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Students take courses in areas ranging from basic chemistry, through the properties and function of biomolecules and the mechanisms of cellular function to living organisms. With a concentration in medicinal chemistry, students learn how to apply chemical and biochemical thinking to the design and function of medicines.
Many students who intend to apply to medical school take biochemistry with a medicinal chemistry emphasis in order to make their applications more competitive, and this degree program is ideal for such students. The program provides excellent preparation for advanced graduate study in biochemistry and for careers in drug design and pharmaceuticals, medicine and health, research, food production, environmental protection and several other technical fields.
Biochemistry (Medicinal Chemistry) (BS)
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A solid undergraduate education in biochemistry provides the necessary background for career paths in chemical, pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries and also for careers in governmental regulation, health care, research and other areas.
Students planning careers in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy or veterinary medicine often pursue the medicinal chemistry concentration, with supporting work in biology and chemistry as the route for preprofessional training.
Career examples include but are not limited to those shown in the following list. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions.