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Program overview

Specific Program Requirements (Hegis Code 0414)

A minimum total of 30 credits (detailed below) and either a Master’s Literature Review (Plan A) or a Master’s Thesis (Plan B) are required for graduation. Departmental Seminar and Journal Club (BCHM 8020) may be taken multiple times but only two credits may be counted towards degree requirements. Courses offered by other departments may be applied toward the elective credit requirements with the approval of the program director.

The Professional Science Master’s track (Plan C) requires 36 credits overall. This total includes a minimum of 24 credits from the science curriculum, a minimum of 8 credits from the professional skills curriculum, and an internship and capstone project report. A Master’s Literature Review may be substituted for the capstone report if proprietary concerns at the company hosting the internship preclude a formal report. In certain circumstances, with the approval of the program director and associate dean for the Professional Science Master’s program, a research rotation (BCHM 9800 or BMSM 9800, minimum 3 credits) may be substituted for the internship, along with either a Master’s Literature Review or a Master’s Thesis.

Plan A:
Required Courses  
General Biochemistry I & II (BCHM 1010, 1020) 8 credits
Biochemistry of Gene Expression (BCHM 1250) 4 credits
Protein Structure and Function (BCHM 2690) 3 credits
Departmental Seminar and Journal Club (BCHM 8020), taken twice 
  OR Current Topics (BCHM 8110)
2 credits
Master's Independent Study (BCHM 9700) 1 credit
Master's Literature Review (BCHM 9750) 0 credits
Electives (didactic credits only) 12 credits
   
TOTAL 30 credits

Plan B:
Required Courses  
General Biochemistry I & II (BCHM 1010, 1020) 8 credits
Biochemistry of Gene Expression (BCHM 1250) 4 credits
Protein Structure and Function (BCHM 2690) 3 credits
Departmental Seminar and Journal Club (BCHM 8020), taken twice 
  OR Current Topics (BCHM 8110)
2 credits
Master’s Thesis Research (BCHM 9800) 1-5 credits
Master’s Thesis (BCHM 9850) 0 credit
Electives (didactic credits only) 8-13 credits
   
TOTAL 30 credits