Pharmaceutical Chemistry Specialist (Science Program) - ASSPE1211

Consult Professor D. Dubins, Faculty of Pharmacy

The Pharmaceutical Chemistry Specialist Program combines knowledge of the biological, medical, and physical sciences in the study of the scientific aspects of drug therapy, with an emphasis placed on the chemical nature of the reactions and interactions involved in drug therapy. The program is offered jointly by the Department of Chemistry and the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Toronto. Students in the Pharmaceutical Chemistry Specialist program will receive a solid background and training in physical, organic, and analytical chemistry, and will also learn the fundamental aspects of the synthesis, manufacture, use, and mode of action of drugs. This program provides excellent preparation for future work in the pharmaceutical industry and is accredited by Canadian Society for Chemistry,

Enrolment Requirements

This is a limited enrolment program. Students must have completed 4.0 credits and meet the requirements listed below to enrol.

Variable Minimum Grade Average
A minimum grade average is needed for entry, and this minimum changes each year depending on available spaces and the number of applicants. The following courses must be completed:

BIO120H1 and BIO130H1
• ( CHM135H1 and CHM136H1)/ CHM151Y1
• ( PHY131H1 and PHY132H1)/( PHY151H1 and PHY152H1)

To ensure that students admitted to the program will be successful, applicants with a final grade lower than 60%, or a grade average lower than 70% will not be considered for admission. Please note that obtaining this minimum final grade or minimum grade average does not guarantee admission to the program.

Completion Requirements

(13.0 credits, including 1.0 credit from 400-level courses)

NOTE: Some of the courses listed below may have prerequisites.

First Year:

  1. BIO120H1, BIO130H1
  2. ( CHM135H1 and CHM136H1)/ CHM151Y1
  3. ( PHY131H1 and PHY132H1)/ ( PHY151H1 and PHY152H1)

Second Year:

  1. BCH210H1
  2. BIO230H1
  3. CHM220H1/​ CHM222H1, CHM223H1, CHM247H1/​ CHM249H1
  4. PCL201H1
  5. PHC230H1

Third Year:

  1. CHM217H1
  2. PHC300H1, PHC301H1, PHC320H1, PHC330H1, PHC340Y1

Fourth Year:

  1. PHC489Y1/​ CHM499Y1
  2. 2.0 credits from: CHM317H1, CHM342H1, CHM347H1, CHM379H1, CHM410H1, CHM414H1, CHM417H1, CHM427H1, CHM440H1, JPM300H1, JPM400Y1, PCL362H1, PCL386H1, PHC331H1, PHC401H1, PHC420H1, PHC421H1, PHC430H1, PHC431H1, PHC432H1, PHC435H1, PHC460H1, PHC462H1, PHC470H1, PSL300H1, PSL301H1


Note that not all of the 400-level PHC courses are offered every academic year.

Students in this program have the option to complete the Arts & Science Internship Program (ASIP) stream or PEY Co-op.

Note: January 2022 was the last opportunity for Faculty of Arts & Science students to register for PEY Co-op. Students in Year 3 in the Fall/Winter 2021-2022 session were the last group of Faculty of Arts & Science students eligible to participate in PEY Co-op. Students starting Year 2 in Fall 2021 or later are only eligible to participate in the Arts & Science Internship Program stream.