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PreMed at the Department of Chemistry Purdue University

Medical schools recognize the importance of chemistry in medicine, because this science is fundamental to the study of all life processes and is the basis of the pharmaceutical industry.

The Department of Chemistry at Purdue University offers interdisciplinary opportunities for learning both organic chemistry and biochemistry, each critical to the pursuit of post-graduate studies in the medical field.

  • A robust background in organic chemistry facilitates the understanding of the structural features in therapeutic agents used for curing or preventing human diseases.

  • Biochemistry provides the fundamental knowledge needed for understanding molecular genetics, cellular processes, and the molecular basis of metabolic disorders

Numerous members of the chemistry faculty perform leading-edge research at the interface between chemistry and medicine. Undergraduate students have the opportunity to obtain research experience in many of these laboratories.

Virtually any plan of study within the chemistry department can be easily modified to assure that all the requirements for admission to a medical school are satisfied. Typically, this requires only the inclusion of one year of biology to the plans of study.

An attractive option offered by the Department of Chemistry is a B.S. in Biochemistry/Chemistry, a degree that has been accredited by the American Chemical Society and which includes biology within its curriculum

Chemistry majors have full access to the College of Science health sciences advisers. Students interested in medical school are encouraged to consult with that office as early as their freshman year.

Stewart "I've been an undergraduate researcher in Dr. Bodner's Chemistry Education lab for the past four years and my latest project is creating special images of organic molecules to aid in the education of the visually impaired."
mengmeng "Growing cancer cells and making dyes for cancer cells in Dr. Philip Low's lab for two semesters and doing an internship at Eli Lilly in their manufacturing department has been great preparation for med school."
jon "This is an elite, internationally renowned university with a hometown feel. With so many great professors, organizations, and real-world connections, Purdue puts the world in your hands, and students can literally do anything with their college experience"
kasi med school "Purdue's pre-med/science program has students and faculty who are available as mentors and friends to undergraduate students. I have had guidance whenever I felt confused about determining my next step."
Cory "My work this past summer was funded through the Purdue Center for Cancer Research where I worked on a project to make a macromolecule capable of targeting breast cancer. I really enjoy taking what I've learned in Chemistry courses and applying it to practical situations."
brittany pharmacy "Studying chemistry and soon pharmacy at Purdue helps me on that path to being able to truly contribute to the health and happiness of others. Gaining friendships with classmates is also important to me, and Purdue offers an environment which attracts many individuals who have similar aspirations and values to mine."
Matthew "I had the fantastic opportunity of working with Prof. Amy Davidson my first semester in CHM 197 which I carried through as CHM 499 for the next four semesters. This allowed me to get a summer job in a discovery biology lab at Eli Lilly and solidified my interest in the healthcare industry."
susan medical school "My study abroad opportunities while at Purdue were invaluable to me. I studied in Australia, Denmark, and went on medical mission trips during three spring breaks to Peru, Ecuador, and El Salvador. Next, I’m headed to Tanzania to work with local doctors before attending med school in Texas."


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