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Medicinal-Pharmaceutical Chemistry

Countless Opportunities

Recent graduates are employed as scientists in academia, industry and government, or pursuing postgraduate education. In addition to our rigourous academic program, students can work side-by-side with faculty on research projects such as discovering novel inhibitors of bacterial efflux pumps as a way to combat multi-drug resistance in bacteria, studying biodegradation of polymer coatings, and discovering new photodynamic lung cancer treatments.


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High-Quality Education

  • Hands-on Learning Opportunities
  • Undergraduate Research
  • Opportunities for Cooperative Education
  • Whether students are in upper-level teaching laboratories or individual faculty research laboratories, they gain hands-on experience with modern chemical instrumentation as they study research problems. Some research projects result in student-authored publications.

    UD has strong support for undergraduate research, including the Honors program, College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Summer Fellowships, Integrated Science and Engineering Summer CoRPs and the Berry Summer Thesis Institute. Our department has the longest standing undergraduate research program at UD.

    Qualified students pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree may participate in cooperative education after completion of their sophomore year.

    Featured Programs and Initiatives

    Bachelors Plus Masters Program

    The BPM degree option allows undergraduate students majoring in medicinal-pharmaceutical chemistry to obtain both a bachelor of science and a master of science in five years. The undergraduate degree is earned in the first four years, with the master's degree being earned in the fifth year. BPM students are charged at the regular undergraduate tuition rate for their first four years, and are offered the discounted graduate tuition rate for the 24 semester hours of graduate coursework. During M.S. degree completion, several paid teaching opportunities are available.

    Engage in Research

    Students perform original research with support from chemistry faculty, starting no later than their junior year. This research culminates with a senior thesis and research presentation at a department seminar before graduation.


    Department of Chemistry

    Science Center, Room 178
    300 College Park
    Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2357

    ACS Accreditation

    Approved and accredited by the American Chemical Society


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