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Graduate Committee

Dr. Laurey Steinke & Dr. Melissa Teoh-Fitzgerald (co-directors), Dr. David Klinkebiel, and Dr. Amar Singh  

The Master of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology program provides an opportunity for individuals desiring careers in health sciences, industry, education or research to prepare themselves for either professional studies or positions demanding mastery of science beyond the baccalaureate level. Students will experience seminar and comprehensive exams that are tailored for their expected careers, as well as unique experiences in bench science with training in basic and advanced laboratory techniques used in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

The Non-Thesis Master’s track is a one-two year program with an emphasis on course work and experiences that will prepare the students for careers other than independent research. Students will experience seminar and comprehensive exams that are tailored for their expected careers, as well as unique experiences in bench science with training in basic and advanced laboratory techniques used in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

The Thesis Master’s track is a full-time enrollment for a minimum of 2 years. The emphasis of this track is on research and development of independent hypothesis and critical reasoning skills. For this track only, a part-time graduate assistantship and tuition waiver may be available after joining a laboratory.

Coursework (Non-Thesis Track)

Students pursuing the Non-Thesis M.S. degree in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology must complete the following courses: 

Required Courses
IPBS 801FUNDAMENTALS OF BIOMOLECULES3
IPBS 802MOLECULAR CELL BIOLOGY2
IPBS 803FUNDAMENTALS OF RECEPTORS & CELL SIGNALING2
BMB 815METABOLISM2
BMB 840SEMINAR WITH DISCUSSION2
BMB 843LABORATORY TRAINING IN BIOCHEMISTRY & MOLECULAR BIOLOGY: BASIC3
BMB 844LABORATORY TRAINING IN BIOCHEMISTRY & MOLECULAR BIOLOGY: ADVANCED5-10
BMB 915PROTEINS & NUCLEIC ACID3
Electives (6 credits)
These elective credits may include up to 5 additional hours of BMB 844.

Coursework (Thesis Track)

Students pursing the Thesis M.S. degree in  Biochemistry & Molecular Biology must complete the following courses:

IPBS 801FUNDAMENTALS OF BIOMOLECULES3
IPBS 802MOLECULAR CELL BIOLOGY2
IPBS 803FUNDAMENTALS OF RECEPTORS & CELL SIGNALING2
BMB 815METABOLISM2
BMB 915PROTEINS & NUCLEIC ACID3
BMB 970SEMINAR1

The number of other graduate-level courses required will vary with each student. Individual Programs of Study will be designed for each student by their Advisory Committee with the approval of the Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Graduate Committee. Students must achieve a grade of "B–" or better in each graduate-level course and maintain an overall 3.0 graduate GPA.