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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.

For more information, please visit the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry website.

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.

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 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.

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