College of Pharmacy
Department Office: 301 L.S. Skaggs Hall
Department Chair: David W. Grainger, Ph.D.
The Department of Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Chemistry emphasizes fundamental understanding in the physical, chemical, and biological processes of drug-related systems, and innovated therapies. This field focuses on the physiological and physicochemical factors controlling drug delivery to tissues, presence and bioactivity in the body and methods to package drugs to most effectively treat patients. Research extends from fundamental studies of physical chemistry to mechanistic investigations of physiological processes that impact drug delivery to specific sites of action and therapeutic effectiveness. The graduate curriculum emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach encompassing fundamental physical chemistry, mass transport, chemical thermodynamics, organic reactions and mechanisms, chemical kinetics, colloid and interfacial phenomena, biochemistry, polymer science, and molecular biology. Applications of these diverse principles to understanding drug transport through biological and synthetic polymer membranes, development of biosensors, bioactive polymeric carriers for delivery of peptide and bioactive agents, drug targeting toward cells and organs, innovative nucleic acid and gene delivery, development of new drug formulations and delivery systems as well as new therapeutics and imaging tools for the treatment of cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis, and dental care are the focus of advanced course work and graduate research. Pharmaceutics is a major component of the professional Pharm.D. curriculum. No undergraduate degree is offered by the department.
Please see the Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Chemistry M.Phil, M.S., and Ph.D. listed in the Program and Course Offerings section.
Areas of Specialization
Major research programs involve drug targeting, gene therapy, novel molecular imaging, polymeric drugs, fundamental studies of drugs, physicochemical properties, mechanistic investigations of physiological processes that impact drug delivery to specific sites of action and therapeutic effectiveness, drug transport through biological and synthetic polymer membranes, new technologies for biosensors, bioactive polymeric carriers for delivery of peptide and bioactive agents and other therapeutic formulations or systems for innovative treatment of cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis, dental care, and other difficult diseases.
Admission requirements include a B.S. degree in either pharmacy, chemistry, biology, chemical engineering, bioengineering, or related areas; high recommendations by professors of undergraduate courses; at least a B average (3.0) in undergraduate course work; and GRE scores. Research experience is an advantage.
International applicants must also obtain TOEFL scores. Minimum TOEFL score accepted is 550. Students should have completed the following or equivalent courses: one year of organic chemistry with laboratories, one year of physical chemistry with laboratories, one year of calculus including ordinary differential equations, partial differential equations and matrices and vector analysis, as well as one semester of anatomy, cell biology, developmental biology, classical genetics, or physiology. Students may be admitted with nonmatriculated status if there are substantial deficiencies in their pre-requirements.
Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Chemistry Department faculty are associated with the campus wide Interdepartmental Graduate Program in Biological Chemistry. Students in the program may enter graduate study in pharmaceutics and pharmaceutical chemistry by selecting a pharmaceutics and pharmaceutical chemistry faculty member with whom to work.
Program and Course Offerings
CoursesPharmaceutics & Pharmaceutical Chemistry