Pharmaceutical Biochemistry (M.S.)

The objective of this program is to provide students with the opportunity to obtain a Master of Science Degree in Pharmaceutical Biochemistry at Montclair State University. Graduates from this program will be prepared for careers in applied research or product development in the pharmaceutical industry and for work in management, inspection, sales, and service. Specifically these graduates will have the requisite skills in biochemistry, drug design and pharmacology to set them on a career path in the pharmaceutical industry.

This program is uniquely poised to meet these objectives by providing a core curriculum which closely parallels the drug discovery process followed within the Pharmaceutical Industry. The core curriculum provides training in the biochemical aspects of drug discovery, drug screening and medicinal chemistry technologies and pharmacological evaluation of new drug candidates.

This program will ideally be suited for students with a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry or Chemistry. The particular course of study will be developed on an individual basis for each student, so that students with a background in areas other than Biochemistry or Chemistry can be accommodated by including the necessary biochemical prerequisites before starting the core curriculum.

Program Requirements

Core Courses
CHEM 570Advanced Biochemistry3
CHEM 575Enzyme Kinetics and Mechanisms3
CHEM 579Biomolecular Assay Development3
CHEM 582Biochemical Pharmacology3
Electives and Research
Select 18 credits from the following with no more than 6 credits in Biology: 118
Experimental Cell Culture
Topics in Modern Genetics
Molecular Biology I
Molecular Biology II
Signal Transduction
Selected Techniques in Molecular Biology
Bioinorganic Chemistry
Advanced Organic Chemistry
Drug Design in Medicinal Chemistry
Advanced Analytical Chemistry
Protein Structure
Nucleic Acid Biochemistry
Biochemistry Laboratory Techniques
Research Options
Select either the Graduate Literature Search or the Research & Thesis option: 2-6
Graduate Literature Search
Graduate Literature Search
Graduate Seminar
Research & Thesis
Graduate Research
Master's Thesis
Submit the completed Thesis original and one copy to the Graduate Office. See Thesis Guidelines for details.
Culminating Experience
Make a seminar presentation in conjunction with Research option. Graduate School must be notified when complete.
Total Credits32

Or 14 credits if completing Thesis.