Pharmaceutical Chemistry

Study how the pharmaceutical industry, designs, synthesizes and develops new drugs.

Academic Advisor

Dr. Eric Gauthier

Telephone: 705.675.1151 x 2119


How to Apply
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Delivery Method: On campus
Program Language: English

Ontario High School Applicants

1 grade 12 English U/M course

1 grade 12 4U Advanced Functions

1 grade 12 U Science course (Chemistry strongly recommended)

1 additional grade 12 U/M Math or Science course (Calculus and Vectors strongly recommended)

2 other grade 12 U/M courses

A minimum overall average of 70% in the 6 best grade 12 U/M courses

Additional information for applicants who have completed Advanced Placement courses.

Additional information for applicants who have completed the International Baccalaureate.


Applicants from outside an Ontario High School 

International Students

Canadian High School Applicants from outside Ontario

Applicants from Colleges

Applicants from other Universities

Mature Students

For Current Students

The degree options listed below are for the upcoming academic year, not the current academic year. If you are a current student looking for which courses to take in order to complete your degree options from a previous academic year's curriculum, please consult with an academic advisor.

Pharmaceutical Chemistry

First Year

   BIOL 1506E          Biology I

   BIOL 1507E          Biology II

   CHMI 1006E         General Chemistry I*

   CHMI 1007E         General Chemistry II**

   MATH 1036E        Calculus I***

   MATH 1037E        Calculus II

   PHYS 1006E        Introductory Physics I or PHYS 1206E Physics for the Life Science I

   PHYS 1007E        Introductory Physics II or PHYS 1207E Physics for the Life Science II

   6 elective credits#

*  Students lacking grade 12 4U Chemistry must first take CHMI 1041.

** Students obtaining a minimum grade of 80% in CHMI 1006 may take CHMI 2117 instead of CHMI 1007

***Students lacking grade 12 4U Advanced Functions or who have attained a grade of less than 60% must first take MATH 1912


Second Year

   CHMI 2117E        Introductory Quantitative Analysis*

   CHMI 2227E        Biochemistry I

   CHMI 2426E        Organic Chemistry I

   CHMI 2427E        Organic Chemistry II

   CHMI 2516E        Introductory Physical Chemistry I

   CHMI 2517E        Introductory Physical Chemistry II

   STAT 2246E        Statistics for Scientists

   9 credits from Option List A

* Students having already taken CHMI 2117 in lieu of CHMI 1007 must take a 3 credit CHMI elective.


§This program has a co-op option. Please contact the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry for more information.


Third Year

   CHMI 3116E        Instrumental Techniques in Chemical, Biochemical and Environmental Sciences

   CHMI 3226E        Biochemistry II

   CHMI 3416E        Intermediate Organic Chemistry

   9 credits from Option List A

   6 credits from Option List B

   6 elective credits#


§This program has a co-op option. Please contact the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry for more information.


Fourth Year

   CHMI 4615E        Research and Seminar

   JURI 1105E          Introduction to Legal Studies or PHIL 2345E Bioethics: Human Life Issues

   9 credits from Option List B

   9 elective credits#

#  Students must include 12 credits in the Arts.


Option List A

   BIOL 2007E          Genetics

   BIOL 2026E          Introduction to Microbiology

   BIOL 2105E          Human Anatomy and Physiology

   BIOL 3026E          Applied and Environmental Microbiology

   BIOL 3117E          Infectious Diseases

   BIOL 3346E          Ethnobotany

   BIOL 3726E          Introduction to Animal Histology

   PSYC 2606E        Brain and Behaviour

   PSYC 2617E        Human Neuropsychology

   PSYC 3506E        Neuropharmacology


Option List B

   CHMI 3257E         Principles of Pharmacology

   CHMI 3446E         Chemical Pharmacognosy

   CHMI 4287E         Biochemical Toxicology

   CHMI 4446E         Drug Design and Development

   CHMI 4496E         Physical Organic Chemistry

   CHMI 4497E         Natural Product Chemistry

   CHMI 4597E         Computer-Aided Molecular Simulations and Chemical Design


Note:    Students may not exceed 48 credits at the 1000 or 9100 level in their degree program.


Co-Op Schedule

In general, there are two times at which students can take a Co-Op placement (see table below):

  1. a four-month placement during the summer after second year; and
  2. a twelve to sixteen month placement after third year.

A 2nd year placement is not a requirement for eligibility to enroll in a 3rd year placement.



Fall term

September to December

Winter term

January to April


May to August

First year

Academic term 1

Academic term 2



Second year

Academic term 3

Academic term 4

Co-Op 2nd year placement


Third year

Academic term 5

Academic term 6

Start of 3rd year placement


Co-Op year

3rd year placement CHMI 0000-EL

3rd year placement CHMI 0000-EL

3rd year placement CHMI 0000-EL

Fourth year

Academic term 7

Academic term 8





Students who successfully complete 16 months (four terms of CHMI 0000EL) of Co-Op are eligible to receive a discipline specific Co-Op degree. This will appear on their university transcript.