Medicinal Chemistry (B.S.)

Medicinal chemistry is a specialized area with an emphasis on the study of drug design, drug synthesis, and pharmaceutical and biomedical analysis.

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Build a strong background in traditional chemistry as well as a fundamental understanding of the chemical, biological and pharmacological actions of pharmaceuticals and biomedical products. Study the application of biological, chemical, and data science to computer-aided design, synthesis, evaluation, and analysis of structurally diverse drugs for the detection, treatment, and cure of human diseases in the only program of its kind in Illinois, and one of just a handful in the country.

Practice hands-on techniques by taking lab courses customized for industrial needs in addition to standard lecture-based courses. Conduct cutting-edge research under the direction of chemistry faculty working on medicinal and pharmaceutical chemistry, including cancer drug discovery, computational drug design and modeling, and microscopic characterization of biomaterials for regenerative medicine.

Program Overview

Build a strong background in traditional chemistry as well as a fundamental understanding of the chemical, biological and pharmacological actions of pharmaceuticals and biomedical products. Practice hands-on techniques taking lab courses customized for industrial needs along with standard lecture-based courses.

Career Opportunities

Through chemical and instrumental analysis, drug design and synthesis, separation and purification of small molecules and biomolecules, pharmaceutical quality control and assurance, and understanding drug action and safety, you will assemble the skills to develop a career in biomedical science, bioanalytical science, biotechnology, medicine, or pharmaceutical science.

  • Analytical chemist
  • Biotechnologist
  • Chemical engineer
  • Health care scientist
  • Pharmacologist
  • Research scientist

Admission to Illinois Tech is required to enroll in the B.S. in medicinal chemistry program. Consult your academic adviser before transferring into the program.