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CHEM 421 Medicinal Chemistry

Medicinal chemistry allows the advanced chemistry student to explore the considerations of drug design and development as well as case studies on how different classes of therapeutic agents act in the human body. Topics include drug targets, drug sources, structure-activity relationships, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and the modern drug discovery pipeline. This class is suggested for those students intending to continue in health sciences.


Special information

First day attendance is mandatory.
3 Undergraduate credits

Effective August 25, 2012 to present

Learning outcomes


  • Identify drug targets within the human body.
  • Identify physical property considerations for drug development.
  • Interpret SAR, pharmacokinetic, and pharmacodynamic results from medicinal chemistry experiments.
  • Identify drug families and targets for specific therapeutic applications.
  • Write summaries on drug-target interactions and relate how the interactions lead to a state of disease.