chrisshyi13 Posted February 28, 2014 Share Posted February 28, 2014 Hey guys, I apologize for the long post. I'm about to graduate in June with a degree in pharmaceutical chemistry (undergrad). My program is a collaboration between chemistry and pharmacy and focuses on the chemical aspects of drug development (drug delivery, discovery, etc), and is basically tailored to work in pharma and pharmaceutical research. I have discovered that drug research actually doesn't appeal to me as much as "pure" chemistry does, and have subsequently decided that I will apply for chemistry Ph.D programs instead on continuing on in my field. The thing is, there's many holes within my chemistry education, I've never taken an inorganic chemistry course before, and have not taken physical or organic chemistry beyond the 2nd year level. The only chemistry courses I've taken at the 4th year level are polymer chemistry (which I intend on specializing in) and analytical chemistry. So my question is this: I know I can finish a degree in chemistry if I stay in undergrad for an extra year and make up for all the chemistry courses I missed, but that will require an extra year of tuition and my family's financial situation is not very ideal. On the other hand, I can just apply to grad school in chemistry and make up for those courses in grad school, while getting paid a stipend and not having to worry about tuition. Would you guys suggest staying for another year or should I make up for the stuff I missed out on in grad school? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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