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Pharmaceutical Chemistry
  • Student to faculty ratio: 11:1
  • Typical class size: 20-25
  • Fisher family:1

Pharmaceutical Chemistry

Join the vanguard of professionals dedicated to the creation and administration of groundbreaking, lifesaving drugs when you attain your bachelor’s degree in pharmaceutical chemistry from St. John Fisher College.

The program has been approved by the American Chemical Society (ACS). ACS approval means you'll get a broad-based, rigorous chemistry education that will give you the skills you need to become an effective scientific professional.

Class sizes for the program are small, which means you will receive plenty of personalized attention from outstanding, committed faculty members.  Fewer students per class also equates to less competition for access to well-outfitted labs and leading-edge equipment.

Program Overview

In general, your oral and written communication skills will be put to the test in both lecture and laboratory courses.

Your first two years in the pharmaceutical chemistry program will involve the same sequence of introductory courses that are required of physical and biochemistry students. In addition, you will take two seminar courses, one each in your sophomore and senior years. These one-credit, required courses emphasize career/graduate school opportunities and current research topics, respectively.

Upper-level courses and labs in the pharmaceutical chemistry curriculum are similar to requirements for other chemistry concentrations at Fisher. The exceptions are pharmaceutics and a choice of two classes covering topics such as vaccinology, drug delivery, pharmaceutical biotechnology, and forensic toxicology.

Life After Fisher

A degree in pharmaceutical chemistry opens the door to several exciting career opportunities. In addition to working as a pharmacist, you might also consider adopting one of the following job titles:

  • Pharmacologist
  • Toxicologist
  • Drug quality control analyst
  • Process chemist
  • Drug sales representative
  • Clinical research associate
  • Pharmaceutical specialist

An undergraduate degree in pharmaceutical chemistry gives you an excellent advantage should you choose to pursue an advanced degree in the field by enrolling in the Wegmans School of Pharmacy at St. John Fisher College.