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Bachelor of Science (Medicinal Chemistry)

Medicinal Chemistry is a three-year 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 who meet the criteria are eligible to transfer to the Bachelor of Medicinal Chemistry Honours program.

Entry Requirements / Assumed Knowledge
New South Wales HSC University Admission Index (UAI) of 80 (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
This is a prescribed program of study comprising core and optional subjects as set out below.

Course Program

Subjects   Credit Points
CHEM101 Chemistry 1A (or CHEM104 Chemistry 1D) 6
CHEM102 Chemistry 1B (or CHEM104 Chemistry 1E) 6
BIOL103 Molecules, Cells and Organisms 6
BIOL104 Evolution, Biodiversity & Environment 6
BMS103 Human Growth, Nutrition & Exercise 6
BMS112 Human Physiology 1: Principles & Systems 6
MATH151 General Mathematics 1A (if required) 6
Plus other electives to total 48 credit points, at least 6 should be from one of the following:
BMS101 Systemic Anatomy 6
PHYS131 Physics for Environmental & Life Sciences (strongly recommended) 6
STAT252 Statistics for the Natural Sciences 6
CHEM211 Inorganic Chemistry II 6
CHEM212 Organic Chemistry II 6
CHEM213 Molecular Structure, Reactivity & Change 6
CHEM214 Analytical & Environmental Chemistry II 6
BIOL213 Principles of Biochemistry 6
BIOL214 The Biochemistry of Energy and Metabolism 6
BIOL215 Introductory Genetics 6
BMS202 Human Physiology II: Control Mechanisms 6
CHEM320 Bioinformatics: from Genome to Structure 8
CHEM321 Organic Synthesis & Reactivity 8
CHEM330 Medicinal Chemistry 8
CHEM350 Principles of Pharmacology 8
CHEM364 Molecular Structure and Spectroscopy 8
Plus one subject chosen from the following list
CHEM314 Instrumental Analysis 8
CHEM340 Chemistry Laboratory Project (restricted access: Credit average minimum required) 8
BIOL303 Biotechnology: Applied Cell & Molecular Biology 8
BIOL320 Molecular Cell Biology 8
Or other subjects approved by the Coordinator

If the required academic standard is attained the BSc (Medicinal Chemistry) student may transfer to the Medicinal Chemistry fourth Honours year. This consists of special coursework plus a research project.

Professional Recognition
This degree structure is designed basically to meet the qualifying standards of the Royal Australian Chemistry Institute, and students meeting the course requirements outlined below will be eligible for corporate membership of the Institute as Chartered Chemists.

Other Information
For further information contact the Faculty of Science Office, 41.258, or telephone 42213481, email patmac@uow.edu.au 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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