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Chemistry is an integral component of medical science, and fundamentally impacts key aspects of modern medicine, including diagnosis, prevention, treatment, and understanding of diseases. The Medicinal & Biological Chemistry program is intended for students who want to specialize in chemistry, and in particular, its applications to medicine and broader scientific areas related to human health. The first year of the program emphasizes learning fundamentals across various disciplines, including biology, chemistry, physics, and math. In the second year, additional coursework helps students to build the fundamental connection between chemistry and human health. In their third and fourth years, students will explore more specific topics related to medicinal and biological applications, such as drug development and chemical technologies in diagnosis. In their fourth year, students will have the opportunity to contribute to the creation of scientific knowledge in this field by participating in a directed research project. The combination of coursework and research experience makes this program ideally suited for students who wish to pursue graduate studies in medicinal, pharmaceutical and biological chemistry or a related discipline, or to work in health-related industries. It is also excellent preparation for students wishing to pursue professional schools such as medicine, pharmacy or law.

Enrolment Requirements
Students may apply to this program after completing at least 4.0 credits including: BIOA01H3, BIOA02H3, CHMA10H3, [CHMA11H3 or CHMA12H3], [MATA29H3 or MATA30H3] and [PHYA10H3 or PHYA11H3] with a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of at least 2.0. Application for admission to the program is made to the registrar through ROSI in April/May and July/August. See the UTSC Office of the Registrar’s website for information on the program (Subject POSt) selection.

Program Requirements
The program requires the completion of the following 14.5-15.0 credits:

First Year (4.0 credits):
BIOA01H3 Life On Earth: Unifying Principles
BIOA02H3 Life on Earth: Form, Function and Interactions
CHMA10H3 Introductory Chemistry I: Structure and Bonding
[CHMA11H3 Introductory Chemistry II: Reactions and Mechanisms or CHMA12H3 Advanced General Chemistry]
[MATA29H3 Calculus I for Life Sciences or MATA30H3 Calculus I for Physical Sciences]
[MATA35H3 Calculus II for Biological Sciences or MATA36H3 Calculus II for Physical Sciences]
[PHYA10H3 Physics I for the Physical Sciences or PHYA11H3 Physics I for Life Sciences]
STAB22H3 Introduction to Statistics

Second Year (4.5 credits):
BIOB10H3 Cell Biology
BIOB11H3 Molecular Aspect of Cellular and Genetic Processes
BIOB12H3 Laboratory for Cell and Molecular Biology
CHMB16H3 Techniques in Analytical Chemistry
CHMB21H3 Chemical Structure and Spectroscopy
CHMB23H3 Introduction to Chemical Thermodynamics and Kinetics: Theory and Practice
CHMB31H3 Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry
CHMB41H3 Organic Chemistry I
CHMB42H3 Organic Chemistry II

Third Year (4.0-4.5 credits):
BIOC12H3 Biochemistry I: Proteins and Enzymes
BIOC13H3 Biochemistry II: Bioenergetics and Metabolism
BIOC23H3 Practical Approaches to Biochemistry
CHMC11H3 Principles of Analytical Instrumentation
CHMC42H3 Organic Synthesis
CHMC47H3 Bio-Organic Chemistry
CHMC71H3/​(CHMD71H3) Medicinal Chemistry
0.5 credit from:

CHMC16H3 Analytical Instrumentation
CHMC21H3 Topics in Biophysical Chemistry
CHMC31Y3 Intermediate Inorganic Chemistry

Fourth Year (2.0 credits):
CHMD79H3 Topics in Biological Chemistry
1.5 credits in D-level CHM courses
0.5-1.0 credits from the following:

CHMD90Y3 Directed Research
CHMD91H3 Directed Research
CHMD92H3 Advanced Chemistry Laboratory Course
0.5 credit from the following:
CHMD41H3/​(CHMC41H3) Physical Organic Chemistry
CHMD47H3 Advanced Bio-Organic Chemistry
CHMD69H3 Chemical Elements in Living Systems