Biochemistry and Biotechnology MS

The Biochemistry and Biotechnology Program offers three types of Master of Science degrees.

  • One is a non-thesis option suitable for those with laboratory research experience or for others, such as educators, who do not require research experience.
  • The second is a 32 credit hour Professional Science emphasis area that includes a strong business component for students who are interested in learning more about the business aspects of companies. This track may not be appropriate for students who are interested in pursuing a PhD or working primarily as laboratory scientists.
  • The third option includes laboratory-based research under the supervision of one of the program faculty members, leading to a written thesis. All students admitted to the graduate program are considered to be in the non-thesis program. They may transfer into the thesis program after they have been accepted as a thesis student by one of the faculty.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the M.S. program must submit a completed application and personal data forms, two letters of recommendation from faculty at previously-attended colleges or universities, and transcripts of all previous postsecondary academic work. Applicants whose undergraduate degree is from a university outside of the United States must submit GRE scores (verbal, quantitative, and analytical). For students with a degree from a U.S. university, submission of Graduate Record Examination scores, although not required, is highly recommended. Admission as a regular graduate student requires graduation from an accredited college with a minimum grade point overall and in biology and chemistry courses of 3.0 (where A=4.0). Students will generally be expected to have completed a major in biology, chemistry, biochemistry or biotechnology. In addition to the Graduate School admission requirements, applicants should have completed an undergraduate course in biochemistry (equivalent to BIOL 4712 / CHEM 4712). Successful applicants will typically have completed courses in organic chemistry, cell biology, and genetics. Applicants may be asked to make up any deficiencies in these areas as a condition of enrollment.

All international applicants, except those from countries where English is the primary language, must take the TOEFL. Ordinarily, a score of 213 on the computer-based exam (550 on the paper-based exam or 80 on the internet-based exam) or better is required.

Degree Requirements

Both the thesis and non-thesis options require a total of 30 graduate credit hours, of which at least half must be at the 5000-level or above. A maximum of 12 or 5 credit hours of Graduate Research (BIOL 6905 or CHEM 6905) may be applied toward the 30 credit hour total for the thesis or non-thesis options, respectively. Students must have a 3.0 GPA in non-research courses.

Required Courses
CHEM 4722Advanced Biochemistry3
CHEM 5774Bioinformatics3
BIOL 6615Advanced Biotechnology Laboratory II4
BIOL 6602Advanced Molecular Biology3
BIOL 6889Graduate Seminar2
Elective Courses
CHEM 4733Biochemistry Laboratory2
CHEM 4772Physical Biochemistry3
CHEM 5694Special Topics in Organic Chemistry3
CHEM 5794Special Topics in Biochemistry3
CHEM 6787Problem Seminar in Biochemistry1
CHEM 6905Graduate Research In Chemistry1-10
BIOL 4842Immunobiology3
BIOL 5069Topics In Cellular And Molecular Biology1
BIOL 6442Advanced Developmental Biology3
BIOL 6550Advanced Bacterial Pathogenesis3
BIOL 6602Advanced Molecular Biology3
BIOL 6612Advanced Molecular Genetics of Bacteria3
BIOL 6622Advanced Cellular Basis of Disease3
BIOL 6632Advanced Nucleic Acid Structure and Function3
BIOL 6642Advanced Plant Biology and Biotechnology3
BIOL 6652Advanced Virology3
BIOL 6699Graduate Internship in Biotechnology1-4
BIOL 6889Graduate Seminar2
BIOL 6905Graduate Research in Biology1-10
BIOL 6920Advanced Topics in Biology (when relevant)2-5