Medicinal Chemistry Program



Auburn University is offering an exciting new graduate certificate program in Medicinal Chemistry jointly administered by the Department of Pharmacal Sciences and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.  This program enables students to obtain training and to become credentialed in the field of medicinal chemistry.  This field encompasses the study of drug mechanisms of action and biodisposition (absorption, distribution, metabolism and elimination), the design and synthesis of bioactive molecules, the detection and quantification of bioactive molecules, and the chemistry of natural products.  Thus, the knowledge base and credentialing available through this program will enhance the ability of graduate students to obtain employment, particularly, but not exclusively, in the pharmaceutical industry.


Interested students should contact Prof. Jack DeRuiter (; Pharmacal Sciences) or Prof. Stewart Scheneller (; Chemistry and Biochemistry) for more information.

Course Requirements

A minimum of 15 credit hours of course work should be selected from the list below. No more than 9 credit hours can be selected from the elective courses.

Required Core Courses

CHEM  7200   (3 cr)  Advanced Organic Chemistry I

CHEM  7220   (3 cr)  Advanced Organic Chemistry III

PYPS     7230   (3 cr)  Advanced Medicinal Chemistry I

PYPS     7240   (3 cr)  Advanced Medicinal Chemistry II

Elective Courses (at least three credits but no more than nine from the list below)

BCHE   7230    (3 cr)  Biochemistry of Macromolecules

CHEM  7260    (3 cr)   Special Topics in Organic Chemistry: Natural Products

CHEM 7530    (3 cr)  Advances in Bioanalytical Chemistry

CHEM 7750    (1 cr)  Formal Presentation on Modern Chemistry, Organic

PYPS    7250    (3 cr)  Drug Action and Design

PYPS    7260    (4 cr)   Separation Science

PYPS    7270    (4 cr)   Mass Spectrometry of Organic Compounds

PYPS    7600    (3 cr)   Heterocyclic Medicinal Chemistry