors and certificates must be completed in conjunction with a major and all university degree requirements must be met.

Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

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