Master of Science in Molecular Biochemistry and Biophysics
32 credit hours
Option 1: Thesis
Option 2: Library or laboratory research project
A master’s student must complete 32 credit hours of approved graduate work, including a core of 20 credit hours, 1 hour of BIOL 595, 5-6 credit hours of approved electives, and 6 credit hours of research toward the thesis (BIOL 591); or BIOL 581 and one additional elective, or BIOL 522 and BIOL 523.
|BIOL 501||Graduate Laboratory Techniques||2|
|BIOL 512||Advanced Biochemistry||3|
|or PHYS 410||Molecular Biophysics|
|BIOL 515||Molecular Biology||3|
|BIOL 533||Advanced Graduate Laboratory Techniques||3|
|BIOL 544||Molecular Biology of Cells||3|
|BIOL 555||Macromolecular Structure||3|
|BIOL 595||Biology Colloquium||1|
|Research Course Requirements||(6)|
|Select one of the following options:||6|
Select one additional elective
|Research Techniques in the Biological Sciences I|
and Research Techniques in Biological Sciences II
|Research and Thesis M.S.||6|
|Select 5-6 credit hours from the following:||5-6|
Any 500-level biology course
|Concepts of Cancer Biology||3|
|Special Problems 1||1-3|
|Total Credit Hours||32-33|
Student may be approved for special problems as appropriate.
The elective is chosen in consultation with an academic adviser. Research for the dissertation must be carried out under the direct supervision of a participating faculty member; the faculty research adviser also acts as the candidate’s academic adviser.
The thesis option is designed for individuals planning careers as experimental biologists, including those who may wish to pursue a Ph.D. This option is available on a competitive basis. Students choosing the thesis option must complete 6 credit hours of thesis research (BIOL 591, CHEM 591, or PHYS 591). Students must also prepare a written thesis based on laboratory research.
The non-thesis option is intended as a degree to meet the needs of teachers, science administrators, policy makers in the life sciences, patent attorneys, and others. Students who elect the non-thesis option must complete a library research project in BIOL 572, or BIOL 581, or a laboratory based research project in BIOL 522 plus BIOL 523.