You are here

Medicinal Chemistry (Co-op only)


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


Program Requirements

Full program requirements can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.


Co-operative Education (Co-op)

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 st​udents 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.


Beyond University of Waterloo

Experience the Career View Mirror - a career exploration tour!

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


Important information