The Certificate in Drug Discovery program provides an introduction to the properties of molecules that influence their suitability and effectiveness as drug therapies.
Students in this program will learn about:
- Concepts and approaches utilized in successful drug design
- Synthetic and biological approaches to produce high-quality drug substances
- Common metabolic and toxicologic pathways that affect drug safety
- Biological targets for drug action and high throughput methods leading to the discovery of active drug molecules
- Chemical and material properties of active agents suitable for development as drug products
- The drug discovery and development process used for drug product approval in the United States
Any University of Iowa student who is not concurrently enrolled in a UI graduate or professional degree program may earn this certificate.
Students must submit an Enrollment Questionnaire to the College of Pharmacy's Office of Undergraduate Education to request admission to the certificate program.
Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00 and earn a minimum grade of B-minus in all prerequisite courses. Those who do not meet the admission requirements should contact the associate dean for undergraduate education to discuss admission to the certificate program.
The University of Iowa provides a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students through the Iowa Scholarship Portal. Scholarships are available to first-year, transfer, and currently enrolled students. For additional details on scholarships for your program of study, check directly with the department or college.
The Certificate in Drug Discovery requires a minimum of 16 semester hours of credit.
Review Drug Discovery, Certificate in the UI General Catalog to learn about required course work. Some courses may have prerequisites and students must complete all of a course's prerequisites before they may register for the course. Prerequisite course work does not count toward certificate requirements.