Course Work

Course Requirements: Students complete the following courses in chemical biology.  Students are also required to take ethics training and one elective course outside their home department.

An introductory course: BIOL 807: Graduate Molecular Biosciences, CHEM 760: Introduction to Chemistry in Biology, MDCM 710: Chemistry of Drug Action, or PHCH 862: Pharmaceutical Equilibria

BIOL 860/ CHEM 860/ MDCM 860/ PHCH 860: Principles and Practice of Chemical Biology.  (3 hours, lecture) A survey of topics investigated by chemical biology methods including: transcription and translation, cell signaling, genetic and genomics, biochemical pathways, macromolecular structure, and the biosynthesis of peptides, carbohydrates, natural products, and nucleic acids.  Concepts of thermodynamics and kinetics, bioconjugations and bioorthogonal chemistry will also be presented​.  Prerequisite: BIOL 807 or CHEM 760 or MDCM 766 or PHCM 862 or permission of instructor.

BIOL 816/ CHEM 816/ MDCM 816/ PHCH 816: Careers in the Biomedical Sciences.  (1 hour, seminar; taken 4 semesters).  Advanced course examining career options open to PhD scientists, and preparation for the different career paths.  Extensive student/faculty interaction is emphasized utilizing lectures, class discussion of assigned readings of research reports, and oral presentations.  Prerequisite: Concurrent or previous enrollment in BIOL 860/ CHEM 860/ MDCM 860/ PHCH 860 or permission of instructor.

Ethics Training: BIOL 804: Scientific Integrity, CHEM 700: Responsible Scholarship in the Chemical Sciences, MDCM 801: Issues in Scientific Integrity, or PHCH 804: Issues in Scientific Integrity

An elective in chemical biology: course must be in outside the student's home department.  A partial list is below.  The elective course should be approved by the program directors.

BIOL 506 Bacterial Infectious Diseases
BIOL 688 Molecular Biology of Cancer
BIOL 754 Brain Diseases & Neurological Disorders
CHEM 740 Principles of Organic Reactions
CHEM 840 Physical Organic Chemistry
ENTR 701 Entrepreneurship
JOUR 700 Effective College Teaching
LDST 730 Managing the Work of Leadership
MDCM 785 Natural Products of Medical Significance
MDCM 790 Chemistry of Drug Action II
PHCH 626 Biopharmaceutics & Drug Delivery
​PHCH 715 Drug Delivery


Course Descriptions


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