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Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with an Emphasis on Medicinal Chemistry (B.S.)

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This program makes two degrees possible. The student obtains a bachelor of science in Medicinal Chemistry and finishes the Pharm D. program after admission to Pharmacy School at Pacific. In order to earn the bachelor of science degree with a major in medicinal chemistry, students must complete a minimum of 124 units with a Pacific cumulative and major/program grade point average of 2.0.

The emphasis in Medicinal Chemistry is offered by the College of the Pacific with the support of the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. The major is ONLY open to students in the 3 + 3 Pre-Pharmacy Advantage Program or those in the 2 + 3 who extend a year (see pre-pharm requirements). The COP courses are to be completed prior to entry into the Pharm.D. program. The TJLSOPHS courses may only be completed as part of the Pharm.D. degree plan.

I. General Education Requirements
Minimum 42 units and 12 courses, including:

  • PACS 001  Pacific Seminar I: What is a Good Society?
  • PACS 002  Pacific II Topical Seminar
  • PACS 003  Pacific Seminar III: The Ethics of Family, Work, and Citizenship

Note: 1) Pacific Seminars cannot be taken for Pass/No Credit. 2) Transfer students with 16 or more transfer units complete 2 additional General Education elective courses from below in place of taking PACS 001 and 002.

One course from each subdivision below:

  • The Individual and Society
    • IA. Individual and Interpersonal Behavior
    • IB. U.S. Studies
    • IC. Global Studies
  • Human Heritage
    • IIA. Literature, Letters and Language
    • IIB. Fundamental Human Concerns
    • IIC. Practice and Perspective in the Visual and Performing Arts
  • Natural World and Formal Systems of Thought
    • IIIA. Life and Physical Laboratory Sciences
    • IIIB. Formal Systems of Thought
    • IIIC. Science, Technology, and Society
      or  a second Life and Physical Laboratory Science

Note: 1) A complete list of the courses that satisfy the subdivisions above can be found in the front General Education section of this catalog and the online course search. 2) No more than two courses from a discipline may be applied to meet the requirements of the general education program. 

II.  Fundamental Skills
Demonstrate competence in:


  1. Reading
  2. Writing
  3. Math

Note: 1) A detailed description of how you can satisfy the fundamental skills above can be found in the front General Education section of this catalog.

III.  Breadth Requirement
Complete 64 units outside the primary discipline of the first major, regardless of the department who offers the course(s) in that discipline (Including general education courses, transfer courses, CPCE/EXTN units, internships, etc.)
IV. Major Requirements

Minimum 81 units and 18 courses, including:

  • CHEM  025  General Chemistry  (5)
  • CHEM  027  General Chemistry  (5)
  • CHEM  121  Organic Chemistry I  (5)
  • CHEM  123  Organic Chemistry II  (5)
  • CHEM  141  Analytical Chemistry  (4)

One of the following courses:  (4)

  • CHEM  159  Biophysical Chemistry
  • CHEM  161  Physical Chemistry I
  • CHEM  151  Biochemistry I  (4)
  • BIOL  051  Principles of Biology  (4)
  • BIOL  061  Principles of Biology  (4)
  • BIOL  071  Human Anatomy  (4)
  • BIOL  145  Microbiology  (4)
  • MATH  051  Calculus I  (4)
  • MATH  053  Calculus II  (4)

One of the following groups:  (10)

  1. PHYS 023 General Physics I
    & PHYS 025 General Physics II
  2.  PHYS 053 Principles of Physics I
    & PHYS 055 Principles of Physics II
  • PHAR 124 Integrated Pharm. Science II  (4)
  • PHAR 134 Mech of Drug Action I  (3)


At least 4 units in the following courses:

  • PMED 193 Undergraduate Independent Study Laboratory
  • CHEM 197 Independent Research

Note: 1) The research requirement can be fulfilled with a combination of the two courses above.