Discover a Challenging and Rewarding Career
Do you have an inquisitive mind? Do you pester those around you with countless questions about science or seek out the answers yourself?
Channel your curiosity and perseverance into a stimulating career in medicinal chemistry. Your contributions will go a long way in improving the quality of life for many. With a BS in Medicinal Chemistry from Michigan Tech, you will be prepared to apply your training in chemistry to the process of pharmaceutical synthesis and analysis.
Medicinal chemists, (also called pharmaceutical chemists) work on multidisciplinary teams to formulate, test, and analyze drugs; conduct basic and applied research in chemistry to understand drug compounds; and develop guidelines for the US Food and Drug Administration, reviewing new drug applications from pharmaceutical companies and the processes used to create these substances.
Our degree program in medicinal chemistry provides you with strong skills in modern chemical techniques, such as computer-aided drug design, and a thorough understanding of biomedical science. You will explore the molecular basis of biological processes and drug action, as well as the health applications of compounds that affect living tissue.
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Tomorrow Needs Talented Medicinal Chemists
The prescription drug market in the US is expected to grow 6.3% between now and 2028. Talented medicinal chemists will be needed to support market growth. A bachelor of science degree in medicinal chemistry prepares you for a successful career where you’ll solve real-world problems in medicine and drug development. You’ll be ready to focus on drug design and development, identifying candidates for clinical studies, researching drug action, and evaluating drug effectiveness.
An advanced degree is advisable for some research positions in medicinal chemistry. You will be well prepared for graduate work in chemistry or biochemistry, or for a program in the health sciences. Our degree program also provides excellent groundwork for careers in patent law.
If you’re interested in pharmacy school, a bachelor’s degree gives you an edge up during the application process. Plus a BS in Medicinal Chemistry puts you on the path to become a licensed pharmacist with a PharmD degree. Michigan Tech partners with Ferris State to fast-track graduates directly into FSU's PharmD or PharmD/MPH programs. Ferris State reserves up to five seats to qualified Michigan Tech graduates.
Career Opportunities for Medicinal Chemistry Majors
Your future career options are unlimited with a degree in medicinal chemistry. Career opportunities include:
- Lab Technician
- Manufacturing Supervisor
- Material Scientist
- Process Chemist
- Quality Control Scientist
- Research Assistant/Associate
- Research Chemist
- And more
Michigan Tech Medicinal Chemistry Majors Have Been Hired By
The growing list of companies that have hired Michigan Tech medicinal chemistry graduates includes:
- Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals
- Axalta Coating Systems
- Cambridge Major Laboratories
- Charles River Laboratories
- CSL Plasma
- Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories
- MPI Research
- Prevention Genetics
- Term Medical Corporation