Program Overview

Lehigh University’s Certificate in BioOrganic Principles of Pharmaceutical Science (BPPS) program provides students with both a solid base understanding as well as more specialized courses in the bioorganic sector of the field. The BPPS program was designed to give persons working in the pharmacy, biotech, medical device manufacturing, and drug design field an enhanced knowledge of bioorganic principles within the pharmaceutical sciences. Courses cover basic biochemical principles that govern drug design, synthesis, formulation, and metabolism.

Prior to program admittance, students are required to have taken basic courses in organic chemistry, general chemistry, and at least two upper-level chemistry courses. A Bachelor’s Degree in Bioorganic Chemistry is recommended.

Lehigh’s certificate programs involve students taking 12 credits of classes. For this particular program, the university gives students a pool of ten courses from which students must choose at least four. A maximum of six credits (two courses) may be below 400 level. Students can choose between the two certificate options: credit or non-credit (PCE).

Students choosing the credit track must first apply to the University for Non-degree Enrollment Status. If accepted, students will be responsible for turning in course work and taking proctored exams (for which students are responsible to find their own proctors). Completion of the credit track gives students Lehigh University credit on a transcript, their certificate, as well as an easy transition into the school’s Masters of Chemistry program, should they choose. Students choosing the non-credit option simply take the required courses and, once requirements are met, will gain their certificate. Students in this latter track do not gain credit or a university transcript.

This program can be completed completely online. Courses are available through both of Lehigh’s distance-learning formats: Classroom LIVE and Classroom Online. Students may begin their certificate program at the beginning of any semester.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Middle States Commission on Higher Education


    Students should possess a BS or BA in chemistry or biochemistry; or a minimum of two semesters of general chemistry with associated labs, two semesters of organic chemistry with associated labs, and at least two upper level chemistry courses.

    School Overview

    Lehigh University was founded in 1865 by industrialist Asa Packer as a technical school for boys focusing on mathematics and science. Today, the co-educational, private not-for-profit University is located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania on over 2,300 acres. Lehigh University confers degrees through four colleges:

    • College of Arts and Sciences
    • College of Business and Economics
    • P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science
    • College of Education

    Since the turn of the twenty-first century, Lehigh University has offered distance learning for select graduate programs and certificates. These online graduate-level programs give educational options to working professionals and meet the same standards as on-campus programs.


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