Master of Science (M.S.)

The graduate program in Biochemistry offers students the training necessary for them to conduct independent biochemical research in an academic, industrial, or clinical environment.  The Biochemistry curriculum is designed to provide a synergistic series of formal courses, seminars, teaching opportunities, and individualized biochemical research experiences in the laboratories of participating faculty.  Students are encouraged to broaden their scientific experience by taking courses in other biomedical science tracks. 

Biochemistry Degree Requirements

A minimum of 30 credit hours and a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 is required for the M.S. degree.  In addition, all master’s candidates must register for BIOC 6098 Thesis for at least one semester in order to graduate.  The student must successfully defend a thesis and be recommended by their program COGS for approval of their degree to the Dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. 

Biochemistry Master's Plans of Study

Students entering 2015 and alternate years thereafter

First Year
FallCredit Hours
IBMS 5000Fundamentals Of Biomedical Sciences (Fundamentals of Biomedical Sciences) 8
IBMS 5008Lab Rotations (Lab Rotations) 2
Spring
BIOC 6036Macromolecular Structure & Mechanism 2
BIOC 5085Biophysical Methods In Biology 2
IBMS 5008Lab Rotations (Laboratory Rotation) 2
INTD 6002Ethics In Research 0.5
Electives  2.5
Summer
BIOC 6097Research 1-9
Second Year
Fall
BIOC 6029MBB Journal Club and Student Research Presentations 2
BIOC 6097Research 1-9
Electives  2-3
Spring
BIOC 6037Integration Of Metabolic Pathways 2
BIOC 5087Molecular Genetics And Biotechnology 1
BIOC 6029MBB Journal Club and Student Research Presentations 2
BIOC 6097Research 1-9
Electives  2-3
Summer
BIOC 6097Research 1-9
Third Year
Fall
BIOC 6097Research 1-9
BIOC 6029MBB Journal Club and Student Research Presentations 2
Master's Thesis Proposal Presentation to Committee  
Spring
BIOC 6098Thesis 1-9
BIOC 6029MBB Journal Club and Student Research Presentations 2
Master's Thesis Presentation to Committee  
 Total Credit Hours: 65.0-69.0

Students entering in 2016 and alternate years thereafter

First Year
FallCredit Hours
IBMS 5000Fundamentals Of Biomedical Sciences (Fundamentals of Biomedical Sciences) 8
IBMS 5008Lab Rotations (Lab Rotations) 2
Spring
BIOC 6037Integration Of Metabolic Pathways 2
BIOC 5087Molecular Genetics And Biotechnology 1
IBMS 5008Lab Rotations 2
INTD 6002Ethics In Research 0.5
Electives  3.5
Summer
BIOC 6097Research 1-9
Second Year
Fall
BIOC 6029MBB Journal Club and Student Research Presentations 2
BIOC 6097Research 1-9
Electives  2-3
Spring
BIOC 6036Macromolecular Structure & Mechanism 2
BIOC 5085Biophysical Methods In Biology 2
BIOC 6029MBB Journal Club and Student Research Presentations 2
BIOC 6097Research 1-9
Electives - see department  2
Summer
BIOC 6097Research 1-9
Third Year
Fall
BIOC 6097Research 1-9
BIOC 6029MBB Journal Club and Student Research Presentations 2
Master's Thesis Proposal Presentation to Comittee  
 Total Credit Hours: 52.0-53.0

Biochemistry Objectives/Program Outcomes

  1. Review/interpret research literature
  2. Communicate effectively in writing
  3. Communicate effectively in verbal presentations
  4. Display potential for conducting independent research