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Pharmaceutical Chemistry

College of Letters and Science

  • Bachelor of Science

Do you want to be on the forefront of modern pharmaceuticals? The demand for pharmaceutical chemists is high and is anticipated to grow as modern chemistry and biology provide us with increasingly accurate tools to develop unique therapies. The pharmaceutical chemistry major provides students with an in-depth understanding of the processes and societal issues surrounding the design and development of modern pharmaceuticals. Students in this major will learn how drugs work and how to synthesize, design and deliver them, as well as the ethical issues surrounding pharmaceutical development.

Major Requirements

The pharmaceutical chemistry program at UC Davis provides a strong foundation in biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics. The major focuses on design principles and experimental methods used in pharmaceutical and medical chemistry. Undergraduate research and study abroad are strongly encouraged and may apply to major requirements.

Contact Information

Degree Outcomes


  • Analyst
  • Research Associate
  • Facilities TCM Engineer
  • STEM Educator
  • Junior Specialist of Pathology and Lab Medicine

Graduate Study

  • Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Medicinal chemistry
  • Pharmaceutical sciences
  • Chemical physics

Alumni Employers

  • Origin Materials
  • Terracon Consultants Incorporated
  • Gilead Sciences
  • Genentech, Inc.
  • California Department of Justice, Santa Rosa
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