Medicinal Chemistry (Co-op only)
- Program Requirements
- Co-operative Education (Co-op)
- Beyond University of Waterloo
- Important Resources
Medicinal Chemistry is the science of drug discovery. You'll be trained as a chemist with additional skills appropriate for careers in the design, synthesis, and evaluation of potential drug candidates. Leading researchers in the Canadian Pharmaceutical sector clearly indicated a need for a program that provides a specific skill set. You'll be uniquely qualified for exciting positions in a rapidly evolving industry. You'll qualify for membership in the Canadian Society of Chemistry and the Chemical Institute of Canada.
Take advantage of state-of-the-art labs and real world connections as you prepare for a career in the expanding industrial and corporate environments
Leading-edge labs, such as our Analytical Chemistry Lab, will introduce you to advanced equipment and computer-assisted techniques. To complete your learning experience, your professors will bring real-world examples of chemistry to the classroom through their research and collaboration with industry.
Here is a list of some of our upper-year courses in medicinal chemistry.
- Medicinal and Bioorganic Chemistry
- Fundamentals of Metabolism
- Rational Design of Potential Drug Candidates
- Synthetic Organic Chemistry
- Advanced Topics in Medicinal Chemistry
- Physical Biochemistry
- Chemical Kinetics
- Chemical Thermodynamics
- Advanced Biochemistry Lab
Full program requirements can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.
What is co-op?
In the second term of your second year, you are able to begin a co-op job. You will complete 4 months of co-op, then return for 4 months of school. This pattern will continue the rest of your stay at University of Waterloo.
For more information about the co-op process, the benefits of co-op, co-op earnings, co-op employment statistics, and examples of typical co-op jobs, see the co-operative education web page.
Medicinal Chemistry co-op students at work
- Organic Chemist, Merck Frosst Canada
- Quality Asurance, Apotex
- Research Assistant, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
- Synthetic Organic Chemist, AstraZeneca Research and Development
Study/work sequences and required changes to study/work sequences are defined in the Undergraduate Calendar.
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What our grads are doing now
- Applied Research Scientist, MDS Sciex
- Inorganic Technician, Environmental Enforcement Services
- Analytical Chemist, GlaxoSmithKline Inc.
- Software Designer, AES Data Inc.
- Chemist, Allelix Biopharmaceuticals