Biochemistry (Medicinal Chemistry), MS
Accelerated Program

The Master of Science (MS) degree in Biochemistry with a Concentration in Medicinal Chemistry is being offered only as an Accelerated BS/MS degree for students currently enrolled in approved BS degree programs at ASU.

 This program is designed for students who are in the final year of their Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry, biochemistry, biochemistry (medicinal chemistry), or molecular biosciences and biotechnology, who want to enhance their background in chemistry and biochemistry before entering schools of medicine, pharmacy and other health sciences. Undergraduate students begin work on the MS degree during their final year and complete the MS degree in one additional year after graduation.

To be considered for the program, students must have completed 85 credit hours with at least a 3.4 gpa and entering the final year of the BS degree. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and should be submitted in the second semester of the junior year, or when you have two semesters remaining.

All students in the Accelerated BS/MS Program in Biochemistry with emphasis on Medicinal Chemistry must select a Supervisory Committee comprised of a research advisor (selected from the list of approved faculty) and two additional ASU tenure track faculty members or researchers who will oversee the student’s research during the senior year in the B.S. program and continue through the awarding of the M.S. Degree. A co-advisor may be added with approval from the School of Molecular Sciences. The research advisor must provide a letter of support as part of the application.

 Students are required to complete a minimum of 30 semester hours comprised of:

  • CHM 535 Medicinal Chemistry (3 Credits)
  • Three additional 500-level or above courses related to the area of medicinal chemistry. One 400-level course may be substituted if it is determined by the faculty advisor to be appropriate. (9 credit hours)
  • Four one-credit hour Seminar courses related to medicinal chemistry. May be any combination of CHM/BCH 501 or CHM/BCH 591. A student may enroll in any 591 or 501 seminar course from another science related department or an off campus seminar with the approval of the students research advisor and the Program Director (4 credit hours)
  • Six credit hours of BCH 592 Research (6 credit hours)
  • Two credit hours of CHM/BCH 593 Applied Project (2 credit hours)
  • Six credit hours in additional course work, 500 level or above, or additional research hours. (6 hours)

Note: Only 12 credit hours taken as an undergraduate student can be counted toward the MS degree requirements. Of the 12, only nine can be shared between the BS and MS degrees.

The culminating experience is an applied project in the area of medical chemistry in which the student is required to prepare and defend a written research paper to his/her supervisory committee. This paper must be an original research paper written in publishable format by the student. The research paper on the applied project must be at least 50 pages in length, double-spaced and typed in a 12 point font. The 50 page length can include the abstract, references list, and any tables or figures.

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Enrollment in one of the following BS degree programs: chemistry, biochemistry, biochemistry (medicinal chemistry), or molecular biosciences and biotechnology with no more than two semesters (fall/spring) remaining.
  • Completion of 85 semester hours with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.4 or better on a 4.0 grading scale
  • Completion of BCH 461 and completion of or enrollment in BCH 462 the semester the program is initiated. (Recommended)
  • Establishment of a Supervisory Committee comprised of a research advisor from the approved list of faculty and two additional tenure track faculty members who will oversee the student’s research during the senior year in the B.S. program and continue through the awarding of the MS Degree. A co-advisor may be added with approval from the School of Molecular Sciences.
  • Establishment of a research project that has been approved by the research advisor, and plan for initiating the research.

Required Application Materials

  •  Personal statement that includes your professional goals and how they relate to the medicinal chemistry program
  • Two letters of recommendation. One letter from your current research advisor and one from the selected MS research advisor. In cases where the current and future advisor are the same, or in the absence of a current research advisor, a letter from a course or laboratory faculty instructor can be substituted. Letters must be submitted electronically. Email addresses are used to track the letters, so applicants must be sure to enter the correct email address for each person listed. These email addresses will be entered within the online Pre-Application (see below).
  • A personal interview with the Admissions Committee or a member of the Admissions Committee may be required if additional information is needed to determine eligibility for admission to the program

The GRE is not required for the Accelerated BS/MS degree program.

The MS portion of the Integrated BS/MS program has a program fee of $300 for each semester enrolled. (Will not apply until the BS degree is earned.)

