Chemistry, Bachelor of Science with a Concentration in Medicinal Chemistry

To obtain a B.S. with a major in Chemistry and a concentration in Medicinal Chemistry, a student must fulfill university, college, and departmental requirements. Minimum hour requirements follow:

  • 46 hours of University General Education courses (Testing out of academic skills requirements and enrolling in General Education courses that meet both distribution and diversity requirements are likely to reduce the total number of General Education hours to 34 or fewer.)
  • 12 hours college breadth requirement
  • 51 hours of major courses (including the optional concentration)
  • 19 hours of cognate courses
  • Elective hours as required to total 120 hours

TOTAL HOURS: 120

Requirements

A Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry with a concentration in medicinal chemistry requires a minimum of 51 credit hours of course work in both chemistry and biology.

Required Chemistry Courses
CHEM 1180
CHEM 1184
GENERAL CHEMISTRY I
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY I LABORATORY
4
CHEM 1190
CHEM 1194
GENERAL CHEMISTRY II
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY II LABORATORY
4
CHEM 2250ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I3
CHEM 2260
CHEM 2274
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II
and ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY
5
CHEM 2400
CHEM 2404
QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS
and QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS LAB
4
CHEM 2500INTRODUCTION TO INORGANIC CHEMISTRY3
CHEM 3350
CHEM 3354
PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY I
and PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY I LABORATORY
4
CHEM 3710ESSENTIALS OF MEDICINAL CHEMISTRY3
CHEM/BIOL 4650BIOCHEMISTRY I (with the following lab)3
CHEM/BIOL 4654BIOCHEMISTRY I LABORATORY1
Additional Lecture
Select one of the following:3-4
INTRODUCTION TO MOLECULAR MODELING (3 cr)
ADVANCED ORGANIC CHEMISTRY - SYNTHESIS (3 cr)
ADVANCED ORGANIC CHEMISTRY - MECHANISM (3 cr)
ADVANCED ORGANIC CHEMISTRY: MECHANISMS AND MODELING (4 cr) (additional lab not required if 4250 is taken)
BIOCHEMISTRY II (3 cr plus Biochemistry II Lab )
Additional Lab
Select one of the following:1
SPECTROMETRIC CHARACTERIZATIONS (1 cr)
BIOCHEMISTRY II LABORATORY (1 cr)
CHEMISTRY PROJECTS (1 cr)
Biology Requirements
BIOL 1450BIOLOGY I5
BIOL 2140GENETICS4
Advanced Courses
Select 4 credit hours from advanced courses (listed below)4
Total Credits51-52

Advanced Courses

Analytical
CHEM 3030ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY3
CHEM 3424SPECTROMETRIC CHARACTERIZATIONS1
CHEM 4400INSTRUMENTAL ANALYSIS3
CHEM 4404INSTRUMENTAL ANALYSIS LABORATORY1
Biochemistry
CHEM/BIOL 4660BIOCHEMISTRY II3
CHEM/BIOL 4664BIOCHEMISTRY II LABORATORY1
CHEM 4670PROTEIN PURIFICATION AND CHARACTERIZATION2
Inorganic
CHEM 3514INORGANIC PREPARATIONS1
CHEM 4500ADVANCED INORGANIC CHEMISTRY3
CHEM 4510SOLID STATE INORGANIC CHEMISTRY3
CHEM 4540GEOCHEMISTRY3
Organic
CHEM 3210INTRODUCTION TO MOLECULAR MODELING3
CHEM 4230ADVANCED ORGANIC CHEMISTRY - SYNTHESIS3
CHEM 4240ADVANCED ORGANIC CHEMISTRY - MECHANISM3
CHEM 4250ADVANCED ORGANIC CHEMISTRY: MECHANISMS AND MODELING4
Physical Chemistry
CHEM 3360PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY II3
CHEM 3364PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY II LABORATORY1
Polymer
CHEM 4310POLYMER CHEMISTRY3
Research
CHEM 4950CHEMISTRY PROJECTS1
CHEM 4960CHEMISTRY PROBLEMS1-3
Internship
CHEM 4810CHEMISTRY INTERNSHIP1-6
Special Topics
CHEM 4930SPECIAL TOPICS IN CHEMISTRY1-3
Biology
BIOL 3020MOLECULAR BIOLOGY OF THE CELL3
BIOL 3240INTRODUCTION TO IMMUNOLOGY3
BIOL 3830BIOLOGY OF PATHOGENIC MICROORGANISMS3
BIOL 4130MOLECULAR GENETICS4
BIOL 4140CELLULAR BIOLOGY4
BIOL 4450VIROLOGY3
BIOL 4640MOLECULAR MICROBIOLOGY3
BIOL 4730VERTEBRATE ENDOCRINOLOGY4
BIOL 4850DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY3
BIOL 4860COMPARATIVE GENOMICS3

