Medicinal Chemistry (B.S.)/Chemistry (M.S.)

Build a strong foundation in medicinal chemistry while also earning a master's degree in chemistry through this unique accelerated program.

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Simultaneously earn both a bachelor's degree in medicinal chemistry and a master's degree in chemistry in as few as five years through this accelerated master's program. Our bachelor's degree in medicinal chemistry is the only program of its kind in Illinois and one of just a handful in the country, offering students the opportunity to 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. Our M.S. in Chemistry provides the advanced education, career-expanding possibilities, and higher earning potential of a graduate degree in your field.

In addition to taking lecture-based courses, students gain hands-on experience in lab courses tailored to industrial needs by working alongside our distinguished chemistry faculty to conduct innovative research into the areas of medicinal and pharmaceutical chemistry, including cancer drug discovery, computational drug design and modeling, and microscopic characterization of biomaterials for regenerative medicine.

Program Overview

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.

Career Opportunities

This program helps prepare students for careers in biomedical science, bioanalytical science, biotechnology, medicine, or pharmaceutical science, in addition to preparing them to advance to a doctoral degree program.

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

 

This program allows students to register for up to three courses (nine credit hours) that will count toward the credit requirements of both the bachelor's and master's degree programs. The program is designed to be a five-year or five-year+ (less than six) program for currently enrolled Illinois Tech students majoring in chemistry or related fields. Upon graduation, graduates will be prepared to succeed in industry or in a chemistry doctoral program.

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To learn more about this program, please contact the program’s director and advisor, Somdev Banerjee (sbanerjee2@iit.edu).

Additional information can be found on the university’s Accelerated Master’s Program page.