Questions concerning this program can be directed to the Graduate Programs Coordinator, David Nutt, in the Physical Sciences Building -Wing D-Room 103 or by sending an email to David.Nutt@asu.edu.

Apply Now (Begin the Pre-Application)

FacultyContact
James Allen
Professor
JAllen@asu.edu
480-965-8241
PSC - C137
Petra Fromme
Regents' Professor, Paul V Galvin Professor
Petra.Fromme@asu.edu
480-965-9028
PSC -C303
Giovanna Ghirlanda
Associate Professor
Giovanna.Ghirlanda@asu.edu
ISTB5 235
Alexander Green
Assistant Professor
Alexander.A.Green@asu.edu
Biodesign A120A
Jia Guo
Assistant Professor
JiaGuo@asu.edu
PSC -C255
Mark Hayes
Professor
MHayes@asu.edu
480-965-2566
PSC -C235
Anne Jones
Associate Professo
Anne.Katherine.Jones@asu.edu
480-965-0356
PSD -D129
Joshua LaBaer
Professor
Joshua.Labaer@asu.edu
480-965-2805
BDA LI-30N
Yan Liu
Associate Professor
Yan_Liu@asu.edu
480-727-2378
BIODESIGN A 114A
Wei Liu
Assistant Professor
W.Liu@asu.edu
480-727-6452
PSF -F242
Jeremy Mills
Assistant Professor
jeremy.mills@asu.edu
BDA 114B
Nicholas Stephanopoulos
Assistant Professor
Nicholas.Stephanopoulos@asu.edu
BDA 120B
Wade Van Horn
Assistant Professor
wade.van.horn@asu.edu
ISTB1 481E
Rebekka Wachter
Associate Professor
Rebekka.Wachter@asu.edu
480-965-8188
PSC -C307
Xu Wang
Assistant Professor
Xu.Wang.4@asu.edu
ISTB1 481F
Peter Williams
Professor
PW@asu.edu
480-965-4107
PSD -D5
Hao Yan
Milton D. Glick Distinguished Professor
Hao.Yan@asu.edu 480-727-8570 BDA 110C

To maximize the effectiveness of the program, the best time to start the program is at the beginning of your senior year (final two semesters). The information below is intended to help you plan for maximizing the ability of utilizing courses for both your BS and MS degrees.

For students not in the BS degrees in biochemistry or biochemistry (medicinal chemistry) you will need to make sure you take BCH 361/461 and BIO 353 prior to starting the program.

The following Plans of Study are presented for informational purposes only and are suggestions for how the degree could be completed and will differ depending upon the BS degree program.

Biochemistry (BCHBS)/Medicinal Chemistry (BCHMBS)

Fall of Junior Year:

  • BCH 461
  • BCH/CHM 392

Spring of Junior Year:

  • BIO 353

Fall of Senior Year:

  • CHM 531 Advanced Organic Chemistry (Can double count for CHM 433 for BCHMBS majors or BCH/CHM elective for BCHBS majors)

Spring of Senior Year:

  • CHM 535 Medicinal Chemistry (Can double count for CHM 435 for BCHMBS majors or BCH/CHM elective for BCHBS majors)

 

Chemistry

Fall of Junior Year:

  • BIO 181
  • BCH/CHM 392

Spring of Junior Year:

  • BIO 182
  • BIO 361

Fall of Senior Year:

  • BIO 353
  • CHM 531 (Can double count for BCH/CHM elective)

Spring of Senior Year:

  • CHM 535 Medicinal Chemistry (Can double count for BCH/CHM elective if not used for CHM 531)

 

Degree Offered

Biochemistry (Medicinal Chemistry), MS
Liberal Arts & Sciences, College of

Location
Tempe

Plan of Study

The Plan of Study is the required curriculum to complete the program.

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Application Procedures

Applications are considered on a rolling basis and should be submitted during the last semester of the junior year (3rd to last semester)

Students must complete the Pre-Application and be notified of acceptance prior to submitting an official application through Graduate Admission Services.

This degree program is only available as a BS/MS integrated program for ASU undergraduates in selected majors.

 

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