Required Cognate Courses

MATH 1950CALCULUS I5
MATH 1960CALCULUS II4
Select one of the following sequences:10
Sequence I
GENERAL PHYSICS I
and GENERAL PHYSICS LABORATORY I
GENERAL PHYSICS II
and GENERAL PHYSICS LABORATORY II
Sequence II
GENERAL PHYSICS I - CALCULUS LEVEL
and GENERAL PHYSICS LABORATORY I
GENERAL PHYSICS-CALCULUS LEVEL
and GENERAL PHYSICS LABORATORY II
Total Credits19
Recommended but not required
MATH 1970CALCULUS III4

These courses can be applied to pre-professional curricula. For example, with proper selection of electives and sequencing of requirements, pre-pharmacy students may meet UNMC College of Pharmacy entrance requirements in three years and still be able to complete a B.S. in chemistry with a concentration in medicinal chemistry in four years.

To graduate with an ACS certified degree, see your chemistry advisor for proper course selection.

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman
FallCredits
CHEM 1180
CHEM 1184
GENERAL CHEMISTRY I
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY I LABORATORY ( *)
4
CMST 1110
PUBLIC SPEAKING FUNDS
or ARGUMENTATION AND DEBATE
3
ENGL 1150 ENGLISH COMPOSITION I (**) 3
MATH 1950 CALCULUS I (***) 5
*CHEM 1180: Requires MATH 1320 or higher. Must take CHEM 1184 concurrently.
**ENGL 1150: Requires appropriate placement.
***MATH 1950: Requires appropriate Math placement. MATH 1950 is part of the BS Cognate.
 Credits15
Spring
CHEM 1190
CHEM 1194
GENERAL CHEMISTRY II
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY II LABORATORY (*)
4
ENGL 1160 ENGLISH COMPOSITION II (**) 3
MATH 1960 CALCULUS II (***) 4
Humanities and Fine Arts / Global Diversity Course 3
*CHEM 1190: Requires CHEM 1180+1184 and MATH 1320 or higher. Must take CHEM 1194 concurrently and CHEM 1180-1184.
**ENGL 1160: Requires ENGL 1150 or placement.
***MATH 1960 requires MATH 1950. MATH 1960 is part of the BS Cognate.
 Credits14
Sophomore
Fall
CHEM 2250 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I (*) 3
CHEM 2400
CHEM 2404
QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS
and QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS LAB (**)
4
HIST 1000 WORLD HISTORY TO 1500 (or Minor/2nd Major course***) 3
Social Science 3
Humanities and Fine Arts 3
*CHEM 2250: Requires CHEM 1190+1194.
**CHEM 2400: Requires CHEM 1190+1194. Must take CHEM 2404 concurrently.
***CAS Requirement
 Credits16
Spring
CHEM 2260
CHEM 2274
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II
and ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY (*)
5
CHEM 2500 INTRODUCTION TO INORGANIC CHEMISTRY (**) 3
HIST 1010 WORLD HISTORY SINCE 1500 (or Minor/2nd Major Course***) 3
PHYS 1110
GENERAL PHYSICS I (^)
or GENERAL PHYSICS I - CALCULUS LEVEL
4
PHYS 1154 GENERAL PHYSICS LABORATORY I 1
*CHEM 2260: Requires CHEM 2250 within the last calendar year. Must take CHEM 2274 concurrently.
**CHEM 2500: Requires CHEM 1190.
***CAS Requirement
^PHYS 1110: Requires MATH 1220 or higher. PHYS 2110 Requires MATH 1950. PHYS 1110/2110+1154 are part of the BS Cognate.
 Credits16
Junior
Fall
CHEM 4650
CHEM 4654
BIOCHEMISTRY I
and BIOCHEMISTRY I LABORATORY (*)
