Medicinal Chemistry Online Course by Davidson College


Davidson College is offering free online course on Medicinal Chemistry: The Molecular Basis of Drug Discovery. This medicinal chemistry course explores how chemists modify a molecule’s structure to design a safe and effective drug.

In this seven-week course, applicants will gain a better understanding of the drug discovery process to learn how safe, effective drugs are developed and optimized. This course will start on October 2, 2017.

Course At A Glance 

Length: 7 weeks
Effort: 6-8 hours pw
Subject: Medicine
Institution: Davidson College and edx
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes, Add a Verified Certificate for $49
Session: Course Starts on October 2, 2017

Providers’ Details

Davidson College provides one of the nation’s most intellectually rigorous undergraduate experiences. Davidson’s renowned faculty and innovative transdisciplinary programs have earned the college distinction as one of the most research-active liberal arts institutions in the country, as well as consistent national recognition for overall quality, faculty-student research collaboration, and teaching.

About This Course

This course opens with a brief history of drug discovery and introduces the modern drug approval process. Then, we will transition to learning about receptors and enzymes, the body’s molecules most often targeted by drugs. University will also discuss the topics of pharmacokinetics (drug adsorption, elimination, and half-life) and metabolism.

Why Take This Course?

The course closes with units on how potential drug molecules are identified and subsequently optimized into safe and effective drugs.

Learning Outcomes

  • How to measure the activity of enzymes and receptors
  • Methods for modeling a drug’s half-life
  • How to predict and alter the metabolism of a molecule
  • Techniques for discovering molecules with desired biological activity
  • Approaches for optimizing a molecule into a safe and effective drug


Erland Stevens

Erland Stevens earned his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1997 under Will Pearson in the area of nitrogen heterocycles. He then pursued postdoctoral studies at The Scripps Research Institute with K. Barry Sharp less.


High school level chemistry and biology and some experience with organic chemistry. Basic math skills (logarithms and exponential functions) are also recommended.

How To Join This Course

  • Go to the course website link
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  • Choose “Register Now” to get started.
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