Chemistry, Biochemistry Concentration (M.S.)

The Chemistry and Biochemistry Department offers two options for the Master's degree:

  • the Master of Science in Chemistry and
  • the Master of Science in Chemistry with Concentration in Biochemistry.

The courses offered include advanced courses in all major areas of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and include a number of highly specialized instrumentation courses as well as individual research opportunities. Laboratories are housed in both Richardson Hall and Science Hall. Students may selectively take one or two courses as non-degree students, to increase their professional competence in a particular area of Chemistry or Biochemistry, or may elect to enroll in one of the Master of Science programs, as outlined below.

The Biochemistry concentration provides a flexible program of study for those students who wish to emphasize Biochemistry and related areas in their Master's degree. Those working in research in the pharmaceutical industry or interested in doing so, and individuals interested in pursuing an M.D. or a Ph.D. in Biochemistry or a related area would benefit from this program. It is most suited to students with an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry but is also suitable for students with a major in Chemistry who wish to broaden their knowledge in Biochemistry. As indicated above, students with other backgrounds can also be accommodated.


The minimum requirements for admission to the Graduate School are essential for admission to one of the graduate programs in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. When a student has been admitted, the Graduate Program Coordinator for Chemistry and Biochemistry will evaluate the background in chemistry, biochemistry, other sciences and mathematics, and a specific program will be designed. An entering student should present at least twenty-four credits of undergraduate chemistry credits. In consultation with the Graduate Program Coordinator, a program may be designed for a student with insufficient background to include prerequisites. Candidates for the Master's degree should seek the guidance of the Graduate Program Coordinator in selecting electives and in fulfilling the research option.

Program Requirements

Core Courses
CHEM 570Advanced Biochemistry3
Select two of the following:6
Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
Advanced Organic Chemistry
Advanced Physical Chemistry
Advanced Analytical Chemistry
Select 17-21 credits from the following:17-21
Hazardous Materials Management
Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
Bioinorganic Chemistry
Advanced Organic Chemistry
Separation and Analysis
Drug Design in Medicinal Chemistry
Advanced Physical Chemistry
Advanced Analytical Chemistry
Protein Structure
Enzyme Kinetics and Mechanisms
Nucleic Acid Biochemistry
Biochemistry Laboratory Techniques
Biomolecular Assay Development
Biochemical Pharmacology
Select 0-6 credits from the following:0-6
Experimental Cell Culture
Topics in Modern Genetics
Molecular Biology I
Molecular Biology II
Signal Transduction
Selected Techniques in Molecular Biology
Research Options
Select either the Graduate Literature Search Option or the Research & Thesis option:2-6
Graduate Literature Search
Graduate Literature Search
Graduate Seminar
Research & Thesis
Graduate Research
Master's Thesis
Submit the completed Thesis original and one copy to the Graduate Office. See Thesis Guidelines for details.
Culminating Experience
Make a seminar presentation in conjunction with Research option. Graduate School must be notified when complete.
Total Credits32