Pharmaceutical Sciences

Office: 3610 CPHS; 313-577-1047
Chairperson: George B. Corcoran

The pharmaceutical sciences encompass the traditional disciplines of medicinal or pharmaceutical chemistry, pharmaceutics and pharmacology/toxicology. Medicinal chemistry is primarily devoted to the discovery and development of new compounds which may be of value in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. Included are applications of organic chemistry, natural product chemistry, biochemistry, pharmacology and the relationships among chemical structure, physical properties and biological activity. Pharmaceutics is concerned with the conception, design, production, characterization, and evaluation of drug delivery systems in vitro and in vivo. Pharmaceutics includes physical, chemical, biological, microbiological and engineering studies related to the design of drug delivery systems. Pharmacology/toxicology deals with the principles and mechanisms of drug action on biological systems and the toxicological aspects of drugs and other substances.

Applicants with a strong background in the behavioral, biological, pharmacy and/or the physical sciences are excellent candidates for graduate work in this department. Study within this department is heavy focused on an interdisciplinary approach and the curriculum involves a single major with specializations rather than separate majors. This leads to greater flexibility in designing individualized programs geared to the applicant's preparation and interests.