Catalogue 2020 - 2021

CHEM 155 Drug Development Chemistry


3 cr.


CHEM 101 or CHEM 103 or CHEM 105

Course Description

This course will examine the journey of a molecule as it goes from an unknown molecule, becomes discovered as a lead molecule and transformed into a pharmaceutical drug. Students will learn how lead compounds are found, tested and optimized before undergoing clinical trials and hopefully appearing on the market. Class will consist primarily of lecture supplemented with group activities and discussions. This course is intended primarily for non-majors, with the underlying goal of understanding what is involved with developing a new drug and the financial impact of the process.


CHEM 101 or CHEM 103 or CHEM 105, followed by this course, would meet the General University Requirements for the Natural Science Perspective.

This is a one semester course without a lab.