4
PHYS 1120
GENERAL PHYSICS II (**)
or GENERAL PHYSICS-CALCULUS LEVEL
4
PHYS 1164 GENERAL PHYSICS LABORATORY II 1
Humanities and Fine Arts*** 3
Social Science / US Diversity 3
*CHEM 4650: Requires CHEM 2260+2274 and either CHEM 2400 or BIOL 3020, all with a C- or better. CHEM 4654 must be taken concurrently.
**PHYS 1120: Requires PHYS 1110. PHYS 2120 requires PHYS 2110 and MATH 1960. PHYS 1120/2120 & 1164 are part of the BS Cognate.
***Humanities/Fine Arts course must come from 2nd discipline.
 Credits15
Spring
BIOL 1450 BIOLOGY I 5
CHEM 3710 ESSENTIALS OF MEDICINAL CHEMISTRY (*) 3
NSCI 3940 WRITING IN CHEMISTRY (**) 2
Additional Chemistry Lecture*** 3-4
Additional Chemistry Lab*** 1
*CHEM 3710: Requires ENGL 1160 and CHEM 2260+2274.
**NSCI 3940: Requires ENGL 1160, and CHEM 2400 or 2500.
***Must take one additional lecture and additional lab related to Organic Chemistry or CHEM 4660+4664 or CHEM 4250. See UNO catalog for options.
 Credits14-15
Senior
Fall
BIOL 2140 GENETICS (*) 4
CHEM 3350
CHEM 3354
PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY I
and PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY I LABORATORY (**)
4
Social Science*** 3
Additional Humanities and Fine Arts or Minor/2nd Major Course^ 3
*BIOL 2140: Requires BIOL 1450, 1750, and CHEM 1180. BIOL 1750 is waived for Chemistry majors.
**CHEM 3350: Requires CHEM 2260+2274, 2400+2404, PHYS 2120 or 1120, and MATH 1960.
***Social Science course must be in a 2nd discipline.
^CAS Requirement: Humanities/Fine Arts Course must be in a 3rd discipline.
 Credits14
Spring
Advanced Chemistry Elective* 4
Additional Social Science or Minor/2nd Major Course** 3
Elective or Minor/2nd Major Course*** 3
Elective or Minor/2nd Major Course*** 3
Elective Course*** 3
*Must take 4 credit hours of Advanced Chemistry Electives. See Catalog for options.
**CAS Requirement: Social Science Course must be in a 3rd discipline.
***Students need a minimum of 120 credits to graduate. Electives, minors, or a 2nd major may be used to reach this minimum.
 Credits16
 Total Credits120-121

This roadmap is a suggested plan of study and does not replace meeting with an advisor. Please note that students may need to adjust the actual sequence of courses based on course availability. Please consult an advisor in your major program for further guidance.


This plan is not a contract and curriculum is subject to change


Additional Information About this Plan:
University Degree Requirements:
The minimum number of hours for a UNO undergraduate degree is 120 credit hours. Please review the requirements for your specific program to determine all requirements for the program. In order to graduate on-time (four years for an undergraduate degree), you need to take 30 hours each year.


Placement Exams: For Math, English, Foreign Language, a placement exam may be required. More information on these exams can be found at https://www.unomaha.edu/enrollment-management/testing-center/placement-exams/information.php


**Transfer credit or placement exam scores may change suggested plan of study


GPA Requirements: 2.0