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Pharmaceutical Chemistry

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

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

Be involved in scientific research that makes a real difference in advancing our understanding of life and how to improve it. Learn the science behind drug design and development. Enjoy the many benefits of small class sizes, such as greater interaction with professors, lab time, personal tutorial sessions, and a great group dynamic.

Academic Advisor

Dr. Eric Gauthier

Telephone: 705.675.1151 x 2119


Office: Science I Building, S-220

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Delivery Method: On campus
Program Language: English

A flowchart of the program can be found here.

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Ontario High School Applicants

Program Prerequisites:

  • 1 grade 12 English U/M course; 1 grade 12 4U Advanced Functions; 2 grade 12 U Science courses or 1 Science + 1 Math; 2 other grade 12 U/M courses (Calculus and Chemistry recommended)
  • 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

International Applicants

International students will use the undergraduate application form linked below. International students will need to fill out the international application form. International students should disregard the information below and follow the link for specific instructions.

How To Complete An International Application

How to Apply

1. Know what type of OUAC application you will need to complete

The Ontario Universities Application Center (OUAC) processes applications for admission to Laurentian University. International students will need to fill out the international application form

Ontario Highschool Students

If you are currently attending an Ontario high school, you will be required to use the 101 Application.

How To Complete A 101 Application
Other Undergraduate Applicants

Out of province applicants,mature students, and college and university transfers will complete the 105 Application.

How To Complete A 105 Application

2. Review your program entry requirements carefully

Ensure that you meet the prerequisites for each program that you are applying to. This information is covered under the Admissions Requirements section on our programs page. For example the Architecture program, at the undergraduate level requires a Portfolio submission. Please review the Admission Requirements section for your program page before you apply.

3. Login to the OUAC website and complete your application

Ontario Highschool Students (101 Applicants)

You will require a PIN from your school guidance team to access and complete the application. Go to the 101 Login Portal link and use your PIN to create a new account. Once completed, please follow the 101 Application Guide to complete your application.

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Other Undergraduate Applicants (105 Applicants)

Out of province applicants, mature students, and college and university transfers will complete the 105 application. You can learn more here 105 Application Guide. Follow this link to the 105 Portal and create a new account.

105 Students, Apply Now

Learn More

Learn more on our how to apply to undergraduate programs page.

Detailed How To Apply

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.

Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Pharmaceutical Chemistry

Students must follow these regulations in order to meet graduation requirements for the BA or B.Sc.


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

PHYS 1007E     Introductory Physics II

6 elective credits#


*  Students lacking grade 12 4U Chemistry must first take CHMI 1031.

**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

3 credits from Option List A

6 elective credits#


§This program has a co-op option. Please contact the School of Natural Sciences for more information.


Third Year

BIOL 2105E     Human Anatomy and Physiology

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

CHMI 3226E     Biochemistry II

CHMI 3416E     Intermediate Organic Chemistry

NATS 3106E     Scientific Writing and Communication

3 credits from Option List A

3 credits from Option List B

3 credits from Option List C

3 elective credits#


§This program has a co-op option. Please contact the School of Natural Sciences for more information.


Fourth Year

JURI 1105E     Introduction to Legal Studies

NATS 4005E     Honours Thesis*

     OR   NATS 4106E     Lietrature Review and 3cr CHMI at the 3rd or 4th year level

3 credits from Option List A

6 credits from Option List B

6 credits from Option List C

3 elective credits#


* A student must have at least a cumulative GPA of 6 (B) in all CHMI courses to take NATS 4005.

#  Students must include 12 credits in the Arts.


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

SCOM 4006EL is recommended as a general elective.


Option List A

BIOL 2007E     Genetics

BIOL 2026E     Introduction to Microbiology

BIOL 3026E     Applied and Environmental Microbiology

BIOL 3117E     Infectious Diseases

BIOL 3346E     Ethnobotany

BIOL 3726E     Introduction to Animal Histology

BIOL 4986E     Medial Endocrinology

NATS 3206E     Internship

NSCI 2606E     Brain and Behaviour

NSCI 2617E     Human Neuropsychology


Option List B

CHMI 3257E     Principles of Pharmacology

CHMI 4287E     Biochemical Toxicology

CHMI 4446E     Drug Design and Development

CHMI 4597E     Computer-Aided Molecular Simulations and Chemical Design


Option List C

CHMI 2316E     Inorganic Chemistry I

CHMI 3427E     Introduction to Medicinal Chemistry

CHMI 3446E     Chemical Pharmacognosy

CHMI 4497E     Natural Product Chemistry


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.

- BIOL-1506EL - Biology I BIOL-1507EL - Biology II CHMI-1006EL - General Chemistry I CHMI-1007EL - General Chemistry II MATH-1036EL - Calculus I MATH-1037EL - Calculus II PHYS-1006EL - Introductory Physics I PHYS-1007EL - Introductory Physics II - CHMI-2117EL - Introductory Quantitative Analysis CHMI-2227EL - Biochemistry I
CHMI-2426EL - Organic Chemistry I CHMI-2427EL - Organic Chemistry II CHMI-2516EL - Intro Physical Chemistry I CHMI-2517EL - Intro Physical Chemistry II STAT-2246EL - Statistics for Scientists - CHMI-3116EL - Instrumental Techniques CHMI-3226EL - Biochemistry II CHMI-3416EL - Spectroscopic Techniques in Organic Chemistry - CHMI-3116EL - Instrumental Techniques JURI-1105EL - Introduction to Legal Studies

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