B.S. in Pharmaceutical Chemistry

UC Davis senior pharmaceutical chemistry major Manuel Munoz prepares a liquid solution for his intern project on cancer research.

The B.S. in Pharmaceutical Chemistry is strongly focused on basic science while providing students with a greater understanding of the experimental and computational processes and societal issues that surround the synthesis, discovery and design of modern pharmaceuticals. Important relevant topics include potential drug targets, physical principles of drug action, drug synthesis and screening, computational drug design, drug delivery and ethical concerns. The demand for pharmaceutical chemists is high and anticipated to grow, as modern chemistry allows a wide range of choices for drug synthesis and our growing knowledge of biological processes presents challenging targets for novel therapeutics.

Graduates will be able to successfully pursue their career objectives in advanced education in professional and/or graduate schools and in a range of scientific careers in academia, government or industry including the pharmaceutical, medicinal and biological sciences, medicine, pharmacy, pharmacology and biotechnology.

Preparatory Subject Matter: 45-55 Units

Chemistry: CHE 2 A/B/C or CHE 2 AH/BH/CH
Mathematics: MAT 17 A/B/C or MAT 21 A/B/C
Physics: PHY 7 A/B/C or PHY 9 A/B/C
Biological Sciences: BIS 2A and BIS 2B or BIS 2C
Statistics: STA 13 or STA 32 or STA 100

Depth Subject Matter: 48-64 Units

Physical Chemistry: CHE 107 A/B or CHE 110 A/B/C
Organic Chemistry: CHE 118 A/B/C or CHE 128 A/B/C and CHE 129 A/B/C
Other Chemistry Courses: CHE 124A, CHE 130 A/B, CHE 135, CHE 150 
Biological Sciences: BIS 102 or Chemistry: CHE 131


At least FOUR additional courses (not used to satisfy the above requirements) from:

Animal Science: ANS 170
Biological Sciences: BIS 102 or BIS 103
Biotechnology: BIT 171
Chemistry: CHE 199 or CHE 194H
Environmental Toxicology: ETX 103A
Microbiology: MIC 102
Molecular Biosciences: VMB 101Y
Molecular & Cellular Biology: MCB 123, MCB 124, MCB 126
Neurobiology, Physiology & Behavior: NPB 100, NPB 101
Plant Biology: PLB 126


Total Units for Major:
96-119 Units