Biochemistry (MS)

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Master of Science Degree Requirements

Core Courses13
Macromolecular Structure
Macromolecular Synthesis and Regulation
Molecular Biology Of the Cell
Seminar In Biochemistry 1
Elective Courses11
See "Elective Courses" listed below 2, 3
Master's Thesis Research 2
Total Hours30

Elective Courses

Select at least three courses below:9
BCH 552Experimental Biochemistry3
BCH 553Biochemistry of Gene Expression3
BCH 555Proteins and Molecular Mechanisms3
BCH 560Molecular Biology for Teachers3
BCH 571Regulation of Metabolism3
BCH 590Special Topics in Biochemistry1-6
BCH 701Macromolecular Structure3
BCH 703Macromolecular Synthesis and Regulation3
BCH 705Molecular Biology Of the Cell3
BCH 710Biological Scanning Electron Microscopy2
BCH 751Biophysical Chemistry3
BCH 760Protein Crystallography and Macromolecular Modeling3
BCH 761Advanced Molecular Biology Of the Cell3
BCH 763Biochemistry Of Hormone Action3
BCH 768Nucleic Acids: Structure and Function3
BCH 770Enzyme Kinetics and Mechanisms3

Additional Requirements

  • Successful completion of the M.S. degree requires a minimum of 30 credit hours.
  • At least 18 credit hours of letter-graded courses (“A,” “B,” “C”, etc.) must be included in the program.

Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's Degree Requirements

In addition to the standard University and Biochemistry requirements for a B.S. in Biochemistry, students must complete 30 credit hours at the graduate level for the Master’s degree component.  This is accomplished as outlined below:

Undergraduate Core Courses6
Experimental Biochemistry
Biochemistry of Gene Expression
Proteins and Molecular Mechanisms
400-level Courses with a 500-level Counterpart 1, 26
See "400/500 Level Courses" listed below
Graduate Core Courses 1, 212
Macromolecular Structure
Macromolecular Synthesis and Regulation
Molecular Biology Of the Cell
Select one additional course:
Molecular Genetics
Advanced Molecular Biology Of the Cell
Microbial Metabolic Regulation
Introductory Virology
Comparative Immunology
Research/Scholarship/Education Course6
Master's Supervised Teaching
Master's Supervised Research
Master's Thesis Research
Total Hours30

400/500-Level Courses

Select two courses listed below:6
Molecular Origins of Life
Human and Biomedical Genetics


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