Coursework for the M.S. in Pharmaceutical Chemistry


Graduate students are expected to enroll in a minimum of 12 units per quarter. Per UC regulations, you may not enroll in more than 12 units of graduate coursework (200-level) or more than 16 units of combined upper division and graduate coursework per quarter (100-, 200- and 300-level). Please refer to the Academic Calendar for specific registration dates and deadlines.

Graduate students are not assigned appointment times; you may enroll in courses any time during registration operating hours.


The following are the courses required for the M.S. in Pharmaceutical Chemistry. Descriptions of these course are available in the General Catalog.

Core Courses

  • CHE 231: Organic Synthesis - Methods and Strategies
  • CHE 233: Physical-Organic Chemistry
  • CHE 263: Introduction to Research Methodology
  • CHE 296: Research in Pharmaceutical Chemistry
  • CHE 299*: Research (three quarters minimum)

*Up to six (6) units may be fulfilled in part by internships at domestic and international research facilities with the advance approval of your major professor and graduate adviser. Courses CHE 231A and 233 must be completed during the first year of enrollment in the program as a condition for satisfactory progress.

If equivalent courses have not been completed prior to enrollment, the following are also required to be completed during the first year:

  • CHE 130A: Pharmaceutical Chemistry I
  • CHE 130B: Pharmaceutical Chemistry II
  • CHE 135: Advanced Bioorganic Chemistry Laboratory

Elective Courses

  • CHE 131: Organic Synthesis
  • CHE 219 and CHE219L: Spectroscopy of Organic Compounds and Laboratory
  • CHE 231B: Advanced Organic Synthesis
  • CHE 261: Current Topics in Chemical Research
  • CHE 290: Seminar
  • CHE 295: Careers in Chemistry
  • PHA 207: Drug Discovery