Biochemistry M.S. (Online)


Biochemistry M.S. (Online)

The master of science in Biochemistry is an integrated program combining coursework in the fields of Biology and Chemistry in an online format.

As a graduate, you will have employment opportunities in Biology and Chemistry, as well as in jobs requiring an integrated program.  You will also be prepared for professional training in medicine, pharmacy and allied health programs.  This program is perfect for members of the armed services stationed throughout the world. Our flexible format will meet their terms and locations of service.

Designed for working professionals, the program offers flexible options with many courses offered online.

ABOUT USJ’S GRADUATE PROGRAM IN BioCHEMISTRY:

  • You may culminate your degree with either a thesis or non-thesis option, each of which results in 30 graduate-level credits and a Master of Science degree.
  • Courses include Biochemistry, Molecular Genetics, Medicinal Chemistry, Introduction to the Biochemistry of Cancer and more.
  • The program provides high school teachers with unique opportunities to broaden your application of chemistry and biology by taking courses such as Toxicology, Forensic Chemistry, Biochemistry of Cancer and Biochemistry of Obesity and Diabetes.

MATRICULATION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Graduate application and nonrefundable application fee
  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution in Biochemistry or a closely related discipline
  • A science GPA of 2.8 or higher, or completion of six credits in the Biochemistry graduate program with grades of B- or better
  • The prerequisites for admissions include two semesters of introductory Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, and Physics (all with labs) and two semesters of Calculus
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A sealed official undergraduate transcript
  • A completed planned program of study following an interview, in person or by phone, with the program director

M.S. IN BIOCHEMISTRY PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS:

Within the program you will complete 30 credits worth of graduate level course work; 12 credits coming from the required courses and 18 credits coming from elective courses.

Required Courses:

  • CHEM 500 - Chemical Thermodynamics
  • CHEM 525 - Biochemistry I
  • CHEM 530 - Biochemistry II
  • BIOL 525  - Molecular Genetics

Elective Courses are offered in a wide range of chemistry and biology topics. A complete course listing can be found in our online catalog.

THESIS:

This option is for a limited number of students who must receive prior approval of their research proposal by the program director and a thesis advisor. If approved for this option, the student enrolls in CHEM 598 Research Seminar (3) and CHEM 599 Master’s Thesis (3) as part of the 30 credits. Students on the thesis track will present and defend their thesis as a culminating activity in lieu of a written comprehensive exam. 

COMPREHENSIVE EXAM:

All students in the non-thesis program must pass a written comprehensive examination after completing at least 24 credits in the graduate program, including all required courses. Students will take 6 individual exams coming from all of their required courses along with 2 selected elective courses.  

For current students: If you would like to apply to take your comprehensive exam, please contact Dr. Diane Dean with your request.