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Bachelor of Medicinal Chemistry,
Bachelor of Medicinal Chemistry Advanced

Medicinal Chemistry is a specialist four-year Honours degree which provides students with an excellent training in modern techniques of chemical science applied to medicine. This includes specialised courses in drug discovery and design, using both rational, computer-aided and bioprospecting approaches. It also gives students the training in physiology, pharmacology and other areas needed to understand the effects of disease states on the human body and the role of drugs and other ways of chemical intervention. Students not admitted directly into the program may gain admission via the BSc program subject to satisfactory performance in first year, prerequisite considerations, and approval of the Dean.

The fourth year Honours program gives students exposure to advanced medicinal chemistry laboratory techniques, research experience and training in advanced medicinal chemistry applications.

Entry Requirements / Assumed Knowledge
Bachelor of Medicinal Chemistry (755): New South Wales HSC University Admission Index (UAI) of 85 (or equivalent). The UAI is reviewed each year.

Bachelor of Medicinal Chemistry Advanced (755A): New South Wales HSC University Admission Index (UAI) of 90 (or equivalent). The UAI is reviewed each year.

Assumed knowledge: Chemistry and Mathematics. Students who had not completed Chemistry and/or Biology at the HSC are strongly recommended to enrol in bridging courses offered in February each year. Students without at least Mathematics (Band 4) may take a special mathematics subject in the first year or consider early entry to complete this subject in Summer Session prior to commencement of the course.

Course Requirements
Bachelor of Medicinal Chemistry (755): This is a prescribed program of study comprising core and optional subjects as set out below.

Bachelor of Medicinal Chemistry Advanced (755A): Students who are eligible for this degree fulfil all the same requirements as Bachelor of Medicinal Chemistry candidates but are also eligible for additional benefits and challenges. For further information refer to the Bachelor of Science (Honours) Advanced (741A) and consult the Degree Coordinator.

Course Program

Subjects   Credit Points
First Year
CHEM101 Chemistry 1A 6
CHEM102 Chemistry 1B 6
BIOL103 Molecules, Cells and Organisms 6
BIOL104 Evolution, Biodiversity and Environment 6
or
 
BMS103 Human Growth, Nutrition and Exercise 6
BMS101 Systemic Anatomy 6
STAT252 Statistics for the Natural Sciences 6
BMS112 Human Physiology 1: Principles and Systems 6
MATH151 General Mathematics 1A (if required) 6
or
 
PHYS131 Physics for the Environmental and Life Sciences A 6
Second Year
BIOL213 Principles of Biochemistry 6
BIOL214 The Biochemistry of Energy and Metabolism 6
BIOL215 Introductory Genetics 6
CHEM211 Inorganic Chemistry II 6
CHEM212 Organic Chemistry II 6
CHEM213 Physical Chemistry II 6
CHEM214 Analytical and Environmental Chemistry II 6
BMS202 Human Physiology II: Control Mechanisms 6
Third Year
BIOL320 Molecular Cell Biology 8
CHEM320 Bioinformatics: From Genome to Structure 8
CHEM321 Organic Synthesis and Reactivity 8
CHEM330 Medicinal Chemistry 8
CHEM350 Principles of Pharmacology 8
CHEM364 Molecular Structure and Spectroscopy 8
Fourth Year
CHEM440 Selected Topics in Medicinal Chemistry 16
CHEM460 Medicinal Chemistry Project 32

Honours
The Degree of Bachelor of Medicinal Chemistry (Honours) is awarded for meritorious performance in 3rd and especially 4th year subjects.

Professional Recognition
Accreditation by the Royal Australian Chemical Institute.

Other Information
For further information contact the Faculty of Science Office, 41.258, or telephone 42213481, web site: www.uow.edu.au/science/

The Degree Coordinator is Dr Paul Keller, Room 18.222, telephone: 4221 4692, email: keller@uow.edu.au

 
 
 

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