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College of Pharmacy

Pharmacognosy and Pharmaceutical Chemistry


The department of pharmacognosy was established in 2007, and in 2010 the pharmaceutical chemistry department became affiliated with this department. The department encompasses two labs for pharmacognosy and pharmaceutical chemistry. The medicinal plant herbarium and medicinal plant chamber were established in 2011.

Department Vision:

The department envisions to be recognized internationally for academic development, research, and drug discovery through collaboration with other relevant national and international departments and institutions, as well as the conduct of research programs.

Department Mission:

The mission of the department is to pioneer screening programs for drug discovery and drug design from natural sources that are to be used in pharmaceutical practice and improve health care in the region, as intact or as their semi- and synthetic derivatives, especially in the fields of anticancer and antiviral agents.

Learning Outcomes:

The Department of Pharmacognosy and Pharmaceutical Chemistry seeks to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the principles and practices of pharmacognosy and pharmaceutical chemistry. The program is designed to prepare students for careers in the pharmaceutical industry, academic research, or related fields.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the principles and practices of pharmacognosy and pharmaceutical chemistry in order to identify, analyze, and evaluate drugs and their components.
  2. Develop the ability to analyze and synthesize natural products and design new drugs based on the knowledge of chemistry, biology, and pharmacology.
  3. Identify, evaluate, and apply advanced analytical methods used in pharmacognosy and pharmaceutical chemistry.
  4. Investigate and apply ethical principles in the practice of pharmaceutical sciences.

Study Methods:

The method of study in our department depends on various tools such as lectures, practical sessions, hospital and community pharmacy visits, case presentations, and reports. The assessment is achieved via two midterm exams, final exams, essays, and reports.


The language of instruction at the Pharmacognosy and Pharmaceutical Chemistry Department is English for all courses.


The duration of study at this department as a part of the College of Pharmacy is 5 academic years of full-time study.

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