BSPS in Medicinal Chemistry (MBC)

Below is a sample plan of study. Consult your degree audit for your program requirements.



Plan of Study Grid
First TermHours
PHPR 1000 Orientation 1
MATH 1850 Single Variable Calculus I * 4
CHEM 1230 General Chemistry I * 4
CHEM 1280 General Chemistry Lab I 1
BIOL 2170 Fundamentals of Life Science: Biomolecules, Cells, and Inheritance 4
BIOL 2180 Fundamentals of Life Science Laboratory: Biomolecules, Cells, and Inheritance 1
Second Term
PHCL 2610 Introductory Physiology 3
MATH 2640 Statistics for Applied Science *2 3
CHEM 1240 General Chemistry II 4
CHEM 1290 General Chemistry Lab II 1
ENGL 1110 College Composition I 3
Diversity of US 3 3
Third Term
CHEM 2410 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHEM 2460 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I for Non-Majors 1
PHYS 1750 Introduction To Physics 1 4
ENGL 1130 College Composition II: Academic Disciplines And Discourse 3
Social Sciences Core 3 3
Fourth Term
CHEM 2420 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHEM 2470 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II for Non-Majors 1
Social Sciences Core 3 3
Arts/Humanities Core 3 3
Arts/Humanities Core 3 3
Non‐US Diversity 3 3
 Total Hours62

  Only offered during fall semesters


 Not required prior to P1 for BSPS-only applicants


  If double-dip, PREP courseload reduced by 3 hours.  Only one double dip is allowed for the UT Core requirements.


 Students accepted into the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences should be academically prepared to be placed into MATH 1850 and CHEM 1230.  Students placing into a lower math level - MATH 1200, MATH1320 or MATH1750 and/or placing into a lower level chemistry  - CHEM 1090 (based on students' testing scores) will require additional hours for graduation.   

Students should consult their Degree Audit for coursework that fulfills elective course requirements in the General Education/Core area.


Plan of Study Grid
Fifth TermHours
MBC 3310 Medicinal Chemistry I: Drug Action And Design 2
MBC 3330 Techniques in Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Chemistry 2
MBC 3340 Techniques in Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Chemistry Laboratory 1
PHCL 3700 Pharmacology I: Principles of Pharmacology, Autonomic Pharmacology and Related Pharmacology 3
MBC 3550 Physiological Chemistry I: Structure And Function Of Biological Macromolecules 3
PHM 3700 Career Planning Strategies 1
MBC 3880 Medicinal And Biological Chemistry Laboratory 3
Major Elective 2 2
Sixth Term
MBC 3100 Practices in Pharmaceutical Research 1
MBC 3320 Medicinal Chemistry II: Drug Design and Drug Action 3
MBC 3560 Physiological Chemistry II: Chemical Regulation Of Cells And Organisms 3
PHCL 3730 BSPS Pharmacology II: Endocrine and CNS Pharmacology 3
MBC 3860 Microbiology for Pharmaceutical Professionals 2
MBC Laboratory (Recommend MBC 4870) 1 6
Seventh Term
MBC 4710 Targeted Drug Design 3 3
MBC Laboratory (Footnote 1) or Major Elective (Footnote 2) 1 2 12
Free electives, if necessary 2
Eighth Term
MBC 4780 Internship in Medicinal Chemistry 4 3-6
 Total Hours55-58

The MBC major requires that 3 semester hours of laboratory instruction be taken at the 3000 level or higher in a course taught by the MBC Department. Completion of 3 semester hours of any of the following courses will satisfy this requirement: MBC 3880, MBC 4850, MBC 4870, MBC 4880, MBC 4900, MBC 4950, or MBC 4960. 


A total of 20 hours of course work to be chosen from the MBC electives list. 


MBC 4720, Advances in Drug Design, when offered, will also fulfill the requirement.


Internship can be taken in summer before P2 year.

All requirements listed above must be fulfilled with a minimum of 120  semester hours required for graduation.

MBC Electives

A total of 20 hours of course work must be selected from the list of elective courses below. Other electives require approval of the MBC adviser.

BIOL 3010Molecular Genetics3
BIOL 3020Molecular Genetics Laboratory2
BIOL 3030Cell Biology3
BIOL 3040Cell Biology Laboratory2
BIOL 4010Molecular Biology3
BIOL 4030Microbiology3
BIOL 4050Immunology3
BIOL 4110Human Genetics and Genomics3
BIOL 4330Parasitology3
CHEM 3310Analytical Chemistry2
CHEM 3360Analytical Chemistry Laboratory2
CHEM 3560Biochemistry Laboratory2
CHEM 3610Inorganic Chemistry I3
CHEM 3720Physical Chemistry For The Biosciences II3
CHEM 3730Physical Chemistry I3
CHEM 3740Physical Chemistry II3
CHEM 3860Advanced Laboratory I2
CHEM 3870Advanced Laboratory II2
CHEM 4300Instrumental Analysis2
CHEM 4620Inorganic Chemistry II3
CHEM 4880Advanced Laboratory III2
CHEM 4980Special Topics In Chemistry2
EEES 4150Evolution3
EEES 4300Field Botany3
EEES 4450Hazardous Waste Management3
EEES 4510Environmental Microbiology3
MBC 3860Microbiology for Pharmaceutical Professionals2
MBC 4470Advanced Immuno-Therapeutics2
MBC 4720Advances In Drug Design3
MBC 4850Advanced Immunology And Tissue Culture Laboratory1-10
MBC 4870Biomedicinal Chemistry Laboratory1-10
MBC 4900Honors Seminar In Medicinal And Biological Chemistry1-3
MBC 4910Problems In Biomedicinal Chemistry1-3
MBC 4950Research In Medicinal Chemistry3-8
MBC 4950Research In Medicinal Chemistry (Honors)3-8
MBC 4960Honors Thesis In Medicinal And Biological Chemistry2-5
MBC 4980Special Topics In Drug Design1-4
PHCL 4810BSPS Pharmacology III: CNS and Cardiovascular Pharmacology3
PHCL 4820BSPS Pharmacology IV: Chemotherapeutic Agents3
PHCL 4730Toxicology I3
PHCL 4750Toxicology II3
PHCL 4760Toxicokinetics3
  • PLO 1. Perform calculations to correctly make standard solutions, control pH, and for conduction of reactions, bioassays, and formulations.
  • PLO 2. Utilize basic laboratory techniques common to medicinal and/or biological chemistry for the purpose of accomplishing set goals.
  • PLO 3. Define the structures and functions of the major classes of both low and high molecular weight biomolecules in a living organism.
  • PLO 4. Describe the fundamentals of a drug receptor interaction including specific binding between a ligand to a macromolecule, a description of the intermolecular binding forces, and the thermodynamics of binding.
  • PLO 5. Describe the process of drug design and describe cases in which a design process has resulted in a successful new drug.
  • PLO 6. Explain the scientific basis and application of analytical techniques utilized in medicinal chemistry and in biochemistry.
  • PLO 7. Communicate effectively and work cooperatively as a team member.